Coqui Coqui Coba Residence & Spa
What We Love
- All meals (buffet breakfast, lunch and four-course prix fixe dinner) are included in the Jetsetter rate
- The chic decor combines of-the-moment style with sense-of-place authenticity
- Fabulous jungle location overlooking a tranquil lagoon
- The organic-leaning spa has a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi
- Sophisticated wining and dining in the wilderness
What To Know
- There are no TVs or mod cons in the rooms — a stay here is all about stepping back in time
- Dining is communal, so travelers have a chance to meet other guests
- Spa treatments must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance
- Fresh juices, and one two-person French press coffee are included in breakfast, but Espresso drinks, shakes and other specialty drinks are extra, including beverages at other meals
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The glamorous globetrotting founders of Coqui Coqui Residences take Mexico’s magical Yucatan Peninsula as their muse for a collection of intimate, stylish boutique hotels, from Tulum to Merida. This four-room hideaway is the most atmospheric of all, with a jungle setting in view of the magnificent Pyramid of Papolchac, at the Mayan ruins of Coba. The hotel’s rough-hewn limestone exterior blends beautifully into its wilderness setting, with a rope bridge strung between the two towers of the property. The guestrooms feature natural materials and neutral tones (think polished concrete floors, simple platform beds draped with gauzy white canopies, and lounge areas featuring Mexican artifacts and hand-crafted objects like bags made from henequen, the ubiquitous fibrous plant that was once the peninsula’s primary source of wealth). The surroundings of the two plunge pools follow a similar pared-back aesthetic. Guests dine at a communal table (although there’s an option for meals à deux, as well), with menus following a formula of simply prepared dishes, using ingredients sourced from the property’s organic garden and fish pond. Meals pull influences from traditional Mayan fare, such as Mayan sushi with habanero wasabi. Buffet breakfast includes fresh fruit, homemade jam, eggs, beans and rice, while lunches consist of ceviches and homemade guacamole. The natural focus continues at the spa, which uses locally gathered ingredients for treatments like the papaya body scrub or a soothing post-sun facial of cucumber, yogurt, honey and aloe. And if you’re looking to stay fit, private yoga and Pilates classes are also available, or curl up in the library lounge with one of the 100 books from the founder’s original collection.
In the Area
Coba itself, a pre-Columbian treasure set around two lagoons that was once a sprawling Mayan city, is a must-see attraction. The pyramids are the most impressive feature, especially the monumental Nohoch Mul, a 130-foot high stone structure lined on one side with precipitous steps, but the ancient ball courts are fascinating too, and the sacbes (sacred roads) winding throughout the site have their own magic. (To help navigate through the jungle, there are bicycles you can rent, along with pedicabs and drivers.) Head to the Cenotes Choo Ha, Tamcach Ha and Multum Ha, which are three limestone sinkholes that form part of a vast underground river beneath the Yucatan Peninsula, and the crystal-clear waters are a fine tonic after a day in the hot, steamy jungle. (Note: get there in the early morning to enjoy without crowds.) Venture farther on to Tulum and pull up a rustic table alongside the other boho-artistes, models and fashion world types at Hartwood, an alfresco hot spot that serves mouthwatering dishes from its wood-fired hearth. The menu changes daily and includes the best of the local farmers markets and fishermen’s catches.
How to Get There
This place is amazing very secluded and perfect to stay after a day of fun exploring the coba ruins and cenotes close by. Their restaurant is nice also. Food was delicious we tried a few different plates and love it. We had the pool villa, amazing! Staff was very nice and helpful. Thanks
My wife and I stayed two nights recently. We asked the dinner waiter for recommendations. He returned from the kitchen and recommended we order three items. We agreed to all three. The banana leaf covered corn meal thing was supposed to have three different fillings. If one considers a smear of unknown substance a filling, so be it. The lamb crusted appetizer on skewers were deep fried, at least twice, and were nearly hard as a rock. The melted cheese entre was good. However, spreading cheese on a piece of bread doesn't seem like an entre to me. My wife complained to the chef and was told that it must just be her opinion. On the plus side, the architecture of building is extremely good as was the service.
We stayed for 1 night after seeing continuously on social media. first impression was a wow as projected. But then all the small things add to a big disappointment. This is a luxury boutique hotel but operated as a b&b.. No hair dryer in the room, not available even when asked, toiletries and keys were given after asking 2 times, checked out 10:30 am- reception was closed?!, need to wait for manager, no room service (5 rooms only) which kills the idea of having bfast with an amazing view, no telephone in the rooms... i live in Dubai, in the heart of hospitality so perhaps i have high expectations but still i strongly believe what i write is essential..
But on the other side, rooms are really well decorated, good chillout setting and amazing f&b menu with great chefs and waiters in the restaurant.. views are great and pictures seen in social media are 100% lives to the expectation.
So overall, so much potential but wasted on lack of hospitality management. Not value for money, once off only..
We just left the hotel and i would definitely recommend you to visit, the style is amazing and the architecture is unique. But its very expensive, pretty bad service and mainly there are thousands of mosquitoes inside the rooms. They give us some insect repellent that doesn’t really work and we didn’t get a good night sleep. The checkout was done by the waiter. Will not stay there again for sure.
We stumbled upon Coqui Coqui entirely by accident while we were birding around the lake. The setting is lovely and the hotel appears as though it could well have been a part of the nearby Cobá ruins, integrated as it is within the landscape.
During the day we were there, we chatted with one of the staff and learned the restaurant was open to the public so we decided to stay for lunch. We had a lovely meal and carried on for the remainder of the day. We were still in the area that evening so we decided to return to Coqui Coqui for dinner. Unfortunately, there weren't many vegetarian options available (beyond what we had for lunch) and one of the few we were interested in wasn't available that day. We asked if one of options might be customized for vegetarians however our server said that wasn't possible. We ended up with the impression that much of the food is pre-prepared and assembled when it's needed and thus cannot be adjusted to individual needs/tastes. Ultimately, it was a mixed bag - a very fine lunch but a not-so-great dinner.