Escencia is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and have some of the highest rates in the Playa del Carmen area. That was my two reasons for selecting this little 29 all suite hotel. I stayed in a Garden View Suite which had a white unique design and a private pool. I absolutely loved it. The welcome amenities was very nice as well and the beginning of my stay was great.

Esencia want to do things differently and I like their detail that you never sign for anything. Service charge is automatically included and will all be settled at check out. A detail Aman Resorts uses as well. It makes people relaxed and don’t think about money. The property itself is very beautiful and I really liked the beach. The restaurant had good food and service. Especially the ala-carte breakfast was great and with local dishes I never had seen anywhere else in the world. The service was personalized and very good. The staff could need more training in areas, but had the right mentality. The spa was very good, I had a 20 minutes treatment to try it and it was very pleasant.

Overall a great SLH-property. Not one of the best experiences I’ve had in the world, but definitely one to remember.

My opinion: Great experience.