My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks from 8th April 2013. The resort has 4 hotels within it - Tulum (where we stayed), Akumal, Coba and Sian Khan (golf resort). You can easily visit each of the hotels by buggy/bus.
Our room was situated in Villa 34 (room 3403) and was spacious, clean and fairly quiet (although if you are a light sleeper I would recommend asking for a high room because you can hear the people above you if they are moving furniture etc). Our mini bar was stocked daily and our cleaner always did a fantastic job (including leaving the best display of towels turned into people/animals etc that I have ever seen anywhere else!) Our block was right near the buffet restaurant and very close to the beach. The weather during our stay was fantastic - it literally rained for about 20 seconds on our first day and that was it for the rest of our stay! I took bug repellant but didn't have to use it and only got 3 mosquito bites during our stay (I usually get lots). However, this might have had something to do with how dry it was.
We were very surprised (and happy) about the selection of food at the buffet restaurant (for both breakfast, lunch and dinner). It is actually quite unbelievable when you first walk in and I think that even the fussiest eaters would be ok. I can definitely recommend the guacamole - I think my husband and I ate it nearly every day during our stay! There were lots of healthy options as well which was a nice change from other buffet restaurants I have been to. Drinks are brought to the table via waiter service - all the serving staff are extremely friendly and really appreciate it if you speak a little Spanish to them (just 'hello', 'thank you' etc). If you are a tea drinker - make sure that you ask for it with milk (con leche) when you ask for your tea as I ended up drinking black tea for the first few mornings! We ate at 6 of the A la Carte restaurants as well (included in our all-inclusive package) - Don Pablo and Arlequin are the gourmet restaurants and were superb (the fillet steak at Arlequin was gorgeous), Tequila - Mexican restaurant, Pescador (Seafood) and the Mediterranean restaurant at Coba. We enjoyed all of them, especially the gourmet restaurants. We didn't have any problem booking them but made sure that we did it as soon as we could. The a la carte's are dotted around the resort so it was nice to 'go out' for dinner (have a bit of a longer trip to get there on the little bus).
We sat around the pool rather than on the beach for most of the holiday. This was mainly because it was easy to get lulled into a false sense of security in regards to the sun when you were at the beach...the wind makes it feel like you aren't burning when, in fact, you are! We used an SPF 30 all holiday and neither of us burns particulary much but I wouldn't recommend dropping any lower than this...you still get a good sun tan. We sat nearer to the lobby/buffet restaurant in Tulum when we were around the pool as the entertainment is across the other side and can be quite loud. It also got a bit repetitive (same music) but for anyone who has been to these kind of all-inclusive resorts before, this is pretty much expected! I liked that no one tried to force us to take part in beach volley ball/water polo etc which I have expereinced at all inclusive resorts in the past.
My husband and I are scuba divers and we had an afternoon diving at an open cenote and a full day diving at Cozumel. The diving is quite expensive for what you get...we had an extremely strong current when we went to Cozumel meaning that you couldn't really see anything for a very long time before you 'drifted' (understatement) past. Unfirtunately we didn't go on the cenote (full caverns) dive because I had ear problems but apparently this is amazing. The marine life was good and so was the visibility - for anyone who has dived in Egypt then, like us, you have been spoilt and it is difficult for anywhere else to live up to this. However, every dive provides a different experience so I would say that it is worth doing. We couldn't dive in (or even go into) the sea near to the hotel because the red flag was out every day during our stay because the wind was very strong causing the sea to be quite choppy.
Overall, we had a very relaxing stay and I would recommend going to this resort. We would certainly return here! The transfer was quite long from the airport because of dropping/collecting other guests from different resorts along the way. However, I think this is a small price to pay and it wouldn't put me off going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 3 pools (including 2 with Jacuzzi for relaxation) 1 Jacuzzi Large sun terrace with loungers and sun umbrellas BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 5 tennis courts, bicycles Motorised sports (additional charge) Water activity and scuba diving centre Entertainment amphitheatres WiFi access in the lobby (24h per day free of charge) and in rooms additional charge) 1 buffet restaurant 3 a la carte restaurants 6 Bars Snack-Bar Wedding gazebo Dolphinarium (additional charge) 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 978 rooms including 4 types: Superior, Superior Junior Suite, Superior Club Hacienda and Club Hacienda Junior Suite. The Junior Suites are larger than the Superior rooms. Room facilities: King size bed (Superior Junior Suites) or 2 full size beds Sitting area (Superior Junior Suites) Fully-equipped bathroom: shower, wash basin, magnifying mirror and hair dryer Hydromassage bath tub (Superior Junior Suites) Bathroom amenities Balcony or terrace Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Radio alarm clock Flat screen satellite TV Mini-bar (included) Coffee-making facilities Safe (additional charge) Ironing set WiFi (additional charge) Club Hacienda rooms (See page 18, Club Golden, Club Hacienda) Children Bahia Scouts Children can enjoy a range of specially-tailored facilities: Children's pool Mini Club with activities for children aged 4 to 12 Evening Mini Disco Bahia Scouts Water Park Other services On-site miniature railway providing access to all facilities 24 hour 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:
- Bahia Principe Tulum
- Tulum Bahia Principe
- Gran Bahia Tulum
- Gran Bahia Principe Tulum Akumal
- Gran Bahia Principe Hotel
- Gran Bahia Principe Riviera Maya
- Gran Principe Tulum
- Gran Bahia Principe Mayan Riviera Resort
- Gran Bahia Principe Mexico
- Grand Bahia Principe Tulum Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico