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Coqui Coqui Hotel – Tulum, Mexico

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Coqui Coqui Hotel

(52) 1 984 100 1400
Carretera Tulum Boca Paila Km 7.5  Tulum.
Quintana Roo. CP 77780, Mexico

 www.coquicoquiperfumes.com

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!

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Tulum Ruins – Tulum, Mexico

Tulum Ruins

Quintana Roo
Tulum, Mexico

Coordinates
20.21510633674273,-87.43128061294556

Protected by 12 meter sea cliffs on the ocean side and a 784 meter wall complete with watch towers, one can quickly conclude that Tulum was very important to the Mayas.  A major trade hub and the only Mayan city built on the coast, Tulum served as the seaport for the empire, trading mainly in turquoise, obsidian and jade.

With an estimated population of 1,000 to 1,600 inhabitants, Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans prior to the conquest – Surviving a full seventy years after the Spanish started their brutal occupation of the country

Nowadays Tulum is one of the only archaeological ruins that begs you to take off your clothes and jump into the same shining sea that it was built to protect against!  So don’t forget to bring your bathing suit for the tiny beach behind el Castillo.  The water is beautiful and incredibly refreshing after touring in the hot sun.  The experience of swimming in the ocean and at the same time viewing the site is truly unique.  Be sure to bring a water resistant bag, to put in your camera and personal belongings if you decide to go for a swim.  Just place the bag on top of one of the tall rocks to keep it away from the splashing waves and to have an eye on it.

The best way to get there, is via catamaran (from Papaya Playa Project) or a rental car – that way you are on your own schedule.  Like most of the Mayan ruins, the earlier the arrival time, the better.  An ideal Itinerary is Tulum ruins early in the morning and from there to the Cenote Dos Ojos for a dive.

El Castillo
Temple of the Frescoes
El Castillo

The ‘Temple of the Frescoes’ was used as an observatory, specifically for tracking movements of the sun
Temple of the Descending God
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Piedra De Agua – Merida, Mexico

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Piedra De Agua Hotel

(52) 01 999 924 2300
Calle 60 N° 498
(Between 59 y 61)
Merida Centro CP 97000, Mexico

www.piedradeagua.com

The Piedre de Agua Hotel in Merida has cute little rooms with the tiniest bathrooms ever!  If you find yourself in Merida and need a well priced, central located and comfortable bed look no further.  The staff was kind and helpful, as they are pretty much every where in Mexico.  The Piedre de Agua is conveniently located a half block from the main square and is surrounded by colonial churches and is an easy walk to the hand crafts market.

There is courtyard dining area, as well as a lovely back patio with swimming pool and bar.  Most importantly Piedre de Agua is around the corner from Las Quekas!

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Las Quekas – Merida, Mexico

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Las Quekas

Calle 61 between Calles 58 and 60
across from the Cathedral
Merida, Mexico

OPEN HOURS:
10:00 am – 8:00pm Daily

The beauty of Mexican dining is that everyone seems to just do it right.  Taking the time and effort to combine the ingredients in perfect order and letting them combine as long as needed.  This patience is something declining in today’s immediacy.

While in Mexico, we dined in some of the finest restaurants in the world (Biko, Pujol) and ate blue-corn tortillas made by hand in the street.  Somewhere in between these two lies Las Quekas, who, just like everyone else, takes the time to do it right.

While we were walking through downtown Merida looking for a calling, just across from the cathedral, we stumbled onto an unassuming little place decked out in orange and yellow.  It was such an unwavering duo-tone that the instant thought is “franchise”.  As we watched a steady crowd brought us in for a closer inspection.  Once in nasal proximity, the fresh smells of steaming huitlacoche and melting cheese got us through the door and into a lasting relationship.

With other 5 locations throughout the city of Merida, Las Quekas is a sort of franchise.  One that offers exactly what you want at times; Practically instant quesadillas that feel more like a guilty dessert then the hearty meal they are.  We were in Merida for only 2 days, but at 5 different occasions we found ourselves lifting the mouth-wateringly good quesadillas to our lips.  Crispy tortillas with steaming fillings of Rajas Poblano (strips of poblano peppers with onions in a creamy sauce), huitlacoche and corn, zucchini blossom, and of course the requisite meats stewed chicken or shredded sausage.  Each combined with the beautiful soft white cheese that melts in a smoldering bliss.

At a little less then $1 each Las Quekas’s Quesadillas are just about the perfect meal,  Healthy, Hearty and Happy.

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42°RAW @ Papaya Playa Project – Tulum, Mexico


2014 UPDATE:

42° Raw closed in 2013 & Papaya Playa Project has lost ALL its cool.

Avoid staying at Papaya Playa
It is now overpriced, under-whelming, dirty and haughty.


42°RAW @ Papaya Playa Project

(52) 984 127 2339
KM 4.5 Bocapaila Road
77780 Tulum, Quintana Roo ,Mexico

www.papayaplayaproject.com
www.42raw.com


2014 UPDATE:
42° Raw closed in 2013 & Papaya Playa Project has lost ALL its cool.
Avoid staying at Papaya Playa – it is now overpriced, under-whelming, dirty and haughty.

Original Post from 6/30/2012

 

Next to the reception at the Papaya Playa Hotel, a member of Design Hotels™, is the super yummy 42°RAW.  This is a branch of the raw food bar started in London and Copenhagen by Jesper Rydahl.  What a great surprise it is to find modern raw cuisine right in Tulum!

The 42° Raw bar has a botanic selection of fresh juices, and staple mains such as the raw Thai noodles and raw lasagna.  This is perfect beach dining, starting with the raw hummus appetizer, one of the big salads and ever-present aguas.  As always, the beauty of raw food is the  guilt-less dessert!  Decadent, rich, full of flavor but instead of bloating that bikini bod you’ve been working on for months for your trip to the beach, they are the nutritional equivalent of a protien supplement!

Unfortunately, we were not able to get inside the Papaya Playa Hotel, but we did get a look at their events schedule.  There are all sorts of activities perfect for vacation – from movie nights under the stars, to sunset bar-b-que on the beach, to packages at the well known Spa.  The trip we really wish we had time for, was the visit to the Tulum Ruins via catamaran!  You arrive by ocean in style, like the 14th century Spanish – except this trip comes complete with champagne!  Next time!!

Papaya Playa Reception

Raw Energy Ball
Raw Thai Noodles
Raw Chocolate Cake
Raw Chocolate Cake
Raw Peakan Square

Raw Hummus

Raw Lasagna