The last days of the Mayan calendar are almost upon us… and where better to hide from the end of the world than the paradisiacal Mayan Riviera? With an ocean-inspired spa and just seven rooms, Coqui Coqui Tulum is the ideal end-times beach retreat…
Style Riffing on Mayan ruins
Setting Beachfront Boca Paila
Why this week? As December arrives with it’s frosty days and lengthy nights, winter sun is on everyone’s Christmas wishlist. And, there’s no where else to book online but here…
Our favourite bits Surrounded by jungle and sea, Coqui Coqui Tulum hotel combines rusticity with sexy seclusion: a formula that keeps both 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 hideaway has breezy bedrooms, views of the shimmering Caribbean and a diminutive kitchen that serves up simple Mexican fare such as ceviche and fish tacos. 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.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘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.’