In the Mexican city of Mérida you can spend your days leisurely wandering the streets lined with nineteenth-century Spanish-style mansions or you can pass your time living life inside one. We made ourselves at home at Coqui Coqui Mérida.
Chances are you’ve heard rumblings about Coqui Coqui - the hip Mexican brand best known for its stunning perfume shop & residences in Tulum (this location is sadly permanently closed due to the ongoing land rights issue in the Tulum area).
But it’s also possible you’ve spotted Coqui Coqui products in Club Monaco stores. Or you’ve overheard Vogue editors whispering about their coveted stays at Coqui Coqui properties. Or maybe you’ve read about the hip husband and wife duo, Nicolas Malleville & Francesca Bonato, behind the whimsical brand.
At its core, Coqui Coqui is a perfume company - started in 2003 by Nicolas Malleville, an Argentine perfume maker and trained botanist who sources local plants and herbs to make Coqui Coqui’s Yucatán-inspired scents, like Maderas and Rosas Frescas.
His other half and co-owner of Coqui Coqui, Francesca Bonato, is an Italian designer and the brains behind the design of Coqui Coqui’s gorgeous shops and residences.
As you can imagine, when a trendy perfume brand also runs a set of chic boutique hotels, your entire visit becomes a sensory experience.
Step inside their Mérida location - a restored Spanish hacienda - and you’ll find an opulent perfume shop that’s a welcome reprieve from the intense Mexican sun. Rows of glass perfume bottles line mirrored cabinets for sampling, a small café sits in the back for you to rest your legs and have an espresso, a soothing garden and spa extends into the backyard in case you want to linger.
A set of stairs leads up to a private residence that you can rent by the night.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – the difference between a good hotel and a great hotel is in the details – and Coqui Coqui is all about the details.
You’ve got the run of the place - a private living room, bedroom, outdoor terrace and glass-bottom pool. It kind of feels like you’re stepping into the set of what could be a Spanish Downtown Abbey. Stately windows let in tons of light, while massive crystal chandeliers hang from 20-foot ceilings. Gilded mirrors line the walls and long velvet curtains puddle on the tiled floor.
The bedroom is massive with a chic canopy bed that sits across from an insanely luxurious bathing area. You might think you’re seeing double because there are two matching claw foot tubs, but bath time here is a partner activity (solo travelers beware). Large plush towels hang near the vanities with official Coqui Coqui scents wafting the air.
Think you’re not a bath person? Think again. You'll question why you ever wasted time in a shower.
Your mornings here will start without even having to get dressed – you’ve got a Nespresso machine in your room. Throw on a robe and head outside to your private terrace with an espresso in hand. Listen to the palm trees rustling and the soothing pool waterfall, while breakfast is made downstairs. No need to move – they’ll bring it up to you.
After breakfast, you’ll linger in the lounge chairs. Maybe you’ll take a swim or play a game of dominos. Time passes slowly at Coqui Coqui and you have nowhere to be.
When you start to feel restless, you’ll head downstairs and be greeted by Bea, the lovely manager of Coqui Coqui Mérida. Bea has lived in the Yucatán for 23 years and can point you in the right direction depending on your interests and how you want to spend your time. We’ve compiled our favorites in our Mérida Travel Guide.
Spend the day exploring and return to Coqui Coqui after dinner. You’ll find the Coqui Coqui team has cleaned your room, turned on soothing music, and left decanters of fresh drinking water on your nightstands.
Time to rinse and repeat - plop yourself in those bathtubs and rest up for another day of life in the Yucatán. We’re guessing you’ll be able to get used to it.
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