My husband and I stayed at the GBP Coba from March 22-29th. We went without our daughter for a relaxing, romantic getaway. Upon boarding the bus at the Cancun airport, we were reminded that we were there without our daughter, as several families were on their way to the resort. We were completely aware that this is a family resort, we were blown away at the amount of people there with young, YOUNG kids. Constant reminders of our daughter were everywhere and it took a few days for us to get adjusted.
The weather the week we were there was amazing! It was hot and sunny, we couldn't have planned better weather!
The resort is beautiful. It is definitely kept immaculate, the service was top-notch and the rooms and amenities excellent. The only thing I would say is that with the three Bahias combined, it is a truly large resort. We will definitely go somewhere smaller next time we go away, as we like to meet people and see familiar faces as we walk around everyday.
To get this effect here, you pretty much need to keep to the same spots. We would normally hit the beach first thing, which was about a 7 minute walk out the back of the resort, up to the Akumel resort. The beach was great. When the wind was up, it was fun to play on the sandbags and fight waves. After hours at the beach we would meander to the swim up bar at Coba. This was a great spot to meet fellow Canadians. We met some awesome people from all over Canada (Windsor, Ottawa, Abbottsford, Yellowknife, Halifax, Vancouver). We noticed a lot of the guests at Coba were from Canada, a few from the US and then the remainder from Europe.
We noticed that the towel game was being played, as many other reviewers have noted. While we were there though, they started to post NO RESERVING signs on the palapas at the pools and beaches. This helped a little, but once the week was nearing an end, and a whole new group of people started to move into the resort, the games started again.
We decided to not do any excursions, as we were there to simply unwind and relax. We did, however, take the Collectivo into Playa Del Carmen. We shopped here... and this is definitely the place to do it. It only cost $3 to take the Collectivo one way, much better than a $30 one way cab ride. After we were done shopping in Playa Del Carmen, we sidled up to the bar at Carlos and Charlie's. It was a blast, we had a lot of fun there and would definitely go back. If you go, you need to get the shooter girls to give you a shooter...ladies, your husband will love you for it and you will get a laugh too!
We were lucky to have some free tickets to the Mexican fiesta at the Hacienda given to us. The Hacienda is a neat little area at the resort where you can shop (I wouldn't though) and on the Thursday night, they had a fiesta. This was fun, but don't let them wrangle you on to the donkey...it will cost you! The dancing and culture seen at this fiesta is awesome. We spent some time at the disco after the fiesta ended. We were shocked at the age of some of the young girls in there. There were some that would NOT be of age. Parents beware! The disco is the one spot on the resort where workers can go to unwind...like I said, PARENTS BEWARE.
Overall, our trip was great, it was hard to leave...as always.
- 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 7 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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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Coba Akumal
- Hotel Gran Bahia Principe
- Bahia Principe Coba Mexico
- Gran Bahia Coba
- Gran Bahia Principe Resort Coba
- Gran Bahia Principe Coba Hotel
- Gran Principe
- Gran Bahia Principe Mexico
- Bahia Coba
- Grand Bahia Principe Coba Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico