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MONUMENT TO THE MAYANS

James Andrew at Tulum's Mayan Ruins

James Andrew at Tulum's Mayan Ruins - photo Scott Mcbee

As mentioned, when in Tulum, a visit to the Mayan ruins is a must. A particularly dreary day provided the perfect moment to take a quick 15 minute taxi ride to the site which is dramatically perched high above a spectacular turquoise Caribbean sea. The weather helped to set a suitably sombre mood for our contemplation of the passage of time, and the demise of a once great civilization.

For our mini-exploration, I think I did quite well at channeling the look of a 1970’s gay explorer! I’m sporting a Gucci white cotton voile safari shirt, Lindeberg khaki shorts, a brown and hot pink ribbon belt from Paul Stuart, hot pink silk/cotton voile scarf by Tom Ford, Gucci aviator style sunglasses and brown and pink suede loafers, vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual and a vintage parabuntal straw hat, my fragrance Eau d’Italie, Paestum Rose.

HOTEL COQUI COQUI, TULUM

James Andrew at the Coqui Coqui Hotel - photo Scott McBee

James Andrew at the Coqui Coqui Hotel - photo Scott McBee

Choice of hotel is an integral part of any trip, and as you’ve come to expect, I always seek out lodging that captures the essence of a place.

Enter Hotel Coqui Coqui.

A favored destination for yoga enthusiasts, hippies, expats, and international jet-setters alike, the Coqui captures exactly what Tulum is all about.

Sure, one could go to far more luxurious places, but we were drawn to the low key, laid back vibe of the place for our heliophilic getaway. In fact Hotel Coqui Coqui is exactly the boheme-lux sort of place one would hope to find.

Nicolas Malleville

Nicolas Malleville

Dreamed up by Nicolas Malleville (Argentinian botanist, model and landscape architect), the Coqui Coqui is the summation of his (and our own!) deepest childhood beach fantasies. A modern conflation of colonial and rustic Mayan, the place provides the perfect vantage to enjoy the most glorious beach and turquoise sea. Staffed by family members and their friends, the Coqui feels like a private home with that personal touch and attention to detail one doesn’t find often. This little hotel is also just steps away from some of the best restaurants in Tulum, making it an effortless thing to enjoy your super chic “hippie” holiday. A couple of days spent here, listening to the sea breeze, and you can kiss all of your frenetic city cares goodbye.

Perhaps a bit over-dressed for Tulum, but for effect, I’m pictured here in the gorgeous little courtyard of Hotel Coqui Coqui sporting a Tom Ford pale pink silk jacket and brown and ivory Glen plaid silk pocket square, Prada brown and white paisley cotton voile shirt, Gucci python belt with silver buckle and leather and woven fabric flip flops, Uniglo white jeans, vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie, Paestum Rose.

Mayan Majesty

Mayan ruins in Tulum - photo James Andrew

Mayan ruins in Tulum - photo James Andrew

Whilst in Tulum a visit to the Mayan ruins is a must. Wait ’till you see my outfit, I look like a gay explorer from the 1970’s!