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Grand Bahia Principe Tulum
Ranked #11 of 23 Hotels in Akumal
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, ON Canada
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“Good value for your money”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

My husband and I just returned GBP Tulum earlier this week. Overall, the resort was good value for your money. The front desk and guest services staff were very professional and provided excellent service. We had a seamless check-in and we got a room on the floor and in the building we requested (we gave them a few options - it never hurts to ask!). The hotel is starting to show its age a bit, but staff are working very hard to maintain its grounds and amenities (without bothering guests). Book your a la carte restaurants as soon as you check-in, if possible.

Free wireless access is available in the lobby. Wireless access available in the room for $10 USD/day. The key for the room safe is available for 50 pesos/day. Cell phone service was good throughout the resort (GSM).

We stayed in room 3226 (on the third floor) which is on the far side of the Tulum section close to the Akumal section of the resort complex. The room has a fantastic view of the ocean and is near the public beach access road (which wasn't that noisy). There was little clearance under the door which ensured that there were no critters in our room (did not see one!). The fan and A/C worked great and the room was a little musty (which is NORMAL), but it was nothing that a little Febreeze couldn't fix. The room was always cleaned very well. It is important to note that the section of the beach in front of Villa 32 is dedicated to the Sian Kaan section of the GBP resort complex (Tulum guests cannot use the Sian Kaan's bar or loungers on the beach). This did not bother us too much since we only had to walk either way along the beach to find another bar and more seating.

If you're looking for private section of beach with a beautiful view of the ocean (without the breakwaters), walk towards the Hacienda section from the main pool along the beach. A couple great spots in there.

On the Akumal side there is a great beach bar right by the ocean and has a great bartender (Alex).

Restaurants: Highly recommend the Tequila restaurant for dinner. The fajitas and the beef were fantastic. The Arlequin restaurant at the Akumal resort was excellent as well. If you go to one of the seafood restaurants, don't order the seafood grill. The crab was really small and I couldn't figure out how someone would enjoy eating it (I'm used to snow or king crab). If you really like meat, try out the Brazilian restaurant. The servers in all of the restaurants in which we ate were very professional and provided excellent service.

The Best Day Travel agent (this company represents WestJet Vacations) Lili was very helpful with selecting our excursions (and pretty funny too!). We did the Extreme Snorkel excursion with Aventuras Mayas which was lots of fun. Our guide for most of the excursion (Eliu) was very knowledgeable and made us feel completely at ease. I highly recommend swimming with the sea turtles at Akumal Beach (can take taxi there). Also, at the Akumal Beach there is this great beach bar with swing seats which has lots of character.

One final tip: stay away from the people wearing white BHP shirts, they're selling timeshares.

On the whole, we enjoyed our stay and would return again to this resort.

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Prince EdwardsIsland, Canada
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We stayed at the GBP Tulum from April 6th to 13th, 2012
The rooms are nice, well appointed and kept clean.
These were probably the best beds and pillows!
Food and drinks are good, great selection. The a la carte restaurants are really good, we tried the Italian, Japanese and Gourmet at the Coba.
I found the service to be very good comparing to other resorts,
the staff never had their hand out for a tip.
The beach I have to say is not the best, very rocky, but does the trick for a quick dip.
A lot of people were snorkeling. We did have to get up quite early and go put out our towels on the beach/pool chairs to make sure we had some.
We mostly stayed at the pool, the entertainment staff are awsome!
The grounds are kept very clean and beautiful, a pleasure to walk around.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Canada
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We spent a week at this resort and loved it. The staff was all friendly and very helpful. The food was fantastic and the entertainment was really very good. The activities staff were great and involved everyone that they could. What a lovely spot and they went out of there way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. Thank you so much to everyone at the Tulum.

Room Tip: We just asked to be put close to the beach and what a great spot we had. Room 202
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Mississauga, Ontario
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Spent 6 days (courtesy of Sunquest shortening our AI holiday by 12 hours, we lost a full day at the end of the trip) at this huge resort over Easter. We are a family with 2 boys 9 and 11 and we wanted to be busy, to enjoy the ocean, the waves, the food and to relax a little bit. We got all that and more.
Quickly, the downside: bathroom could have used a few repairs and I'm sure if we'd called and asked they would have fixed the loose toilet seat and the blinking light bulb but we didn't really care too much about that. The bathroom fans could be fixed as that caused a huge moisture buildup in the room after anyone showered.
Unless you head to the furthest spot north on the beach you're not going to get a palapa and chairs after 8:45 am so on our last 2 days we put our towels on the chairs but made sure we used them right after breakfast and if we were leaving for more than 1 hour we took our stuff with us at lunchtime.
One other thing that was part of going to this area was the long bus ride there and back to the hotel. This resort is one of the last ones on that coast so if there are other tourists going to other Sunquest vacations at the other hotels they all get off first. Spent 2 hours the night we arrived dropping people off and 2 1/2 hours on our way to the airport the morning we left. We knew that it would be about 2 hours so this was expected.
Staff: great! friendly, warm, helpful.
Rooms: just fine for the few hours a day you spend awake in them.
Food: excellent. Kids loved having whatever they wanted at mealtime. Fruit, salsa and chips almost all day at the snack bar was great.
Drinks: plenty strong enough for me.
Watersports selection was excellent. Paid for 2 of us to go parasailing which was fun and you get the boatride while the other people are having their ride. We did one dive (adults are certified, our son, 11, did the resort course and did a shallow dive with us) which had 3 dive masters, 4 adults with no experience, 2 kids doing their first or second dives, 3 certified adults and 2 dive masters who were filming. It was a bit nerve wracking to be down there with a big group of new divers but the dive masters kept everyone safe.
Great snorkeling right in between the sandbags and the beach. Saw lots of fish right here. Kids loved playing on the sandbags! We had huge waves the first 2 days which were very fun though had to help one tourist from another country back into shallow water after she ventured too far around the sandbags. The current gets strong in between them and she couldn't swim.
Went to Xel-ha by taxi and came back with the Sunquest bus. Great day spent there. Well worth the ticket price.
Took a taxi to Akumal beach and with our map (copied from Locogringo on someone's blog) did our own snorkel our to see the turtles,rays, coral and fish. Great little side trip for the inexpensive taxi ride. You don't need a tour to find the turtles, just swim out to where all the people in life jackets are and look down!!
Went to 2 shows which we all enjoyed. Ate at the Japanese, fish and Italian restaurants which was a nice change from the buffets.

All in all a great resort which we would return to anytime. We'll never travel with Sunquest again though!!

Room Tip: We were in 1401 on the main floor. Amazingly we only heard the people above us when they moved thei...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Fort McMurray, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2012

This resort is very large. So large that there are 3 resorts inside of one. Tulum, Akumal and Coba. They have something for just about everyone. We stayed at Coba however we really like the ocean and should have booked at either the Tulum or Akumal resorts as the Coba resort is a garden resort.
My wife and I typically don't "do" resorts and prefer VRBO to rent a casa or condo where ever we go. This trip worked out well for us though because we had 9 other family members with us which meant I didn't have to cook for them!!
The resort has trolleys that take you anywhere you want to go in the resort almost like bus routes. This is required because of the shear size of this place. I think it would be great for people who aren't able to walk long distances. If you are a person like this you may want to opt for a ground level room (no elevators).
The shows were....... ok. ind of tacky at times.
The food seemed awesomely overwhelming on the first day but soon became old hat. Not bad by any means, just ...... the same every day.
The grounds were kept very well and the rooms are very nice with a large sitting area (livingroom) in each room and a deck.
I was a little put out that the maids would not go over and above (towel swans) unless tipped FIRST, I prefer to tip on given service. Therefore, they only got tipped once.

Even though I don't like resorts, I would recomend this one.

