Essence at the Fives Beach

5* out of 5 stars

Essence at The Fives Beach is an all-inclusive beachfront resort close to Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya. With the resort being right on the beach, pristine white sand and the beautiful Caribbean Sea are just seconds away. Completing this picture of paradise at Essence at The Fives Beach is the tropical forest that surrounds it. A beautiful location for your holiday...and a beautiful choice for a destination wedding, too.

Many of the spacious rooms and suites have classic ocean views and most feature a balcony or terrace. Some suites also boast separate living spaces, with penthouses benefitting from private rooftop lounge decks. The Epic Collection residences are particularly lavish, boasting a range of inclusions such as private check-in, Fives Ambassador service, complimentary laundry, same day restaurant reservations, reserved beach and pool seating, complimentary in-room breakfast, turndown service, and so much more.

At the heart of Essence at The Fives Beach is a large lagoon-style swimming pool. Six further pools can be found across the resort, including a children's pool at the kids' club. Some of the other facilities are a spa, fitness centre, and 10 restaurants. 

Restaurants are a mix of buffet and al à carte and cover a range of global cuisines, such as Mexican, Italian, French, Pan-Asian, and Peruvian. And the bars include a beachfront bar, swim-up bar, and one with sweeping views across the ocean.

Things to do at Essence at The Fives Beach

The resort is a vibrant choice for couples and families alike, with plenty to do any time of the day or night. Facilities such as the Fives Spa, Aluxitos Kids' club, and gym keep the atmosphere relaxed yet fun. And there's evening entertainment to suit all ages.

The spa itself is a sanctuary of serenity, fusing ancestral traditions with modern techniques. Enjoy hydrotherapy facilities like the sauna and steam room, jacuzzi, cold lagoon, and more, then indulge in a treatment in one of the 11 cabins.

Step outside the palm-dotted grounds and onto the beach in mere moments. Lie back on the white sand or take romantic sunset strolls. Active types will enjoy watersports, and golfers will love that the renowned 18-hole El Camaleón Mayakoba Golf Course is within easy reach.

The Yucatán Peninsula is famous for its rainforests, jungles, and ancient Mayan ruins. And practically on the doorstep of Essence at The Fives Beach is the popular waterhole, Cenote Cristalino, where swimming, snorkelling, and diving are on offer. Playa del Carmen Archeological Site and other surrounding ruins are great spots for days out.

A 20-minute drive south from the resort are the restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops of Playa del Carmen's famous Fifth Avenue. And around 40 minutes away is Cancun International Airport.

Couples searching for somewhere truly special to marry can take advantage of the wedding and honeymoon packages here, providing a destination wedding in paradise.



Two Bedroom Resort Residence

Has been specially designed for families and friends, this suite category provides the same amenities described for the One Bedroom Resort Residence as well as a tastefully designed second bedroom. The second bedroom is furnished with two double beds or a king size bed (not guaranteed). Rooms can be connecting or joined by an entry hall based on availability.

Epic Two Bedroom Penthouse Resort Residence

EPIC Collection connects you to the coziness of Mexico. It combines regional influences with contemporary touches. Features a master bedroom with a King-size bed, a living room with a double sofa bed, and an additional Deluxe room connected with King size or double-size beds. Fully equipped kitchen and large dining room where breakfast is served daily. Enjoy the sea breeze from the Penthouse rooftop terrace with a gazebo, barbecue grill, and a whirlpool tub.

Three Bedroom Resort Residence

Has been designed for families or friends gathering, it caters perfectly to special events. This residence offers all the amenities of 2 Bedroom Resort Residence with the addition of a third bedroom. The third bedroom is furnished with the same amenities of the second bedroom with two double beds or a king size bed (not guaranteed). Rooms can be connecting or joined by an entry hall based on availability.

Epic Three Bedroom Penthouse Residence

Ideal for large families, this EPIC Collection is inspired by the cultural richness of Mexico, colorfully decorated in a contemporary style, and features a master bedroom with a King-size bed, a living room with a double-size sofa bed, and two additional connected Deluxe rooms with King-size or double beds. Fully equipped kitchen and large dining room where breakfast is served daily. Enjoy the sea breeze from the Penthouse rooftop terrace with gazebo, barbecue grill, and jetted whirlpool tub.


