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Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal Don Pablo Collection
Ranked #8 of 21 Hotels in Akumal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 February 2012

So this by far is the fanciest resort we have ever stayed at. Because you get use of all the other resorts joined, it has everything you could ever need...the rooms are NICE the grounds are so nice, the pools are great, the beach is beautiful but rougher water which is fun for wave surfing but not snorkelling or taking a relaxing wade around. The food is fabulous, take your pic of where you wanna eat! Entertainment the best we have seen....shops, service all good. Booze was awesome because you could serve yourself at certain bars which was so nice! However, because it was such a large resort it was a bit overwhelming and kinda more work then I would sometime3s want on a relaxing vacay. So many options and decisons to make, and a big hike to get anywhere or you had to wait and take shuttles....never really a familiar face either which is kinda nice sometimes. We got a great deal so we would never complain but I think I would rather pay less (than their full price) in the future and get a humbler resort that feels like home. I am a small town kinda girl and prefer simple, comfortable and easy rather than flashy, extravagent and overwhelming....this resort left me a bit tired at the end of the week, but the memories are something I am glad I have!!! Oh yah, and it's far from a lot of the action so be prepared for pricier longer taxi rides and it took us about 2 hrs to get to our resort from the airport in a shuttle.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Our family stayed for 7 nights in early January and we had the best "family" vacation ever. The kids (9 and 7) loved exploring all the various pools (9 or 10) between the three resorts. The trams make it very efficient to travel between the Akumel, Coba and Tulum resorts. The buffets were very well presented and if you did not find what you wanted you could easily hop on tram and go to one of the other buffets. The Arlequin, a la carte was our favorite. We ended up using two of our three a la cartes at this one. Overall the service was very good. The pool towel system worked out well (after initial concerns) and we never had to fight to find a lounger either at the pool or at the beach. The beach between all three resorts spreads for close to a mile so finding an area you like was quite easy. They have nice protected areas for the kids to swim in the ocean. For the best snorkelling near the resort, take the tram to the Tulum resort, go to the ocean and turn left, walk down towards the next point (10 minutes or so). Previous reviewers have stated that they leave the red flags up all the time. This is true however the one to watch is the one near the sailboat, jetski etc area. This is the flag that changes (thank-you to the dive centre for that info). Our kids loved the mini disco (held nightly) and if you stay for the entertainment after you will not be dissapointed as the shows were very professional. We took a cab to Akumal Bay ($14 US)(arranged by the porters at the front of the hotel)(also agree on the rate before getting in the cab to come back) to go snorkelling. This was great and we found the turtles ourselves. It is best to go in the morning.
Overall we had a great trip and the direct flight was also great. We will do this again as it was very relaxing.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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7  Thank LochIsland
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

First of all....thank you to all of those that posted previously, your travel tips made our vacation a great success.

We just returned from the Bahia, we booked a private transfer (USA Transfers - $160US return, pay in adviance or cash on arrival) to/from the airport. Highly recommend this, after a long flight we dreaded the long bus ride, we arrived at the Bahia in only one hour and at least an hour ahead of the Air Transat bus. Returning as well, the Air Transat bus picks you up 5 hours before your departure time.....way too early! Ask for a 3 hour pick up time to return to the airport, more than enough time.

The resort is massive!! The trams run every 10-15 mins. We never had to wait long.

ROOMS: We travelled to the Bahia with our teen-aged boys, we had 2 rooms at the Akumal in the Royal Golden Section. Definitely worth the upgrade, your room is closer to the beach and pool, private bar (club) with wifi, 4 a la carte dinners instead of 3. Request villa 66 as you will have unubstructed view of the ocean.

POOLS: We spent the first couple of days at the Akumal small pool, very close to our villa and the snack bar. I got tired of hearing the same music over and over again. The boys preferred the larger pool (located near the lobby), more swimming area and a swim-up bar. Definitely recommend going to the pool area early (8am) to reserve your chairs by placing your towels on them, if not you will have a hard time finding a chair.

FOOD: We ate at all the Buffets for breakfast and dinner. We preferred the Coba buffet. We had 4 reservations to the a la cartes: El Pescador (Coba) - do not recommend, Mikado (Coba) - reserve the show, if not don't bother, Arlequin (Akumal) - highly recommend, Don Pablo (Tulum) - we didn't make it back in time from our tour. The portions are very small, the boys needed to go to the snack bar a couple of hours later.

