Esencia, Riviera Maya: hotel of the week

Tired of non-stop political ads for the upcoming US election? Escape to the wonk-free splendour of the Riviera Maya, where you can laze by the Caribbean beach at Esencia, our hotel of the week…

Style Less-is-more luxe
Setting Tropical Caribbean seaside

Why this week? Believe what you will about the supposed upcoming Mayan doomsday, but if you want to get in some beachy kicks before December 21, Esencia has a special offer for Smith members through December 20: stay for three nights and only pay for two. The idyllic Mexican beach hotel is even including welcome cocktails and a romantic snorkelling trip for two…

Our favourite bits: This blissful boutique-style resort set on the Mayan Riviera’s most beautiful beach is fabulously spoiling. Its luxurious main hotel building – the whitewashed, three-storey Casa Grande – was built to satisfy the whims of a wealthy European duchess and designed to delight her guests.

Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘This was our dream loft, not a resort hotel room. Up a short flight of stairs, the heavy wooden door opened up onto a split-level room decorated sparsely, all in white, with a large sitting area leading out onto a patio with an ocean view. On the upper level, a large bed sat in front of a flat-screen television (done tastefully modern, not Gameboy style), with a nano iPod plugged into the surround-sound system. A Spanish music medley, downloaded by the hotel, played at the just-right romantic level… As we would repeatedly discover over the next two days, the beauty of Esencia was the mandate to do absolutely nothing other than wander a few feet to the next station of luxury – perhaps stopping to admire a small iguana on the way to the bar, or lazing in our private hammock, or staring blankly at the ocean before heading off to a massage.’ Read the full anonymous hotel review of Esencia in Riviera Maya…

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