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Why we like it
- All suites, villas and cottages have balconies or terraces, some with private plunge pools
- Located along a mile long stretch of México's best beach, Esencia Estate is a quiet, sea side refuge in the Riviera Maya just 20 minutes south of Mayakoba & Playa del Carmen
- Dinner is usually served at Sal y Fuego, the garden side open air palapa where the cuisine is authentic Meso-American
- Esencia's Aroma Spa is set in a quiet corner of the estate, where ocean breezes create a tranquil and calming atmosphere
- A lovely outdoor pool is located on a sleek terrace overlooking the beach
We loved the spa. It's the first organic spa in México and the Lime Ritual is supremely refreshing.
I would just like to add that the help / service we received from Melissa Hookway was oustanding. It was very personal and I was made to felt like a valued client.
- AC, Cheshire
Esencia is a 50-acre private estate with an awe-inspiring beachfront and an indulgent atmosphere. In fact, the property and many of the buildings once served as the exclusive beach-side retreat of an Italian duchess.
The heart of Esencia is the beautiful 'Casa Grande', with its unusual Catalan dome roof overlooking a stunning beachfront pool area. The whole estate is wonderfully slick, dominated by superb clean lines and super-chic styling.
The suites, villas and cottages are simple and elegant, featuring native hardwood furnishings, crisp white walls and floors, twelve-foot high ceilings, mahogany louvered doors and large windows that frame tropical garden and sea views. Other features include 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and duvet covers, glorious down pillows and Molton Brown amenities. The extra-large bathrooms have double rain-shower heads and private chef and butler service is available at all times.
Best time to be there
October to April as the rainy season works its way up from the south beginning in May and running until September. Hurricanes may occur from July to October. December to February are the coolest months, when northerly winds can sometimes take inland northern Mexico temperatures down to freezing.
Mexico City Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun (onward connections to the coast)
12 hours (plus one hour for onward connections)
GMT -6 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations required
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