Well I visited this resort the first week of November and it was not very busy at all which was nice. But by the time we left it was started to get packed and you had to wait in line at the Buffet. I am in my 20's was with my boyfriend who is also in his 20's and this was our first time to Mexico and were not impressed. I found this resort to be more focused on kids and middle aged people. At night there was nothing to do and everything shut down around 11 pm. We couldn't go out and hang out with other people our age because the music bar that was available was very low key and not what we were looking for.
Our villas were exceptional except that our beds were rock hard, they had no give to them at all, my boyfriend and me were constantly in pain from the bed, we would wake up with sore backs and necks. We stayed on the bottom floor of the three storey villas and they were very echoey you could hear everything if anybody was out there you could hear them it was very annoying. Our T.V was horrible we only got one channel that was partially english so if there wasn't a movie on at night that was in english we had to go to bed cause there was nothing else to do.
The pools were amazing we spend most of our time by the pools because they were so roomy and never crowded you could always find a lounge chair. The swim up bar was amazing but trying to tell the bartender what you wanted to drink was a little problem I would definitely recommend spanish lessons it makes things so much easier. Even though most of the staff know a little english knowing spanish goes a long way in the end.
The food was terrible the only place we found that was moderately good was the snack bar by the activity pool. All the rest was horrible and we were scared to eat any of the food, it was usually picked through and cold. Not alot of options if you have allergies to foods. The juice's were all fresh which is great except if you are used to our juices up here that are full of sugar. The pop at the buffet was flat no matter how many times I ordered it still flat. We drank alot of water and beer cause they seemed very consistent. We went to one a la carte restaurant which was a good change not very big portions though. I got a mexican coffee I would totally recommend getting one of these very good and as a added bonus they make it right in front of you.
The beach was horrible we only spent one day there because of the shore line was filled with rocks and coral and they were very sharp. Once you get into the water its filled with rocks and boulders so be careful not to cut your feet. It felt like your feet were bleeding when you walked in I would recommend water shoes as a must. The water was very salty as well you had to have a shower right after getting out of shower cause your skin was gritty from the water.
We were part of the golden club so we had a massage included it was amazing totally worth it right down by the beach. Its only 30 minutes but it feels like an hour.
Activities we only left the resort twice cause it was such problem trying to get one of those van's to stop and you had to cross the highway to get to some of them very dangerous. We went to Xel-Ha for a day and got there early in the morning and got the all inclusive pass so everything was included which was nice. We decided to go on the river, well if you are like most people you would think it has a current so you wouldn't have to do much swimming you just sit on the tube and go down the river. Not at all getting into the tube and getting out of the mangrove that was covering the beginning of the river was horrible and there is big signs that say don't touch the mangrove well there is no possible way you have to touch it your tube goes right into it. After you finally get your self free start paddling cause there is no current and we had to paddle all the way back to the stairs I was so tired after that I didn't want to do anything. We went snorkeling which was ok not that many fish though and once you get to the floating
bridge be aware that the fish get more populated and much bigger so if you are not comfortable around fish don't get close to the floating bridge.
Playa del Carman was ok a typical shopping trip with lots of shops in a very long street you will get hasseled when you get on this street so be forewarned to ignore it.
Overall we would not come back to this resort it just did not have the night life we were looking for and there was no 20 something's anywhere and lots of kids that were loud. Way to far away from Cancun and the bus rides were not that great.
- 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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- 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