Fodor's Expert Review Grand Bahía Princípe

Carretera 307, Km 250, Akumal, Quintana Roo 77760, Mexico See on Map

The Grand Bahia Principe brand actually features two massive resorts: Tulum and Coba. Being a guess at one, automatically gives you free access to the facilities of the other, except for the restaurants. However, they are so big, that you won’t find time to move between them. These are activity-filled resorts for all the family, without the lavish luxury you may see in other properties.

room

The rooms at Grand Bahia Principe are spacious, colorful and with a tropical feeling to them. They have all you come to expect from a resort of this category, but nothing too impressive. The curtains match with the sofa cushion or with the duvet and the walls are painted in bright colors. All rooms include air conditioning, balcony or terrace, and minibar.

bathroom

Just like the rest of the hotel, the bathrooms are wide spaces with all that’s needed but no wow factor. All bathrooms include a shower/bathtub combo, but only one sink even when they do have room for a second one.

lobby

Both lobbies are huge palapas with marble floors and tall columns with Mayan designs. There is plenty of seating options, and large front-desks. It all feels a little bit impersonal, but hey, it’s an all-inclusive!

pool

Coba has two swimming pools and a children’s water park, while Tulum features three beachfront pools. The pools come with their customary swim-up bars, surrounding loungers with palapas, and waterpolo, volleyball and even basketball equipment to keep the energy flowing by the pool. The water parks will keep your kids happy and busy all day long.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Grand Bahia Principe Coba is not a beachfront hotel, but you can get in a shuttle and be in a stretch of beach exclusively designated for Coba’s guests in just a few minutes.

spa

Both resorts feature their own full-service Spas, offering a wide menu of rituals, packages, massages, treatments and programs. Their facilities are modern and impressive in size, even if lacking in intimacy.

The hydrotherapy and the Mayan-inspired treatments, like the Mayan Mud one or the Mayan Chocolate dreams are a must.

gym

Each hotel has its own little gym with the usual equipment, but they feel like they didn’t put much effort into them. These are resorts were the exercise is done outdoors in the golf course, the football, basketball and tennis courts, or even at the scuba aquatic center.

dining

With 10 restaurants at Coba and 5 at Tulum, gastronomy diversity is guaranteed. There are buffet and a la carte options, with some of them requiring reservations. You’ll get to choose from a poolside barbecue, traditional Mexican cuisine, Brazilian steakhouse, Japanese cuisine, gourmet creations or international dishes, among many other options.

drinking

With 16 bars in total including pool bars, beach bars, lobby bars and disco bars, they make sure that guests make the most of their all-inclusive programs. The only issue is that top-shelf spirits come with an extra fee.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Cancun Airport is about an hour away from the hotel and you can get a taxi, a shared van or use public transportation to arrive to your final destination. The hotel is a good starting point for tours and excursions as it is located almost perfectly in between bustling Playa del Carmen and bohemian Tulum. Renting a car to explore the area would be highly recommended.

Restaurants

Restaurant Oscar and Lalo (11-minute drive) is almost a historical place in Tulum. It opened back in 1982 and have been successfully reinventing themselves ever since. Always full and always delicious Mexican and Yucatecan Cuisine. You will love Cetli (25-minute drive) on the outskirts of Tulum. You feel like eating in a real Mexican house. Amazing food and amazing setting.

Bars

Encanto Cantina (25-minute drive) in Tulum has a good bartender and spectacular garden space. Drinks are quite cheap in comparison to other places in town. Zenzi (40-minute drive) in Playa del Carmen is a beach restaurant/bar with incredible views and laid back atmosphere. This is what you dream about while counting your days for vacation.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Because it’s huge and has a little bit of everything. The little ones have kids’ club and water parks, and for grown-ups they have casino and golf course. Relaxed overall atmosphere.

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Sophisticated
On the beach
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 984-875–5000;866-282–2442-in the U.S.

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