I love buildings that respect and reflect their surrounding. Coqui Coqui Papholcach in Coba is one of them. Their buildings blend in very well with the ancient Mayan archeological sites. It is hard to believe these buildings are from the modern times. They preserved the natural beauty of the site.
Located near the archeological zone of Coba, Coqui Coqui is just short drive away from famous Tulum. Forty-seven minutes to be exact. If you need a break from partying in Tulum and recharge, Coqui Coqui Papholchac is a great place to do it in a luxurious way.
We stayed in the King Palapa Suites. There is one King Palapa Suit in each building. Both suites have their own terraces overlooking the Quintana Roo lagoon. I was looking forward to having my breakfast there. Unfortunately, this hotel doesn’t have room service. No worries restaurant has a beautiful setting too. The following photo is from the terrace.
Let me show you a sneak peek of the interior design of the room. There is no shortage of hand-crafted hammocks. I regret not buying one. Earth tones dominate the room which adds to the overall relaxing mood of the place. Another nice feature is the stone bathtub. It has its own little room, overlooking the lagoon as well. We wanted to fill it at night but there was no drain stopper. Since there is no room service, there is also no phone in the room. Also, the reception had closed. Therefore, we got creative. After a bit of trial and error, we found a solution. It was worth the effort.
Their menu is full of Yucatan inspired dishes. There is a small dictionary inside the menu to help you understand the unique ingredients. If you are an adventurous eater, you are in luck. They serve exquisite ant larvae. “Like caviar but ants” as our waiter explained to us. It was very delicious. I recommend sharing dishes so you can try more from this tasty cuisine.
Surely, you want to spend most of your time possible at the limestone pool. Don’t forget to take a look at the boutique. There you will find out that, Coqui Coqui Papholcach has a perfumery. In your welcome kit, you can find samples of their products. I love the smell of the orange flower. Guess what? Orange flower scented aceite de baño was one of the gifts inside my welcome kit.
There is a lounge area after the pool reserved for hotel guests only. One of my favorite things was to sip a cocktail (preferably mezcal-based) while swinging in one of the hammocks and just taking in the lagoon view.
The wooden monkey bridge connects two buildings. Also poses as a magnificent backdrop for sunset photos.
Although the level of service (except the restaurant) doesn’t match the luxury design of the Coqui Coqui Papholchac; the food and the beauty of the place make up for it.