We stayed at Grand Bahia Principe Akumal from June 2nd to June 11th and had an amazing time. This resort is beautiful. We really enjoyed ourselves. I’m putting a lot of tips in here, so read on for tips to help you on your stay.
Extremely clean and well-manicured. The staff was very friendly. They all speak English just enough to help us with most our needs, but if we had more detailed questions, we would talk to the Public Relations desk. They speak really good English.
Plan for a 1.5 hour trip from the airport. Well worth it though.
Like people have mentioned, the resort is really 3 resorts combined. They have shuttles to take you around. This worked great.
The water at the resort is perfectly safe to drink. They use a reverse osmosis purification system.
Bring bug spray for the mosquitos at night. Also, bring bio-degradable sunscreen if you go on excursions where you’ll be swimming in a Cenote. They require bio-degradable sunscreen.
Our cell phone provider has really high rates for calling internationally. So I tried using skype with the free wifi in the lobby. It worked once, but then I couldn’t get it to work anymore. A really nice lady, that was also a guest, we met gave us a Global Link international calling card. This worked great. We would call from one of the lobby phones, because apparently you’re charged for using your room phone even if it’s local or 1-800. So we would call the operator from the lobby phone, and she would transfer us to Global Link. We could then enter the calling card number. The card had $13 left on it and that was good for 80 minutes. They sold calling cards from a vending machine by the lobby phones, but the rates were not good either. $20 for 20 minutes. So I recommended finding out how to buy a Global Link calling card.
We were able to use our Visa credit card to pay for our excursions. If you want or need pesos, the resort can exchange. You don’t really need pesos though if you have USD. If you go to Playa Del Carmen to shop, it’s actually better to use USD. They charge more for items when using pesos. We took a collectivo to Playa Del Carmen one of the days. We had a nice time. The collectivo is their public transportation. It was only $3 each to go to Playa Del Carmen. They will pick you up right outside of the resort and take you to the shopping district at 5th ave. Then when you are done shopping, just go back to where they dropped you off to get another one back to the resort. Just make sure you have the exact amount for the ride if you’re using USD, because they don’t have change in USD. So just make sure you have $5s and $1s.
We love the beach, so this is where we spent most of our time. We liked the Akumal beach. It has nice soft white sand. If you like to snorkel, I highly recommend bringing your own snorkel gear. I really enjoyed the snorkeling right off the beach. Lots of pretty fish to see. Also, on our second to last day, I saw a sea turtle and a sting ray. It was amazing. They have the swim area roped off, but I would swim out past the rope. I wasn’t that far out from the Akumal beach when I saw the sea turtle and sting ray.
The akumal beach is very popular, so if you don’t like a crowded beach, you can also head to the south end of akumal, or go more north to the Tulum side.
If you like to walk the beach, the resort beach is really long, so it’s really nice for that.
The rooms were really nice. We stayed in the Junior Suite Club Golden. Some reviewers have said that the rooms are dated. I don’t know what they are talking about. The A/C worked great. No complaints with the room at all.
There are many pools to choose from between the 3 resorts. We didn’t spend much time at the pool at all because we are beach people. The pool by the Royal Club Golden area seemed pretty crowded most of the time though. We were a bit disappointed that there were no hot tubs as far as we know. The pools have “Jacuzzis” with jets, but they are not heated. My wife and I enjoy sitting in the hot tub at night, so a little disappointed but we got over it pretty quick.
I would recommend emailing the resort to book your a la carte dinners a couple weeks prior to arriving. We are really glad that we did this. Don Pablo was our favorite restaurant. The buffets are pretty good. They can get tiring day after day, but they change the theme, i.e., French, Italian, etc. every night, so that helps. Also, go to different buffets at each of the resorts to find the one you like best as each is a little different.
My wife and I don’t drink alcohol, but at the various bars and restaurants, the bartenders would make us one of many different non-alcoholic cocktails. We really enjoyed those. At the bars that have a drink list, they even have a list of non-alcoholic cocktails.
My wife and I really enjoyed going to the live music at the bars. There is a 3 person band (female singer with a guy on guitar and guy on drums), that played several nights at the Akumal bar, that we really liked. Some nights they played at the Akumal Premiere bar.
The nightly shows at each resort had some really good numbers and some that were okay. There is a man, I think his name is DJ, that sings in some of the shows. He’s really good. We wish there was more live singing in the shows and less lip-syncing. So it would be better if they had a few people that would sing live as well. However, they do perform some great acrobatics and dancing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 3 swimming pools 4 jacuzzis 2 children's swimming pools Solarium with sun umbrellas and sun loungers BAHIA SPA (additional charges apply) Sports centre: a gym, 5 tennis courts, bicycles Motor sports (additional charges apply) Aquatic activity and diving centre Entertainment amphitheatre Wi-Fi access in the lobby (free) and with an additional charge in the rooms Buffet restaurant opposite the sea 3 a la carte restaurants 9 bars Cocktail Lounge Riviera Maya Golf Club: 18 long holes and 9 executive holes with lakes, cenotes and Mayan jungle Hacienda Dona Isabel: karaoke bars, shows, live music and a night club Rooms 758 spacious Junior Suite Superior rooms. Equipped with: Two full-size beds or one king-size bed A living area with sofa A fully fitted bathroom: shower, washbasin, dryer and magnifying mirror Hydro massage tub Bathrobe and slippers (to be enjoyed throughout your stay) Pool towel (to be enjoyed throughout your stay) Balcony or terrace Air conditioning Ceiling fan Direct-dial telephone (additional charges applicable to external calls) Radio alarm clock Flat-screen TV Mini-bar with mini alcoholic beverages (included) Coffee set Safe (included) Ironing set 24 hour room service Butler service (upon request) Evening turn-down service Pillow menu Wi-Fi Children Bahia Scouts Children can enjoy facilities designed especially for them: Children's swimming pool Mini Club (children aged 4 to 12) Mini Disco in the evenings Bahia Scouts Water Park Teen's club (children aged 11 to 16) Other services An internal mini-train service providing access to all the facilities: 24-hour medical service (additional charges apply) Pharmacy (additional charges apply) Personalised menu options for celiacs and diabetics Specialised wedding, anniversary and event planning service Casin ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Akumal
- Bahia Principle
- Bahia Principe Mexico
- Gran Bahia Principe Hotel Akumal
- Mexico Bahia Principe
- Bahia Principe Tulum
- Grand Bahia Principe Akumal
- Bahia Principe Riviera Maya
- Bahia Mexico Principe
- Akumal Gran Bahia Principe