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Grand Bahia Principe Coba
Ranked #13 of 23 Hotels in Akumal
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

We stayed in Coba section, under 10 mins walk to the beach or a trolley ride
Overall we were very happy with this resort . Staff were very good and friendly , look out for Maria and Saturno in the cozemul eatery, excellent.(on the other end of the scale look out for Guam who works in the 24hr snack bar in coba, if shes not chatting to her B friend or other staff she may take the time to be rude to you!! ALL the other staff were EXCELLENT i have to say.
A le Cartes ,the ones we went to were very good ,our best was LE Gourmet.
We did enjoy our trips out to Tulum, Akumel beach and Playa del carmen, all done for a couple dollars each in the collectivos.
TIP.. When you get off at the Hacienda to walk to the highway,20 yards,the amount of people we saw walking to the right where some white minibus TAXIS are who thought they were collectivos!!
i f you walk to the left in line with the gate guard and wait a collectivo will see you and pullover, thes have the word collectivo on them and are governed by what they charge.no need to haggle.
if you need to go the other direction ,towards playa and akumel you have to run the gauntlet of taxis and cross over the highway and wait,35 pesos each to playa carmen.!!
Ovrall we had a very nice holiday,room was nice and we allready thinking of our next Hols in Mexico, lovely country.Would we go back to this hotel? im afraid not, just for one reason,that for me stacks against all the good stuff and believe me it is all good but for one thing Towel Games
which a lot of Hotels suffer from to be fair. 6.45 --700am you need towels by the pool to get shaded beds roughly where you want them!! any later and you are chancing it.
Overall a lovely resort but Adults only for us next time, less people == more sunbeds.,

Room Tip: Block 26 lovely position near quiet pool
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

First all inclusive stay. Stayed from March 24th-31st. Couldnt ask for better weather that week. I want to get straight to the pro's/con's.

Pros:
-Non stop activities at the pools and around the resort.
-Very friendly employees, always willing to help out.
-Very affordable resort for all that is included.
-AC worked very well and the rooms were very very nice.
-Good nightly shows.
-3 resorts in 1.

Cons:
-Worst beach I have ever been to. Surf break barrier, less than 100 yards of beach, 3-4 feet deep in the deepest part, rocky (had 3 or 4 cuts first time went in)
-Resort closes down early at night, 11 pm for alcohol and pool bars close at 5pm.
-Food was very questionable, either hit or miss. Had very good sushi on the main buffet daily. The Italian restaurant was the only "WOW" restaurant.
-Long ride from airport. Also a $30 taxi ride to Playa.

If you are looking for a nice resort with everything included I would recommend Gran Bahia. For one of the nicest beaches I have ever seen, take the Collectivo to the El Paraiso beach hotel beach or the Tulum public beach. White sand, crystal clear water, and a great setting.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

My husband and I have been to the Mayan Riviera many times and chose this resort at the last minute because of the value. We were a bit worried about the distance from the airport and the fact that the Royal Golden Coba section of the resort appeared to be a long walk to the beach.The bus ride is long, about an hour, but is relaxing and a nice way to wind down and get into holiday mode. Some advice for people that have booked the Royal section of Coba, check in is NOT in the Coba lobby. Instead, request that one of the men in safari suits at the Coba Lobby entrance call a cart to transport you and your luggage to the Royal Golden Lobby for check in. This will prevent you from standing in line to check in only to be told that you are in the wrong section of the hotel. A minor detail for us because it was not busy, but something that the hotel should make more clear. Also the seminar that Air Transat invites you to the next morning is a waste of time, the only thing that we learned was that to get to the Hacienda Dona Isabel shopping centre on site you take the red, blue and yellow buses that go to each lobby, all excursions can be booked through them at their desk in the lobby and to check the board by their desk the night before you depart to ensure what time you need to meet to get your flight back. Save yourself the hour, this is honestly all that they will tell you.
As other travelers have mentioned this resort is really huge! We have been to other resorts with as many sections but this resort really could be divided into 3 separate individual resorts with Sian Khan and Tulum separate from the other 2. We were there 2 weeks and there really wasn't enough time to experience the amenities of all 4 resorts and my suggestion would be to focus on Coba and Akumal if you are staying in the Coba section.
The beach is miles long from Akumal to Tulum sections . We chose to stay at the far south end by the Akumal section because it was quiet, the palapas were huge, and you could always get a good spot at any time during the day . There is no sandy beach here, just a coral shore but they have cleared out a nice sandy bay at the end to swim in the ocean. We loved this spot because of the sound of the waves crashing into the rocks and it was away from the noisy sections of the beach where they had music blaring at certain times of the day. It was also close to washrooms, the big pool, snack bar Acuario, and had it's own personal beach bar. For breakfast and lunch you could go to lunch at the Dolce Vita restaurant which had a limited but adequate buffet without needing to wear long pants etc. as required in the evening.The beach varies from area to area of the resort. The Coba beach, which is actually behind the Akumal Lobby, seems to be the sandiest and nicest beach but is also the most crowded. We are early risers so getting a good spot was never an issue, but the loud music that they played during the day was not what we liked . Beach activities at this resort were limited compared to other resorts that we have been to but the ocean at this resort does not really lend itself to kayaking and windsurfing etc. as it is a bit wavy. The resort does it's best to offer beach activities like beach volleyball, aqua classes, bocci, dancing instruction on the wharf and meditation and yoga on the beach. There are companies that sell time on jet skis, and para-sailing and these seemed to be more reasonable than at other resorts that we have been to.
There are a lot of other activities offered at the resort such as spanish lessons,golf, meditation, yoga and other wellness activities, swimming with the dolphins, an eco tour of the resort but we went to relax and did not really explore everything that was available.At night, the Coba lobby seemed to be the place to be for action. There was always something going on and seemed to be the area to congregate. We preferred the quieter Daiquiri bar which had a more toned down atmosphere with calmer music in the evenings and nice chairs and tables inside and outside. We also liked to spend evenings in the small Royal Golden Lobby bar which has a quiet atmosphere and a funny but excellent bartender Jorge. There is also free wi fi there (and in all of the lobbies) as well as free computers for Royal Golden guests to use. At night they seemed to be busy but during the day they were available.
Eating at the hotel is an interesting experience. We tried the giant buffets in all of the lobbies but found a gem in the Cozumel restaurant which is next to the Daiquiri bar. This is a mini buffet with less selection but the tables are nicely set and you have personal waiters like at the a la cartes. The restaurant has space for about 100 people as compared to 500+. The food although less of a selection is always fresh, the salads amazing and they seem to offer a specialty meat dish every night. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were able to go to 8 a la cartes because of the length of our stay but chose to only go to four, El Pescador, Tequila, Mikado and Le Gourmet. We enjoyed all four except that El Pescador seemed to offer the same items as at the buffets. The best dining experience re service was at Le Gourmet. Menus can be found in the lobby desk for all the restaurants or outside in front of each restaurant and I would recommend checking them out before you book. Getting reservations for any of the restaurants was no problem but if you would like to be at the table with the show or any table at the Japanese restaurant Mikado I would book it as soon as possible.There is a Mexican night at the Hacienda on Thursdays but we heard that the Mexican restaurant Tequila was just as good so we elected to go there and were not disappointed. Go hungry to this restaurant as the amount of food they serve is ridiculous! (But excellent) Overall I found the food at the Bahia to be the best that we have had in any of the six resorts that we have visited on the Mayan Riviera.
We were in building six which was not as close to the beach as we would have liked but only about a seven minute walk which was ok. There are little trains that will move you from place to place but we found that walking was not only faster but allowed you to walk off some of the extra desserts that you were tempted to eat. If you are going to the lobbies at Sian Khan or Tulum take the carts as it is very far to walk. Like mentioned in previous reviews, the rooms may not be cleaned until after lunch because of the size of the resort. This was not an issue with us as the cleaning was done very professionally. We left a small tip daily for the cleaners as well as in the fridge and always had cute towel art on the beds when we came in at night and lots of treats left in the fridge. We had a room on the second floor and in general it was quiet. There was a loud argument one night in our building but after calling the desk they indicated that security was already on it's way and it was quickly dealt with.
There is as much shopping on site as you would ever need. There is a medium sized shopping centre La Hacienda Dona Isabel that has quite a few shops and kiosks with a good cross section of the same type of stores that you will get in Playa del Carmen as well as small shops in all of the Lobbies and around the resort. I found prices in these shops were negotiable and better priced than in Playa where the prices quoted are ridiculous. If you find bargaining fun go to Playa but I don't , so found the more reasonable prices at the Hacienda way less trouble. In the Hacienda there is also a pharmacy which is handy for buying Cipro which is good if you happen to end up with stomach ailments like we always do when we go to Mexico. If you do want to go to Playa, I would recommend taking the red and blue and yellow train to the Hacienda Dona Isabel and catching a collectivo for 3 dollars one way. This will take you to within a block of 5th avenue where all of the shops are. On the way back I may take a cab to the resort as it is difficult to cross the highway to get back or have the collectivo drop you off at the bridge which is a bit of a walk back to the Coba lobby. We signed up for the evening shopping tour for 34 dollars for 2 persons which we thought was a good compromise. Unfortunately the 4 hour trip that they advertise did not include pick up and drop off for not only guests from your resort but for people in other resorts along the way and did not allow time for shopping and dinner in Playa as promised. You would have to choose either shopping or dinner as the total time in Playa was about 2.5 hours( maybe).
A word of caution for all travelers going to Mexico is to check your medical insurance, a couple we met on the trip had a small accident and her company insurance would not cover the 600 dollar ride to the hospital or the xrays she required. The big hospital in Playa is expensive and do not take all types of medical insurance so it would be wise to consult with your travel agent.The hotel staff however, were very professional and accommodating to her needs.Doctors are on site.
Overall our experience at the Bahia was very positive and I would recommend this hotel to anyone. The first few days are overwhelming, keep your map handy at all times. This is a hotel that needs to be visited more than once to get the most out of it as there is so much to see and do. I would recommend the Royal Golden Akumal section as it is close to everything but for budget conscious people the Royal Golden Coba was excellent as well. I don't know if I would have been happy with the Coba area as much as buildings 15-21 seem to back out close to the highway. Rooms however are quiet and we didn't spend much time in the room anyhow.
I will very definitely consider returning to this resort. I was very pleased with the service that we received, the food and the amenities. There are a lot of activities that we would have liked to have taken part in but did not know about until later. There is a complete series of wellness activities including meditation, yoga, tai chi and stress seminars that we would have liked to have pursued but did not really know about until late into our time at the Coba. This would be something that I would like to explore in the future. Being an eco hotel you will see lots of animals that are very cute, especially the coatis, racoons and other little creatures. There are many colorful birds and apparently dolphins at the Tulum section which we did not venture down to see. If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to write.

