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On the beach, white sand, free beach cabanas, sun-loungers
On the beach, white sand, free beach cabanas, sun-loungers
On the beach, white sand, free beach cabanas, sun-loungers
Outdoor spa bath

Guest reviews

4.8 out of 5 Exceptional
41 reviews
Guests rated this property 4.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

Free WiFi
Parking included
Pet Friendly
Air conditioning

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 72-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitizer provided


Explore the area

Popular LocationXpu-ha Beach14 min walk
Popular LocationEcopark Kantun Chi3 min drive
Popular LocationCenote Cristalino3 min drive
AirportPlaya Del Carmen, Quintana Roo (PCM)26 min drive

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  • Rooftop Wellness Suite

    Room amenities

    • 1850 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    More detailsRooftop Wellness Suite
  • Esencia Jungle Suite

    Room amenities

    • 1023 sq ft
    • Sleeps 4
    More detailsEsencia Jungle Suite
  • Family Suite, 1 King Bed (Jungle Suite with Plunge Pool)

    Room amenities

    • 743 sq ft
    • Sleeps 3
    More detailsFamily Suite, 1 King Bed (Jungle Suite with Plunge Pool)
  • Family Room, Multiple Beds (Jungle Suite with Plunge Pool)

    Room amenities

    • 743 sq ft
    • Sleeps 4
    More detailsFamily Room, Multiple Beds (Jungle Suite with Plunge Pool)
  • Presidential Bungalow

    Room amenities

    • 1399 sq ft
    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 4
    More detailsPresidential Bungalow
  • Premium Villa (Pool)

    Room amenities

    • 3617 sq ft
    • Sleeps 6
    More detailsPremium Villa (Pool)
  • Villa (Yum-Ha Private Villa)

    Room amenities

    • 4467 sq ft
    • Sleeps 6
    More detailsVilla (Yum-Ha Private Villa)
  • Luxury Suite (Beach Suite)

    Room amenities

    • 1130 sq ft
    • Partial ocean view
    • Sleeps 3
    More detailsLuxury Suite (Beach Suite)
  • Panoramic Suite (Ocean Suite)

    Room amenities

    • 926 sq ft
    • Partial ocean view
    • Sleeps 4
    More detailsPanoramic Suite (Ocean Suite)
  • Premium Penthouse

    Room amenities

    • 1346 sq ft
    • Sleeps 4
    More detailsPremium Penthouse
  • Panoramic Suite (Master Suite)

    Room amenities

    • 753 sq ft
    • Partial ocean view
    • Sleeps 3
    More detailsPanoramic Suite (Master Suite)
  • Luxury Suite (Master Beach Suite)

    Room amenities

    • 1238 sq ft
    • Beach view
    • Sleeps 3
    More detailsLuxury Suite (Master Beach Suite)

About this area


Located in Xpu-Ha, Hotel Esencia is in the entertainment district and on the beach. While the natural beauty of Xpu-ha Beach and Akumal Beach can be enjoyed by anyone, those looking for an activity can explore Riviera Maya Golf Club. Travelling with kids? Consider Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Xplor Theme Park. Looking to get your feet wet? Scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming adventures can be found near the property.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Xpu-ha Beach - 14 min walk
  • Ecopark Kantun Chi - 3 min drive
  • Cenote Cristalino - 3 min drive
  • Chikinha Cenote - 7 min drive
  • Taj Mahal Cenote - 118 min drive

Getting around

  • AirportCancun, Quintana Roo (CUN-Cancun Intl.) - 74 min drive


  • Beefbar Restaurant — 1 min walk
  • Mistura Restaurant — 1 min walk
  • Royal Grill - 18 min walk
  • Bloved Lounge & Restaurant - 19 min walk
  • Paparazzi - 7 min drive

About this property

Hotel Esencia

Upscale resort on the beach, with 2 outdoor swimming pools
Catch some rays at the beach or spend the day relaxing at Hotel Esencia's full-service spa. Then enjoy a meal at one of the resort's 3 restaurants. All 45 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and memory foam beds. Flat-screen TVs with cable channels and Netflix provide a bit of entertainment, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches such as espresso makers and pillow menus.
Hotel Esencia offers 45 forms of air-conditioned accommodation which are accessible via exterior corridors, and features iPod docking stations and minibars. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Memory foam beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters and premium bedding. A pillow menu is available. 32-inch Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels and Netflix. Bathrooms include bathrobes, slippers, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers.

This Xpu-Ha resort provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and safes, as well as telephones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include espresso makers and complimentary bottles of water. In-room massages, hypo-allergenic bedding and an iron/ironing board can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered on a daily basis. Renovation of all guestrooms was completed in February 2020.

2 the outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool. Other recreational amenities include a spa tub, a sauna and a 24-hour fitness centre.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Esencia Spa has 5 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages and Swedish massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub and a steam room.

