Family Vacations With Ageless Appeal

New Esencia Resort offers five-star features

By: Dawna L. Robertson

Talk about a marriage made in heaven! The beachfront Esencia Resort in Riviera Maya delivers the perfect five-star vacation for the sophisticated family.

Ideal for larger families, Esencia’s two-story cottages are equipped with media room, large private pool and gourmet kitchen. As for in-cottage dining, guests can prepare meals themselves or opt for a personal chef.

The upstairs features a master bedroom with a large terrace and a second bedroom which can be outfitted with two beds or used as a yoga room, fitness studio or study. A small downstairs bedroom accommodates the nanny.

Larger families can also opt for four Garden Rooms next to each cottage, with one or two beds that can be booked in conjunction with the cottages. All accommodations come complete with satellite cable TV, automatic blackout shades, in-room high-speed internet access and iPod minis.

Special touches kick in the moment a family arrives. At check-in, they’re greeted with signature drinks. Each morning, guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast delivered to their terrace.

Families can dine poolside, at the main restaurant or via room service 24 hours a day. Meals can be tailored to each child's needs and tastes or they can choose from the extensive children’s menu featuring American and Mexican favorites.

With no shortage of activities, families are sure to find something they’ll enjoy at Esencia. The resort provides two main pools along with the cottages’ private pools. Aroma Spa serves up treatments for parents and children using indigenous fruits, plants and herbs. The 2,500 sq. ft. facility is the first pampering organic spa specializing in fito-therapy.

Families can also enjoy Esencia's two-mile beach, nature walks, jungle tours, adventure trails, horseback riding and bird watching. And when it comes to ocean action, water lovers can jump into fishing, boating, snorkeling, wind surfing, scuba diving, cenote (underground fresh water pool) diving and parasailing.

Nightly rates for Esencia's two-story cottages are from $1,560 to April 30 and Nov. 1- Dec. 20. Between May 1-Oct. 31, cottage rates are from $1,500. Children under the age of two stay free. Children two and older are an additional $75 per child per night, while children under two stay free.

Located in Playa Xpu-Ha on a two-mile stretch of secluded white sand beach 46 miles south of Cancun, Esencia is managed by ProHotel International.