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A white-walled estate built in the 1990s for an Italian duchess looks out over the Caribbean Sea. Indulge in a Caribeña cocktail, a blend of mezcal and pineapple juice, in the communal living room. Rosemary and juniper berries from the garden are used in spa treatments.

Esencia, Xpu-Ha, Playa del Carmen, (877) 528-3490. From $499. hotelesencia.com. Image courtesy of Esencia. This story appeared in the July/August 2011 issue. 

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