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Grand Bahia Principe Coba
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Reviewed March 24, 2007

We stayed at the Coba from March 04/07 -11/07 and were overwhelmed with the facility! This place is 5 star all the way and impeccable attention to detail is paid.

Rooms- Beautiful. King size bed is firm and bathroom is about the size of other hotel rooms I've stayed in. A/C is central so you don't
have to worry about the wall unit breaking down. Fridge is restocked daily with water, beer, snacks. Maid service is excellent (we tipped $2 a day as the maids work their butts off and make $4.80 per day)

Pools-The Coba pools are beautiful and well-kept. Bring a thermal mug
for your drinks as they'll keep longer. The pools at Tulum and Akumal
are great too!

Restaurants-If you complain about the food at the buffets at the Gran Bahia then you won't be satisfied anywhere. The first night we were there we were overwhelmed by the variety and service we received
from the Coba buffet. The menu may repeat itself everyday but there is enough to have where you won't be stuck in the same routine choosing. The a la cartes are all excellent.

Stayed: March 2007
17  Thank CanadianCabot
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Reviewed March 21, 2007

I stayed at the BP Coba from Mar 10-17. We booked through Apple Vacations. Our flight was great and we were excited to get to the beach early excpet the apple tour bus had other ideas. It took us three hours from the time we got on the coach bus, waited for everyone else to get on and made about 8 stops along the way. No beer to drink and the ride was very, very long. A tip if you go, ask your travel agent how you will get to the resort. On the way back we hired a van that took eight of us with all of our luggage for 160US and it only took an hour and ten minutes, well worth the money. Once we got to the resort things improved drastically. Mamossa's were waiting for us and we checked in at the Coba Premier/Club Golden lobby. Check in took five minutes and we had requested to be on the third floor of a villa with the three other couples we went with and they were able to put three couples on the third floor and one on the second of the same villa.
The rooms were very big and very nice. We over looked the premier pool and were in villa 26. A weird thing about the rooms is they have very poor lighting in the bathrooms and no fans. They were cleaned every day and the fridge was stocked every other. They were cleaned good but not great. There was some dirt on the floor that sat there for three days before it was cleaned. The safes came free with booking through apple vacations. There were also coffee makers in our room and the coffee was just as good as making it at a hotel in the US or Canada. Overall we were very happy with the rooms. The Air Transat lobby was right next to our villa and i would go in there to use the internet in the mornings when no one else was there and didn't have any problems. The enitre complex is huge but very well kept and the bartenders and wait staff were great. Just a FYI, the staff makes very little money and even a $1 tip means a lot to them. They work hard and we didn't find they worked any different if tipped but you knew it was very much appreciated.
The beach was the only slight downfall to the resort. The sand is very corally and is rough to walk in bare foot but you are able to do it. Just don't expect a pure white sand beach. I did go to the Tulum ruins and the beach there was beautiful, you can bring your bathing suits and go swimming there, just no swim up bars.
The food at the a la cartes was really good. We ate at the Mikado, the Arlequin, Fruto del mar and LE Gourmet. They all had great food but one thing we noticed is that the diners took a long time, one we were in there for over two hours. The buffets had good food but it got very repetitive by the end of the week. They said they had theme nights but we didn't notice much difference from one night to the next. they always had make your own pasta, an oriental section (rice, vegetables, sushi), a mexican section and a kids section.
We really enjoyed our time there and would recomend it for anyone looking for a place to go. We would not hesitate to stay at another Bahia PRincipe resort in the future.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with friends
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9  Thank travel_bum8
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Reviewed March 20, 2007

We were a group of 10 adults that stayed at the Bahia Coba from Mar 12 - 18. I must say, though the resort is huge and a bit overwhelming at first, we settled in nicely. This was one of the best vacations yet. Normally, we stay at IBEROSTARs, and we all agree, this resort is right up there with the IBEROSTARs. .

We read reviews before leaving which others indicated that the service staff was rude, THIS IS NOT TRUE. The service staff bend over backwards to assist and though the language barrier does exist, they are so eager to learn english.

A few things to watch out for. At the Coba, there are two pools, one that's quiet and the other was loud. At the quiet pool, the chairs are all reserved by 7:00 am, so get out there early. If you plan on tipping the housekeepers, you are better off to give the tip directly to the maid instead of just leaving in the room. We found that on two separate occassions the money was taken long before the rooms were clean. Turns out that the person responsible for loading the mini bars was helping themselves to the maid tips.

The resort has a wonderful trolley system that moves guest between complexes and the shopping plaza. We never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a ride.

Overall, food was great, weather was beautiful, and we can't wait to go back.

We headed to Playa DelCarmen one night. Normally, this is a 45 mintues, $30 cab fare one way, however, our conseige "Christine" was able to set us up was a van service for $130 Round Trip and the driver "Alfredo" was great, he waiting for us to finish our visiting before driving back to the hotel.

Bottom Line: Would we go back?. Absolutely!!!!
When does the next flight leave?????

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with friends
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10  Thank stan7deb
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Reviewed March 19, 2007

We stayed at the Coba from February 26th thru March 5th, we had a group of 10. Upon arrival at the airport we were notified by our Apple Representative that we would be a Premier guest upon arrival at the resort. This had a seperate lobby & check in was quite fast, no long lines a welcome drink etc.

