Nestled on the Yucatán Peninsula’s eastern peak between Cancun and Tulum, is the 5-star aristocratic oasis of Hotel Esencia. Overlooking one of the most-loved and most beautiful stretches of beach on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, the hotel provides panoramic ocean views intertwined with vistas of flourishing flora.

Amidst  all this scenic bliss, the hotel is launching new restorative, ‘self-indulging’ spa and wellness experiences this Spring, curated specifically for discerning solo travelers. The hotel’s naturally soothing landscape encompassing 50 private acres of verdant Mayan jungle flanked by the soft ivory sands of the Riviera Maya, create the idyllic setting for a relaxing spa escape.

Titled Sólo Para Mí, which translates to ‘Just For Me’, these new three- and five-night wellness packages start off with a locally-inspired Copal Incense Cleansing Ritual and 30 minutes of meditation, followed by spa workshops in a traditional herbal ‘laboratory’, where travelers can learn to whip up their own natural lotions and potions using the purest ingredients harvested from the Caribbean waters and Mayan soil.

The retreats also incorporate signature healing and regenerating rituals from the Esencia Spa; an hour-long consultation with one of the spa experts to tailor guests’ experiences and their chosen spa treatments from arrival; daily private yoga classes at the hotel’s open-air palapa; learning to cook like a local and experimenting with traditional Hispanic flavours and spices; and exploring the calm Caribbean waters with reef snorkelling sessions, led by the hotel’s expertly trained watersports team. For the more adventurous and curious solo traveler, local exploration expeditions to picturesque, pristine grounds and natural wonders close by can be arranged upon request.

The Esencia Spa menu offers a host of restorative treatments to try, including a Stress Relief Ritual that uses an ancient Mayan recipe to harnesses the healing powers of mint, pepper, cloves and rosemary. This ointment is applied using hot therapy on specific stress-accumulation points of the body to relieve pain and built-up muscle tension caused by stress. Another restorative treatment, Deep Relaxation, uses a special massage technique involving herbal compresses to take the mind into a state of deep relaxation and rest.

The Lime Ritual, inspired by the region, is a purifying massage using lime, an ingredient that has been considered a natural element for purification since Ancient Mayan healers used it to absorb illness and harmful inner body heat. In this ritual, the therapist alternates the use of limes with dynamic hand strokes.

The Esencia Spa is a paradisaical place to unwind, rebalance and recharge. Housed beneath a traditional thatched roof palapa, specifically designed for optimal energy flow, this is a true sanctuary inviting guests to de-stress from the moment of arrival. The spa integrates hallmarks of modern wellbeing with ancient customs of cultivating beauty, balance, and peace. Each programme also includes daily á la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner, with all soft drinks and freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.

Located just 50 minutes from Cancun and 30 from Tulum, Hotel Esencia is full of character, charm and heritage. Rates for the Sólo Para Mí packages are as follows for single occupancy on a full board basis:

  • Three nights from $3,232 (currently approx. €2,962)
  • Five nights from $5,371 (currently approx. €4,922)

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