Room Tip: Building 4-6
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BRADFORD
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

This was our second time at this resort. we stayed at Akumal the first time and this time we stayed in the coba. We were there for our wedding and it was unbelievable!!! We few with Air Trasat and we highly recommend it (club class). We went with a party of 12 ( 10 had never been to an all inclusive resort) and there was not 1 complant! The ages of our guest were from 16 to 72 and there was something for everyone. The resort has everything from great beaches, lots of shopping and amazing food. For thoes who are thinking of getting married at the resort you wont be disapointed!! From the wedding coordinator to the photographer everything was perfect! We cannot say enough about this resort and we will be back!! In fact we know 6 other people who have also stayed at this resort and each one loved it. we highly recommend this resort to every one thinking of heading to the mayan area .

Any questions please email us.

Room Tip: Akumal is closer to the beach and quieter while coba is larger and has alot of things for everyone.
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

My wife and I just returned from Coba, we have never been to a resort this large and wanted to ty it out. Don't get me wrong the resort is very nice clean, rooms also very nice. As for the food the buffets are very large and lots of food but it was very blan and not cooked well. Fish under cooked ,beef,pork and chicken over cooked. I am not a fussy eater and I ate from the childrens buffet all week. Last year was our first visit to mexico and we stayed at the Rui Palace in playa car and we loved the food at coba we would compare the food to food we got at Cuban resorts you come away from dinner full but not satisfied.

There are many pools Fantastic but there is no one coming around taking your drink orders when my wife and I go on Vaca we like to be pampered not going up to the pool bars( where there is just 1 bartender) to get our drinks. We always tip so usually got served before other ppl but still like to have a server.

Also we always read reviews here before we pick a place to go to. No one mentioned to bring BUG SPRAY there are lots of mosquitoes so BRING BUG SPRAY.

If you want to go snorkling with the sea turtles you can take a cab for 14 dollars to Akumel beach , It is a public beach so it doesn't cost anything,if you need to rent equipment there is a dive shop there.You swim out about 25-30 meters and the turtles are everywhere another 30- meters and there is a reef with many fish.

A trip into Playa carmen on the Coletivo is $3.50 each way> There is a street there called 5th Ave it is a 3 km street with shops and bars all along both side very cool you can barter the all the stores we went there last year and this year as well.

Room Tip: Villa 32 close to main pool,lobby and buffet, you want the third floor, south side is quiter but nor...
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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 Top resorts Hotel in Akumal
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Akumal
#10 Spa Hotel in Akumal
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,049 - ₹ 24,387
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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