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4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Wow this place is so relaxing! We actually ended up staying here unexpectedly when we needed to change our plans. A couple we had met at another hotel in the area said they had been for lunch and thoroughly recommended it, but we weren’t prepared for what we found when we arrived. The reception staff were extremely welcoming and patient with us and after looking at a few alternatives, we ended up deciding to stay in an Ocean suite which really was just perfect. The room is private and exceptionally well appointed. They are obviously consistently re-investing in the property as everything is absolutely pristine. The rooms have everything ..... and I mean everything! Moving on to the food, it was basically the best we ate in Mexico (having stayed in other very good hotels). Probably not quite Michelin star quality, but it would be close and would certainly get a bid gourmand. The service is exceptionally good and the wine list contained some good local wines and many international favourites. We’ve stayed in many of the places that a previous poster had mentioned, as well as places like Qualia in the Whitsundays and the Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur (which is regularly voted the best hotel in the world) ...... and Esencia is hands down the best place we’ve stayed. The spa is absolutely fabulous (what an amazing building), the beach was great and all the staff were extraordinarily professional. The owner clearly has excellent taste and you get the impression that everything is done to his (obviously exacting) standards. Can’t wait to come back. I really just hope that these high standards can be maintained - it’s worth every penny if they are.

To the Esencia family, Some people wonder an entire lifetime if they ever make a difference. If the path they have chosen is the right one. If their daily efforts, hustle and attempts to go above and beyond are meaningful. When you go home at night at the end of a long day, know you have made a difference. Know you created an experience of a lifetime for us and our 70 of our dearest family and friends during the four days we spent with you. Know this experience, our wedding, was beyond our wildest imagination. Know that each one of you in your own way, with your own unique role and touch brought immense joy to so many people. Know that all our guests could not rave more about how relaxing, fun, beautiful and enjoyable their time at Esencia was. Know that our guests said the weekend was absolutely EPIC and the best wedding they have ever been to. Know that you helped created more than 500 new friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime. When you remember our four straight days of non-stop laughter (life’ best medicine), know it was made possible in large part because of you. And know many of us are still recovering from sore sides we laughed so much!!! My new husband Greg and I believe one of the greatest gifts one can receive is a reason to be grateful. We are eternally grateful to Mr. Wendle and each of you we interacted with and those of you behind the scenes. We wish you all the happiness and success life has to offer. As you gave to us. To those considering a visit or holding their wedding at Hotel Esencia, We have had the fortune of staying at many of the world’s finest properties. We cannot recommend Esencia enough. These are only a few of the reasons: The people: If you are considering a wedding, Marcela will dedicate herself to ensuring every single detail of your event is perfect. As a busy professional, I often did not dedicate enough time to my wedding planning. Marcela was always three steps ahead, looking out for us. I cannot say enough about her professionalism, positive personality or work ethic. The entire staff is amazing: Not one of our guests, to our knowledge, ever used the service buttons placed by their beach lounge chairs. While all worthy of honorable mention, you will be fortunate to have Damien who was our primary server. We call him super man. This man is fast, funny and absolutely on top of his game. From the second you are greeted upon arrival to your daily breakfast, you will be treated like royalty. If on the rare occasion something is lacking, someone is there to accommodate your needs or make it right. Housekeeping, the bell staff, maintenance, groundskeepers, waitstaff, chefs, activities staff and management were all helpful, friendly and great at what they do. Cuisine: Out of this world. We selected a taco bar for our rehearsal dinner. I would give it ten stars out of five. Our guests cannot stop raving about the food -from the ceviche to Oaxaca mole to pumpkin salsa. You will experience the most elegant and refined dishes. And will wonder if it’s really possible to ever have a plate of nachos that good. Esmeralda, the head Yoga instructor: She’s is truly one of a kind and nourishes your soul. She held a special yoga session in my honor the morning of my wedding. Truly touching. The extra touches:. So much joy each morning when we all woke to fresh warm pastries and coffee. The concierge team is A+. The free catamaran rides. The grounds. The selection of music in the privacy of your room. The property: Inviting, luxurious and exquisite. Each room is impeccably designed with a fresh modern feel finished with the finest furnishings/works of art. Spend time in the library for an extra treat. The beach: Why use the pool when you have a intimate beach featuring aqua water and the most inviting palapas. If you do venture to the pool, you will feel like you are in your own private space as the luxurious lounge chairs are amply spaced for privacy. The Spa A must visit. More than once. Idyllic and tranquil with a staff that our guests could not speak higher of. (Had the best massage of my life to boot). In summary, the beauty of the resort, professional approach, attention to detail, immense kindness and nothing less than a “yes” attitude makes Hotel Esencia a place everyone should visit. Suzanne (and Greg) Hulcher

We stayed here during a longer journey in the area. The room we stayed in was beautiful. Very spacious. We opted for the beach suites. When they say walk on to the sand, it was 20 feet from our bed. Perfect and gorgeous beach. Staff know your name and where you were staying in no time. The main house is beautiful and the jungle rooms have outrageous privacy. The restaurants are cutting edge and very fresh food. If you are an adventurous eater, then this is the place for you. Perfectly prepared and flavorful. If you are staying here, you will not be disappointed. It is expensive, but if you can afford it, it is one of the top places you will ever be. I will definitely be back and hopefully (for me) soon.