SHOPPING: Market at the Hacienda (take tram) or very short walk from Tulum. We found the prices were less expensive than in Playa del Carmen. We took a taxi for 700 pesos return trip to Playa del Carmen during the evening, very safe. The driver waited for us while we shopped and then returned us to the Bahia.

TOUR: We took a day trip to Xel-Ha ($79 US). We highly recommend this. Absolutely amazing. The cost includes your transporation and entrance. If you want to do other activities this is additional. We did the Snuba Cenote ($49 US pp) and Swim with Dolphins ($89 US). And of course, you will have an opportunity to purchase photos. Sergio was the snuba instructor/guide and he was great.

GOLF: We had unlimited green fees with the Royal Golden package. However, a cart costs $80 US. My husband really enjoyed the golf. He went to the driving range 2 times and golfed twice as well.

TIPPING: take lots of US $1 bills.

BEACH: The Akumal location is the better. However, very very rocky. We have been to Varadera, Cuba and this is not comparable at all. If the beach is a deal breaker, Riviera Maya is not for you, go to Varadero!

Room Tip: Royal Golden Section - Villa 66 or 67
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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8  Thank JaneN364
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

Returned Feb.1oth./12 - had 2 wks. of relaxation & fun - 1st. wk. was on & off cloudy with rain showers so we did tours - the Coba pyramid tour was awesome - George walked to the top of the highest pyramid - the tour guide was great - his fav. saying was " Is. that okay my friends?" Saw the dauphins - the catamoran was so much fun & the crew was the best - met some awesome people everywhere! The staff @ the resort were the best - always friendly & helpful! I really liked the 24 hour bar - it was open 24hrs. & you could get food 24 hrs. as well - the staff were exceptional! The weather the second week was awesome! The entertainment very good & the shopping was fun! Playa del Carmen was beautiful & fun! Can't say enough! One word of caution is be careful if the marble tiles are wet inside & outside as they are very slippery!!! I was cracked my elbow the 2nd. day of our holiday - the care I received from the resort & the Hospitan in Playa del Carmen was exceptional & fast - I'm very thankful! Hats off to all the employees @ the resort & Hospital Drs. & staff! The food was very good & always an awesome variety! I would recommend this resort to a anyone!

Room Tip: My husband felt the rooms on top floor would've been better because of the view - will try that...
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

We are avid all-inclusive travellers and have been to the Maya Riviera on two other occassions. This Hotel is nice and typical of your four-five star resorts. I believe this hotel touts itself as a five star..., but I would consider it more of a four star. The staff were exceptional, helpful and friendly. The hotel patrons on the other hand...., well that was a little to be desired. The rooms were nicely appointed, but the hotel seems to be needing a bit of a face lift. The rooms needed a fresh coat of paint and maybe some new decor as the rooms seemed a little "tired" and a little musty. The buffet was usual... If there is not anything that you like due to "picky eating", there are always cold cuts, breads, cheeses and veggies. There is also a great pasta bar, so if there is nothing there that you like to eat..., then you are definitely WAY too picky. Our ONLY complaint was that guests seem to be rude to "buffet courtesy" and some people really did not treat the staff well. When roaming around the buffet, people would continually butt in front of us, and even nudge us a few times. Not sure what it is..., but we seem to find this where ever we go. Think about how you would like to be treated by over indulgent international guests; not everyone seems to do that. TIP your waiters and waitresses!! They get paid MINIMUM dollars and work long and hard for what they do make. It will make your visit more memorable and happier one and will also enrich the lives of those around you!

