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Hotel Highlights

  • On-site boutique selling signature perfumes, soap and candles
  • Relax on the beach and explore Mayan ruins
  • Aromatic spa treatments featuring local plants as ingredients

Overview

Rustic yet sultry, Coqui Coqui Tulum hotel in the Riviera Maya has a stretch of pristine beachfront near the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum. Satisfying simple villas and a spa with treatments inspired by the sea make this a remote retreat with luxurious trim. Surrounded by jungle and ocean, rooms offer Caribbean views and delicious isolation.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Coqui Coqui Tulum with us:

A gift from the hotel's on-site perfumery and a botanical bath in the spa

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Seven, including three suites.

Check–out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a fee (US$60). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $240.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude à la carte breakfast (US$12–US$20).

Also

Visit the spa and try one of the aromatic treatments. We like the three-hour Ocean Bath Ritual: a tranquil treatment that starts with an aromatherapy foot soak followed by a Mayan clay wrap, massage, and candle-lit coconut- and bath-salt-infused bath. Don’t fret about sourcing bottled water during your stay; the hotel has an in-house filtration system.

At the hotel

Spa, mini boutique selling the owners’ range of perfumes and accessories, free WiFi in communal areas. In rooms: beach bag and Coqui Coqui Perfumes bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We fell for the romantic Master Beach Suite, perched above the lobby. It’s possibly the breeziest of the bunch, with windows at both ends of the room. The white linen-clad four-poster surveys the sea, and there’s a cosy balcony with two chairs. Room Three, a Partial Sea View Room on the second floor of the back building, is also a winner: open-plan layout, ocean vistas, and a lower price tag than rooms in the main building. Both the hand-molded bathtubs are big enough for two; keep your mouth clamped shut when showering or you’ll get a glug of seawater. A note for the modest, only curtains separate the bathroom from the rest of the room.

Packing tips

Forget your bulky straw tote and use the beach bag left in each room. Keen to catch some waves? Bring along your boogie board.

Also

Smokers can light up in the outdoor areas of the hotel. Canine companions are welcome in the ground-floor rooms.

Children

This relaxed resort is better suited to adults. However, cribs and beds can be added to rooms for a charge of US$60. Babysitting can be organised with a days’ notice for US$20 an hour. Baby-listening devices and batteries are available at reception.

Eco‐friendly

Repurposed and local materials were used in the construction of the Coqui Coqui Tulum. A water purifying system is in place and everything that can be recycled is. Use of natural light is maximised throughout and the hotel is powered by solar energy.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Casual and cosy, Coqui Coqui Caféteria's diminutive kitchen serves up simple breakfasts and Mexican fare such as ceviche and fish tacos. The restaurant has four small indoor tables and two tables outside on the verandah; four daybeds are also available for horizontal coffee sipping and snacking.

Hotel Bar

There’s no designated bar but you can toast happy hour with a fresh-fruit margarita at sunset on the patio.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am to 11am; lunch is from 11am to 7pm; dinner is available on request. Order cocktails from 7pm to 11pm.

Room service

No room service, but you can stop by the café and order snacks until 11pm daily.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Pair white linen and ethnic prints with floppy straw hats. Mrs Smith: let bikini strings peek out of colourful halter dresses. Flip-flops and sandals will get the most wear here; accessorize with a sun-blocking parasol provided by the hotel.

Top table

If you're looking to relax over a mid-day bite, grab one of the tables on the verandah. The morning sun is usually too strong to enjoy breakfast outdoors.

Local Guide

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

Worth getting out of bed for

Hit the road to the UNESCO World Heritage site Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve, a stretch of protected land lined with lagoons, beaches and a section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Study the flora fauna with bilingual guides (+1 52 984 871 2202; www.siankaantours.org). Stop by the quaint fishing village of Punta Allen 2.5 hours from Tulum. Be warned, you’ll need a four-wheel drive for the treacherous roads. Tour the ruins of the walled city of Tulum just five minutes from the hotel. Believed to be the home of the 40,000 Maya, the ruins of pre-Columbian Cobá – about 27 miles from Tulum – are usually less packed. You’ll find two lagoons and the tallest pyramid of the Yucatán amid this jungle-fringed site. The light traffic of Tulum and well-marked paths keep bikers pedaling to surrounding beaches. Rent some wheels and cruise solo or take a guided tour through the jungle at Iguana Bikes in downtown (+1 52 984 119 0836). Get adventurous: explore cenotes on a dive or spot giant snapper on a snorkeling trip, just a five-minute drive from the hotel (+1 52 984 807 8805; www.mexidivers.com). From basic courses for beginners to refresher sessions for seasoned boarders, athletes will love pulse-quickening kitesurfing classes (+1 52 984 745 4555; www.extremecontrol.net).

