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any advice on GBP Tulum

Steinbach MB
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any advice on GBP Tulum

Going to Gran Bahia Principe Tulum Jan 25 (4 of us) and we are looking for any advice, tips, anything that could help us maximize our 1 week we have there. We would like to know more about restaurants, lobby bars to go to before dinner, best ala cartes, swimming with dolphins, snorkelling, or anything else you wish you had known before you went. THANK YOU

Cornwall, Canada
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1,026 posts
71 reviews
1. Re: any advice on GBP Tulum

Hi,

To make it easier for you, if you go to the top right of this page and do a search for BAHIA PRINCIPE you will get all the results from the various posts that have been written about the complex. Then just enjoy the read!

Cheers,

Kathy

Alberta Canada
2 posts
1 review
2. Re: any advice on GBP Tulum

We were at GBP Tulum Dec 27 to Jan 3 and loved it.

You can snorkel right in front of the resort but snorkeling is much better at the green pier at Akumal/Coba beach. You can walk along the water from Tulum beach and the two join. You can also take the trolley to Akumal lobby and then take Coba beach trolley. I would suggest taking a trolley around the entire complex soon after arriving so you know what is there. We booked a snorkeling tour at the dive shop at the resort ($40.00/person) however due to windy weather they could not go out in the ocean so they took us by van to Yal-Ku laggon in Akumal. It was really good but only 1 1/2 hr. You can take a taxi there yourself for $10 and for $7.50 each can get admittance to the park for the whole day. Xcaret we thought was worth it. It covered a large variety of activities. You can also swim with the dolphins there as well as take in the show, snorkel, etc. Snorkeling is pretty good here too. We took the tour from the hotel but you could go on your own as well. The hotel tour really only gives you transportation and admission. If you want to go fishing it is much cheaper to go to Akumal beach and find your own fisherman. Our guys went for $100 for 3 hours but they only caught little fish. If you check out what the boats are bringing in before you book you can find one that would suit what you want. They say they only stock the mini bars every second day but if you leave a tip in the fridge on the first day they keep it overstocked the whole time. You can request what you want as well. all the workers are very appreciattive of any tips you give them. You get very good service without tipping and incredible service when you tip. We liked the buffet at Tulum the best. Look up a waiter named Guillermo who works at night in this buffet. He was very entertaining, we thought he was great. He will introduce you to a tequilla boom-boom. The Tequilla rest and Seafood rest were both very good ala cartes. The buffet is very good though and has lots of variety we didn't really care about how many al a cartes we got. I would suggest doing the al a carte when you first get there before you are stuffed with food (you would enjoy it more). Shopping at Play adel Carmen is good but you need to get off 5th Ave ( the main drag) to be able to barter. We found the shops on 5th to the left at the end of 16th Ave to be a little shady. Turn to the right at 5th Ave and 16th. The prices out front the Hacienda are about as good though. Even the prices in the hotel gift shop aren't bad. Have a great time and enjoy the Mexican's we sure did. Alberta, Canada

Sheffield, UK
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9 reviews
3. Re: any advice on GBP Tulum

Jump in a collectivo for $2 each and go 5/10 mins down the road towards Tulum to Xel-Ha. Seeing as you are already AI at the Bahia, get a hearty breakfast and go for the basic entrance into Xel-Ha for excellent snorkelling. Dolphin swims can be booked here too.

At Xel-Ha swim near the floating bridge for the larger fish, there's plenty to see!

MJo
Spring Grove, IL
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54 reviews
4. Re: any advice on GBP Tulum

Check out all 3 resorts. They each have different things that you will like. At the Hacienda shopping area at the front of the resort, they have a Mexican Fiesta on Thursday nights.

I love the Coba lobby bar area and they have delicious tri-colored cappucinos.

The Oriental restaurant at the Hacienda is very good. I stayed at the Coba, so didn't have the same options as the Tulum for restaurants though.

There is a quiet pool at the Coba with teak wood chairs, that's nice.

The Swing bar at the beach is also very nice and the hammocks near the volleyball nets. Very relaxing.

Steinbach MB
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23 posts
5. Re: any advice on GBP Tulum

thanks for all the info so far, we are anxiously awaiting our vacation. reading some reviews lately it seems that there may be some late night noise... are there certain villas that are more secluded and quite but not to far from the pools and restaurants

MJo
Spring Grove, IL
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2,484 posts
54 reviews
6. Re: any advice on GBP Tulum

luvsunnydaze, if you e-mail the resort in advance and tell them what you are looking for, they will do their best to fill your request. They always are amazing.

Alberta Canada
2 posts
1 review
7. Re: any advice on GBP Tulum

We were in villa 5, no problem with noise, close to everything. Make sure you find Guillermo at the Tulum buffet. Have fun

Duncan, South...
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8. Re: any advice on GBP Tulum

I loved Xel-Ha for snorkelling. I suggest going all-inclusive. There's a few nice resturants there also. The Myan ruins in Tulum is a good day trip also. Take swim wear to try the beach there. It's awesome.

Mike

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