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This Stunning Tulum Resort Was Just Ranked Among The Top 20 Worldwide

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On September 19th, 2023, London’s Guildhall hosted the inaugural edition of The World’s 50 Best Hotels awards ceremony.

During this live event, the global hotel community came together to honor outstanding resorts from 35 destinations across six continents, all of which provide guests with the ultimate luxury and travel experiences.

Xpu-Ha Beach

Among these world-class establishments, the exclusive Hotel Esencia, located on Xpu-Ha Beach in Tulum, managed to claim the 19th place.

This recognition is only the latest in Hotel Esencia’s list of accolades, including a 5-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide in both 2022 and 2023. 

The fact that the 50-acre property is the former holiday home of an Italian duchess provides a glimpse into how luxurious Hotel Esencia is.

And with 51 stylish rooms, villas and suites offering first-class hospitality and amenities, guests are in for a Riviera Maya experience like none other.

Hotel Esencia Suite
Image courtesy of: Hotel Esencia

So, let’s delve into the secrets of this majestic property, its numerous unique offerings, and what makes it more than deserving of this prestigious recognition.

Luxurious Suites With Breathtaking Views

All of the resort’s rooms are essentially suites, featuring private terraces and seating areas with lovely garden views or stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.

For example, the Jungle Suites, surrounded by the property’s tropical gardens, offers guests spacious private outdoor areas with a sofa and a table, large bathrooms with double sinks and showers, and king-sized or two queen-sized beds.

The Master Jungle Suites take luxury to the next level, showcasing multiple indoor and outdoor rooms, steam showers, and extra-large plunge pools.

Hotel Esencia
Image courtesy of: Hotel Esencia

And that’s just a few of the options available, since guests can also choose a Beach Suite with beautiful seaside views, lavish Pool and Private Villas, Rooftop Wellness Suite, and more.

But it’s Hotel Esencia’s impressive ‘Mansión Esencia,’ a deluxe private villa covering nearly 1,000 square meters, that truly stands out.

With four bedrooms, 360-degree seaside views, three pools, a private screening room, a wine cellar, a kitchen-dining area, and even a private helicopter landing pad – Mansión Esencia embodies the epitome of luxury.

The Ultimate Guest Experience

At Hotel Esencia, luxury extends beyond the rooms, as guests are treated to a host of upscale amenities.

These include a private beach, heated pools, a fully-equipped gym, as well as tennis and pickleball courts. 

As a guest, you have access to morning yoga sessions, complimentary tea service, daily fresh bread, fruit baskets, and much more.

Hotel Esencia Suite
Image courtesy of: Hotel Esencia

And let’s not forget the hotel’s organic spa, recognized as ‘The Best Spa In Mexico’ by Forbes Travel Guide.

Here, guests can experience rejuvenation through treatments inspired by traditional Mayan therapeutic practices, all crafted using locally sourced ingredients.

Top-Tier International Cuisine

Hotel Esencia elevates the dining experience with its three international restaurants, serving up innovative dishes that leave guests craving more.

Taiyo, a Japanese restaurant with a Mexican touch, offers a refined and adventurous culinary journey.


Meat lovers will be delighted at Beefbar Esencia, where a selection of the finest cuts awaits, including Black Onyx, Australian Wagyu, and Certified Japanese Kobe.

Mistura, on the other hand, combines Mexican and Mediterranean flavors in creative and sophisticated ways, using the finest local ingredients.

Complementing these exceptional dining venues are Hotel Esencia’s additional offerings, including a coffee bar, juice bar, and beach bar, all dedicated to serving refreshments of the highest quality.

Beyond Hotel Esencia

The resort’s strategic location provides travelers with endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.

Beautiful View of the Tulum Ruins and the Mexican Caribbean

From delving into the rich history of the Tulum and Chichen Itzá ruins to thrilling jungle ziplines and rafting adventures at Xplor, there’s something for everyone.

Yet even the proximity of Hotel Esencia promises excitement, since the property boasts its own secret lagoon, home to a family of charming manatees.

There, you can snorkel, paddle or kayak among the mangroves, and if you’re lucky, perhaps have a heartwarming encounter with these graceful creatures (with the help of an experienced guide, of course).

Manatee in water

Finally, adrenaline junkies can’t miss a thrilling ride on the Mayan Air Express, Hotel Esencia’s very own 505 Bell Jet Ranger helicopter. 

Taking off and landing from the property’s private helicopter landing pad, you can arrange personalized trips to your favorite destination and arrive in the most stylish and adventurous manner possible.

There’s no doubt that Hotel Esencia redefines Mexican Caribbean luxury, delivering a perfect blend of comfort and natural beauty.

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