Surrounded by jungle and sea, Coqui Coqui Tulum Residence & Spa hotel combines rusticity with relaxation: a formula that keeps A-listers and in-the-know civilians coming back for more. With a design as emblematic as the nearby ruins of Tulum, this cream-coloured beachfront stay has an ocean-inspired spa, breezy bedrooms and views of the shimmering Caribbean.
On-site boutique selling signature perfumes, soaps and candles
Relax on the beach and explore Maya ruins
Aromatic spa treatments featuring local plants as ingredients
An in-room botanical spa bath
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Smokers can light up in the outdoor areas of the hotel. Canine companions are welcome in the ground-floor rooms. 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 Maya clay wrap, massage, and candle-lit coconut- and bath-salt-infused bath.
Keen to catch some waves? Bring along your boogie board.
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.
Mr and Mrs Smith reviews
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 Residence & Spa?…
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 Residence & Spa and its sister hotel Coqui Coqui Valladolid Residence & Spa 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 Residence & Spa 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...
Carretera Tulum Ruinas Boca Paila, KM 7.5, Boca Paila, Tulum , Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, CP77780
89.8 mi / 144.8 km from city centre
- Aerobics instruction
- Internet services
Casual and cosy, Coqui Coqui Caféteria's diminutive kitchen serves up simple breakfasts and Mexican fare.
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.
Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am; an all-day menu is served from 12noon to 8pm. Order cocktails from 8pm to 11pm.
No room service, but you can stop by the café and order snacks until 8pm daily.
There’s no designated bar but you can toast happy hour with a fresh-fruit margarita at sunset on the patio.