This contemporary residence has 527 sqf/49 sqm room features garden view, a large balcony or terrace, and two double-size beds or a king size bed (not guaranteed). The bathroom features frosted glass doors and square sinks, and there is ample closet space.

One Bedroom Resort Residence

This 710 sqf / 66 sqm Residence is decorated with art lamps, sculptures and large paintings on the walls. The bedroom has a king size bed with large wooden sliding doors that open up to a separate living room adorned modernly and equipped with a double pull out sofa bed. This suite also provides a full kitchen with granite countertops (refrigerator microwave, oven and stove), and a dining table.

Epic One Bedroom Penthouse Resort Residence

EPIC Collection connects you to the coziness of Mexico. Discover the modern Penthouse rooftop terrace that features a furnished gazebo, barbecue grill and whirlpool tub. Turn on your relax mode in your bedroom on a comfortable Kingsize bed and enjoy breakfast served in the dining room or on the private terrace. In addition to the bedroom, this residence includes a double-size sofa bed, a spacious bathroom with rain shower, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining area and rooftop terrace.

Epic One Bedroom Swim-Up Resort Residence

EPIC Collection immerses you in the ancient culture of Mexico with a fusion of contemporary style. Have breakfast every morning on a furnished terrace or refresh yourself by the pool, just steps from your bed. This residence features one bedroom with a King-size bed, a spacious bathroom with bathtub and rain shower, a fully equipped kitchen, a living room, dining room, and a comfortable double size sofabed.



Food & Drink


With soothing decoration and quiet music, Natur is the ideal place for nature lovers who want to enjoy delicious grill dishes and exotic drinks. Pair your meal with a natural ambiance. Enjoy great grilled dishes in the best atmosphere.


Be seduced by the tropical atmosphere of the Mexican Caribbean in this wonderful bar, where you can enjoy a selection of snacks, such as kimchi, Thai salad, vegan burgers, and other delicacies. Pair them with delicious drinks such as coffee, fresh juices, cocktails and beers. Share unforgettable moments with your loved ones.


Savour the best flavours of this Beach Club grill, enjoying fantastic views along with your food.

Sea Olive

Sea Olive is known for Cuisine du Soleil, a cooking style based on fresh and local ingredients which makes it the perfect restaurant if you love innovation. Dine and discover its Mediterranean & Mexican fusion menu.


Double your delight at Mestizo, a Mexican restaurant with delicious dishes and an amazing view. Taste the authenticity of traditional dishes fused with a contemporary touch that makes every dish special. Don't miss the opportunity to live this experience.


Enjoy the best atmosphere along with a selection of delicious dishes of international cuisine. Be dazzled by its excellent service and varied menu, ideal for breakfast and dinner, and admire the unique landscape of the cenotes.


Oka Sushi in the Riviera Maya, a restaurant where its cozy atmosphere, added to its incredible recipes will always make you want to go back.

Koh Thai

Awaken your palate with the exuberant mix of ingredients of Thai cuisine. Lemon, ginger, and basil are the protagonists of this food that envelops you with its aromatic flavors. You will be taken from the Caribbean to Thailand to pamper you with a classic Pad Thai or a delicious curry. Try, in addition, our most contemporary wok creations and surprise yourself with the colors and textures of this ancient culinary tradition. If you want to eat outdoors, you can do so in one of our pagodas ($); whether it is a romantic dinner or a family reunion, the charm of the pagoda will add an even more special component to your dining experience at Koh Thai.

La Brasserie

Meet the Brasserie, a bistro restaurant par excellence, inspired by the best of international cuisine. Let yourself be seduced by its atmosphere, and enjoy its delicious recipes.


Arezzo, the perfect restaurant for Mediterranean food enthusiasts, that specializes in handmade pasta paired with seafood, meat, grilled poultry and other Italian delicacies.

Bar Palmas

A swim-up bar is the perfect place to relax.

Cantina 1910

Serving some of the best Mezcal in town, or a cool local beer.

Zky Bar

A sophisticated bar and lounge with views of the Caribbean sea.

The Gin Bar

Serving handcrafted and sophisticated cocktails, or a classic G&T.

Breeze Bar

A beachfront bar where you can enjoy your favourite cocktail.

Manglar Bar

A relaxing spot by the pool and lush tropical forest.

Marley Coffee Shop

Sourced from the finest coffee-growing regions in the world. With every cup brewed, Marley coffee manifests the greater good Bob Marley lived for through his music and legacy.