Hotel Esencia, once the beach side villa of an Italian duchess, is set on a secluded 50-acre estate of lush gardens on pristine Xpu-Ha beach. This delightful Mayan Riviera refuge has five rooms, two villas, 33 suites, an organic spa and two authentic farm-to-table restaurants offering the flavors of the Yucatán. Suites feature high ceilings and generous windows with tropical garden or sea views. Several have plunge pools and a terrace or balcony, and the duplex villas provide an extra level of privacy. Master suites and the salon of the main house feature mid century collectibles from Le Corbusier, Perriand, Picasso and others.

Why we love it: The best snorkeling in the region is right outside. You’ll find coral reefs, multicolored fish and giant sea turtles, all only steps from the resort’s quiet beach.


For 2021:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in Mistura Xpu-Ha or Café Esencia
  • $100 USD Equivalent Spa services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Bottle of wine
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi