Gran Bahia Principe Tulum

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Playa Aventuras Akumal. Crtra. Xetumal - Cancun, Km. 251, Akumal, Riviera Maya, 77760, Mexico

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  • bri4444's Profile Photo

    4 Resorts in one if staying in Sian Ka'an


    This will be my 4th all inclusive trip with 3 being in Riviera Myan area south of Cancun in Mexico and the other being in Cuba. So far this is the best even with it's absolutely gigantic size and overwhelming layout. The resort is listed wrong in my opinion, it should be as Gran Bahia Principe Mayan Riviera Resort or something along that line. There is 4 hotels lobby's all on the one property being Coba, Tulum, Akumal, and Sian Ka'an. I stayed at Sian Ka'an which is the 18 plus section and is on the other side of the highway from the ocean. Sian Ka'an has access to all other parts of the resort but not vice-verso unless up playing golf. Due to this rule not sure if that means patrons under 18 are not allowed to play at the golf course, which would be a shame (if possible to edit my review will try to find out). The only part not included in a.i. if staying at Sian Ka'an is Hacienda, which before came thought was going to be a fancy premium section of the resort, but actually is a cool little shopping area with a big square where believe that they have a disco at night. There is a little sports bar and the like but it's not free.

    My room was in the 27 block which is next to a small shallow pool that has a Sushi bar where you can get cocktails and Sushi along with a towel as on this side you don't need a towel card. Tip if staying at resort and lose your card or towel see if someone staying at Sian Ka'an side will get one for you (while I was here our wrist bands were lime green but it could change) as they don't keep track of if bring towel back or not. There is 420 rooms (lol some people might book on this side just for that reason as might be favorite number) on this side, think other 3 areas have even more rooms per section. Condos are going up around the golf course so there may be construction noise, but it didn't seem bad to me.

    When I booked asked to not be on the ground floor (I have found have lot more issues with bugs and unwanted creatures on ground floor) and a King bed, was on top floor (3rd) but ended up with twin bed. I would of been happy with anything bigger then a twin as very active sleeper and have both fallen out of bed or knocked things off bed table during past twin bed sleeps. Bed was a little to hard for my liking, but not as bad as some other beds have had. The resort offered a pillow menu, however think I had one of each to choose from on the beds so didn't bother looking into it.

    The bathroom only had a shower which suits me just fine, but the lighting in it is very dim as while using compact florescent bulbs they were using looked to be 60 watt equivalent ones as 100 watt while only using about 22 watts would be to large in diameter fit into recessed fixtures (60watt ones use about 17 or 18 watts). As folically challenged I don't need to have lots of light in bathroom, however it could be lot bigger of a deal for females in particular trying to get ready for dinner etc as generally have to get hair, makeup and the like ready and would need more lighting. One of the GFI receptacles didn't work in my washroom either, not sure if this was just a dummy to fill whole in wall or it actually wasn't working. There was one right beside it that did work, so got by even though question the craftsmanship of the work.

    Golf is included with resort stay, however cart is mandatory. They ding you 55$ early bird, 65$ till twilight, and 45 for twilight, however think that might be off season rate and that it could go up if travel during peak season. They also have a 9 hole course which is 35$. The quality of the course is amazing, the fairway is shorter then a lot of greens played on and in way better shape. I putted onto the green from the fairway on numerous occasions as almost hard to tell difference. If take few cocktails out of mini bar can have mixed drinks for free during round. Beverages and snakes are free from cart girl unless want alcohol, so I just took couple of my airplane bottles from fridge and asked for mix and it worked out perfect. There is no charge for club storage for short stays, so I just left clubs there so didn't have to haul them up and down the stairs for each round.

