Gran Bahia Principe Tulum Reviews – Mexico Hotels – Gran Bahia Principe Tulum

The Bahia Principe is GIGANTIC! We have been to the Barceló Maya twice before, but found this fabulous price for the Bahia, so decided we’d try it out for a change! We found the resort to be quite beautiful, but I couldn’t get over how enormous the place was. FAR TOO HUGE for my liking, unfortunately.

Enjoy your Mayan vacation – it is a beautiful locale – rich in history, and wonderful for romance! Adios!

BEACH:
very very disappointed after the miles of white sand beach and very few rocks in the water, at the Barceló. I have read other reviews which talk of the beach between the Tulum and Akumal sides of the Bahia, but we must have missed it somehow – and we sure looked for it!! We only found a small section of sandy beach; which was completely populated with sunbathers, so there wasn’t a chair or palapa to be found. We spend about 45 minutes in the glorious Caribbean, but without water shoes it was quite uncomfortable to walk into the water any distance. We were terribly disappointed with the beach and the water, after the fabulous experience at the Barceló Maya.

POOL: I thought they were spectacular, and after seeing our beach, realized that they had to be, because the beach at the resort sure wasn’t. Our pool was pretty and quiet (*) and out of the way (and the Hacienda restaurant was very convenient for breaky and lunch. We enjoyed the major dining rooms for suppers or the specialty restaurants, but only twice). The first day of our vacation the regular water games and activities went on around our pool. The lovely young staffer spoke in several different languages as is the custom, so as an English speaking person (one of the languages she translated into) I had no troubles understanding what was happening with the activities, and it was fun hearing her counting, etc. in several different languages during ‘water aerobics’ (very relative term, by the way), etc. *HOWEVER, on the second day, our pool was besieged by a group of about 15-20 people all the same nationality, and by the next day the group grew closer to 30 or more. The young staffer was of this same ethnicity, and so the other languages previously used, were just dropped from then on, so the rest of us didn’t know when to join in, etc! Very disappointing, as having fu around the pool is part of the whole experience, in my opinion. Also, since this group was so huge there was no chance for anyone else to join in on activities, even though a few other couples tried.

One afternoon, when the usual seemingly all day water volleyball/water polo had ended, my husband and I decided to go into the pool and just try to float around a bit. It took about 10 minutes before a few of the regular macho men to come over and start throwing the ball over our heads (kind of monkey-in-the-middle style!). Sort of ruined the romantic mood, so we – as usual – moved closer to the kiddy pool and just stood. **Of course, this was just our experience, and perhaps others did not notice as we did.

ROOM:
Our room (booked into Tulum but were given an upgrade (?) to the Hacienda) was in Bldg 39. As other reviews have stated over and over, the a/c was a bit of a problem. We also had ant-like bugs in the room (gross) in the corners and in the bathroom. Luckily we had a resident gecko, who made nightly appearances – which freaked me out! – but at least he kept the bugs under some kind of control! Thank goodness for the lovely bathrobes and gigantic slippers supplied by the resort. The lady in the room directly above us, however, instead decided to wear her stiletto heels most evenings and mornings, so we heard her clomping around the room until about midnight or later every night, and then were awoken to her movements again at around 7 a.m.!

GENERAL:
Our room (booked into Tulum but were given an upgrade (?) to the Hacienda) was in Bldg 39. As other reviews have stated over and over, the a/c was a bit of a problem. We also had ant-like bugs in the room (gross) in the corners and in the bathroom. Luckily we had a resident gecko, who made nightly appearances – which freaked me out! – but at least he kept the bugs under some kind of control! Thank goodness for the lovely bathrobes and gigantic slippers supplied by the resort. The lady in the room directly above us, however, instead decided to wear her stiletto heels most evenings and mornings, so we heard her clomping around the room until about midnight or later every night, and then were awoken to her movements again at around 7 a.m.!

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