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Hotel Esencia: Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera

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Hotel Esencia: Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera

March 16, 2017

Located on a secluded beach off Xpu-Ha Bay (half an hour from Tulum, Mexico), Hotel Esencia is a 29-room boutique hotel that’s making a name for itself as a tastemakers’ haven (the hotel recently hosted the wedding of fashion designer Jason Wu). In 2014, entrepreneur Kevin Wendle bought the 50-acre estate (once a residence and hotel belonging to an Italian duchess) and embarked on a two-year renovation overseen by creative director C. S. Valentin and architects Gabriel and Alfonso Nunez. The hotel’s design elements include whitewashed guest rooms outfitted with custom Mexican handwoven rugs and bed throws as well as common lounge and dinner areas with original midcentury furnishings and art by artists and designers such as Pablo Picasso and Le Corbusier. Here’s a look inside.

Photography courtesy of Hotel Esencia.

Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera The hotel was originally built as a hideaway home for Duchess Rosa deFerrari, and today the property is reimagined as a luxury boutique hotel with \29 newly renovated rooms, suites, and villas.
Above: The hotel was originally built as a hideaway home for Duchess Rosa deFerrari, and today the property is reimagined as a luxury boutique hotel with 29 newly renovated rooms, suites, and villas.
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Above: The hotel’s owner, Kevin Wendle has installed his own collection of 1950s artwork and furnishings (by Picasso, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Serge Mouille, among others) throughout the guest rooms and hotel salons.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera The furniture, handwoven rugs, and bed throws, all designed for Hotel Esencia, pay homage to midcentury design and Mexico art.
Above: The furniture, handwoven rugs, and bed throws, all designed for Hotel Esencia, pay homage to midcentury design and Mexico art.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera Most of the hotel rooms have their own plunge pools.
Above: Most of the hotel rooms have their own plunge pools.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera A guest bathroom connected to an outdoor plunge pool.
Above: A guest bathroom connected to an outdoor plunge pool.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera A garden suite with double beds covered in white linens. The modern handwoven rugs seen throughout the hotel were custom made for the hotel by Mexican artists.
Above: A garden suite with double beds covered in white linens. The modern handwoven rugs seen throughout the hotel were custom-made for the hotel by Mexican artists.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera A whitewashed seating area, featuring a built in sofa paired with midcentury furnishings and modern pillows.
Above: A whitewashed seating area, featuring a built-in sofa paired with midcentury furnishings and modern pillows.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera The organic spa uses ingredients harvested from the waters of the Caribbean and soil from the Mayan jungle.
Above: The organic spa uses ingredients harvested from the waters of the Caribbean and soil from the Mayan jungle.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera A health club is available for active guests.
Above: A health club is available for active guests.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera A view of the Esencia pool and the beach from the hotel lobby.
Above: A view of the Esencia pool and the beach from the hotel lobby.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera The hotel has two pools; one for adults only and one for families.
Above: The hotel has two pools; one for adults-only and one for families.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera  The hotel offers two pool villas to accommodate large groups. The villas feature eight bedrooms (all with en suite bathrooms), fully equipped kitchens, laundry areas, and a spacious indoor/outdoor living area.
Above: The hotel offers two pool villas to accommodate large groups. The villas feature eight bedrooms (all with en-suite bathrooms), fully equipped kitchens, laundry areas, and a spacious indoor/outdoor living area.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera An indoor/outdoor living area in one of the hotel&#8\2\17;s pool villas.
Above: An indoor/outdoor living area in one of the hotel’s pool villas.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera A live edge wood headboard runs the length of two double beds, and red blanket throws add a dash of color.
Above: A live-edge wood headboard runs the length of two double beds, and red blanket throws add a dash of color.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera A built in sofa and a desk can be spotted in the extra room of a large suite. The poster bed curtains offer privacy and act as a mosquito barrier.
Above: A built-in sofa and a desk can be spotted in the extra room of a large suite. The poster bed curtains offer privacy and act as a mosquito barrier.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera An outdoor built in daybed with red cushions offers a quiet place.
Above: An outdoor built-in daybed with red cushions offers a quiet place.
Hotel Esencia Secluded Splendor on the Maya Riviera A traditional hammock.
Above: A traditional hammock.

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