Hotel Esencia, Tulum, Mexico Hotel Reviews
Food and drink
Guests don’t need to venture far for breakfast: every morning, the Esencia team delivers hot coffee or tea to the outdoor table in each room, along with a basket filled pastries. For larger meals, there’s an on-site cafe with orange muffins and buttery croissants, a juice bar serving fresh smoothies and acai bowls, and three restaurants: an omakase, a bar beef and a Yucatán restaurant offering dishes with a Mediterranean flair, from green gazpacho topped with fresh crab to grilled octopus smothered in a creamy garlic mole. For evening cocktails, there’s also a two-level palapa-style beach bar where the property hosts mezcal and tequila tastings.
When guests first enter the property’s circular spa enclosure, they are greeted by an altar with a figure of the goddess Ixchel at its center, the Mayan deity of love, the moon and fertility . The statue is surrounded by glowing lanterns, palm fronds, and plumes of copal smoke billowing from a clay cup, which practitioners use to cleanse guests as they arrive. A myriad of spa treatments inspired by traditional Mayan healing rituals are on offer, along with facials from all-natural skincare brand Tata Harper. Before or after a treatment, guests can also take advantage of the extensive spa amenities: steam rooms, Jacuzzi-style plunge pools, Swiss showers, infrared dry sauna with jungle views, and a relaxing waterfall pool. There’s also a temazcal on-site, which guests can pre-book to experience an age-old healing ritual that offers deep detoxification through a hot steam bath created by pouring herbal infusions over hot stones. .