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Grand Bahia Principe Tulum
Ranked #10 of 21 Hotels in Akumal
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Reviewed 12 August 2005

We went to this resort from july 31 to august 07 and we found a very nice hotel (2 nice hotel on the same field, Bahia Principe Tulum and Bahia Principe Akumal) This place is so big that you have to use a small shuttle (golf cart) for your transportation. We were scare by the damage of hurracane Emily but everything was nice and ok and we saw some employee working on different roof of restaurant ans lobby to fix it.

Hotel 4/5
This was the most beautiful hotel we stay in the last 5 years. we went to Puerto plata-Punta cana and Varadero Cuba the last years and this one (Bahia Principe) was the best.

Room 4/5
We stay on the Tulum side in Villa 31 and the room was nice and clean. A few problems with a/c for the first 2-3 hours but they fix it. The Mini bar was cool whit cola-beer-water-chocolat and chips each day. The restroom was very very nice. The t.v stration was not so good but we not there for that.

Restaurants 4/5
The buffet (Yucatan) was pretty good with a lot of choice but after 7 days in a buffet, your happy to get back home. The A La Carte restaurant (about 7 or 8) was nice. You cant take only 3 reservations in your week so we went to the sea food one on the side of Akumal, second one was the Mexican tequila and the last one was the Oriental restaurant at the Hacienda. The service in the a la carte resto was incredible. they was always there to fill up your water-wine-cola or tropical drink and etc

Pools 5/5
There about 5 pools on the complexe and the nicest one was the main pool in front of the Akumal Lobby. there also pools bars on both main pool of Tulum and Akumal.

Beach 3/5
The 1 mille 1/2 beach long is not so nice since hurracane Emily past. The sand is nice but if you want to go in the water, you have to select the place your going to pass. The best place to enjoy the ocean was in front of the restaurant La grande Tortuga. There was some nice waves on the other side of the bigs rocks they put there to stop de waves. If you like extreme sport, try the Kayak in the big wave, your gone a love it.

Entertainement 3/5
The entertainement team was funny (there 3 or 4 entertaiment team, 2 on the tulum side and 1 or 2 team on the Akumal side) We like the team of the main pool on the Tulum side with some fun games. I play volleyball-beach soccer and pool basketball. But each days, its almost the same thing they do so there nothing new. There no game room (ping pong-billiard-arcade and etc on both hotel) you have to go on the Hacienda (on the hotel complexe) in a little sport bar to play billiard

10:00 p.m. Shows 4/5
This was the most beautiful show i saw on a hotel resort and its not amateur like some other people say on this site.

Disco and night live 2/5
The disco open only at midnight after the band perform on the Hacienda. This hotel is not a place for bachelor or student. There a lot of couple and familly. If you want to have fun and party, take a hotel in Cancun or come with a lot of friend.

Employee 5/5
Very nice people, friendly with nice smile. They like it went you say some spanish word. Not a lot of employe speak english very well even in the front desk.

So the Bahia Principe Tulum and Akumal was a great place for our vacation and we recommand this resort for couple-senior-Familly. Its only 60 minutes from Cancun intern airport if you dont stop on each hotel before this one. There some very nice place to visit and please, dont take the visit tour with your agent. take the collectivo from the hiway in front of the hotel for only 2$ per person (ex; Visit tour of the Tulum ruines was 40$ US per person with our agent and only 16$ for me and my girlfriend with the collectivo 8$ to go and to get back and 3.80$ both to enter the tulum site and dont forget to bring some water when you visit a place because it's realy hot.

Take care

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Reviewed 7 August 2005

Food was ok,
Rooms were ok,
Service Was Terrible
Ameneties were Ok
We were so disappointed with this property! We read so many great reviews so were excited to go. We left our husbands at home for a girl's only week. In most of our rooms the air didn't work and when we went to the front desk about it we were abruptly told "well you are in Mexico what do you expect". Compared to other resorts we have stayed at in the Mayan, the service here was terrible. Talk about self serve. Never mind a waiter at the beach, how about a bar and a bottle of water? Most times the buffet restaurants had dirty tables so you couldn't find a place to sit and when you did, your dirty plates stacked up along side your empty glass. The entertainment at the theatre was like my son's grade 7 class play. The odd bar had a waiter, if you could find him/her. Never mind the rooms were definitely not 5 star, they were dirty .. we even heard of other people who had dirt from previous guests in their bed. So I was so disappointed when I read all the great reviews and then had a terrible experience. And conversation around the pool was pretty much the same. And speaking of the pool, the entertainment is the same every single day. One of my friends was continually harassed by some of the entertainment guys to the point we had to complain. So if you don't travel much or don't have high expectations I'm sure you'll enjoy it, the weather at least. But from our experience here, there are much nicer places in the Mayan .. closer to everything too.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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Reviewed 5 August 2005

