Hotel Esencia Joins The Set Collection

The Set Collection has announced that Mexico’s Hotel Esencia is joining the portfolio as its first member hotel in the Americas.

Hotel Esencia is a 50-acre estate at the midpoint between Tulum and Playa del Carmen in Mexico. Originally built as a private hideaway for the Italian duchess, on a beach in Mayan Riviera, the mansion later became a hotel. A new chapter began in 2014 with the arrival of a new owner, Hollywood producer and entrepreneur Kevin Wendle.

The Main House is the hotel’s centerpiece, around which footpaths lead to just 47 white-painted suites and four villas overlooking the Caribbean, where guests enjoy both stunning design and complete privacy. One of the hotel's most lavish accommodations for guests is the Esencia Mansion. Unveiled in 2022, it is a 12,000-square-foot retreat. The four-suite manse, designed by architect Peter Svenson and Hotel Esencia's artistic director Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in collaboration with Studio Giancarlo Valle, has three pools, a 20-seat cinema, blue-chip artwork and an underground cocktail lounge. 

Beefbar (Hotel Esencia)

Hotel Esencia’s restaurants include Mistura, a sea-to-table restaurant serving specialties from the Yucatan peninsula and beyond; Beefbar, which has outposts in Paris, Mykonos and Dubai, and Taiyo, a Japanese sushi restaurant complete with an omakase bar and a Mexican twist. The hotel’s spa is watched over by a statue of the goddess Ixchel, the Maya deity of love, the moon and fertility; many of its luxurious treatments are Mayan-inspired. Located far from huge resorts, the bay of Xpu-Ha is a natural haven for wildlife, swimmers and divers, with everything from the Mayan ruins of Tulum to immaculate reefs to explore, all within easy reach of the hotel.

The Set Collection's goal is to build a portfolio of non-competing hotels while providing a platform that will encourage them to work together to achieve their business objectives. The Set Collection’s three founding member hotels—Hotel Café Royal in London, Conservatorium in Amsterdam and Lutetia in Paris were joined last year by the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem in addition to its first four hotels in Asia: The Opposite House in Beijing, The Upper House in Hong Kong, The Temple House in Chengdu and The Middle House in Shanghai, and, now, Hotel Esencia in Mexico.

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