THE CHICEST HOTEL ON THE RIVIERA MAYA UNVEILS EXCITING EXPANSION PLANS FOR 2019
Building on its reputation as the best-loved hotel on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Hotel Esencia will add brand-new Duplex Penthouse Suites each with their own private Champagne bar, as well as Master Beach Suites right on Xpu-Ha’s ivory sands.
The hotel will also launch Beefbar Esencia, bringing the internationally acclaimed concept by Riccardo Giraudi to Tulum for the very first time, offering the best beef in the world while breaking the traditional codes of formal cuisine.
Set on the unspoiled ivory sands of the Riviera Maya, on what is widely considered the most beautiful stretch of beach on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Hotel Esencia continues to enhance its reputation as one of the chicest hotels in the world. Originally built as the private hideaway home of an Italian duchess, under the ownership of American entrepreneur, Kevin Wendle – and still fresh from a major refurbishment this year – the boutique resort will unveil major additions in 2019. Next year will see the launch of two spectacular Penthouse Suites, in addition to two Master Beach Suites, and a new international Coffee Bar. Most excitingly, in January Hotel Esencia will welcome the internationally acclaimed Beefbar concept by Riccardo Giraudi, launching Beefbar Esencia in an innovative first for the region.
‘APARTMENTS IN THE SKY’ ON XPU-HA BEACH – PENTHOUSE SUITES & MASTER BEACH SUITES
Two new Penthouse Suites, each designed to be an ‘apartment in the sky’ with sweeping ocean and jungle views, will make their debut early next year. Perched three levels above the hotel’s palm garden, these spectacular two-storey suites will each feature a large master bedroom with King bed, a separate adjoining living room, a spacious bathroom with double sinks, bathtub and walk-in shower, and an expansive outdoor dining terrace. Up a short staircase is a private rooftop terrace with a heated plunge pool and Champagne bar, overlooking all 50 acres of Hotel Esencia and the waters of the Caribbean Sea from the highest vista. The hotel will also unveil two new Master Beach Suites, adding to the collection of suites which debuted at the end of 2017 following Wendle’s acquisition of 10 acres of beach. Mere seconds from the sea and built right on Xpu-Ha beach (pronounced ‘shpooo-ha’ by those in the know), each suite will be designed for maximum privacy, comfort and relaxation, featuring a King bed, private beachfront terrace, an in-room double bathtub with all of the hotels beautiful signature amenities. Master Beach Suites will also feature individual heated plunge pools.
THE BEST BEEF IN THE WORLD ARRIVES ON XPU-HA – INTRODUCING BEEFBAR ESENCIA
Opening in late January 2019 will be Hotel Esencia’s very own Beefbar Esencia – the world-famous, innovative Michelin star concept by Riccardo Giraudi. A name synonymous with meat lovers since its inception in Monaco in 2005, and with restaurants now in Paris, Cannes, Luxembourg, Mykonos, Hong Kong and Mexico City, Beefbar will bring an exceptional new dining experience to Mexico’s Caribbean coast that is exclusive to Hotel Esencia. The menu concept is simple, based on the finest high-quality ingredients and centred around three main pillars. First, the ‘street food to share’ – these small portions are a selection of the best recipes from the four corners of the world. Then, Beefbar’s ‘great meats’, these are cuts selected by Giraudi including Black Angus from the USA, Australian wagyu, and certified Japanese Kobe. Each dish is accompanied with a selection of over fifteen house purées. Finally, Beefbar’s ‘incredible dishes’ include delicious fresh fish, risottos and pastas. The menu will have a contemporary and playful Mexican twist, with specialities including Kobe beef sliders, wagyu quesadillas, and Jasmin tea-smoked wagyu bao buns. The new restaurant will also feature Beefbar’s signature mashed potato and brick oven favourites, such as pizza flatbreads. The design of the restaurant will perfectly complement Hotel Esencia’s laidback luxury vibe with curated tailor-made artisanal furniture and fixtures.
FRESHLY GROUND COFFEE, LATIN AMERICAN CLASSICS AND AUTHENTIC DINING EXPERIENCES
Hotel Esencia’s much-loved, casual all-day dining venue Café Esencia will unveil new menus, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and a modern twist on coastal staples from around Latin America. The Café will also present a brand-new Coffee Bar, offering a wide range of coffee varieties from specialist regions in Mexico alongside an excellent international selection. All beverages from the Coffee Bar will be brewed on demand using freshly ground beans and served alongside a mouth-watering selection of freshly baked Mexican pastries. This new addition will also house the already highly popular juice bar which offers fresh made-to-order smoothies and juices and wholesome superfood bowls. Hotel Esencia’s signature restaurant MISTURA – the Caribbean’s hottest ‘destination dining’ restaurant located right on Xpu-Ha beach, will also showcase a newly revitalised menu this season featuring the best flavours of Mexican refined dining, including many sea to table options from its roaring new beachside grill. This gastronomic experience opened in early 2018 under a towering thatched palapa with 180° views of the crystal-clear ocean and is open to the general public as well as hotel guests right on Xpu Ha beach. This is one of the most sought-after locations between Tulum and Playa del Carmen.