Local restaurants

One of the newest dining dens in town, Hartwood, run by New York natives Eric Werner and Mya Henry, offers contemporary American cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients. Seafood and steak is served on cast-iron dishes and chunky cutting boards. The restaurant is just steps away at Boca Paila Km 7.6. Belly up to the whitewashed bar and order a spicy grapefruit margarita. The menu changes daily (www.hartwoodtulum.com). Located inside the eponymous hotel, Posada Margherita serves hearty home-made pasta and wine from Chile, Argentina and Italy (+52 984 801 8493; www.posadamargherita.com). For Argentinean steaks, live-music-packed weekends and a solid wine selection, head to Casa Banana, just down the street from the hotel at Boca Paila Km 8.5 (+52 984 806 2871; www.casabananatulum.com). Casa Violeta hotel’s restaurant serves wood-oven-baked pizzas and freshly caught fish. Try the mixed grilled seafood platter, and sit at a table with a view of the water (+52 984 879 0294; www.casavioletatulum.com). Open only for dinner, Hechizo will satisfy serious gourmands. Run by chef Stefan Schober and his wife/pastry chef, the name of this tucked-away restaurant means enchantment – one taste of the amuse bouche and you’ll realise why (+ 52 984 879 5020; www.hechizotulum.com).

Local bars

Colourful ceramic skulls and curios punctuate the shelves of Juan y José’s mezcaleria, a 10-minute car ride away in Tulum Pueblo. Among the few late-night joints, this will likely be the last stop for party-seekers, open from 6pm to 3am. Grab a cab and pop in for the lemon grass-infused mezcal.

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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Beachfront Boca Paila

Coqui Coqui Tulum

Carretera Tulum Ruinas Boca Paila, KM 7.5, Boca Paila, Tulum , Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, CP77780

Coqui Coqui Tulum is situated on a stretch of beach at Boca Paila Road Km 7.5, 7km from downtown Tulum.

Planes

Cancún International Airport is 75 miles northeast of the hotel. It operates plenty of flights to US cities with connections to Europe. It's also served by some charter flights from the UK.

Automobiles

A car is essential for jaunts to ruins and trips to nearby towns such as charming Valladolid, a little more than an hours’ drive away. Free parking is available on the street near the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this Riviera Maya boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their scented candles and hammocks, a full account of their Mexican luxury beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick snapshot of Coqui Coqui Tulum… Boho beauties including Sienna Miller and Jade Jagger – friends of the sty…
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Coqui Coqui Tulum

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this Riviera Maya boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their scented candles and hammocks, a full account of their Mexican luxury beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick snapshot of Coqui Coqui Tulum…

Boho beauties including Sienna Miller and Jade Jagger – friends of the stylish owners, model Nicolas Malleville and his equally eye-pleasing partner Francesa Bonato – helped put both Coqui Coqui Tulum and its sister hotel Coqui Coqui Valladolid on the (well-heeled beachcombers’) map.

It’s easy to see why the pared-down digs on the sand, kitted out with beds swathed in mosquito nets and hand-woven hammocks, and the laid-back spirit of this oceanfront town have notched up repeat visits from paparazzi-dodgers. The hotel encourages guests to slow down, chill out and switch off (your mobile/iPad/other gadgets). It’s not lavish, but it’s got a low-key luxe and charm that makes bigger boutique numbers pale in comparison.

Spend your days snorkeling and pyramid-perusing or indulging in tension-soothing spa treatments: at Coqui Coqui Tulum the end result is relaxation paired with romance. Even the eco-friendly touches – such as the use of solar energy – are a feel-good bonus that offers a romantic pay-off. After dark, rooms are kept aglow by candlelight. Meander through Tulum by bike or go diving in search of whale sharks – this is a destination for extremists of every stripe. Sybarites emerge renewed from the third-floor spa, fresh from botanical baths perfumed with essential oils; adrenaline junkies hop into tricked-out jeeps to drive to Punta Allen.

Stop by the boutique to stock up on perfumes, scented candles and lotions whipped up on the premises. Once home, put match to wick, breathe in the coconut notes and remember Tulum: just don’t be surprised if you find yourself searching for the first flight back...

The Guestbook

Reviews of Coqui Coqui Tulum from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This hotel is beautiful, intimate: truly a little treasure.

Don’t expect

I would have liked lunch service at hotel.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the stripped-back luxe style with a seriously easygoing ambiance. It's not the place for an energetic, activity-based getaway but the perfect place to unwind. The food in the surrounding area is the real highlight so this is the perfect place to sample new dishes. See Hartwood, Casa Banana, Casa Jaguar and El Tabbano. Service in the hotel was of a high standard.

Don’t expect

Hotel food, while great, was pricey for the area.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on No

We loved

I liked the lovely terrace on Room 7 the overlooks the beach: pure paridise! The styling of the open-plan room was simple yet beautiful and very traditional looking: it's the best looking hotel on the strip! The free products from the perfumery below were very generous.

Don’t expect

We were going for the traditional Mexican experience so I can't really complain, but it would be nice to have a fresh-water shower every now and then. Salt water just doesn't have the same clean feeling. Air conditioning would be great, but again, we were after the traditional experience, so we were happy with fans.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The amazing smell of the place due to the perfumeries on site, and the ecochic architecture and design. Beautiful gifts of soaps and scents. Huge king-size comfy bed and friendly laid-back staff and feel. The lovely meal we had cooked by the chef; we ended up having the restaurant to ourselves.

Don’t expect

Although the bed was comfy, I think having the foam mattress meant it was a little hot. Also, we had the fans on as high as they could go due to it being a hot night, so some aircon could be good.

Rating: 10/10 stars