    The food choices are immense. The buffets seems to all be a little bit different. The one up in Sian Ka'an seemed to be a little bit fancier and was all inclosed and air conditioned, which made for nice cool area with out insects buzzing around. Think while at the Tulum buffet noticed that some of the sanitary displays of the other guests to be disgusting. Grabbing food with hands to cut and then putting unused part back so therefore only one not getting food that they had touched would of been them. This and fact that worked many camp jobs has completely soured me on most buffets, so for most part try to avoid if can. When booking al-a-cartes the gourmet restaurants are by far the best. While they say gentlemen have to wear long pants on all your al-a-cartes it is actually only true apparently at the gourmet ones. Have been told by several people that the fish al-a-carte is horrible and to avoid at all cost. I went to Mediterranean and was reasonably happy until went to Don Pablo's the night after which was so divine that made me adjust opinion on how good the Mediterranean food actually was. Maiko is the Japanese al-a-carte only available to Sian Ka'an guests, however there is another Japanese restaurant down below that is available I think to all guests. I really enjoyed meal, but due to fact didn't wake up in time for breakfast first day went right to Sushi bar for my brunch in morning and therefore was little bit sushi'ied out by time went for dinner so didn't order what normally would of, and the sushi that saw others ordered looked really good and fresh. The Sushi bar sushi was good, however the choice at time I ordered was minimal and not made to order. Later in day noticed they had a lot more choices of selection, however the Sushi bar closes at 6pm and last can get towel from bar if into swim before dinner is 5pm. Half way through my stay, using free wifi from my room and add and edit if can once done stay.

    Not sure what price is for room as included with airfare, but all in all would be very good deal for price paid.

    Unique Quality: The golf course is my favorite, but all the friendly staff be a very close second. What love about staff most is that don't seem to have hand out for tip every time do something for you. Think from what I could tell I was one of few people tipping for most drinks and at least buck for meal and up to 5$ for dinner, and it was very well received, not necessarily expected. Big difference from Cuba. Every day had new towel figure which were all outstanding. Started putting extra towels out so wouldn't wreck the one already had so could have my own little zoo on the bed not using but this didn't work, they just ended up being more extravagant as had more to work with (started taking pictures so had a record of it at least) . The number of shuttles available to drive you from place to place on resort also blows me away. If not on the beach or close to no matter where you stay this makes it so much easier. I have a little bit of sore foot from a work accident few years back and find if walk to much on concrete for extended periods have really tough go of it.

    Directions: 60 minutes by car at least from Cancun, 30 minutes from Playa de Carmen, 20 minutes to Tulum.

  • ciaobella55's Profile Photo

    Great all-inclusive with wonderful facilities


    I recently spent 5 days here as part of a conference. It has almost everything you could wish for. There are currently 4 different sections, Coba-Tulum-Akumal-Sian Ka'an, as well as 7 restaurants for breakfast and lunch, 21 bars, 4 snack bars and 11 specialty 5-star restaurants. Of the 3 we ate at, Portofino tops the bill. The salad bar alone would have been enough to feed us, including smoked salmon, prosciutto, calamari, lasagne and canneloni, then there were 3 courses and an appetiser on top! Be prepared to leave here several kilos heavier than when you arrived!
    Don't even ask about the cocktails - suffice to say everything you can imagine, and it's all included.

    Unique Quality: There are several different pools and a very long beach so you never feel too crowded although there are lots of people here.
    The resort has everything you could wish for.
    The Sian Ka'an section is a condo hotel if you want something a little larger and quieter - it's not on the beach so you can get away from the crowds. There are little trains to take you from one part to another, so no matter where you are staying you can use all the resort's facilities.

    Directions: This resort is NOT in Cancun, it's about 2 hours south, close to Tulum

  • PandaLHU's Profile Photo

    Two 5 stars hotels in 1


    We couldnt have asked for anything more on our honeymoon. The service was perfect. Everything was perfect!!!

    Unique Quality: The Bahia Príncipe Resort is formed by two 5 stars hotels (Tulum and Akumal) with a total of 1.440 rooms, the commercial and entertainment center "Hacienda Doña Isabel"

    You will enjoy a wide, varied gastronomic offer in the five restaurants in the hotel: the Main Restaurant with an international buffet; three restaurants with Italian specialities, International Gourmet and fish; and an American style snack bar with fast food 24/24.

