Hotel Esencia is an intimate 29-room resort and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. Nestled between the azure Caribbean Sea and the virgin jungle, and located on 50-acres of lush, green gardens, Hotel Esencia is a paradise of natural delights that provides an authentic, luxurious Mexican Mayan experience. Hotel Esencia gives Grace Ormonde Wedding Style readers an insider's look on planning a wedding at the oceanfront Cancun, Mexico wedding venue.

GOWS: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
A: Timeless, Heavenly, Exclusive

GOWS: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination/weekend wedding at the property?
A: Contact the resort to work on a customized unforgettable destination wedding and schedule a site visit to personally meet our team and privileged paradise.

GOWS: What are some of the amenities and special activities that the property offers for a couple planning to have a destination/weekend wedding?
A: Situated squarely between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, Mayan Pyramids, underground cenotes and some of the Riviera’s best nightclubs, all are only 20 minutes away. For an adventure only steps off the hotel’s beach, there is a reef sanctuary for sea turtles and colorful exotic fish–one of the region’s best kept secrets. Aroma Spa is the option for guests that would rather to enjoy the hotel without leaving the peacefulness that surrounds them during their stay and wedding celebration.

GOWS: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
A: Ideally situated far from huge resorts and the roar of pleasure boats, the immaculate bay of Xpu-Ha is a natural haven where each year sea turtles make their nests. The Main House, originally built as the private hideaway home of an Italian duchess, remains the hotel’s centerpiece, around which footpaths lead to only 29 suites and villas. The Palm Garden, peaceful and majestic, situated at the center of the property, offers beautiful scenarios at any time of the day and becomes magical at twilight.

GOWS: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about yourmenus/culinary team?
A: Dining at Hotel Esencia is at once a culinary voyage and a coming home. Meals are simple yet sophisticated, drawing as much from Mexico’s eclectic range of regional cuisines as from the well-loved comforts of Mediterranean cooking. What is not taken from Hotel Esencia’s own garden is sourced locally from farmers and artisans in Quintana Roo, or further afield from the places in Mexico known for exemplary delicacies—moles from Oaxaca, fruits from Yucatán, and wines from Baja.

GOWS: What does the property offer couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
A: Originally built as the private home of an Italian duchess, Hotel Esencia is a place where the traditions of the past come together with a cosmopolitan sense of how to live well today. Guests enjoy genuine privacy and top flight hospitality.

GOWS: Any other information that you would like to share with our readers that is related to destination/weekend weddings?
A: Whether intimate or grand, private events at Hotel Esencia offer all the boutique services and conveniences of nearby Cancún, but are utterly removed from the noise of other seaside resorts to the north and south. The estate can accommodate up to 300 people for weddings.