Room Tip: If you want to be near the ocean, choose Akumal or Tulum resorts.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Houston
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

I really enjoyed my stay this past January at the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum. I am not typically a resort goer, usually I enjoy a more independent type of travel but I went with a group of 6 friends and this is the way they like to travel, that said I had a really great time at the resort. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was also very good. There was a night club / entertainment area that is shared by the 3 resorts that was also very fun and gave us the opportunity to meet more people than just those staying at our resort. My main complaint and the reason why i would never go back is that the beach was extremely rocky. Huge rocks inside the water that made it very difficult to just walk in the beach and take a swim. I had read several reviews and did not find mention of the rocks or the very unsightly wave break. (Man-made wall of something that was about 20 feet from the shoreline) The pictures did not show this wall thing and when I made my way down to the beach I was somewhat shocked to see it. The beach is why we decided to go to Tulum so it was a little bit disappointing.

Room Tip: Choose another resort if the beach is your main priority
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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cheshire
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

One word really, FANTASTIC!! Spent our Easter holidays at this hotel and it was the best holiday we have ever had. We have been to many AI resorts in the Caribbean etc but this was top notch.Food,drink and everything else this gigantic hotel had to offer was spot on. We have already booked to go to El Dorado Sea Side Suites for my " Big Birthday" next year but after this experiance we have decided to change the booking and return to Gran Bahia Tulum and save a small fortune!! Thankyou Gran Bahia Tulum you were amazing!! P.s we went to Coco Bongos on TC Experiance. Coco Bongos was amazing but would do the trip alone next time as we could have stayed much longer and got a taxi back ( inexpensive). We also used the local Collectivo's to go to Tulum and Akumal beaches. Very safe and cheap!! Roll on 2013 can't wait to return!!

Room Tip: Villa 17 was perfect for us. Short stroll to Lobby or jump on passing golf trolley!!
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Property: Grand Bahia Principe Tulum
Address: Carretera Chetumal Benito Juarez, km 250 | Local B, 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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Akumal
#7 Romantic Hotel in Akumal
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Akumal
#9 Spa Hotel in Akumal
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Akumal
#11 Luxury Hotel in Akumal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Bahia Principe Tulum 4*
Number of rooms: 978
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facilities and services 3 pools (including 2 with Jacuzzi for relaxation) 1 Jacuzzi Large sun terrace with loungers and sun umbrellas BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 5 tennis courts, bicycles Motorised sports (additional charge) Water activity and scuba diving centre Entertainment amphitheatres WiFi access in the lobby (24h per day free of charge) and in rooms additional charge) 1 buffet restaurant 3 a la carte restaurants 6 Bars Snack-Bar Wedding gazebo Dolphinarium (additional charge) Riviera Maya Golf Club: 18 long holes and 9 executive holes with lakes, natural wells and Mayan forest Hacienda Dona Isabel: karaoke bars, shows, live music and disco. Rooms 978 rooms including 4 types: Superior, Superior Junior Suite, Superior Club Hacienda and Club Hacienda Junior Suite. The Junior Suites are larger than the Superior rooms. Room facilities: King size bed (Superior Junior Suites) or 2 full size beds Sitting area (Superior Junior Suites) Fully-equipped bathroom: shower, wash basin, magnifying mirror and hair dryer Hydromassage bath tub (Superior Junior Suites) Bathroom amenities Balcony or terrace Air conditioning Ceiling fan Telephone Radio alarm clock Flat screen satellite TV Mini-bar (included) Coffee-making facilities Safe (additional charge) Ironing set WiFi (additional charge) Club Hacienda rooms (See page 18, Club Golden, Club Hacienda) Children Bahia Scouts Children can enjoy a range of specially-tailored facilities: Children's pool Mini Club with activities for children aged 4 to 12 Evening Mini Disco Bahia Scouts Water Park Other services On-site miniature railway providing access to all facilities 24 hour medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Personalised diet option for celiacs and diabetics Cash point Specialised service for organising weddings, events and anniversaries Casino ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Tulum Bahia Principe
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Gran Bahia Principe Riviera Maya
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