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Gran Bahia Principe Akumal - A to Z Inspection

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Ambiance-This is one of my favorite resorts for families and couples. I tend to like the larger resorts and between this one and its sister properties the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum and Coba, this complex is massive. This was the second section built of the complex.

Beach-The beach is about 400 meters long and very nice. There are some small sections off the beach that have what they call surf breakers that help protect against erosion. This section is a bit more perpendicular to the beach so there are very few rooms close to the beach.

Charges (extra) - Spa treatments, long distance and business services like internet access would be extra.

Distances- A little over an hour south of Cancun and less than half and hour north of Tulum. I would suggest paying a little more to get the nonstop transfers.

Entertainment on Property -All three resorts share the disco and entertainment in the evening over at what they call Caribbean Village. There is also plenty of activities during the day.

Fitness Area - They have a pretty decent fitness area and Spa.

Food- They have 5 restaurants, 3 are specialty restaurants serving seafood, International and Italian cuisine. You also have dining privileges at the sister properties so the total is 11 restaurants to choose from. So everyone has an opportunity to dine at a specialty restaurant, they have a limit of 3 for a 1 week stay. The restaurants are open from 5:30 pm until 11:00 pm. You may make reservations upon arrival with the Public Relations Desk. As a reminder, for the guys, you will need long pants and a sports shirt for the specialty restaurants for dinner.

Getting Around- Taxi is the best bet for I do not suggest you renting a car unless you really know what you are doing driving in Mexico.

Internet Access -They have wi-fi access from the Hacienda at the Caribbean Village but no internet access from the rooms.

Jackets and Ties- Keep them at home, but bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner in the Specialty restaurants.

Kids-They have a kids club called Principito for children ages 4 to 12. It is supervised and they have age appropriate games and activities for the kids. They also offer babysitting and it runs $20.00 p/hour for up to two kids.

Little Known Fact-Not many all-inclusive resorts have outdoor jacuzzis. This one does!

Medical Services-On call medical services.

Negatives- If you want a small little resort, this would not be a good fit for you. This is a large resort. I tend to like larger resorts so not a negative to me personally but might be to others.

Nightlife- They have entertainment in the evening and their own disco shared by all three resorts.

Opportunities- This resort offers an upgraded level of service and rooms called the Club Golden and Club Premier. This is a private club within the resort where you have a private reception upon arrival, exclusive use of the Tequila restaurant for breakfast and lunch, the rooms are closer to the beach with it's own pool and swim up bar, jacuzzi and children's section. Where guests are limited to 3 specialty restaurants for a week stay, Club Golden gets 4 and CLub Premier gets 5. You also get free internet access.

Pool-They have one lagoon shaped pool that is more quiet for relaxing and another pool that has all the daily activities. You also have access to the other pools at the sister properties. They are also one of the few resorts that has an outdoor jacuzzi.

Protection-In room safe.

Recreation- Since this is such a large complex there is no lack of stuff to do while here. You can enjoy non-motorized and motorized waters sports: windsurf, catamarans, Banana Boat, etc. You also have the opportunity to participate in scuba diving, tennis, volleyball, aerobics classes, dance classes, play golf and go horseback riding. They also have the animation teams for fun and games.

Rooms- They have both standard rooms and Junior Suites offering Garden views Partial Ocean views and Ocean views. All have a jacuzzi tub which is nice. The rooms will either have 2 full size beds or 1 king size bed. Buildings 65, 66 and 67 are the closest to the beach.

Shopping-They have an area that they call the Caribbean Village and this is where they have all their shops and the evening entertainment.

Spa- They have a very nice spa with all of your standard treatments.

Terrain-Keep in mind between this and the sister resorts this is a very large complex. The thing I noticed more in this section is the pool is more intertwining among the trees.

Updates-They are building their own golf course hopefully open the end of 2008 or early 2009..

View-Right on the ocean, very nice views.

Weather-Mid December through May has the best weather. September and October gets more rain.

WOW Factor-The size of the resort and all of the amenities that can be shared between the properties.

X-Y-Z-I think as far as getting your most for your money, you will be hard pressed to find other resorts offering as many options. It is worth the long ride to get here.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

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With a secluded location near many local ruins, this resort is stretched along a wonderful 3/4 mile stretch of white sand beach, surrounded by 275 acres of tropical vegetation. It's 1 hr from the Air-port, 35 min from Playa Del Carmen, 20 min from Tulum.

Address: BENITO JUAREX KM 250 - A

Local Phone: 011-52-984-875-5000
Fax: 011-52-984-875-5001

Hotel Facilities

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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (Within hotel complex.)
Number of Pools: 2

Swim-up Bar
Two swimming pools, one like a river with 3 jacuzzis and another one close to the beach with once jacuzzi. Both swimming pools have a special children section.
Puerto Aventuras Golf Club - 9 holes and Golf Club Playacar - 18 holes(transportation from the hotel available for additional cost).
The Puerto Aventuras Golf Club features a 3,255 yard course designed by Tomas Dehmann18 holes(transportation from the hotel available for additional cost).
Holes: 0
Green Fees: Contact hotel.
Cart Fee: Contact hotel.
Club Rental Fees: CONTACT HOTEL.
Number of Courts: 3
Lighted Courts: 3
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Additional Charge
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
Motorboats: Additional Charge
Jet Ski / Wave runner: Additional Charge
Water skiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Bicycles: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge

Hotel Details

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The magnificent Bahia Principe Akumal is a hidden paradise featuring a distinctly Mayan influence, with rooms and suites distributed throughout 3-story villas surrounded by acres of tropical coconut palms and exotic vegetation.

Exchange Privileges with the Bahia Tulum; includes all services, activities, bars and restaurants totaling 11 restaurants & 12 bars(except International Gourmet Restaurant "Don Pablo" and some restrictions may apply for the a la carte restaurants).

Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 485
Year Opened: 2001


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There are 5 Restaurants at Gran Bahia Principe Akumal:

Riviera - Main restaurant (international buffet)with sea view(breakfast, lunch & dinner).The restaurant is exclusively for use of guests staying at the Bahia Principe Akumal. DRESS CODE:footwear is required, no bathing suites.
Arlequin - International Gourmet restaurant .Exclusive for Bahia Príncipe Akumal guests Open for a la carte dinner only;reservations are required. Guests may dine in restaurant once a week(Subject to avail).DRESS CODE:Men required to wear long pants & shirt w/sleeves
Dolce Vita - Italian specialties. Buffet service for breakfast & lunch. A la carte for dinner; reservations required. Guests may dine in this restaurant once a week(subject to avail).DRESS CODE:men are required to wear long pants and shirts with sleeves for dinner
El Acuario - A completely casual atmosphere located on the beach offering snacks and fast food. Grilled meats, sausages, hamburgers, pizzas and a selection of salads. Open 24 hours.
Frutos del Mar - Only an "à la carte" dinner service with a large variety of fish and shellfish in Caribbean style. Reservations are required. Guests may dine in this restaurant once a week(Subject to avail).DRESS CODE:Men required to wear long pants & shirt with sleeves.

Activities & Entertainment

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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

There is a Daily Activities Program every day from 10 am to 6 pm, with Non-Motorized Water sports, Tennis, Mountain Bikes, Soccer.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Daily entertainment with live music and a variety of shows at hotel's amphitheater, disco located at the Hacienda Dona Isabel.



Children's Programs

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Children playground and children activities at the Mini Club for children between 4 and 12 years
Applicable Ages: 4-12 years old
Program Fees: Complimentary.

Children's Facilities

Babysitting Fee: Fee varies
Advance Notice for Babysitting: YES


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