Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability (US$60). Check-in, 3pm–8pm. Contact the hotel for instructions on how to check in after hours.
Double rooms from $348.71, excluding tax at 19 per cent.
Rates include a Coqui Coqui classic breakfast of toasted granola with seeds and crystallised fruit, homemade yogurt and bread, house jam honey, freshly pressed juices and herbal infusions.
Sniff and spritz your way around the on-site perfumery and lab, recreating fragrances made from locally sourced essential oils (the Franciscan monks were big fans). Pick up handcrafted accessories by Hacienda Montecristo, also sold in the perfumery. Surrounded by manicured vegetation, the thatched-roof spa has two treatment tables for massages à deux and two outdoor roll-top tubs for side-by-side unwinding. Try the skin-softening two-hour coconut and papaya body scrub, followed by a 90-minute stress-melting holistic massage.
At the hotel
Perfumery, gardens, library, stash of CDs and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: CD player, iPod dock and Coqui Coqui Perfumes bath products.
Our favourite rooms
This is an easy decision, since there’s only one to choose from. The Perfumery Suite’s drama begins at its entrance: an open-air staircase leading to a courtyard with a private plunge pool. This is not a stay for the unfamiliar/shy, as the freestanding roll-top tub sits boldly exposed to the rest of the room. A simple bed and the gilded chandelier suspended above it are the room’s focal points, and exposed beams break up the monochrome colour scheme. Doors lead to a private terrace with an oversized sun lounger and umbrella.
Flanked by trees and fragrant flowers, the rustic outside plunge pool has a weathered stone exterior and buckets of wild charm.
Set in the luscious green and tranquil garden, the spa is filled with the sweet-smell of roses. For full body relaxation, treat yourself to one of their rituals. Their two-hour Aloe Vera healing ritual is specially designed to replenish skin; starting with a cucumber and aromatic mint body massage, the treatments includes an aloe vera wrap and head massage.
Leave your cologne at home and pick up a bottle or two of the jasmine- or coconut-scented fragrances from the perfumery. Pack swimwear for a trip to the nearby cenotes, limestone pools linked by a system of underground caverns and rivers.
Smoking is allowed in the outside areas. Pets are welcome in the garden and on the terrace of the suite. Be mindful that the hotel isn't easily navigable for those with mobility issues.
This is an adults-only stay.