Last week Megan shared her latest sizzling finds with the Jungle Spa & Monkey Sanctuary in Mexico. Today we hear more juicy details about that particular trip, specifically where she stayed while there, the Gran Bahia Principe Coba.
Back in November, I took a holiday (yes, we travel professionals do take vacations!) and spent 10 days at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba in Mexico. It was fabulous!
The Gran Bahia Principe is a large resort consisting of 3 hotels: the Coba, Tulum and the Akumal. But it’s easy to get around as the trolley shuttle system transports you where ever you want to go. It may take a few days to get your bearings and find the shortest routes, but walking the paths throughout the resort is beautiful, too.
It’s well laid out and surrounded by the Mayan jungle with loads of wildlife. There are iguanas, lizards and butterflies everywhere, as well as capybara, coati and other species milling around the resort. Not to mention a beach full of tropical fish.
The food is wonderful, both at the buffet and the a la carte restaurants, and there really is something for everyone. The staff are very friendly and accommodating, and most speak excellent English.
The hacienda at the front of the resort provides great shopping, and there’s entertainment there every evening, as well as the shows in the theatres at the individual hotels. (The Michael Jackson tribute show is AMAZING!! Don’t miss it!)
All guests have access to the premier club music bar complex and the facilities at the other two hotels: 25 bars, 18 restaurants, 10 pools, 3 spas, 3 gyms, 3 kids clubs, sports, bar, nightclub, shops, etc.
Coba has bigger rooms and probably the best buffet restaurant on the resort, but it’s the only hotel of the 3 that is not beach front. The beach is a 15 minute stroll or quicker by trolley. It has 2 lovely big pools (1 quiet, 1 active) and 2 separate multi-Jacuzzi cocktail bars.
The best thing about the resort is the sheer choice – the number of pools bars and eateries is staggering! We recommend the Coba Buffet, Mikado, Le Gourmet, and La Dolce Vita but there are so many more.
The 1080 rooms of the Gran Bahía Príncipe Coba are located in beautiful 3-storey villas, with 36 rooms each, each with a hydro massage tub, 3 or 4 dinners included in the price, and much more. Come and find your place in the paradise of the Mayan Riviera, you won’t be sorry!
Junior Suite Club Golden
- 2 full-size beds (1.35 m x 2 m)
- or 1 king-size bed (2 m x 2 m)
- Air conditioning
- Bathtub with hydro massage
- 24-hour room service
- 4 à la carte dinners in specialty restaurants
- Internet in the Casa Club
Coba is the newest of the three hotels and has the junior suites. The rooms are smaller in Tulum but if you like it lively, then Tulum is the best choice for you. By the way, Akumal has a nice mix of peace and action.
- International cuisine in the Kukulcan buffet
- Gourmet cuisine in Le Gourmet restaurant
- Italian cuisine in the Portofino restaurant
- Seafood in the Pescador restaurant
- Japanese cuisine in the Mikado restaurant
- Mediterranean cuisine in the Mediterráneo restaurant
The a-la-carts are very good and we found Le Gourmet to be the best, Mikado with a show table being very good, while Portofino (Italian), also in Coba was good. If you want to book these go to the customer relations desks in your hotel, but book early for a show table in Mikado as it is very popular.
The buffet restaurants are very good and the choice of food is good and varied. We mostly focused on the “Mexican Corner”, which was excellent. The buffet restaurants offer fresh food at all meal times with omelettes and pancakes at breakfast and then pasta, meat, oriental, pizza and Mexican at lunch/evening meals, while you can also order fresh food at the snack bars, which are open 24 hours a day and also serve drinks.
The Hacienda is a shopping centre, which forms part of the overall resort and includes a Music Bar (open 10pm to 12pm) and an American Sports Bar (open 6pm to 12pm), with live music outside in the square every night from 11pm, except on a Thursday when the hotel put on a Mexican Fiesta show (additional cost).
There is also a nightclub, which is open from midnight until 2:30am, playing English/American type dance music and also Spanish/Latino music. This is also included within the all-inclusive and is very good, with a great sound system and decent DJ. As for alcohol, they serve international brands.
There is way too much to say about this place and we’ve probably missed a few interesting aspects of this resort. But we’ll be back soon – we’re already missing it!
Have you been to the Gran Bahia Principe? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!