Our stay of the week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

Hotel Esencia1 in Mexico s Xpu H should really be called Hotel Esencial, because if there s any one Mexican hotel that you should visit in your lifetime, it s this one. Set directly on a perfect stretch of beach, in large palm tree-filled gardens, this sublime retreat was built as a private home for an Italian duchess and Esencia work hard to make sure their guests feel very much at home here.

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

Small Luxury Hotels of the World called it the Best Resort Hotel in the Americas, it made Cond Nast Traveler s esteemed Gold List 2016 and The Sunday Times deemed it the most heavenly hotel on Earth need we even say any more? If this is heaven, then beam us up, Scotty.

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

This idyllic Riviera Maya hideaway only 25 minutes drive from hipster heaven Tulum and its array of cool bars and restaurants boasts a stunning private beach where turtles come to nest in certain seasons (the staff will let you know when their precious hatchlings are out and about). Our Managing Editor made a pit stop at Hotel Esencia during a road trip along the Riviera Maya and proclaimed its powdery white beach to be the best she saw during her time in Mexico. While the rest of the coast was suffering with seaweed issues and crashing waves, the sheltered beach here was flawless and the sea like a millpond.

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

This peaceful retreats also boasts two restaurants (one poolside) that draw from garden-grown ingredients whenever possible, a laid-back beachside bar and a health club, with a juice bar and a small organic spa that s tucked away in the gardens. Yoga happens at sunrise, and after dark, you can raid your also-complimentary minibar or watch a flick from the movie library. If you forgot to perfect your Mexico beach vibe before you packed, don t worry, Esencia has an on-site boutique with an array of clothing, jewellery and accessories from exclusive fashion brands.

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

The decor here is straight out of the pages of a World of Interiors magazine with a colonial meets Mexican meets Mid-Century Modern vibe. Pared-back, minimalist rooms are whitewashed and decked out with carefully chosen pieces from 1950s design masters and the odd wall hanging, pot or rug from local artisans. You ll leave with big plans for an interiors overhaul at home.

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera MayaEach suite at Hotel Esencia comes with a sweeping view, too, whether of the property s expansive tropical gardens or the bold blue ocean. If you manage to tear yourself away from your private haven we won t blame you if not the landmarks and natural wonders of the Riviera Maya are all within driving distance from Tulum s Mayan ruins to the mangrove forests of Sian Ka an Biosphere Reserve. Forget a royal home this will strike you a a stylish tropical dreamland.

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

All images courtesy of www.hotelesencia.com/

We re offering a stay in a Garden, Ocean or Master suite from 316, with breakfast.2

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