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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

When you stay at Grand Bahia Principe Coba – All Inclusive in Akumal, you’ll be next to a golf course and close to Aktun Chen and Akumal Beach. This all-inclusive resort is within close proximity of Riviera Maya Golf Club and Xcacel Beach.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 1080 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Satellite television is provided for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature jetted bathtubs and complimentary toiletries.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax and unwind with massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools, 3 spa tubs, and a nightclub. Additional features at this resort include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to the surf and sand is a breeze with the complimentary beach shuttle.

Food & Drink

This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.

Satisfy your appetite at one of the resort’s 7 restaurants. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 7 bars/lounges.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference space and a meeting room. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Grand Bahia Principe Coba – All Inclusive
Carretera Chetumal - Cancun Km 250
Akumal, CP 77760 Mexico

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 14573 Reviews
Coba did not disappoint!
Reviewed 1 day ago

Our party of six adults (52, 49, 25, 24, 21, 19) returned to the Coba on June 16, 2018. While the resort is beginning to show its age, the rooms, pools and the majority of the resort's public areas were always clean.

PROS:
1) Food was excellent! Large variety, fresh and always the proper temperature!

We ate at the following restaurants:

KUKULCAN - Main Coba Buffet: Breakfast (1X), Lunch (1X), Dinner (2X)
We never waited for a table and were always served drinks quickly. Be cautious of the floor when it rains - very slippery!

PREMIER BUFFET: Breakfast (5X)
Made to order eggs & omelets, mimosas and coffee, with Baileys, were the norm. Delicious! Lovely, quiet place to start a relaxing day.

POOL RESTAURANT: Lunch (4X)
Quick, convenient, and tasty. Always clean despite the few birds and iguanas that outsmarted the net enclosure. We truly enjoyed the guacamole, salads, pizza and spicy wings without having to leave the pool area.

MIKADO (1X): Typical Japanese experience. Nice show, good food, excellent service. I loved being able to choose an appetizer prior to the chef's arrival. It allowed our party of 6 to try foods we may not normally order at a Teppanyaki dinner show here in the states.

MASHUA NIKKEI (2X): A unique mix of Japanese and Peruvian foods. Our entire party thoroughly enjoyed each meal. We usually ordered different dishes for each course and shared! Top-notch dining!

GRAN TORTUGA-RODIZIO (1X): You will love this place if you enjoy beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken, fish and sausage. We ate more than we should have for dinner our last night. :-)

2) Pools: We spent most of our time near the quiet pool. A life guard was on duty during peak hours. My family enjoyed the swim-up bar and I enjoyed some quiet reading time in the shade of the palapa.

3) Employees: The majority of the employees were friendly and hard-working. Did we tip wait staff, bartenders, maid, bell boys, and the person that restocked our refrigerator? Absolutely! Did we receive excellent service? Yes!

4) Rooms: Large, cool and clean! Bottom of our tub/shower unit was worn and discolored (NOT dirty). There were plenty of hangers for our clothes, a safe, ceiling fan, large umbrella, iron and ironing board. Liter bottles of water were also provided. Our room was cleaned and the fridge was stocked on a daily basis. Absolutely no complaints.

5) Bars: We drank beer, champagne, mimosas, vodka tonics and anything else the bartenders suggested. One member of our party quickly learned how generous the bartenders are with the liquor added to each drink. No need to ask for doubles!

6) Grounds: Gorgeous and well-maintained, although I did see a milk crate in the woods along one of the paths from our room to the pool.

7) Shade Umbrellas: We always got at least one umbrella for our family of 6. Early risers, my husband and I would go to the pool and read each morning for a few hours before joining the rest of our family for breakfast. We saw many people reserve chairs before 8 a.m. and not return until 2 or 3 in the afternoon!

8) Trams: Clean and readily available. Be sure to plan ahead for dinner reservations or excursions as there was often a short wait for the next available tram. Go to the closest lobby at least an hour before dinner and have a drink before making your way to the restaurant. We often arrived early and were always seated within 5-10 minutes of our arrival.

CONS:
1) Nightly Entertainment: We enjoyed the band that played outside the main lobby and at the Hacienda but found most of the evening shows in the Coba lobby to be more like high school productions.

2) Air Conditioning: Lack of air conditioning at the Gran Tortuga-Rodizio and Coba Lobby definitely made for some extremely sticky dinners and evenings.