The spa is open daily. Children under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 72 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Parking and public transport

  • Free self parking
  • Free valet parking
  • 24-hour return airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle on request
  • Cruise terminal shuttle (surcharge)
  • Ferry terminal shuttle (surcharge)
  • Limo/town car service
  • Theme park shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast available for a fee daily 7:00 AM–10:30 AM: USD 990-1770 for adults and USD 550-990 for children
  • 3 restaurants and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • 1 beach bar and 1 bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

  • 24-hour fitness centre
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Art gallery
  • Beach volleyball
  • Children's pool
  • Designer shops
  • Free beach club
  • Full-service spa
  • Kayaking
  • Lifeguards on site
  • Private picnics
  • Sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Steam room
  • Yoga classes

Family friendly

  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Babysitting/childcare (surcharge)
  • Children's club (surcharge)
  • Children's pool
  • Dry cleaning service
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Laundry facilities


  • Banquet hall
  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Library
  • No lifts
  • Reception hall

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Hair salon
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Turndown service
  • Water sports equipment
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish


  • Beach loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beachfront location
  • Free beach cabanas
  • Garden
  • Lifeguards on site
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Picnic area
  • Pool sunloungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


  • 5 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Couples treatment room(s)
  • Facials
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - sports
  • Massage - swedish
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Sauna
  • Spa open daily
  • Hot tub
  • Steam room


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Step-free path to entrance
  • Upper floors only accessible by stairs
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • Beach towels
  • Books
  • Communal living room
  • Games
  • Renovated entire property – February 2020
  • Romance packages available
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Ceiling fan
  • Down comforter
  • Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Linens
  • Memory foam mattress
  • Pillow menu
  • Premium bedding


  • Bathrobes
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels


  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • TV channels
  • iPod dock
  • Netflix
  • Streaming services

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Espresso maker
  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar

Outdoor space

  • Deck or patio


  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Desk
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products used
  • Electrical adapters/chargers
  • Free local calls
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • In-room massage
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • LED light bulbs
  • Phone
  • Recycling
  • Restaurant dining guide
  • Safe
  • Slippers
  • Turndown service
  • Window screens



Express check-in
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before noon
Late check-out subject to availability
Express check-out

Special check-in instructions

The check-in location differs from the property location; to check in, go to Casa Maya
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests will receive an email 72 hours before arrival with check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from September 9 2020 to December 31 2020 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 2500 per pet, per day
Dogs only
1 per room (up to 22 lb/10 kg)
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 1500.0 per night.
Cots (infant beds) are available for USD 1500.0 per night

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 990 and USD 1770 for adults, and USD 550 and USD 990 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 3850 per vehicle (one-way, maximum occupancy 4)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: USD 3850 (one-way), (up to 11 years old)
  • Pet fee: USD 2500 per pet, per day
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 1500.0 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 1500.0 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds, rollaway/extra beds and sofa beds
This property uses a grey water recycling system and eco-friendly cleaning products

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the cruise terminal, ferry terminal and airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Pool access available from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation
Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section)
A car is not required for transport to and from this property
Children under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision
Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa

Property is also known as

Esencia Hotel Xpu-Ha
Esencia Hotel
Esencia Xpu-Ha
Hotel Esencia Xpu-Ha
Esencia Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Esencia Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Hotel Esencia Riviera Maya, Mexico - Xpu-Ha
Hotel Esencia Riviera Maya
Hotel Esencia Resort
Hotel Esencia Xpu-Ha
Hotel Esencia Resort Xpu-Ha

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Hotel Esencia and receive a full refund?
Yes, Hotel Esencia offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Hotel Esencia cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
How much does it cost to stay at Hotel Esencia?
As of Oct 20, 2020, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Hotel Esencia on Oct 21, 2020 start from CA $1,023, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Does Hotel Esencia have a pool?
Yes, this property has 2 outdoor pools and a children's pool. Pool access is from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Is Hotel Esencia pet-friendly?
Yes, this property allows dogs (limit 1 per room) with a maximum weight of up to 10 kg per pet. There's a fee of USD 2500 per pet, per day. Service animals are exempt from fees.
How much is parking at Hotel Esencia?
Self-parking and valet parking are free at this property.
What time is check-in at Hotel Esencia?
Check-in ends–12:30 AM.
What time is check-out at Hotel Esencia?
Checkout is at noon. Late checkout is available for a fee (subject to availability).
Does Hotel Esencia provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle. A fee of USD 3850 per vehicle, one-way, applies.
Where is Hotel Esencia located?
Located in Xpu-Ha, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Xpu-ha Beach and 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Ecopark Kantun Chi. Cenote Cristalino and Chikinha Cenote are also within 3 miles (5 km).
41 reviews
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4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Poor
1 - Terrible




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5/5 Excellent

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Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

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Stayed 5 nights in Feb 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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Best. Place. Ever. Everything and everyone was amazing.
Stayed 5 nights in Oct 2019

5/5 Excellent

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Great hotel
Lovely stay. The property is very nice. The pools are great, the beach is awesome. Really nice beach. Service was great. Food was great. Gym was fabulous. Highly recommend to those going to the area.
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2019

5/5 Excellent

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Just Amazing !!!
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2019

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