Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya
Nightly rates from $905 USD.
Originally built as the home of an Italian duchess, Hotel Esencia is spread over 50 acres on a long, secluded stretch of beach away from the tourist hordes that crowd Riviera Maya.
The chic boutique property has 44 rooms, the newest of which are rooftop duplex wellness suites that have their own fitness studios with weights and the on-demand virtual training system the Mirror.
Dining-wise, guests can pick from Mexican sea-to-table cuisine at Mistura, casual tacos and ceviche at Café Esencia, and the modern Beefbar Esencia by Ricardo Giraudi.
The spa is set within gardens under a traditional palapa thatched roof and offers restorative treatments using locally made products.
Ideally situated far from huge resorts and the roar of pleasure boats, the immaculate bay of Xpu-Ha is a natural haven where each year sea turtles make their nests.
Hotel Esencia invites the happy few who know how rare it is to find a place that is truly unique, to make it their home in the tropics.