    You can also quench your thirst or try our special cocktails in the six bars around the different areas of the hotel: three on the beach, one inside the swimming pool, one in the amphitheatre or entertainment room and a lobby bar.

    The rooms are in three-storey villas with 18 rooms each, very close to the beach, and most have a view of the sea.

    two lake-type swimming pools with children's section, one of which has a Jacuzzi; an activity swimming pool and a swimming pool with children's section exclusively for Club Hacienda Príncipe guests. Three open-air jacuzzis. Large solariums with sun shades and loungers. Towel service at swimming pools and the beach. Mini-club for children. Salon-theatre, animation and night-time shows. Four tennis courts (lighting included), basketball court and football pitch, Mini-Golf, Putting Green, water sports activity centre and a fully equipped gymnasium.

    Directions: The hotel is one hour (by car) from Cancún airport, 30 minutes from Carmen Beach and 20 minutes from Tulum.

    From the airport head towards Chetumal, staying on the same federal highway. The hotel is at km 250.

  • CarlosLuz's Profile Photo

    Bahia Principe Tulum /...


    Bahia Principe Tulum / Ahkumal

    We spent a fortnight there and we LOVED IT! We would definately go back without seconds thoughts. It's an all-inclusive 5 star resort.

    Check the lobby pic...the mayan sculped column is awsome!

    Unique Quality: - Completely isolated from other resorts
    - Very nice large beach
    - Unique Hacienda to party at night, and it's far enough from all the accomodations
    - Excellent facilities
    - Excellent entertainment programs
    - 7 different restaurants

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Bahia Principe Tulum, total package!

by TripAdvisor Member Loulou03

I went to the Bahia Principe, Tulum side, end of September, for a 2 week vacation, and was not disapointed!
I read the reviews prior my vacation, and was a little anxious..., but to tell you the truth, all the bad reviews I read were not what I encoutered over there!. I think that some people think that they are going to have the same services as they would at home, food, drinks especially, but let's not forget, that's what makes vacations special. Personnaly, I wouldn't like to have a Mc Donald's restaurant at every corner, I like to try new things, discover new cultures, that's the point of leaving our country isn't it??

The mayan people, in tulum , are very nice, ready to serve you the best they can, very generous people.

As for the trip itself, the grounds were very nice, exotic. the rooms, spacious and clean. Don't forget that it is a huge complex, but a good side of this, is that you have access to both the Tulum side and the Akumal side. Both are very nice. The food at the restaurants,Tulum side was good. Personnaly, I did not like the Mexican restaurant, but the "Don PAblo" restaurant was excellent! the beach at the Akumal Side was very rocky, not a good place at all for swiming, the Tulum side was a lot better, though it was rocky at certain areas. Snokling was done at the Tulum side or the resort. Beware of the excursions, very expensive $$, in US dollars. Just one example, you can head to XEL-Ha for about 200 pesos (That's 2,00$!!) using the collectivo transport that you take outside of the resort, and the entrance fee at XEL-HA is about 25 US $$, they sell you the excursion for a lot more than that!
Using a cab to go to Playa Del Carmen, that is about a 35 minutes drive,is 25 US $$, and you can go there with the collectivo transport for 200 pesos, again 2$$, if you like to be adventurous, it is worth it, and a lot cheaper! Playa Del Carmen is the place to go for shopping a lot of typical mexican stores, hamacs , silver jewelry and nice porcelain stuff, you have to go there at least once!
And another thing, it is a lot cheaper to bring your ATM card and get cash for a ATM machine, than to exchange US dollars, you'll see once you get there!

The weather was very nice, about 35 degrees, hot but not too humid. Don't forget you mosquito repellent, they like tourists very much..., lolll

Overall, I was very satisfied with my vacation, and would recommed this resort for couples, families , and singles, it is a great destination. I visited a lot of country's so I know what I am writing about.

