A successful blend between hippy, eco-chic, and family friendly, Ahau Tulum is a comfortable hotel with the friendliest staff. Nothing is a problem here, the atmosphere is is like you have always been a part of the family.
The beach day beds are comfortable and spaced well apart. Simple, ample food and tasty juices are on call from the open air restaurant. For the area, Ahau’s menu has a good range between comfort and healthy food, and is moderately priced. Above the restaurant there is a large mezzanine, bathed in beautiful filtered natural light, where the yoga classes are held.
The Hotel’s lobby, next to the restaurant is a social hub in Tulum, a mix of residents, expats, guests from other hotels – all charging their mobile devices, surfing the web and picking up conversation.
They also offer – and I took – kite surfing classes. Difficult, but rewarding! Mauricio is a great teacher and a real good guy.
We won’t delve into their penitent for towel sculpture – just enjoy!
Coqui Coqui Tulum is in our top five hotels. So aesthetically beautiful and Bohemian on a perfect white sand beach with crystalline Caribbean sea-front and an aroma of orange blossom. It is just tough to top.
Many years ago Argentinian model Nico Millville found himself on the no-longer-a-secret Boca Paila Tulum road – and fell in love with the area. Here he planted roots and started the Coqui Coqui Hotels as a small enterprise and a place to promote his beautiful fragrance line (of the same name). Rumor has it, the inspiration for the fragrance line came to Nico from a book dated to colonial times. Within Franciscan monks had documented the formulas of the perfumes, made from local flowers, that were sent back to the Queen of Spain.
Soon after Nico began, he was joined by Francesca Bonato, an Italian accessory designer, and the Coqui Coqui world bloomed. Their combined design aesthetic found a wonderful place to grow in the hotels and and the chic products carried therein.
At check in, you are greeted with a gift bag containing the their beautifully crafted amenities. Including tobacco cologne, orange blossom bath oils, as well as our all-time favorite mosquito repellent – that actually works and smells singularly wonderful. (Hint: Even if you can’t make it to the hotel you can always buy via net-a-porter)
The hotel’s rooms, located in the back building, are larger and comfortable. Each with with partial ocean view and amazing interiors. Large windows continually bringing in a refreshing Caribbean breeze. Thankfully there is no AC, or need for any.
We stayed twice in the Jungle suite – once during a major storm. Despite our desire for sun, the storm, in that room, along with a few mescal margaritas created one of our most ambient and romantic afternoons. On our last visit, we stayed at the new Mirador Suite, located on the top floor, this used to be the Spa in our previous visits, and it also offered a lovely stay.
The local Mexican service is very good, especially Pepo and Mutsi (Hola!) The reservation process can be a bit bumpy; but persevere – it is worth it!
Side note: We’re sure that by the time you read this the Belgian manager will have departed. She is an adept and causing stress and does not seem cut out for the hotel business. She was there for our 2nd and 3rd stays -but that was 2014; if she is there, just avoid her.
Coqui Coqui is such a perfect blend of chic and hippy and nature that you will just be thankful you are there!
Like its sister hotel in Tulum, Coqui Coqui Coba holds its’s own separate visual identity. While we were not lucky enough to stay here, we had a wonderful lunch and rest after our visit to the Coba Archeological City.
The meal was lovely, the coffee satisfying and the ambiance divine. The photos truly do it justice, Coqui Coqui Coba is a hotel to come if you need to truly escape from your world into another.
view to the organic vegetable garden from the restaurant