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
I wish I was at Uno Astro Lodge right now. This hippy paradise outpost, with the perfect beach and warm water lapping towards the palaces; with their organic beauty. We were escaping the horror of the Papaya Playa Project … and we just walked in and luckily for us there was a room available.
During our stay, there was an spiritual retreat at the hotel and part of their program was to build and play harps. This created a lovely soothing soundtrack as one walked the hotel grounds.
The astrolodge has no electricity, which what makes it great for a full disconnect. They are full on eco – with an organic vegetable garden, wind turbines to power the reception computer (only electrical area on the grounds). Also featured are composting toilets (much better that what it sounds like!) and – most importantly – hot water.
Aside from the majestic beach, comfortable rooms there is a viewing tower, which is a wonderful place to take in the rise and fall of sun or moon or stars. There is also a large gathering platform that is used for Yoga, meditation, dance, etc …
Uno Astrolodge harkens back to a time when Tulum was a real hide-a-away unknown to the New York masses; where one could go for a low-budget reconnect with the earth.
If going off the grid is the new luxury; then Uno Astrolodge is an easy 5 Stars!
Aydinli Cave Hotel is a small, family-run hotel with Mustafa Demirci being the head of the family and his super charming son Cem
charming rooftop terracewith a panoramic view of Goreme
If there were a 6th Star for service, I would gladly award it to the Aydinli Cave House Hotel!
All businesses start from the top down -> and here we are starting with a home that has been occupied by the same family for over 500 years! Generations of love fill the Aydinli Cave Hotel with their joy and passion and you can feel it reverberating from the walls and the family that receives you.
From the father, Mr. Mustafa Demirci, and his son Çem (pronounced Chem) you learn the warmth of the beautiful town of Göreme. To visit the place is to meet it’s people. And there is no better window into this world then from them.
The town you know already is the most beautiful of those in Cappadocia – and having travelled around, we believe the smart move is to stay in Göreme. The experience you have there will depend on with whom and where you stay. It is for this reason I recommend the Aydinli Cave House Hotel.
Çem was always looking out for us and making sure we were headed in the right direction, while Mustafa took an day to show us around some special places and to pick lovely Rocket from his own garden!
About an hour and a half north of Barcelona is the Garrotxa, an area full of small volcanoes, nature reserves, and picturesque little towns. One of these is Olot, and nestled towards the back of a 13th century farm house is the anachronistic Le Cols Pavellons hotel.
This science-fiction like hotel was designed by RCR Architects; Who are also responsible for the superb restaurant next door, the two Michelin star “Les Cols”
In the Pavellons, all rooms are built out of glass; floating over petrified lava. The ceiling is metal and glass, and the rooms are separated from each other by front and back zen gardens. Each is isolated in vision and sound – and it is hard imagine where you are in the world whilst inside your private world.
As noted, the rooms, or pavellons, are very private being made out of several layers of opaque / translucent green glasses. Blackout shades, the same color tone as the glass, are remote-controlled via a minimalist panel that also controls ambient lighting.
The bathroom has a a floor level plunge tub that fills with soothing volcanic thermal spring water. The amenities are likewise enjoyable – including the lovely, and very warm, slippers.
Breakfast is planed a day ahead and is left outside your door. A tray of bread, orange juice, yogurt, fruits, hard boiled eggs, honey and preserves, butter and tomatoes along with thermoses filled with hot coffee and cold milk. This is such a lovely way to start the day; my words are just failing to describe the happiness this breakfast brings.
At checkout time, we were given a picnic bag with bread, olive oil, sausage, a round of cheese, salad, mineral water and a lovely bottle of wine. A loving touch was a collection of postcards depicting watercolors of local attractions – and on the backs were hand drawn road maps of how to get to each one. We took up the conceit and enjoyed a lovely day of site seeing and picnics!
The Pavellons at Les Cols is not the hotel for everyone; we recommend reading other reviews before booking. For us it was a dream location, painful to leave and first in our hearts to return!
When we first booked our hotels for our Barcelona trip, we decided to stay in a different area of town due to the proximity of the tourist circus , a previous bad experience at a Barcelo hotel in Turkey and the bad reputation of the Raval district. However, we decided to stay there for a couple of nights after our Garrotxa excursion (lovely!).
To our surprise Raval was the most enjoyable and energetic area for us in Barcelona, it felt more happening, and having libraries, schools and the CCCB (Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture) a couple of blocks from the hotel certainly helped. Located about three blocks away from the main Ramblas ultra touristic area, the Hotel itself is comfortable and the rooms compact and practical. While the service was average, the overall package proved a good value in terms of location, design and ease.
A friend looking for a nice, yet not over the top expensive hotel, stayed for a week in April 2015 and found it about the same as we did. A ‘Blog-Worthy’ home base in a wonderful part of the world!