Family Hotel Review: Coqui Coqui Coba, Yucatan, Mexico
This is the kind of hotel that Indiana Jones would choose to stay at. If he was on a luxury holiday in the Yucatan jungle and not trying to recover ancient artefacts from German agents, of course.
Best For: A taste of adventure; kids of all ages.
Reviewed by: Katja Gaskell
Why You’ll Love It
The five-room Coqui Coqui is a unique boutique hotel that was fashioned after the nearby Mayan ruins of Coba. It’s the kind of hotel that Indiana Jones would choose to stay at. If he was on a luxury holiday in the Yucatan jungle and not trying to recover ancient artefacts from German agents, of course.
Coqui Coqui Coba is part of the Coqui Coqui chain, a group of four hotels positioned around the Yucatan, owned and managed by Argentine model Nicolas Malleville. Each property is unique and blends a boutique hotel with a boutique store, and a perfumery. In fact, each hotel has its own individual scent – the Coba property is orange-and-vanilla-scented.
It’s a fun place to stay; a two-tower hideaway with a rope bridge set on the banks of a crocodile-populated lagoon. Breezy terraces and plunge pools help with the heat (it can reach 38C in the summer months) and the Piranha Bar does a good job of keeping everyone refreshed. Explore the nearby ruins and then jump in one of the nearby cenotes (freshwater swimming pools) before retreating back to your hotel for a fantastic dinner.
Why The Kids Will Love It
This is very much a boutique hotel – all Ralph Lauren-inspired interiors, serene Spa and sublime service. But it’s also a really fun place for kids. After all, who wouldn’t want to stay in a hotel that looks like a Mayan castle?
With just five bedrooms, Coqui Coqui Coba is the ideal place to stay if you’re travelling with grandparents or another family. That way you don’t have to worry about your mini-globetotters disturbing any couples away on a romantic break.
Kids will love the nearby Coba Ruins. Set within the jungle only a fraction of this Mayan city has been uncovered, making a trip here a proper adventure. There are cycle rickshaws or bicycles for exploring the grounds and we spent a good few hours deep in the jungle (at least it felt that way!). The lagoon, while tempting for an afternoon swim, is home to crocodiles so best to keep to the hotel plunge pools instead. We say a maximum two-night stay here with kids before heading back to the beach.
There are five rooms, including two suites.
Room 1: Sits on the ground floor and has direct access to the pool.
Rooms 2 & 3: These two rooms are positioned above the restaurant area.
Suites 4 & 5: Two two suites sit at the top of either tower, on either side of the rope bridge.
The decor is very much ‘adventure chic’ with old prints and maps on the wall, coffee table books and curios, seemingly collected on a voyage around the world. All rooms look out over the lagoon.
Best Rooms For Families: Any of the rooms work well for families. Extra beds are limited, however, so it’s best to discuss your requirements directly with the hotel at the time of booking. Note that some of the stairs are steep and not ideal for toddling toddlers.
The hotel restaurant is positioned on the ground floor and serves a fusion of Mexican, Argentinean and Italian fare. There’s also an outdoor dining area overlooking the lagoon. The produce is all local and delicious, we particularly loved the ceviche when we visited.
For Kids: There is no dedicated kids’ menu but talk nicely to the chef and he should be able to prepare a child-friendly meal for you. There are set meal times but these are flexible.
Activities for Parents & Kids
The main reason for coming here is to visit the Coba Archaeological Site and these are just around the corner from the hotel. This Mayan site, set among the jungle and between two lagoons, is still largely unexcavated. What has been discovered are three settlements, two ball courts and Nohoch Mul, the highest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan. Explore the site by foot, by bicycle or by cycle rickshaw, which the kids loved.
Also nearby are dozens of cenotes, natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock. Some of these cenotes are found in caves and others are open to the sky above, either way, however, swimming in these pristine waters is quite magical. Try the Gran Cenote, that sits on the road between Coba and Tulum.
A/C, common rooms, doctor on call, 1 extra bed permitted in each room, laundry, shop, spa, swimming pool, travel desk, WiFi (complimentary and available throughout the property).
Rates vary according to room type, extra bed requests and date of travel. Please contact the hotel directly for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.
When to go:
This corner of the Yucatan enjoys warm weather year-round. Summers can be hot with temperatures reaching 38C. The rainiest months are June, September and October, when the hurricane season is over but the days are not too hot.
Christmas and New Year get very busy, so avoid the festive period if you can. Visit instead in October, November and February.
Location & Travel:
Coqui Coqui Coba is located near the Coba Archaeological Site in the Riviera Maya in Mexico’s Yucatan state.
Cancun International Airport is the nearest international airport, approximately 2 hours 20 minutes away. From here there are regular daily flights within Mexico and the U.S. and regular flights to the UK and Europe.
If you plan to explore the Riviera Maya then we highly recommend hiring a car.
Contact The Hotel
For more information or to make a booking enquiry, visit the hotel’s own website by following the link below:
Reviewer’s Top Tips!
1) A lot of people tie in a stay at Coqui Coqui Coba with other Coqui Coqui properties around the Yucatan but you don’t necessarily have to. This is a fun, and very different, hotel experience that you can enjoy on its own.
2) If travelling with little kids, make sure to get the cycle rickshaw around the ruins – someone else peddles which means you avoid tired children asking how much further they have to walk!
3) Tie in a visit to the Coba Ruins with some time at Tulum Beach, it’s one of my favourites.
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