3) Bugs: Mosquitos were ferocious! One member of our party received multiple bites while wearing a citronella wristband. Usually one to get bitten, I fared well by using Deep Woods Off with 25% Deet. I carried it everywhere and always applied it to exposed skin prior to leaving our room for dinner.

4) Beach: Mother nature did not cooperate. The beach was unusable due to the amount of seaweed present after a 5 day stretch of rain. My adult children couldn't get past the odor so we only ventured over to Akmul twice during our week-long stay.

The pros definitely outweigh the cons. We enjoyed our time at GBP Coba despite a few minor hiccups and would recommend this resort to anyone looking for an economical and relaxing family vacation.

Very nice
Reviewed 1 day ago

Just arrived home from the coba had a fabulous 2 weeks. The room for us as a family of 3 was very spacious does need updating but nothing major. The food was outstanding in the ala cartes. The buffet restaurant was good plenty to choose from. The mosquitos are a nitemare but that can't be helped. Overall if you like busy hotels come here if you want shade be up at 5.30 not many brollys they go first! Can't fault anything with this hotel if you want trips try the hotel there a bit cheaper than the reps but still quite pricey. If we come back to Mexico it will be to a smaller hotel as this was our last holiday as a family.

Fantastic
Reviewed 2 days ago

Rooms large, Food superb, The Al cartes great, but really enjoyed the Italian and the Le Gourmet but did not like the Mexican. Rooms cleaned every day and fridge restocked. The complex is a huge area.

If you are looking for shade around the pools there are not enough umbarellas and what are there are taken by 6am which I think is wrong as a lot of the quests don't turn up till lunch time.

Wonderful holiday
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is my second visit to the Bahia with my husband stayed at Tulum 2 years ago on our honeymoon. Came back this year with our 2 sons (aged 19&20). Check in was good didn’t have to wait that long. We had a drink given to us which was very nice as we were very hot. Reception staff were very friendly and made sure we were happy with everything. I had emailed the hotel 2 weeks before we were due to leave to ask if we could have ground floor rooms as my family have health problems. And we were so happy that this was accomplished for us. We stayed in rooms 31607 & 31608 block 16B. The rooms were very nice. Very clean with everything we needed. Our suitcases turned up straight away. I agree with people saying that if you want a bed by the pool you have to be up early. We would be sitting on our porch at 6.30am and people were going down to reserve their beds but this didn’t bother us as we prefer the beach. Ok the beach, yes there were days when the seaweed got out of control but the staff never gave up trying to clear it. Out of the 14 days that we were there, there was only one day that we didn’t manage to go in the water. The beach has got a lot smaller than two years ago which is a shame see photos before and after. Still this was not a problem for us. We got a sun bed every morning at the Tulum end. This is the best bit as you are still near the pool and food. Talking of food now the buffets. I will be honest I prefer the buffet at Tulum this had nothing to do with the service at Coba we were always given a great service by staff and never had to wait for a table or for our drinks as some reviews have said. I must admit we always made sure we were having breakfast by 8.30am latest and dinner by 7.30pm as the restaurants were quieter then. The food in all the buffets are very good with a great variety. I am really fussy and I never went hungry. People moan about the food not being hot enough. Let’s be honest it’s a buffet, you are walking round with your plate in what is a large food area looking at all the lovely food. Of course by the time you get to your table it’s not going to be very hot. My tip is look round first to see what you fancy then go straight to it. Take from the bottom as the food will be hotter. The desserts look and taste amazing, and we kept going back for more. The staff are very friendly and very happy, we never had a problem with anything in any restaurant. The only difference I found was you get shown to your table in the Tulum buffet where in the Coba you find your own table. We never had to wait long for our drinks and there definitely is alcohol in the drinks sometimes a bit too much. Beware the tequila( I had a bit too much one night and oh dear let’s put it this way the buggy driver got a very good tip as it was door to door service). The entertainment in the evening is ok saw Micheal Jackson, circus, magic shows, and the Latin show. The mosquitoes were not a problem for us but we did see a lot of people that had been bitten alive. We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back

Great for families
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to Principe Coba for second year, because our kids just love the hotel, and we really enjoyed since the very first time. The water park is perfect for kids between 2 and 10 years old, the Kids Club is also great, they have plenty of activities from 10 am to 5 pm, and the staff is supervising the kids all the time, Jean, Judith and Norma were always surprising the little ones with new activities. The food is really good and the hotel has options for everybody. Please be aware of mosquitos and bring your own repellent.