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Xpu-ha (Playa del Carmen), Mexico

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Esencia

Avoid crowded Mexican beaches with a stay at this 50-acre Yucatan estate, complete with private plunge pools and an Italian pedigree.

The Scoop

The private-home feel and luxe life enjoyed by the original owner, an Italian duchess, still echo across this 50-acre estate carved from the jungle along Xpu-Ha beach, 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. Yes, there is a spa (offering Mayan-inflected treatments), but there's nothing as crass as a hotel gym—instead, you can have room service deliver fitness equipment to your suite. The 29 elegantly minimalist guest quarters feature native hardwood furnishings, louvered mahogany doors, and designer sofas set against cool white walls and floors. Each garden suite and ocean-view master suite comes with a private plunge pool. The rustic Mexican cuisine and ceviche at Sal Y Fuego restaurant fits with its casual, open-air setting.

Insider Tips

Grab the free snorkel gear on the beach to hit the reef just offshore—and ask the hotel for a guide to help you find the best spots and snap pictures of you underwater.

Avoid crowded Mexican beaches with a stay at this 50-acre Yucatan estate, complete with private plunge pools and an Italian pedigree.

Awards and Recognitions

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- Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Best New Restaurants in the Caribbean, Sal y Fuego
- Food & Wine

60 Spas We Love
- Luxury SpaFinder

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is approximately 60 miles (1 hour) from the hotel. Transfers are available: $196 roundtrip to/from the airport, or $98 one-way.

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Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Butler Service
  • 2 Pools
  • Spa on Property
  • Terrace
  • Gardens
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Sailing
  • Cooking Classes
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Programs
In-Room Amenities
  • Luxury Linens
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Rain Showers
  • Refrigerators
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Poolside Dining
  • Organic Cuisine
  • Private Chef
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  • 2-person occupancy
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Welcome glass of wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Xpu-ha (Playa del Carmen)

White-sand beaches and white-hot nightlife. Whether you seek peace or the party, captivating Playa del Carmen has something for you.

Don't Miss

Epic Ruins: Tulum. Tour the nearby ancient Mayan city of Tulum, a complex of pyramids, and castle-like temples dramatically sited on a cliff above the sea.

Top Restaurant: Yaxche. For a modern, refined twist on traditional Mayan ingredients and Yucatanean cooking, take a taxi into town for dinner at this award-winning restaurant. Avienda 5ta at Calle 22, Playa del Carmen. 011-52-984-873-3011. Read More

Secret Swim Spot: Ask the front desk for a security pass to get into the neighboring property of an abandoned hotel for a dip in its private lagoon.

Best Nightlife: Blue Parrot. Esencia is lovely and relaxed, but if you crave more excitement in the evening, head into town and the Blue Parrot beach bar for a lively crowd, a dancing stage, and frequent live acts. Beachside at Calle 12, Playa del Carmen. 011-52-984-873-0083.
The white beaches, the pristine waters, the blue sky—ahhhhhh.

The white beaches, the pristine waters, the blue sky—ahhhhhh.

Why Go Now

November 18, 2012
Taste of Playa
A culinary event that celebrates the creativity and cultural influences of chefs throughout the Riviera Maya.
Parque Fundadores, Playa del Carmen.

January 4-13, 2013
BPM Festival
Electronic music and scantily clad bodies fill Playa del Carmen's beach by day and clubs by night at the BPM Festival.
Various venues, Playa del Carmen.

March 2013
Carnival in Cancún
All around Cancún

March 21, 2013
Spring Equinox
Chichen Itzá


Xpu-ha (Playa del Carmen), Mexico

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