Travel Gems

Hotel Esencia

After a busy few months working on numerous new collections, Monica jetted off to Mexico with her husband and daughter for a well-earned break. We caught up with her on return…

A dream getaway, Hotel Esencia and its lush tropical surroundings were one of the key inspirations for my aptly named Esencia collection.


A luxe boutique style hotel with just 30 rooms, Hotel Esencia is laidback and wonderfully low key. Complete with chic simple décor, delicious food, an organic spa and located right on the beach - it's a real haven of peace and tranquility.


My second visit and another perfect holiday, I hope to be back before too long!

  • The impressive Chichen Itza ruins as photographed by Mark Luscombe-Whyte

MV Escape Tips for the Riviera Maya

What to drink:

Coconut water, the real thing, one a day!

What to eat :

A Ceviche and avocado platter, sat out in the sunshine at my favourite restaurant Hartwood in Tulum

Where to shop :

Rosalia in Playa del Carmen for wonderful Mayan textiles (Avenida 5, between Calles 12 and 14)

Can't leave without :

A trip to the ruins of Chichen Itza or Coba

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