We were all fortunate to stay in the same Villa, #1 ?, great location right outside the Premier Lobby & the quiet pool. We all either had pool views or lobby & ranged from the 3rd floor to the ground floor. We had no problems with bugs etc....that other reviews had gone on about. I didn't hear other guests other than the few times the people above us rearranged there furniture. The beds were comfortable as well as the rooms spacious & tastefully decorated.

The food was great but we liked the Priemier lobby restaurant the best for breakfast. Everyone found something they liked no matter where we dined, out of all the choices. We booked 3 specialty restaurants & the seafood El Pescador was ok, the atmosphere was nice & service was great, The Mikado Japanese was excellent with a exceptional show. We cancelled our 3rd reservation as we decided to have fun rather than be on a time line. The snack bar off the pool was great we had lunch there daily. I would recommend the pizza's made to order excellent. The gucamole was outstanding, we ate it everyday & would just wait for them to bring it out or ask for it ( Snack Bar ) The desserts delicious not to sweet just perfect.

The staff was very friendly & helpful always. Our rooms were cleaned timely everyday as well as the mini fridge re-stocked. We left our maid a couple dollars daily & 2 days of more than a couple dollars. This got us a exceptionaly cleaned room, towel art & balloons. We did tip our bartenders etc daily a couple dollars & they were sure to remember you & take good care of you. Even going as far as to bring you your lunch poolside etc.

The beaches were all nice, some rockier than others. You could see the rocks & just had to watch for them, never wore water shoes after the first day. We went to the Akumal beach it was great with all the fish right there to see in or out of the water.

The excusions we went on were a snorkel trip we did on our own taking the collectivo to & from. For $5.00 per person they took us directly to Yal Ku Lagoon. ( We could have paid the 2 $'s & walked the remianing way but it would have been at least a 1/2 hour walk ) Cost per person to get in I believe $15.00 including snorkel gear, a life vest was extra. This was incredible & the fish you saw amazing. We then took a taxi back to the Lol Ha Restaurant right on the beach in Akumal. Food was fantastic & reasonably priced. Beers were far costlier than the food. Walked back to the main road & took the Collectivo for $2.00 back to the resort.

The grounds were beautiful & extremely well cared for. The pools were all beautiful & well maintained. You did have to reserve your chairs quite early but that was no problem as we were all up early everyday. The property was large but you could easily walk or catch a tram to wherever you may have wanted to go. We mostly walked as it was great excersise.

With a large group of 10 we all found things to do or excursions to go on together or alone. It was one of the best all inclusive vacations I have ever been on. It was our first experience with the Bahia Principe Resort & I would go to another or back to the Coba in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with family
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7  Thank MichiganGrandville
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Reviewed March 19, 2007

This was our first time in Mexico and we traveled with another couple. I researched for sometime before we picked a resort. I was told that in Mexico you get what you pay for. We picked the Coba because it was new and it was within the price range we were looking for. With that said...........WE LOVED MEXICO!

The resort is very large and we were usually confused but this just added to our fun. If you give some thought to where you are and where you have been it does start to make sense. The golf carts will get you where you want to go so just let them do their job. We had some great laughs on them. We nicknamed them the Jolly Trolleys.

Food: The food was good. You do have to remember you are on a resort and the way they cook something is different then what you are used to. You are on vacation not in your own kitchen, so be open minded to that and you won't have any problems. We ate our ala carts at Mikado which was good, Le Gourmet and Arlequin. They were also very good. The buffet had something for everyone. I even caught my husband eating off of the kids buffet. We ate everything and never once did we get sick. The water at the restaurants is safe to drink as it is purified.

Drinks: The drinks were awesome. Some of the best drinks I have ever had on a vacation. They have alot of name brands that you can ask for. Go to the swing bar down by the ocean and tell Angel Hello! He is the best. Ask him to make you a Miami Vice.

Rooms: The rooms were perfect. Walls are a little thin and you can hear what is going on next door, but we didn't have any problems with that. They are very clean and comfortable. Our mini bar was stocked each day. We had fresh fruit and tequilla when we arrived. We had a new towel art everyday. We left a tip everyday for the maid and one everyday in our refrigerator for the person who stocked the mini bar. They work very hard and they deserve it.

Pools: The pools are great here. On our last vacation to the DR we didn't spend any time at the pools. Here we spend a day at the pool. They had a cook out by the pool and my husband even played Bocce ball.

Beach: The beach was very nice. There are some areas that are rockier then others. If that bothers you stay away from that area. The beach is so big you will find somewhere that isn't rocky. The fish by the pier are amazing. We snorkeled for free and saw more fish then we did in the DR when we paid to snorkel. The husbands went parasailing and the pictures they took of the reefs were really amazing.

This resort has so many choices. If you are there for a week you will not see everything and that is ok because you will want to go back. One day it was overcast and we decided it would be a good day to find every bar. Forget it. If you were to have one drink at each of them you won't remember where you are.

We took the collectivo to Playa Del Carmen and from there we took the ferry to Cozumel. This was so much fun. We rented scooters and drove around the island stopping to shop and test the Margaritas. Great time! Would recommend it!

The staff at this resort is very friendly and helpful. I find it hard to believe that anybody could be disappointed with anything that is within their control.

If you are looking for a beautiful resort to relax and enjoy life then you have found it. Enjoy it for what it is.

Can't wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with friends
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14  Thank salttherim
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