Room Tip: Ask for a room that is near the lobby, or you will have lots of walking.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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10  Thank Julinator3000
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Just returned from the Bahia...had a wonderful time...have stayed at Bahia before however not this one and you know exactly what you are getting. :) We stayed Royal Golden and got a room right on the beach as per our request...the views were spectacular and the sunrise's were amazing. Everything was convenient, snack bar, pool, private lobby and a restaurant for breakfast. Disappointed to have to pay for room safe...this is our 5th time at a Bahia and have never paid before even if we didn't stay in Royal Golden, just as returning guests. The shows at this hotel were very good and the food was excellent. The Don Pablo is a must...the show table at the Mikado was excellent...we also went to the Portofino and the Grand Tortuga which is the brazilian...lots of meat on a sword and it just keeps coming as long as you leave you card up the green side. Went swimming with the dolphins in the hotel and had a great time....I feel the pool is too smalll for the dolphins ..however they seem to be treated well and the trainer took a lot of time explaining about dolphin life and she was very gentle and really seemed to care about the dolphins. Went to Playa del Carmen shopping via the collectivo and enjoyed this. If you are a beach goer then this is not really the hotel for you ,,beautiful beach, lots of shade however not much swimming there...however lots of snorkeling and just walking in the water many fish swimming around you..All in all a great time and will be going back..... Just a note now about the flight..flew Air Transat and decided this time to fly Club Class..it was well worth the extra money..super fast check in..get on the plane right away and while waiting for everyone else to get on you get drinks and snacks...the food was awesome and served with cloth napkins and real cutlery..the stewards and stewardess very attentive and for the first time didn't have to stand in line to wait for the bathroom :) also luggage first off the plane..so back here we had our luggage and left before the other luggage was even unloaded...bonus since at this point you just want to get out and get home... would recommend this to anyone who doesn't want to be squished in a seat for hours. :) :) Oh yeah try the mango daiquiri ...yummie!!!

Room Tip: email the hotel in advance to specific your room and a la carte's.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank butterfly198
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

Returned Feb 10 from a week well spent. Food was great , Villa 66, so that was good and weather was OK .Our experience has been that you can always count on the Bahia. First time at this one though and a couple of things were lacking.compared to others we have visited. . Was disapointed that the room safe was not included in the Royal Golden package so a few $ extra. Also they had a Mexican Fiesta on Thursday night at the Hacienda with an extra charge while providing no other entertainment throughout the hotel . As we were leaving the following morning on a 6.30 am transfer didn't feel like spending another $32 for a couple of hours at most . We go away every year at the same time so a Super Bowl is usually part of the fun .This is the only place I've been where snscks were not offered during the game.. Other then those issues had a great time and would return.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Carretera Chetumal - Cancun Km 250. Mexico | Cancun Km 250, Playa Aventuras, Akumal 77760, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
Amenities:
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 Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#2 Casino Hotel in Akumal
#4 Romantic Hotel in Akumal
#5 Family Hotel in Akumal
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Akumal
#7 Spa Hotel in Akumal
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Akumal
#8 Luxury Hotel in Akumal
Price Range: $269 - $632 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal Don Pablo Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 758
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facilities and services 3 swimming pools 4 jacuzzis 2 children's swimming pools Solarium with sun umbrellas and sun loungers BAHIA SPA (additional charges apply) Sports centre: a gym, 5 tennis courts, bicycles Motor sports (additional charges apply) Aquatic activity and diving centre Entertainment amphitheatre Wi-Fi access in the lobby (free) and with an no additional charge in the rooms Buffet restaurant opposite the sea 3 a la carte restaurants 9 bars Cocktail Lounge Riviera Maya Golf Club: 18 long holes and 9 executive holes with lakes, cenotes and Mayan jungle Hacienda Dona Isabel: karaoke bars, shows, live music and a night club Rooms 758 spacious Junior Suite Superior rooms. Equipped with: Two full-size beds or one king-size bed A living area with sofa A fully fitted bathroom: shower, washbasin, dryer and magnifying mirror Hydro massage tub Bathrobe and slippers (to be enjoyed throughout your stay) Pool towel (to be enjoyed throughout your stay) Balcony or terrace Air conditioning Ceiling fan Direct-dial telephone (additional charges applicable to external calls) Radio alarm clock Flat-screen TV Mini-bar with mini alcoholic beverages (included) Coffee set Safe (included) Ironing set 24 hour room service Butler service (upon request) Evening turn-down service Pillow menu Wi-Fi (no additional charge) Children Bahia Scouts Children can enjoy facilities designed especially for them: Children's swimming pool Mini Club (children aged 4 to 12) Mini Disco in the evenings Bahia Scouts Water Park Teen's club (children aged 11 to 16) Other services An internal mini-train service providing access to all the facilities: 24-hour medical service (additional charges apply) Pharmacy (additional charges apply) Personalised menu options for celiacs and diabetics Specialised wedding, anniversary and event planning service Casin ... more   less 
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