Hotel Highlights

  • Peaceful spa with a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi
  • Coba’s quiet seclusion – nature is the sole distraction
  • Filmset-worthy scenery: ancient ruins, lagoons and jungle

Overview

Coqui Coqui Coba hotel in Yucatán will unleash your inner Indiana Jones: this two-tower hideaway sits in an ancient ruined city with jungle, lagoons and caves as its playground. If Coqui could talk, it wouldn’t scream of luxury, it would speak softly about local stone, neutral hues, natural materials and an orange-and-vanilla-scented spa.

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A gift from Coqui's perfumery and a botanical bath in the spa

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Five, including two suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability ($60). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $190.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent.

More details

Breakfast (pastries, yogurt, granola, fresh fruit, hot drinks) is an additional $8–$15.

Also

A little pouch stuffed with potions from the Coqui Coqui perfumery is left in rooms as a welcome gesture. (You’ll appreciate this, as saltwater flows through the plumbing: keep your mouth clamped when showering.) The fragrant unguents will also get you in the mood for the hotel’s handsome spa, where clay, aloe, coconut oil and other natural ingredients star in treatments.

At the hotel

Spa, gardens, library. (In common with its sister hotels, Coqui Coqui Coba lacks most mod cons, including TVs and plug sockets.)

Our favourite rooms

Survey the Yucatán jungle from the comfort of one of the King Palapa suites, accessed by a rope bridge and boasting a private terrace, king-size bed and an open-plan bathroom with a deep cement-cast tub. All rooms look over the lagoon.

Poolside

There are two small, silver-blue swimming pools, designed more for cooling dips than Olympian aquatics.

Packing tips

Clothes and shoes conducive to skipping around ancient ruins. Bring binoculars, swimwear, snorkel and insect repellent for the jungle and lagoons.

Also

Canine companions are welcome (you’ll need to pay a deposit), as long as they’re toilet-trained, kept away from beds, blankets and furniture, and watched over carefully by their owners. No pet food or accessories are provided, so bring your own.

Children

Little Smiths can come too: extra beds are $60 a night, cots are $30 a night and babysitting can be arranged ($15 an hour) with 48 hours’ notice.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Meals are served in a simple room on the ground floor. The fusion food encompasses Mexican, Argentinean and Italian influences. Sample dishes include ceviche, chicken with lemongrass and rosemary, and tilapia with marmalade.

Hotel Bar

It’s the Piranha Bar’s business to keep guests refreshed. It does so with panache, serving cucumber martinis, gin and lime, and Salty Dogs (a tart marriage of grapefruit and vodka, presented in a salt-rimmed glass).

Last orders

Sit down for breakfast at 8am, and stay where you are until 4pm for lunch. Dinner hits the plates between 6pm and 9pm; drinks are served in the bar from 8am until 10pm.

Room service

Order dishes from the main menu to your room (or preferred sunbathing spot) between 8am and 4pm, and from 6pm until 9pm.

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Dress code

You’re a Mayan prince, you’re a Yucatán princess – dress accordingly. We’re thinking crisp white linen; burnished jewellery (and lots of it); brown leather sandals; a dash of spicy cologne.

Top table

Dining is a sociable set-up, centred around one communal table. There are no set times for meals though, so guests can dine à deux, too.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

There’s not much in Coba itself, so make the 44 km drive to Tulum for food and drink. Hartwood (www.hartwoodtulum.com) on the jungle side of Tulum's beach road is run by two New York natives, and delivers contemporary American cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients. Seafood and steak is served on cast-iron dishes and chunky cutting boards. Located inside the eponymous hotel, Posada Margherita (+52 984 801 8493; www.posadamargherita.com) serves hearty home-made pasta and wine from Chile, Argentina and Italy. For Argentinean steaks, live-music-packed weekends and a solid wine selection, head to Casa Banana (+52 984 806 2871; www.casabananatulum.com) at Boca Paila. Casa Violeta (+52 984 879 0294; www.casavioletatulum.com) serves wood-oven-baked pizzas and freshly caught fish. Try the seafood platter, and sit at a table with a view of the water. Open only for dinner, Hechizo (+ 52 984 879 5020; www.hechizotulum.com) will satisfy serious gourmands. Run by chef Stefan Schober and his wife/pastry chef, the name of this tucked-away restaurant means enchantment – a few nibbles in, you’ll realise why.

Local cafés

Café Gaudi, a cash-only java joint on Avenue Tulum between Calles Alfa and Jupiter, serves delicious breakfast dishes and good coffee. Searching for memorable meat-free options? Stop here for lunch.

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In view of Papolchac’s pyramids

Coqui Coqui Coba

Carretera Costera Laguna s/n Solidaridad, Coba, Quintana Roo, CP 87780

Planes

Cancún airport is 172 km from the hotel. Tulum is about 90 minutes away and taxis will cost around $100.

Automobiles

Valladolid and Tulum are about 40 minutes away by car. Hotel parking is free. Drop your luggage off upon arrival and make use of the valet service. (Be warned though, the last half-kilometre leading to the hotel is bumpy and unpaved.)

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Rosie Birkett , A lot on her plate

Emerging from the comfort of our air-conditioned bus (the best way to travel overland in Mexico) we found ourselves on a remote dirt track beside a lagoon in the roaring haze of the mid-afternoon sun. This was Coba, and half the town was under water flooded by unseasonably heavy rain. The track connecting us to Coqui Coqui Coba – a chic boutique hotel and spa in the depths of the Yucatan ...

