Formerly the private villa of an Italian duchess and her Mexican architect husband, a stay at Hotel Esencia offers a real, and luxurious experience. The design-led interiors certainly have the wow factor, and the decor showcases the hotel's signature sleek white, with splashes of colour and rich mahogany furnishings crafted by local artisans.
The rooms, suites and villas are housed in the original villa, around the lush, tropical gardens and by the beach and sea, mere metres from the sand. They have private terraces, and some also have their own plunge pools. Small groups and families should splash out on a private two-bedroom, two-storey Pool Villa, which comes with several terraces (with plenty of hammocks), a media room and a full-size pool. Or take the chance to stay in one of the two duplex Penthouse Suites set in the treetops, where you'll have a private roof terrace with a plunge pool and champagne bar - the ultimate indulgence!
Or how about the Rooftop Wellness Suites, nestled in the jungle canopy, with their own fitness studios as well as a rooftop terrace with a plunge pool, an aromatherapy steam room and a solarium? And then there's the exclusive Presidential Bungalow, set on 30,000 square feet of prime beachfront.