Juliet Kinsman reveals her favourite resort to visit with teenagers.

ONCE THE KIDS HIT THEIR TEENS, YOU'RE GOING TO WANT A RELAXING BREAK IN A LUXURY RESORT, AT LEAST JUST TO CELEBRATE THE STAGE OF YOUR HOLIDAY LIVES TOGETHER WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE WATCHED 24/7. BUT HOW DO YOU KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED DURING THE DAY WHILE STILL GIVING THEM A BIT OF FREEDOM?

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Esencia on the Riviera Maya in Mexico has two-storey private cottages that are perfect for families who want a luxuryretreat where the kids can feel a little independent. It's on a beautiful stretch of beachand there's free yoga, SCUBA diving and cookery lessons to keep your girls busy.

Stylish to the max, and set in 50 acres of tropical gardens, there are two palm-flanked pools and endless white sand and turquoise Caribbean sea.

For an unforgettable trip, take them to Tulum's 13th-century Mayan ruins, just over half an hour away. Plus, Esencia is only 20 minutes south of buzzing Playa del Carmen. If you have teenage daughters, they will really thank you if you treat them to a temazcal steam ritual or a chocolate massage in the teen-friendly organic spa, too.

- Juliet Kinsman
Founding editor, Smith Hotels
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