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Esencia, Mayan Riviera, Mexico

The fabulous Esencia estate is one of the most secluded and luxurious properties on the Mayan Riviera one hour's drive south of Cancun.

The main part of the property is a converted Italian mansion originally owned by Duchess Rosa D'Ferrari and the 29 rooms and suites are either in the main house or more secluded scattered throughout the surrounding gorgeous tropical gardens. It is located on the lovely Kantenah Beach, a 10 minute drive from Puerto Aventuras and 25 minutes from Playa del Carmen. The beautifully-decorated rooms all feature 1 King or 2 queen beds, fine furnishings, ipods, T.Vs, terraces and complimentary mini-bars that are re-stocked each day!

The hotel has 2 lovely beachfront pools - 1 adults only, an extensive organic spa and and 2 excellent restaurants - one open for breakfast and lunch and Sal y Fuego - the fine dining option for dinner. There is no gym. For an additional fee Esencia can arrange romantic meals on the beach for two, under the stars, to celebrate a special occasion. The hotel offers daily classes in yoga and tai chi in front of the main house and private lessons can be arranged on request.

Most guests are more than happy to simply relax on the white sand beach where service from the friendly staff is second to none but a taxi to Playa del Carmen for a night out costs approximately $30 and there is a fresh fish restaurant next door called Al Cielo.

Our rating: Deluxe

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