01 HOTEL ESENCIA, MEXICO
WHAT: Formerly the private hideaway of an Italian duchess, Hotel Esencia is located on Xpu Há, considered one of the most beautiful stretches of Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Located midway between Tulum and Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Hotel Esencia has only 40 luxuriously appointed villas and suites on its 50ac property, ensuring privacy for those who want to get away from it all. WHY While the two Master Suites – steeped in history and world-class luxury – of the main house offer panoramic views of the grounds and the Caribbean, it is the Beach Suites that catch our eye. Barely 20m from the sea itself, these whitewashed suites are light and airy, with windows on three sides and floor to ceiling doors that open onto a beachfront terrace. With custom furnishings and artworks by local Mexican artisans, custom fabrics, a collection of art and design books, all complemented by the latest technology, here you’ll find barefoot luxury at its best. An in-room double bathtub for two, strategically positioned to enjoy commanding views of the sea, is the final, perfect touch.
EXTRAS: Hotel Esencia offers direct access to the amazing Xpu Há, one of the most protected and quietest white sand beaches in Mexico. A reef sanctuary for sea turtles and colourful exotic fish, one of the region’s best kept secrets, is literally just steps away from the beach. Thanks to its location, Hotel Esencia is only 20 minutes away from Mayan pyramids, underground cenotes and some of the Riviera’s best nightclubs.