Argentine Nicolas Malleville arrived to the paradisiac shores of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in 2001, where he fell in love with the culture, the flora, and the natural wild beauty and wonders of the area. As a landscape artist and botanist, he envisioned his life project and decided to build his dream home in Tulum. In 2003, he met Italian-born Francesca Bonato serendipitously, and the two fell in love. With shared interests in architecture, design, and interior decor, the couple built the Coqui Coqui lifestyle brand from scratch together. With longstanding backgrounds in fashion, recognizable names in the industry and friends of the couple began to visit their new home in the Yucatan Peninsula after its completion. Seeking refuge from the busy, fast-paced world of fashion, their guests also quickly fell in love with the breathtaking landscapes and inspired vision and lifestyle that Malleville and Bonato had created in the midst of the Yucatan.
This idyllic sanctuary quickly captured the attention of a multitude of people, as word spread quickly of this naturalistic and beautiful haven. It was evident that Malleville and Bonato had inadvertently tapped into a desirable concept for adventure-pursuing, creative people who were seeking a serene and inspirational break from their chaos-filled city lifestyles. Redefining the concept of luxury, Coqui Coqui’s owners decided to open the doors of their own home so others could also experience this inspiring way of life. This is how Coqui Coqui Residences & Spa was born.
In 2009, Malleville and Bonato made the decision to settle in the quiet colonial town of Valladolid. This is the place where they created Coqui Coqui La Perfumeria, which became a residence as well as the laboratory for all handcrafted Coqui Coqui perfumes, fragrances, and scents. Soon after, Coqui Coqui Coba was born within the heart of the tropical Yucatan jungle. Next came Coqui Coqui’s L’Epicerie in Merida, situated in the center of the historical capital of the Yucatan. Their love and passion for the Yucatan Peninsula, and their deeply-rooted immersion into the culture, history, and folklore of each specific place gave way to the fourth Coqui Coqui, Casa de Los Santons, in the beautiful yellow city of Izamal.
With a specific vision always at heart, Malleville & Bonato seek the most enigmatic, unique regions of the gorgeous Yucatan Peninsula for each new Coqui Coqui residence. Every place is designed exquisitely, with their now famed Coqui Coqui style. But each differs with its own unique flair and identity, which further highlights the individual characteristics of each distinctive and charming location.
The Coqui Coqui Lifestyle Group is now expanding even further, as it’s ever-growing presence in Mexico crosses the South Pacific to the island of Bora Bora. The lush wilderness of French Polynesia is home to the newest branch of Coqui Coqui, giving birth to a myriad of endless inspiration and even further enhancing Coqui Coqui’s enchanting presence. Overall, Coqui Coqui seeks to provide each guest with a unique and magical sensory experience — it’s a place where one’s imagination is free to roam, a place where memories can be created and forever cherished.
True to its origin and inspiration, each Coqui Coqui residence has a unique signature scent that Malleville has created to become reminiscent of and create a sensory experience that encapsulates each location.
Coqui Coqui’s residences serve as the original dream of Coqui Coqui Perfumeria, now realized. Each residence garners inspiration from natural elements such as air, water, jungle, forest and earth, singular in design and decor, representing different aspects of the culture and areas of the Yucatan Peninsula. The journey continues into the untamed, natural beauty and wildness of French Polynesia and beyond.
These residences are a true testament to architectural achievement; working in close collaboration with local workers and artisans, built taking great care to ensure that the natural beauty of the area always remains undisturbed, buildings are restored to their original splendor, and the history and essence of each enchanting location is always respected.
Coqui Coqui provides all the expected facilities, with unparalleled elegance and distinctive interior design. Whether it is the rare imported textiles, Mexican artifacts, handmade or antique furniture, exquisite tapestries and carvings found in every corner, down to the most discerning of details, these personal touches offer a glimpse into not only the culture of the region, but to the spirit that is Coqui Coqui.