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Grand Bahia Principe Coba
Ranked #13 of 23 Hotels in Akumal
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Prince George, Canada
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

We totally loved everything at this resort! Would highly recommend it to others! Felt very safe and relaxed. Being a big resort was great for us as there was lots to see and check out and places to eat...especially with kids. Staff were very hard working. Loved the beach and was great for snorkeling. Loved the swing bar on the beach..very friendly bartenders there. Loved all the pools and variety at buffets. Rooms were great. Beautiful

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2012

We stayed there for New Year's Eve and it was an EPIC trip!!!
The resort is beautiful, the staff is great!! Highly recommend staying here!!
loved it! thank you for a great stay!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

We were a group of 6- 3 couples staying the week of Feb.25th to Mar.03 2012. We did the Sunquest Roulette 5 star deal out of Toronto and paid $1020p.p taxes in. With the roulette deal you do not know what hotel you will be staying at until a few days before you are to leave but we did find out a whole month before that we were staying at Coba. Seems that a lot of people got the same hotel whether they did the Roulette 4 or 5 star- just the risk you take!
The hotel is most definitely a 5 star resort. Being 1 of 3 resorts, there was no shortage of things to do, places to eat and entertainment.
We had e-mailed ahead to Felix asking to reserve our 3 a la carte meals for the week and requesting to have our rooms together in the same building on the 3rd floor. Many Thanks to Felix, as we got what we asked for. The Mikado ( Japanese ) was our favourite. We had the Hibachi table were Santos cooked our food and did tricks right in front of us. Excellent time and the food was incredible. The other 2 were the Tequila ( Mexician ) where again the food was wonderful and the entertainment, Miarachi band kept the atmosphere very lively. The last one was the Mediteranean rest. where we enjoyed salmon, tuna, steak and chicken. No shortage of choices and the service was superb in all restaurants. The other nights and mornings we alternated between the buffets in all 3 resorts. Found the Tulum buffet to be the better with the most variety. We did enjoy mornings at the Akumal buffet as it was closest to the beach but the variety and quanity was not a good as the other 2.

The beach itself was fabulous on the Akumal /Coba side, where Tulums beach was more coral and not so good for swimming. There were breakers to stop the waves at Coba/ Akumal therefore the little lagoon had many fish swimming along side of you. We did some snorkling right there as well with lots to see. There was also the beach bar called la Mar which had swings instead of bar stools which was really fun.
Coba doesn't sit right on the beach so you have to walk which doesn't take more than 15 mins. or you can take a golf cart tram to the beach and Tulum. They are leaving every 5 mins. Never had to wait long.

There was always some form of entertainment going on at the activitie pools, lobbies and theatres. The Haceinda just outside of Tulum resort has the disco and many shops and markets for buying mexican souveniers. A little pricey and they didnt dicker too much but you could always go to the next store and the price would be different. There are so many bars, we didnt get to them all. Service was always quick and it always amazes me that they could remember your name and what you were drinking!

We did 1 excursion booked from Bahia. It was the XPLOR adventure that included ziplining, swimming/ rafting in caves and driving all terrain vehicles. It was a full day and included a delicious lunch. Cost was $130p.p but well worth it. Something for everyone! Only a short distance away so no long bus ride.
Speaking of bus rides- that was are only complaint. Over 3 hours on a bus stopping at 5-6 resorts to drop off/pick up guests. The resort is really just over an hour away from Cancun if going straight to and from. Please learn from our mistake and pay the $160 usd to take a private shuttle to and from the airport. USA Transfer or Cancunway are both reputable. We had friends take them with no problem. It really put a damper on our start and end of vacation. Not the resorts fault though, tour operator really has to change how they do things in this regard.

Even though the resort looks so big on the map, everything is in close proximity. We had building 20 which was 2 buildings over from the lobby and in view of the activity pool. Never had a issue with noise what so ever other than other guests late at night or early in the morning slamming doors.

Can not say enough good things in regards to the rooms. Vary spacious, clean and well stocked. Had the minibar filled everyday with beer and pop as well as chips and chocolate bars. The bathroom is huge with a big shower/ jacuzzi tub. The only complaint would be that you had to be careful where the shower nozzle was pointed or the floor would be soaked before you knew it! There were 2 full beds- not double that were very comfortable regardless of what other reviews say. A sitting area with chairs and a couch. The balcony also had 2 chairs and a small table. Loads of closet space with a safe but you have to pay $5/ day for which should be included in a 5 star property I think.