HAve a nice trip, and give us your reviews!

First time (1990) in Mexico...

by starfate

First time (1990) in Mexico was a small, remote village North of Acapulco. Very rustic very inexpensive very remote (near where they filmed one of the Rambo movies!) The second time was Cozumel (1993), stayed in a 4-star all-inclusive resort, was pampered and LOVED it!!! The third time was Playa del Carmen (2000), stayed in an all-inclusive resort (called the Porto Real...)was the BEST ever! I'd visit again and again...wait staff on the beach and the beautiful resort and gourmet restaurant were the highlights! The fourth time was Tulum (April, 2001), stayed at the Bahia Principe Tulum all-inclusive resort. VERY large resort, very european, but really wonderful. If you like large resorts, this would be it! (1990): Remote area was BASIC, (1993 Cozumel): resort was absolutely wonderful with all the amenities but rather remote (i.e. not close to town) (2000 Playa del Carmen): The Porto Real resort is very close to the small town, but not vendors bothered us on the beach as is typical of other more popular mexican resort areas...the town is a 5 minute walk either reached walking the beach or interior. Clean and safe area.

We flew in directly from...

by CarlosLuz

We flew in directly from Madrid, coming from Portugal. We flew with AirPlus and everything was really nice. Very good service and comfortable plane. No problems at checkin/arrival.
Once you're in the Tulum/Cancun area and if you don't want to rent a car, there are some very comfortable 'buses' which pass in the 'highway' that connects Tulum to Cancun (nº 307 for what I recall).
They stop right in front of our hotel (Bahia Principe Tulum) so we used them quite often to get to Playa Del Carmen, mostly.
I was quite surprised to see that these 'buses' (more like taxis) were some very comfortable and modern vans with A/C and automatic gears :)
They are used a lot by local workers also. The price was quite cheap (like 15 or 20 pesos...just under 2 dollars)
Make sure you ask the price before you enter the van, because there are some ripoff attempts ;) If it's way over the price I mentioned, then bargain (!!!) with them ;o)

The Robinson Club in tulum is...

by sportsgirl

The Robinson Club in tulum is the BEST place to stay!! they have a ton of activities to do. Oh and they have GREAT food!! Everyday they have: beach volleyball, swmming activities, ping-pong, basketball,live theater after dinner, wonderful food, tennis, gulf and day care!!! The whole resort is unique and outstanding!! Its a must stay!!!!

about two hours to the South...

by Mike_Zaenk_I

about two hours to the South (by bus) at Tulum you will find very atmospheric cabanas for a few dollars right on the beach
abou US$15 per night unbeatable carribean location and good value for the money


by harmlessphil about General

The ruins are only average and over run by fat Americans on day trips from cancun.

The beach side cabanas are over priced (try Holbox for an alternative) but a night in the town won't set you back too much if you must see these ruins. 250pesos.

Rancho Tranquilo

by adamofgrayskull about Rancho Tranquilo

This place was in the centre of Tulum, away from the beach, but an easy (and cheap) cab ride away. It had lovely cabanas and was a reasonable price. As it was in the centre, it meant that there were plenty of things to do at night. Well drink!!!

great first hostel experience

by marionm about Lobo Inn

friendly staff, breakfast included and extremely delicious! their add might say the have a pool but that is actually a bit too much said. very close to tulum ruins and not far from coba ruins. staff speaks english very well. breakfast!


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We're off on our hols next week and we're staying at the Gran Bahia Principe, Riviera Maya. Has anyone out there stayed there? Has anyone got any advice, tips or suggestions from their experiences? Thanks Tracy


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 Gran Bahia Principe Tulum

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Address: Playa Aventuras Akumal. Crtra. Xetumal - Cancun, Km. 251, Akumal, Riviera Maya, 77760, Mexico