For the second part of the honeymoon (see Part I here), we headed up to the midpoint between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, and landed at the breathtaking Hotel Esencia. Once home to an Italian duchess, the mansion has been turned into a chic hotel. It was one of the prettiest places I have ever been - you pull up and they whisk you away on golf carts to the main grounds. Beachfront gardens, multiple swimming pools, restaurants and a short walk from the Cenote Azul natural pool.
I knew from the photos that this place would be stunning, but I didn't realize just how thoughtful and intentional every single aspect would be. My husband and I couldn't stop ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all the design details, and can't wait to go back.