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The quaint & coquette Coqui Coqui Spa Hotel, Valladolid, Yucatán, Mexico

October 7, 2009

By Dian Hasan | September 5, 2009

Cafe de Los Frailes-Valladolid-Yucatán-MX-owner Nicolas Malleville

Cafe de los Frailes shares the same owner as Coqui Coqui Spa & Perfumes. Valladolid, Mexico

The sleepy little town of Valladolid in Yucatán is home to a world-class citizen unbeknownst to many. Nicolas Malleville, a male super model originally from Argentina who has festooned fashion spreads across the fashion world of Europe, has secretly pursued a side career as hotelier. His first property Casa de los Frailes (House of the Friars) is a delightful little Spa and Inn in a former old colonial house. It also serves as a the main showcase of his line of Coqui Coqui Perfumes, and Café de Los Frailes Tea and Coffee Room. Located directly across from the San Bernardino Monastery near Valladolid’s main plaza. It is at once historic as it is chic.

The laid-back style has captivated a close circle of travelers, and Nicolas has grown his little hotel empire, including Coqui Coqui Tulum, and Coqui Coqui Coba, while more are on the drawing boards, including Cordoba (Argentina), and Grimaldi (Italy)(all photos by Todd Selby)

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The classical, rich, formal colonial style of this residence, owes its origin to the Spanish Franciscan Monks of the fifteen hundreds. Located in Sisal Square at the end of Calzada de los Frailes, in front of San Bernardino de Siena Convent, Casa de los Frailes Residence used to be one of the most important houses of this community.

Coqui Coqui Valladolid-MX-Owners Nicolas Malleville & Francesca Bonato

Owners Nicolas Malleville & Francesca Botano in front of their Coqui Coqui Spa and Cafe de los Frailes in Valladolid. Photo: Todd Selby

Pleasure gardens and an extravagant elegance befitting royalty, were the inspiration for this residence.

The experience is enhanced further by the combination of elaborate interiors including hand-carvings, fine antiques, courtly furniture, touches of gilding and fine, old textiles.

The gardens are very special in this residence. Various species of palm trees (coconuts, guanos, royal palms), frangipanis (flor de mayo), gardenias, limes and peppermint were planted, not only for their aesthetic beauty, but for their fragrances which adds a special touch to the atmosphere of Casa de los Frailes(All photos by Todd Selby).

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2009 6:26 am

    Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you! Thank you for your info.And this is **Thailand Hotels** site/blog. It pretty much covers ###Thailand Hotels## related stuff.

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      October 9, 2009 10:46 pm

      Hi Joe, would love to hear back from you. Send us your PR material on your other fine hotels anytime! Thx. ciao, dian

  2. October 8, 2009 7:10 pm

    Love these places too. Read more about them in our Valladolid article…

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      October 8, 2009 11:02 pm

      Hi Ellen, glad you found us! Just the person I want to touch base with. Q: I’m a little confused as to the exact locations of the three Coqui Coqui Mexican properties (I know the owner Nicolas is planning 1 each in Argentina and Italy). So pls tell me: there are the following 3:
      1. Valladolid > together w/ the Perfume biz, Cafe de los Fraises, and Spa. Serves as a hotel too?
      2. Tulum > Hotel & Spa
      3. Coba > Hotel (any Spa?)
      Or am I totally mistaken and there’s an additional Spa separate from the old house in Valladolid?
      Your input would be most appreciated.
      I’m preparing a blog post for the 3rd property – Coba.
      ciaio, dian (uniquetraveldestinations@

      • October 9, 2009 1:40 pm

        As far as I know… the Valladolid location has two rooms to sleep in, but it isn’t advertised and I don’t know if it’s really open to the public. The place in Tulum is a hotel with a place to get a massage… I wouldn’t call it a spa, exactly. And I’ve never been to the Coba location, but I understood from talking to Nicholas that it also was a hotel (not a spa). Have not been there myself… have you?

      • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
        October 9, 2009 5:57 pm

        Hey Ellen, appreciate the info!! I haven’t been there myself, but keep hearing great things about them all. Wow, I hope I haven’t messed up some of the info in my posts on the 3 properties. Must be the connection to Nicolas’ jetsetting lifestyle, appealing to travel cognoscenti, I guess!
        By the way, let’s stay connected. Can I have your permission to re-post some material I find in your Yucatan Living? And pls tell me a bit more about your org, is it a lifestyle publication (both print + online). ciao for now, dian – san diego

      • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
        October 9, 2009 5:59 pm

        Hi Ellen, btw, any articles related to why Tulum has become such a hot Yoga Destination of late? I’m curious. Am hearing this and Yoga lovers are saying Tulum has such an amazing vibe, the right ingredient for Yoga/Meditation. Must be the ancient magical Mayan Land!! They have some amazing culture!!! Very similar to Asia’s, in fact all their beauty & wellness & alternative medicine treatments did remind me a lot of Asia!! Especially BALI! ciao, d

  3. October 9, 2009 7:16 pm

    You can reprint info from Yucatan Living as long as you link to the website when you do that, please.

    Yucatan Living is website only at the moment, though it probably should be in print. We just don’t believe in print, and don’t have time to make it so even if we did.

    Been to Bali and Tulum… I suppose there are some similarities. Really, Tulum has a natural feeling to it that is peaceful and tranquil… perfect for doing yoga. The Mayan influence isn’t that obvious there… it’s all foreigners along the coast. Mayans working for the foreigners. Mayans would think yoga is funny, probably… at least the modern-day Mayans. Anyway, it’s a great place to practice yoga, and just a great place to Be Here Now.

    Why are you promoting the Coqui Coqui places? just curious…

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      October 9, 2009 10:27 pm

      Hi Ellen, good to hear back from you. Great things you’re doing w/ ur Yucatan Living, btw! Bravo! Tulum being inundated by “int’l expats” is another similarity w/ Bali. Gd to know you’ve been to Bali. My fave island destination. Ok thx, I’ll repost and of course always link to and mention credit.

      Re Coqui Coqui, I’ve identified it as unique, fitting our search for either eco-, adventure-, volunteer-, responsible-, philanthropic- travel (and all related products & services. Plus it has a great story! And everyone’s taking notice, including W mag, and Yucatan Living! ha.. ha.. I spread posts across all my blogs:,,, and

      Are you based there? Or you’re stateside? And is it coming along as you expected (biz-wise I mean). Good luck. Keep working on it! ciao, dian


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