Coqui Coqui founders convert their Valladolid home into a boutique hotel

After adding boho chic flair across the Yucatan, fashion model Nicolas Malleville and designer Francesca Bonato have left the Peninsula for Bora Bora

Coqui Coqui's Mesón de Malleville in Valladolid is the former private home to the perfumery's founders. Photo: Courtesy
  • Coqui Coqui's Mesón de Malleville in Valladolid is the former private home to the perfumery's founders. Photo: Courtesy

Valladolid, Yucatan — The grand and moody colonial home of Coqui Coqui founders, Argentina-born model Nicolas Malleville and Italian designer Francesca Bonato, is no longer a private residence.

Far from your average boutique hotel, Mesón de Malleville sits across from the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena on Calzada De Los Frailes.

The home is deeply personal. Furniture and objects have been collected from the couple’s travels, while minimalist flourishes can be found in the Mexican holiday home’s bedrooms. They have textured concrete floors and walls and monochrome accents.

This beautiful 16th century house was renovated extensively, yet maintained the original moorish tile floors, walls and high ceilings with wooden beams from the 1600s.

Here, Malleville and Bonato raised their two children and received friends and family from all over the world. It has been a well-lived house always full of joy and love. But the couple decided it was time for their home to be open to the public and Mesón de Malleville was born.

“I adore Valladolid. I really love it,” Bonato told Noir Catcher. “I raised my kids there. We grew up so much there as local people around us. The town didn’t even have internet when we arrived in 2005. It was so beautiful. I love the place because of the Mayan culture, because of the people, the beauty and the colors.”

The four-bedroom property, listed on Perfect Hideaway, is unlike the other Coqui Coqui locations in that it is family friendly, according to the property description. Rates start at US$270 a night per room, double occupancy, the listing states.

The green room is an ode to femininity and elegance, with antique Italian mahogany furniture that has been in Bonato’s family for many generations.

The blue room shows a more nautical theme that encompasses a masculine energy and an explorer’s spirit. The bathroom is elegant yet distinctly manly.

The two suites at opposite ends of the house are part of the most recent renovation. The high ceilings, polished concrete floors and walls, and large windows are characteristically Coqui Coqui inspired by the Coba and former Tulum residences. They present a minimal, more contemporary style characteristic of Malleville’s and Bonato’s personal taste. Each has its own private terrace.

Mesón de Malleville is adjacent to the owners’ stunning boutique and an outdoor café serving coffee and tea with a direct view of the historical convent. An indoor patio still offers guests total privacy.

Coqui Coqui’s line of handmade oils, creams and fragrances are included for guests.

Coqui Coqui also has boutiques and lodging in Merida’s Centro Historico, Izamal and most recently, in Bora Bora on the South Pacific. The pair was credited in Conde Nast Traveler and other media as essential to Tulum’s boom in the 2000s, but they have since unwillingly left town.

Where to for their next projects? Bonato suggests somewhat of a homecoming.

“We might do Italy. It sounds very civilized, I know. But it is my home country and an incredible culture, of course!”

Sources: The Spaces, Noir Catcher

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