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Coqui Coqui Coba

Anonymous review by Rosie Birkett, A lot on her plate

Emerging from the comfort of our air-conditioned bus (the best way to travel overland in Mexico) we found ourselves on a remote dirt track beside a lagoon in the roaring haze of the mid-afternoon sun. This was Coba, and half the town was under water flooded by unseasonably heavy rain. The track connecting us to Coqui Coqui Coba – a chic boutique hotel and spa in the depths of the Yucatan jungle – was submerged in what looked like two feet of murky floodwater.

My panicked visions of wading knee-deep in muck with bags held overhead were thankfully dispelled when a cab pulled up and expertly (if bumpily) carried us through the water. Lining the roadside, kids perched precariously in trees while fishing and women peddled pretty hand-embroidered dresses.

Much like the Mayan ruins it’s modelled on, Coqui Coqui Coba loomed large with rugged elegance beside its tall palms and taller twin pyramids, which are connected (much to Mr Smith’s delight) by a rope suspension bridge. In front of the property the lagoon – a shining, mirrored expanse of still water – shimmered and at our feet we noticed an undulating carpet of tiny, minuscule frogs. If Lara Croft and Indiana Jones united to create the ultimate adventuring power couple, this is where they’d honeymoon.

Welcomed by the smiling Vilandy, the sweet young Mexican woman who runs the property along with her gorgeous husband Celso, she showed us the ponds where they raise fish for the restaurant, and the yard where chicken roamed and vegetables and plants grew for the kitchen. Yep, that’s about as organic as it gets.

Quickly checking us in, Vilandy walked us through the Coqui Coqui signature scents that come from the hotel’s sister perfumery in the city of Valladolid. The rich aromas of the Yucatan Peninsula inspire all the perfumes, which is where former model and Coqui Coqui founder, Nicolas Malleville, created his select scent portfolio.

Reaching our airy, loft-like lagoon-facing room dominated by a huge elevated bed, our nostrils were again flooded with the heady, evocative smell of orange blossom. On the bed clad in crisp cotton sheets, was a goodie bag from the perfumery, stuffed with tobacco and orange blossom cologne and shampoo, coconut sun lotion and all-important mosquito repellent. Spanning the entire upper level of one pyramid, our secluded digs were the definition of jungle chic and accented with stylish, atmospheric touches such as hand carved wooden furniture, rustic woven fabrics, panama hats, crocodile window handles. Even the air conditioning unit was carefully masked by attractive botanical paintings.

French doors led out onto the vast stone terrace and we drank rose and mint tea as we watched the sun go down, sending pearlescent pink streaks across the sky. After time just spent in the bustling colonial city of Merida, we relished the wilderness and its natural soundtrack with the singsong chirp of geckos, crickets and the hectic chorus of the jungle birds. And, we happily resigned ourselves to a couple of days of pure, isolated luxury – because that’s what you come here for – along with the chance to sleep on some of the most comfortable beds in Mexico and indulge in spa treatments with the sumptuous Coqui Coqui products.

Venturing downstairs for supper, we found a beautifully laid, candlelit table waiting for us under the stars. As well as rearing and growing many of the ingredients, Celso and Vilandy also cook the simple, regional and as fresh-as-you-could-hope-for food. This meant fragrant, restorative lime and chicken broth with crispy croutons of fried tortilla, followed by fish cooked in a deliciously sour pibil marinate – a Yucatan specialty. Returning to our room, we ended the evening on our terrace overlooking the lagoon where we witnessed no less than three shooting stars in a flare of glitter. It’s that kind of place.

The next day began with a hearty breakfast of huevos rancheros (eggs and tomato sauce on fried tortilla) and wonderful homemade bread with papaya jam and explosively aromatic honey that Cecil’s father makes in the depths of the jungle. It set us up for an expedition to the legendary Mayan ruins just down the road.

Shuttled across the floodwater courtesy of a hotel vehicle, we hired ramshackle bicycles to tackle the 6km ruin site. Mr Smith clambered up Nohoch Mul ‘The Big Mound‘, which offers incredible views across the forest canopy, and I stayed well grounded with a cold bottle of Mexican coke (sweetened with cane sugar rather than refined corn syrup).

In the spirit of adventure, we opted to find our own way back to the hotel, and as we passed by the lagoon, I saw a craggy rock poking out of the water about two feet away that looked uncannily like a crocodile’s head. ‘Look at this creepy crocodile rock!’ I squealed at Mr Smith. But it was gone. Thirty seconds later, what was clearly not a rock re-emerged with its black, lifeless eyes staring right at us. 

Lingering slightly longer than I should, I captured my Instagram-gold shot of the trip. Suddenly the hotel’s prominent crocodile brass work took on a whole new meaning. Showing Vilandy the photos, she was open-mouthed with surprise, calling Celso to see. ‘That’s a very big crocodile,’ she smiled nervously, wide-eyed. Welcome to the jungle, indeed.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Coqui Coqui Coba's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on 28 Jan 2014

We loved

I loved it all. It's a very small hotel with a friendly, helpful staff. It's close to the Coba ruins, so go when it opens to miss the crowds.

Don’t expect

It's not for everyone but we thought it quite special.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 26 Jun 2013

We loved

I liked the traditional Mayan style meals cooked by our young host, Erandy, and the home-grown produce. The styling of the hotel is oh so chic, Indiana Jones style. I liked the proximity to the Coba ruins, and the fact that it's situated in a traditional Mexican village.

Don’t expect

There is literally nothing else around except the ruins and a few local houses. A good transfer service that doesn't blow the budget would be of help to get to and from the airport.

Rating: 7/10 stars