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Gran Bahia Principe Coba - 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 Akumal and Tulum, this complex is massive. This is the newest of the 3 sections.

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 on the inland side of the Akumal section.

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 7 restaurants, 5 are specialty restaurants serving seafood, Mexican, Japanese, International and Mediterranean 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- All of the rooms here are 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.

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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Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Number of Pools: 2

Swim-up Bar
Two lagoon swimming pools with sunshades & Teka sunbeds at the Premier section.
Near to the golf Club Puerto Aventuras and Golf Club Playacar.
Holes: 0
Number of Courts: 3
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Bicycles: Complimentary
Other Sports: On request:Soccer, Basketball, Volley-ball, Boogie boards.
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Additional Charge
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Additional Charge
Spa: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge


Hotel Details

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A modern mega complex featuring the Bahia Coba flowing into the Bahia Akumal and Bahia Principe Tulum. Bahia Principe Coba offers exchange privileges with Bahia Principe Tulum & Akumal (except at gourmet & main buffet restaurants at the other 2 hotels

Situated behind the Bahia Principe Akumal the hotel offers shuttle service to the nearby beach.

Year Opened: 2005

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express


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Gran Bahia Principe Coba features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips

There are 7 Restaurants at Gran Bahia Principe Coba:

Mediterraneo - Mediterranean restaurant Open for Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm
El Charro - Mexican Restaurant Open for Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm
Kukulcan Buffet - Main International Buffet: Breakfast- 7:00a-10:30 Lunch- 12:30pm-3:30pm Dinner- 6:30pm-10:30pm
Mikado - Japenese restaurant Open for Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm
Cozumel Buffet - Buffet Restaurant exclusive to Premier guests Breakfast- 7:00am-10:30am Lunch- 12:30pm-3:30pm Dinner- 6:30pm-10:30pm
El Peservdor - Seafood restaurant Open for Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm
Le Gourmet - International Gourmet Open for Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm

Activities & Entertainment

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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Games and organized activities. Aerobics and Megengue lessons.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

International entertainment program (day and night programs)


Children's Programs

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Club El Principito kids club is available from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, offering supervised activities for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old.

Children's Facilities
Game Room
Teen Disco
Children's Pool

Babysitting Fee: $10.00 per hour
Advance Notice for Babysitting: Yes


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