Cinco de Mayo Travel Inspiration

May 2014

How about a little Cinco de Mayo travel inspiration.  Here in the States, the day is celebrated even more than in Mexico.  It’s a right of spring, and everyone knows how long we’ve waited for that to arrive!  Did you realize the date marks Mexico’s victory over the French forces in 1862?

Cinco de mayo travel inspiration

We are on our way south. If you’ve ever travelled to the Yucatan peninsula, you can easily reminise about the fragrance of the area: heady tropical woods, juicy limes and orange blossoms, and of course the ever-present scent of coconut. These are the dreamy aromas that intrigued parfumer and landscape architect Nicolas Malleville whose curiousity was piqued by  the many species of flowers, woods and exotic herbs from the area. Learning from historical journals about these original scents, which were created on the Yucatan peninsula, he embarked on a mission to recreate the prized perfumes originally created by Franciscan monks during the colonization of the new world. After several years of development,  Coqui Coqui Perfumes was founded in the mystical town of Valladolid.  Wanting to design a complete experience, Malleville then created the Coqui Coqui Residences and Spas.

cinco de mayo travel inspiration

Influenced by local architecture and the nearby ruins, the Tulum location is an eco-friendly getaway complete with it’s own spa. The marriage of jungle and white sand beaches make for a winning combination at  Coqui Coqui. Recycled and repurposed materials were used in the hotel’s construction.  Solar energy powers the site and natural light is abundant.  The water-purifying system ensures that there is no need for bottled water and the open plan layout takes advantage of the beautiful vistas throughout the area.  Food is local and delicious, and the laid back vibe contributes to the overall experience. The spa offers a variety of treatments maintaining a holistic approach using natural ingredients, herbal preparations and traditional methods, continuing the ancient techniques and fragrances from the original research.  Coqui Coqui clearly is deeply rooted in symbolic custom, but has been built for a sustainable future.


A UNESCO World Heritage site nearby allows for exploring the flora and over 300 species of fauna at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.  Protected lagoons and beaches named “Origin of the Sky” by its original Maya inhabitants, this biosphere contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes as well as a large barrier reef.  One of Mexico’s largest protected areas, you can also find cenotes, a geological peculiarity which is basically a sinkhole with fascinating life forms.


No longer the sleepy  hippy enclave, Tulum still retains much of it’s counterculture vibe, a place where luxury and sustainability happily coexist.  After you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the exceptional beauty of this natural coastline, head to Heartwood, where former NY chef Eric Werner will ensure you continue the unwinding process.  The restaurant is set in an open air environment and operates with only the use of solar panels.


Everything is prepared by hand, and cooking is done in a wood burning oven or open grill.  Because the ingredients are all fresh and local, the menu is ever-changing, but expect to find just caught fish and produce from the local farm.  Oh yes, and did I mention they have an EAT RETREAT Food Workshop every year? Yes it’s on my list….

Now…back to reality.  After you’ve made my very favorite jackfruit carnitas (it is Meatless Monday after all) sit a spell and toast the festivities with some sangria. Celebrate and share Mexican – American culture. Viva el Cinco de Mayo!


Photos via Elle, Elle, Wikipedia, Bon Appetit, The Selby and My Recipes

  1. Wonderful photos of the Yucatan! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  2. Anna Parker says:

    Oh this looks stunning – so boutiquey but not in a way that is uber riche…. These places are hard to find and so for an area I want to visit thank you for the ground work!!

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit Tulum. Next time I’ll make it happen~

  4. Patti says:

    This looks to be a lovely little paradise and since Sangria is one of my most favorite drinks, I’d be all over it. And I love your post card comment card!

  5. Michelle says:

    I love your “post card” comments! I want to go stay at this place so badly. I love the architecture, the bed, and the atmosphere looks so relaxing. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love the Yucatan Peninsula and the Tulum ruins are in one of the most stunning settings I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to believe how much the area has grown over the years and, from your photos, it looks like it’s doing its best to compete with the big boys!

  7. I haven’t been to Tulum since about 1994. At that time, the major development hadn’t gotten much past Playa del Carmen. We never visited the Biosphere. There are definitely reasons to return to the Yucatan—or is that in Quintana Roo. (BTW, I admire the look of your website.)

  8. I’d love to spend Cinco de Mayo in Tulum! Next time it is Coqui Coqui for me. Here’s my post card from my last visit there,

  9. noel says:

    that is interesting jackfruit carnitas – i would love to go to one of their food focused events, looks breathtaking!

  10. What a wonderful retreat in a beautiful setting. Sustainability, a little luxury, fresh local food in that stunning setting built by mother nature… you really couldn’t ask for anything more

  11. Suerae Stein says:

    Ooooh… I want to go there! It is incredibly beautiful and I love the idea of an EAT RETREAT! Gorgeous blog!!!

  12. Love the look of those interiors. So rustic and beautiful looking.

    And the Sian Ka’an Biosphere looks and sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I would love to go there!

  13. Loved this Yucatan piece-sensual, appealing. Your site design is sustainably stunning 😉

  14. I would really love to explore the Yucatan Peninsula and in particular Tulum and all those amazing ruins that are in that part of Mexico. We researched taking a trip down there last year to an all-inclusive resort but opted to stay inside the States instead but there is just so much that is appealing about this part of the world.

    You have focused on some really great attractions here and hopefully we will get there sometime sooner rather than later to see all this for ourselves!