Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid …

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Inside the A-list’s favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid, Alexa Chung and Diane Kruger

  • Hotel Esencia lies 30 minutes away from Tulum, on Mexico’s breathtakingly beautiful Caribbean coast
  • The luxury boutique property lies between the lush jungle and the picture perfect secluded white sands of Xpu-Ha beach, and is adored by A-listers for the privacy it affords
  • Originally built as the private hideaway of an Italian duchess, the majestic 50-acre estate was converted into a hotel in 2005, but took on a new life in 2014 when art collector and entrepreneur Kevin Wendle took over

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The limelight for Mexico[1]‘s breathtaking Caribbean coast has long fallen on Tulum, but just 30 minutes down the shore lies a boutique bolthole offering sophisticated seclusion that has become a firm favourite among the A-list.

Adored by Hollywood actors and the world’s most in-demand models for the privacy it affords, Hotel Esencia offers the perfect combination of style and simplicity with spotless service.

The luxury property lies on the most beautiful stretch of the Riviera Maya between the lush jungle and the secluded white sands of Xpu-Ha beach, just one hour by car from Cancun airport and within half an hour of Tulum.

Breathtaking: Adored by Hollywood actors and some of the world’s most in-demand models for the privacy it affords, Hotel Esencia is, quite simply, heaven on earth

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ... Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Life’s a beach: The hotel’s transformation into an art-lover’s paradise has done the trick in attracting some of the world’s most glamorous names, including supermodel Bella Hadid (left, this summer) and actress Lupita Nyong’o (right, in 2017)

Originally built as the private hideaway of a wealthy Italian duchess, the majestic 50-acre estate was converted into a hotel in 2005, but took on a new life in 2014 when award-winning art collector entrepreneur Kevin Wendle took over and completed a major refurbishment to enhance Esencia’s facilities.

The transformation of the property into an art-lover’s paradise has done the trick in attracting some of the world’s most glamorous names, with the likes of Alexa Chung, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, Suki Waterhouse, Kate Bosworth and Gwen Stefani staying at Esencia in the past two years alone.

Bella Hadid even chose the bolthole as the perfect serene spot to relax in for two days after taking part in a Vogue Mexico shoot at the destination this summer.

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

And relax: The boutique bolthole offers the perfect combination of style and simplicity with spotless service on the most beautiful stretch of the Riviera Maya, just 30 minutes away from Tulum on Mexico’s Caribbean coast

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Luxury: The property lies between the lush jungle and the secluded white sands of Xpu-Ha beach, just one hour by car from Cancun airport and within half an hour of the sights and sounds of Tulum

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Sophisticated seclusion: Originally built as the private hideaway Discount Holidays © holiday home of a wealthy Italian duchess, the majestic 50-acre estate was converted into a hotel in 2005

The boutique property is set around a chic white villa, and features just 40 rooms and suites, each boasting a private terrace and offering either a stunning ocean view of the Caribbean Sea or a secluded jungle retreat.

After acquiring an additional 10 acres of beachfront property in late 2017, Hotel Esencia launched 11 new luxury suites; six Beach suites located directly on the sand and boasting unobstructed ocean views, as well as five Jungle suites set in the lush gardens.

Our serene Garden suite was elegantly designed with minimal white interiors and featured a personal plunge pool enveloped by jungle greenery.

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Dreamy interiors: The boutique property is set around a chic white villa, and features just 40 rooms and suites, each boasting a private terrace and offering either a stunning ocean view of the Caribbean Sea or a secluded jungle retreat

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Room with a view: After acquiring an additional 10 acres of beachfront property in late 2017, Hotel Esencia launched 11 new luxury suites; including six Beach suites located directly on the sand and boasting unobstructed ocean views

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Idyllic: Our serene Garden suite was elegantly designed with minimal white interiors and featured a personal plunge pool enveloped by jungle greenery

Personal extra touches came in the form of complimentary Havaianas flip-flops, a stylish striped beach bag and thoughtful little gifts at turn-down service each night, including candles, chocolate and postcards.

The food and drink on offer at Esencia is undoubtedly one of the draws of the hotel; the day starts with pre-breakfast coffee and pastries served on your private terrace, just make sure the birds don’t get to it first!

An a la carte breakfast (not included in the room rate), served either in the pool or garden offers Mexican takes on traditional dishes as a perfect start to the day in idyllic surroundings, with the hotel’s resident iguanas strolling around on patrol.

When it comes to lunch choices, the Pool Restaurant places emphasis on seasonal ingredients and seafood, while the Garden Restaurant offers a sophisticated take on Mexican dishes.

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ... Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Heaven is a place on earth! Actresses Diane Kruger (left, in 2016) and Lupita Nyong’o (right, in 2017) have both fallen for the charms of the breathtakingly beautiful Caribbean coast

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Making a splash: Guests have the choice of two Instagram-perfect swimming pools to cool off in, a health club with private trainers, daily complimentary sunrise yoga and reformer Pilates

The spectacular new Mistura destination restaurant, set up in 2017 with acclaimed chef Dimitris Katrivesis at its helm, features a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese dishes with typical Mexican features, all with a 180 degree view of the Caribbean coastline.

A beach bar set in a treehouse and a cold-pressed juice bar are on hand for liquid refreshment, and if getting up off your sun lounger seems too much, the beach cabanas even include a service button for cocktails and tacos within minutes.

Guests have the choice of two Instagram-perfect swimming pools to cool off in, a health club with private trainers, daily complimentary sunrise yoga and reformer pilates.

A host of activities – including trips to Mayan ruins, cenotes, diving, horseback riding, paddleboarding and deep sea fishing – are all available through the hotel if all that rest and relaxation in paradise gets tiring.

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ... Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Cover girl: Bella Hadid chose the bolthole as the perfect serene spot to relax in for two days after taking part in a shoot for Vogue Mexico at the destination this summer (pictured)

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Cheers to that!

A beach bar set in a treehouse and a cold-pressed juice bar are on hand for liquid refreshment

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Picture perfect: A host of activities – including trips to Mayan ruins, cenotes, diving, horseback riding, paddleboarding and deep sea fishing – are available through the hotel if all that rest and relaxation in paradise gets tiring

The organic Aroma Spa offers a selection of personally-tailored restorative treatments from massages and facials to reflexology and Reiki, inspired by ancient Mayan culture and tradition.

Even shopaholics needn’t venture too far away from the pristine Xpu-Ha coastline to get their fix, with a high-end boutique on site, stocking chic swimwear brands and Hotel Esencia’s new capsule collection with designer Jason Wu inspired by the designer’s love of the destination.

Immaculate and timeless, Hotel Esencia is sophisticated, secluded and a breathtakingly beautiful boutique bolthole… get there before the rest of Hollywood discovers it!

Rates at Hotel Esencia start at GBP468 (plus tax) in low season on a room-only basis www.hotelesencia.com[2]

Inside the A-list's favourite Mexican escape: Hotel Esencia, the secluded Riviera Maya bolthole adored by Bella Hadid ...

Immaculate and timeless: Hotel Esencia is sophisticated, secluded and a breathtakingly beautiful boutique bolthole… get there before the rest of Hollywood discovers it!

References

  1. ^ Mexico (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ www.hotelesencia.com (hotelesencia.com)

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