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Seasonal Flavors. Naturally Grown

Featuring a large Caribbean-style covered terrace, a breezy poolside terrace, and an intimate indoor dining room, Essensia Restaurant follows a farm-to-table philosophy, offering a seasonal selection of natural gourmet cuisine with emphasis on premium local and sustainable ingredients. The culinary approach at Essensia follows the hotel's "inspired by nature" philosophy and reflects our passion in creating the most flavorful cuisine by letting the best local ingredients and nature itself speak through culinary artistry. A proud recipient of the Slow Foods Snail of Approval, Essensia, continues to evolve the definition of "naturally grown" at The Palms Hotel & Spa.


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Essensia’s bar & lounge feature an innovative, artisanal and sustainable menu, including hand-crafted Essential Cocktails made with fresh herbs from the on-site Organic Chef’s Garden and eco-conscious craft spirits. Our Natural Wine List is committed to being 100% sustainably or organically farmed.


Essential Sources

  • Most fruits and vegetables are locally grown and organically farmed
  • All meats and poultry are naturally farmed and certified organic, where possible
  • All seafood comes from sustainable sources, with an emphasis on local sourcing
  • Wines are 100% sustainably farmed
  • Signature cocktails at hand-crafted from fresh seasonal fruit, fresh herbs from the on-site Garden and eco-conscious, artisanal spirits.


There are many restaurants in the world where you will have an excellent lunch, but Essensia is a special treat . You should try it yourself . I can say excellent food, perfect service , great staff etc. but this one of the places you have to visit.- Tripadvisor Reviewer August 2019

Great Food and drinks. The staff was extremely attentive and the view was AMAZING! Although I made reservations, I was able to dine early, which I appreciated. The prices were reasonable, and the experience was memorable. Will definitely return.-Opentable Reviewer July 2019

The best restaurant that I have ever been to. Lovely ambiance, amazing atmosphere, food, lighting, staff everything. A must if you are in the area and even if not staying at the hotel. We had a great time, don't miss! - google ReviewerMarch 2019