Need To Know
Five, including two suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability ($60). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $190.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent.
Breakfast (pastries, yogurt, granola, fresh fruit, hot drinks) is an additional $8–$15.
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.
There are two small, silver-blue swimming pools, designed more for cooling dips than Olympian aquatics.
Clothes and shoes conducive to skipping around ancient ruins. Bring binoculars, swimwear, snorkel and insect repellent for the jungle and lagoons.
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.
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.