Fabulous vacation had by all- we have stayed at other GBP's around the caribbean and found this one to be the best. Would have paid more than we did knowing just how nice it is.

Room Tip: e-mail ahead to Felix at guest services requesting what floor level and building block you want. We...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2012

Visited this resort November 19 to 26, 2011. This was trip 13 and planning14 for July.
Each visit I am welcomed by the Bell Captain and many bell boys saying welcome home.
Everything about this resort is lovely and the food and drink are plentiful and good quality.
The liquors served are brand name providing you ask. I e-mail ahead to Felix Schlokat and Melitza Freites and they do their very best to honour my requests. I have travelled alot to Europe and many islands and I feel Coba is right up on top. Many thanks to Jose at Premier Lobby, Omar at Cozumel Buffet, Martha and Ophellia in the Lobby bar, thanks to Jerry and Victor and all the bellmen. This last visit my neighbours from home visited and stated that they would definetly return. Hi to Sergio (Chico) keep up the good work. Thanks Maggs B about your comments on Philip R alias Lastminute79.

Room Tip: Villa 26 by quiet pool 3rd floor no bugs at all
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2012

My husband and I have recently returned from our sixth visit to BPCOBA. We obviously love this resort. We plan on returning again for 12 days in April/12. The grounds are magnificent and the staff are what make this a great travel experience. They work very long hours and extremely hard and are always pleasant and most helpful to their guests. I marvel at how they deal with so many nationalities and so many languages and only wish I knew more of their language. I guess that being on vacation and not having to prepare meals is a real treat for us as we were never disappointed in any of our meals either at the a la carte or buffet. No one does crispy bacon like the chefs at the Coba !!We got the room and building location that we had requested . We usual get up early and go to bed early and never had any difficulty falling a sleep after a day at the pool and the lovely meals. Congratulations to Felix and his staff. We always find it interesting that dealing with so many people over the year several of the staff remember us on our return like Omar at Cozumel and Olivia in the Daiquiri bar.The resort grounds are gorgeous and we appreciated Jose at Premier while transporting us to a dinner reservation answering all our questions about the fabulous hard working gardeners.The staff do appreciate comments about their service and their country. The Mayan people are great hosts. Thank you all.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Grand Bahia Principe Coba

Property: Grand Bahia Principe Coba
Address: Carretera Chetumal - Cancun Km 250, Akumal 77760, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Akumal
#8 Romantic Hotel in Akumal
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Akumal
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Akumal
#10 Spa Hotel in Akumal
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,937 - ₹ 25,423
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Bahia Principe Coba 3.5*
Number of rooms: 1080
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facilities and services 2 lake-style pools 3 Jacuzzis Large sun terrace and gardens with sun umbrellas and loungers Pool and beach towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 5 tennis courts, basketball court, bicycles Motorised sports (additional charge) Water activity centre Entertainment amphitheatre WiFi access in the lobby (1h per day free of charge) Buffet restaurant 4 a la carte restaurants 8 Bars 2 Snack bar Riviera Maya Golf Club: 18 long holes and 9 executive holes with lakes, natural wells and Mayan forest. Hacienda Dona Isabel: karaoke bars, shows, live music and disco Rooms 1080 rooms including 4 types: Superior Junior Suite, Club Golden Junior Suite, Family Junior Suite and Master Family Suite. Room facilities: Two full size beds or a king size bed Sitting area with sofa Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub, shower, wash basin, magnifying mirror and hair dryer Bathroom amenities Balcony or terrace Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Radio alarm clock Flat screen satellite TV Mini-bar Coffee-making facilities Safe (additional charge) Ironing set Terrace Wifi Family Junior Suites and Master Family Suites the perfect choice for families, including: All the facilities and services of a Junior Suite Bathrobes and slippers for all the family for use during your stay Children's bath kit Welcome basket with sweets Mini-bar with juices, shakes, milk and soft drinks for children Two fully independent connecting rooms (Master Family Suites) Club Golden Junior Suites Children Bahia Scouts Children can enjoy a range of specially-tailored facilities: Children's pool Mini Club with daytime activities Evening Mini Disco Bahia Scouts Water Park Teen's Club (11 - 16 years) Baby Station Other services On-site miniature railway providing access to all facilities Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Personalised diet option for celiacs and diabetics Cash point Specialised service for organising weddings, events and anniversaries Casino ... more   less 
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