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Gran Bahia Principe Tulum - 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 Coba, this complex is massive.

Beach-The beach is about 400 meters long and very nice. Of the three sections, Tulum, Akumal and Coba you have more of a stretch of beach here since it is more parallel to the beach. There are some small sections off the beach that have what they call surf breakers that help protect against erosion.

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 9 restaurants, 4 are specialty restaurants serving seafood, MexicanInternational 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. The Club Hacienda section has the rooms 20-150 meters from the beach and some more amenities. Buildings 39 and 40 look to be 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 (On property.)
Number of Pools: 5
Outdoor Pools: 5     
Swim-up Bar
There are 3 pools on 3 levels creating one huge lagoon, considered one of the most impressive in the area. There is a jacuzzi in each pool, a giant whirlpool, SCUBA clinic, sun terrace with sunshades and sunbeds, and separate pool area just for kids.
Puerto Aventuras Golf Club - 20 km
The Puerto Aventuras Golf Club features a 3,255 yard course designed by Tomas Dehmann.
Holes: 9
Green Fees: Contact hotel.
Cart Fee: Contact hotel.
Club Rental Fees: CONTACT HOTEL.
Number of Courts: 6
Outdoor Courts: 3
Lighted Courts: 6
Pro Onsite
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Bicycles: Complimentary
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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Like a dream come true, the magnificent Bahia Principe 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.

Clients staying at the Bahia Tulum have complimentary exchange privilages with the Bahia Principe Akumal and Bahia Coba for use of facilities and dining (Except for buffet dining)

Beach: The resort is situated on a completely natural, long stretch of private white sand beach (1 km in length) bordering along the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Split between two private bays, thebeach is partially protected by an offshore coral reef.
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 894
Year Opened: 1999


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Gran Bahia Principe Tulum features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Coupon system for a la carte restaurants.

There are 9 Restaurants at Gran Bahia Principe Tulum:

Frutos del Mar Fisheria - A seafood specialty restaurant open from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Bar El Tequila - An a la carte Mexican specialty restaurant, reservations are required. No shorts allowed, open 6:00p-10:30p
Acuario - 24 hour snack bar.
Las Olas Beach Grill - A beachfront snack grill serving American food, open throughout the day andthen again throughout the evening for late night snacks.
Yucatan - The main restaurant serving International cuisine buffet-style for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tables are distributed throughout several dining rooms with sea-views. Breakfast 7a-10:30a, Lunch 12:30p-3:30p, Dinner 6:30p-8:30p/9p-10:30p
Riviera Restaurant - A restaurant with beautiful views,serving international cuisine buffet style. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations are required
Mama Mia - An a la carte Italian specialty restaurant, reservations are required. Open for dinner, no shorts allowed. Open 6:00p-10:30p
Dolce Vita Italian Style - A la carte Italian specialty resturant open from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm. Reservations are required.
La Gran Tortuga - An open-air beachfront palapa restaurant serving Mediterranean food. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Breakfast 7:00a-10:30a, Lunch 12:30p- 3:30p, Dinner 6:00p-10:30p

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 Watersports, Tennis, Mountain Bikes, Soccer.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Theme Nights, Disco, Nightly Shows at the 1200-seat Amphitheater (shows are on a 14- day rotation).


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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