The region of Xpu Ha is located 46 miles from Mexico’s most popular tourist destination, Cancun. Luckily, it isn’t nearly as commercialized. Luxury on the Mexican Riviera does not get much better than Xpu-Ha, home to incredible white sand beaches and boutique style hotels with a laid-back atmosphere. Xpu-Ha was the perfect place to escape reality and relax.
Visiting Hotel Esencia
My husband and I rented one of two private homes at the 29-unit Hotel Esencia luxury resort. Our home included 2 bedrooms, private gardens, terraces, hammocks, and a large private pool. Though the accommodations were very pricey, the hotel delivered the luxury and wow factors as promised.
Our home had a state-of-the-art media room with huge LCD TV’s, surround-sound, remove controlled cooling and blinds, and a wet bar. The resort required a three-day minimum stay. Included in our private home were four garden room cottages on the property to accommodate your guests.
A Most Interesting Check-in
After being picked up at the Cancun airport by a Hotel Esencia driver, we pulled across the highway into what appeared as a jungle and drove through a gate to be dropped off at a palapa. This was the hotel lobby and check-in. The hotel staff offered us a traditional Mexican Bean Soup and drink, then led us quite a distance through the trees to reach the hotel property. This was meant to give you a sense of the traditional Mexican houses and surroundings. It was quite a bit much, but it was either that or rent a private plane that to drop off beachfront.
A Day Trip to Playa del Carmen
We splurged by hiring a driver to take us to Playa Del Carmen, a trendy town twenty minutes from Hotel Esencia. I first visited Playa Del Carmen on a cruise back in 2004 and fell in love with it. As far as I know, cruise ships no longer dock there. Eddie and I dined at Los Rancheros, where the food was only mediocre but the sunset was fantastic. We had a delightful waiter who had loads of talent.
The Beautiful Beaches and Tasty Food
Xpu Ha had the most amazing white sand beaches I have ever seen. They were pristine and mesmerizing. Hotel Esencia offered free oceanfront cabanas and the waitstaff was there to serve you from the hotel pool bar and restaurant. They also offered jet ski rentals, horseback riding, scuba diving, yoga, and other exercise classes.
A First Time Experience
My favorite thing about our trip to Xpu-Ha was participating in a Temazcal ritual. The ritual required my friends and me to go into a native sweat tent and cleanse our minds and bodies, ridding ourselves of toxins through the guidance of a Shaman. This provided healing effects. Up to 10 people were in the small fire heated hut so your body temperature can rise to 104 degrees. You cannot stand up inside and there was hardly room for all of us to sit. Only three in our group of seven made it until the very end, myself included. Water is thrown on the fire (ours were lava rocks) and herbs were added to create vapors and more heat. This was a most uplifting and interesting activity that I would certainly do again. Afterwards, we all ran to the ocean to cool off.
A Luxury Vacation at its Finest
Playa del Carmen and the tranquil, gorgeous Xpu-Ha beaches are definitely the places I would choose again for luxury on the Mexican Riviera. It is my top choice for a Mexico vacation. Though not your typical getaway, as this one will certainly make the bank account cringe, the splurge is well worth it. Have you been to Mexico? Would you recommend going?
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