Hotel Esencia is a majestic 50-acre estate at the midpoint between Tulum and Playa del Carmen in Mexico. It has long enjoyed a storied past in this ancestral cradle of culture, cuisine, and comfort. Originally built as the private hideaway home of an Italian duchess on the most beautiful beach of the Mayan Riviera, it later became a hotel. The whims of a wealthy European royal created Hotel Esencia, a boutique stay set on a secluded stretch of beautiful Mayan Riviera beach. What was built as a triple level casa for a duchess and her guests is now a blissful retreat with royal trim. Simple sophistication spoils travellers in the luxurious whitewashed Casa Grande, where the spa is sublime, the tequila cocktails are mixed with an expert touch and rooms have much-appreciated black-out curtains.