Just got back, stayed July28 thru aug4th.
some emily damage, enjoyed the lack of tourists for the first 4 days,
then got crowded, and understood what some of the reviews were
talking about, only thing to compain about was the lack of a discharge
party. Yep, no coffee or doughnuts, or fruit for the pilgramage back to the states. Nothing available in the lobby for anyone checking out in the wee
hours in the morning. Since the 24hr snack bar was inaccessable because
of construction, we had nothing to eat upon leaving to cancun airport.
The only complaint we had all week...................
The beach and pools were the best thing.
The food was really good, the ala-cartes were ok, but overrated.
The entertainment was very good.
The kids entertainment was almost nonexistant at tulum,
but was not their fault as their kids club was wiped out by emily,
and resorted to 2 hotel rooms, that we did not even check out.
again, we stayed at tulum, and enjoyed the akumal side most
of the time.
Please remember that this resort just took a major hit from a hurricane,
and the staff and workers worked 24hrs a day to repair it, and this
is just one view of what we saw of a small time of our vacation.
In general:
Taking in emily's damage and removing the blight. I have
personally come to some conclusions:
1: this is a great resort! you cannot go wrong!!!!!!!
2:we have stayed at Sunscape Tulum, and Grand Paladium as well as
Qualton club in Puerta Vallerta, and Qualton club in cancun. and have found out that there is something different in each resort to make it unique.
3:We are not seasoned veterans of travel, but apple vacations has really made an improvement on their service and ease of transition between american airports and cancun. a huge difference at cancun . they now have their own usa3000 arrival, bag checkage area. food still sucks.
4: Hearing people complain about drinks, mold,mosquitos,baggage,
smells, smoke, etc, etc, come on people! you are going to the best
vacation per american dollar that there is. The Mexican govt. will do everything possible for the american dollar to keep pouring in to their coffers. The mexican people work their butts off keeping everying running smoothly.
5: My family will continue returning to the Mayan Riviera for as long as our health will provide, the place is just beautiful, and whatever resort you choose, will be just that, a vacation, please keep in mind that each resort
has something different to offer, we go on apple rated vacations, and price.
I try to find the highest rated hotel at the lowest price for the times we can go. we have not been disappointed yet., only when we come home,
and vacation is over.......................

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Reviewed 4 August 2005

I found this amazing resort via an online travel auction site. Our four-night stay ended up costing far less than our plane tickets. What a value for this amazing all-inclusive. My husband and I travelled to BPT for our honeymoon in July, 2004. We arrived approx. 11 p.m. from the USA and were confused at first by the large number of taxi and van services vying for our fare to our resort. BPT can arrange travel to/from the airport for a nominal fee. It is a drive of approx. 45 mins-1 hr. to the resort, not located in Cancun but in the Mayan Riviera. We did not get to fully appreciate the beauty of the ocean and our Mexican surroundings until the following morning.

There are 24-hr. food snack bars available close to the beach. We stopped there after our late check-in. Since we'd never stayed at a large all-inclusive, I didn't realize how huge this place was going to be. It is actually a complex of 2 sister resorts, Bahia Principe Tulum and Akumal. Akumal is a smaller, neighboring resort. There is a neat little trolley system to cart guests around the complex and from resort to resort. We loved our huge room, with what seemed to be a California King sized-bed. You've got to get up pretty early to reserve a beach cabana, but we made good use of the beautiful snorkelling facilities available and the turtle reefs right off the beach were awesome. This particular location is near some of the eco-parks such as Xcaret, which unfortunately we did not get to experience. We did take a snorkelling trip which was great and well worth the money. There were at least 2 huge pools, one close to our complex and another gigantic pool near the main building. There is something to be said for the facilities at an all-inclusive resort. The buffet had a wide variety of cuisines from various cultures. The food was great, we dined at the Mexican and Seafood restaurants. The restaurants felt 5-star and I feel like we got a great value for our honeymoon. I only wish we could have stayed twice as long.

We didn't even have to leave the resort to shop, as there is a shopping complex located on the resort grounds just a short walk from the main building. It is of course a little kitchy and touristy but was in the design of a Mexican marketplace. I enjoyed our stay extremely. The only downside was that we got horrible sunburns on the first day-- bring your sunscreen!

  • Stayed: July 2004
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Reviewed 1 August 2005

The Bahia Principe is a beautiful resort with a mile long area consisting of two major resorts, Akumal and Tulum. It is 1 1/s hour away from the airport Cancun. It is not crowded and does not appear to be a commercialize resort unlike the ones in Cancun. Mostly enjoyed by groups or newlyweds for its spacious location. There are Shuttle buses available to take you from anywhere in the resort. Lots of restaurant both buffet or a la carte. Also have a disco, sports bar, shops, internet cafe and in house doctor. And of course, at least six pools (total both). Staff are very friendly and helpful. Other activities such as Mayan tour, ATV, snorkling and spa are extra. Best villa in Tulum are number 22, 12, 5, 4, 1, 34, 35, 39 and 40 are all beach front villas. Third floors are the best, better view and no bugs.

Unfortunately, the resort was damaged by Hurricane Emily. I was there when the storm hit the resort. Please see photos attached. The staff are working hard to rebuild the place. I would come back here again, mabe sometime between November to May, . . . not a hurricane season.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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Address: Carretera Chetumal Benito Juarez, km 250 | Local B, Akumal 77760, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Casino Hotel in Akumal
#6 Family Hotel in Akumal
#7 Romantic Hotel in Akumal
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Akumal
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Akumal
#9 Spa Hotel in Akumal
Price Range: €142 - €360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Bahia Principe Tulum 3.5*
Number of rooms: 978
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
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