This stunning hotel was definitely the highlight of our recent visit to Mexico. During our two week Mexican adventure we stayed at three different places and tried many different restaurants. Nothing compared to Hotel Esencia in terms of beautiful, luxurious accommodations, outstanding restaurants, and eager to please staff. After the first meal we decided there was no reason to leave the hotel ever again. We also spent hours in their spa which is a mystical experience that is not to be missed. Thanks Hotel Esencia for all of your thoughtful details. Add a tip to help travelers choose a good room: We loved our Jungle suite with a plunge pool near the main villa. Extremely spacious with a large outdoor terrace and huge bathroom all very well appointed. I’m sure their ocean view suites are amazing if your budget permits.

We arrived late at night and were taken straight to our room to check in there. Simply yet stunningly furnished, with heaps of space in the bedroom as well as in bathroom and dressing room. The next morning after coffee and pastries on the terrace, we set off to explore the hotel. It sits amid luxurious gardens leading onto a wonderful beach of the finest sand, where beach loungers are set up by the very helpful staff directly on the beach, or further back in the more private cabanas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be taken poolside and dinner and lunch also in a slightly more formal setting. The quality of all meals was superb - fresh flavor combinations, well presented. Service is friendly and generally efficient, with a real desire to please. The concierge team were full of enthusiasm and advice. Would definitely recommend as a tranquil retreat into natural beauty and luxury.

To the Hotel Esencia Team, Just a quick note to thank you and the entire staff at the Hotel Esencia! What a beautiful resort with perfection all around. The attention to detail, the beauty of the beach, the rooms, the services available: what can I say but the trip was a home run on all accounts. Thank you again for hosting us at your incredible resort. Until next time….

We had an incredible time at Hotel Esencia. We were looking for a relaxing beach escape with fantastic food and couldn’t be happier with our visit. The property is lush and inviting. We loved the aesthetics of the newly renovated beach restaurant and jungle suite. The food at both the pool and beach restaurants were consistently delicious. We loved the variety of breakfast options and enjoyed the different fresh ceviches available for all of our lunches and dinners. The beach staff were extremely helpful and we had a great time drinking fresh juices in the comfortable huts as well as paddle boarding in the ocean. We also loved our time at the spa and were delighted with the Tata Harper facial offerings. We will definitely be back!

Hotel Esencia was the best finding of our trip to Mexico. My husband and I prefer quiet places to stay and when we want the buzz we go for it. We like privacy and quiet nights. Esencia was perfect for that. It is kind of hidden in a smaller beach called Xpu-Ha that is between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The beach is beautiful and isolated from the crowds that invade other larger and more popular beaches. The hotel has two pools that are small but very comfortable. They suggest one accepts children and the other is adult only, which also adds if you do not want the splash very close to you. The rooms are spacious, well designed and beautifully but simply decorated. They know the concept of less is more in decoration. Bathroom gives the meaning to the “room” in the word “bathroom”. Service is quiet, efficient but caring and soft. The food at both restaurants is divine. The wine list is vast and excellent. There is a complementary afternoon tea which is relaxed and comes right in to socialize a bit. The only thing we thought lacking is that they offer you a concierge to deal with “extra” requests but ours was absent - he did solve problems but did not add extra charm to the stay, other than that we only have praise to this hotel.

We enjoyed three days and nights at Hotel Esencia. We loved the staff, the wonderful rooms, the beach, and the restaurant. The service was excellent including the spa. It was a treat leave the room door unlocked and not carry a key. The coffee and pasteries in the morning were a nice touch.

We heard about Hotel Esencia while staying at a nearby resort, and came by for one of their "perfect" margaritas. We were so taken by the grounds, and staff (and margarita!) that we decided to try and extend our trip and will be back in the future. Five star meals, and made-to-order, fresh-from-the-jungle drinks for both our children, and us. A protected cove for swimming or snorkeling, jungle to beach paths, and perfectly appointed rooms with glorious AC when. Five star escape.... muchas gracias everybody on staff... We'll be back.

Carretera Cancún-Tulum Km. 265 Xpu-Ha QROO

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Xpu-ha Beach
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining

Esencia places you within a mile (2 km) of Xpu-ha Beach and Bel Air Animal Park. This 39-room, 4.5-star hotel has a full-service spa along with an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. It's on the beach and also near Cenote Cristalino and Chikinha Cenote.


Enjoy the garden views at Garden Restaurant, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


All 39 air-conditioned rooms feature iPod docks, refrigerators, and minibars. Guests can expect 20-inch LCD TVs with cable channels and DVD players, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Free bottled water and phones are also standard.

Property features

At Esencia, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available on request). The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a steam room, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room.

Room options

Standard Room, Garden Area

King 1 | Queen 2 | Sleeps 3

Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 284 reviews