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Old 02-20-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Question Gran Bahia Pricipe Coba

Myself and a girlfriend have already booked this resort for mid March. I am just looking for some input on things to do and not to do. This is the first trip to Mexico for both of us and would love to see the the ruins and spend a few days in PDC. I know that this resort is not right on the beach and we are fine with that. So what ever info or advice you all can give would be great.
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We found the Coba premier lobby had the best nightly entertainment - live band - dancing.

To get to PDC - it's very easy to take the colectivo from The Bahia. Sometimes they may have a van waiting to be filled up in front of the resort - or you can walk out to the highway and catch one there instead of waiting. Much cheaper than taking a taxi!

If you like seafood - try a get reservations at Fruitos Del Mar and The Arlequin.

Take an insulated mug to keep your drinks cold and sand out. The pool bar on the Tulum side is the "fun pool" during the day. Better liquor is served inside - behind the pool
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Old 02-20-2012   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Emmy , it sounds like you vacation like I do so I am taking notes! I love dancing, drinks and my drinks cold and sand free haha.
I was thinking the collectivos were the best bet , but I haven't talked to anyone that has used them before. Do you know what the rate was ?
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Well we took it last May from the grand palladium(north of the bahia) - and I prolly had a drink or 2 before hand - 30 pesos per person each way???
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We stayed there twice once at the Akumal side then the Tulum side we enjoyed it very much, there is quite good snorkling right on site just left of the wood observation dock. Check out some cenotes, Dos Ojos is quite close, Cenote Dos Ojos map of Scuba diving Cavern Cave in The Riviera Maya Tulum Playa del Carmen
Also grab a colectivo to Tulum to see the ruins, take a towel and swimsuit the beach is very nice.
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Old 02-21-2012   #6 (permalink)
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It's not far to walk to the beach.

But take a daytrip (taxi) to Ziggy Beach, Tulum. It's not far.
Gallery Ziggy Beach at Cabanas Tulum
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We've just got back from Bahia Principe Coba. Our observations for what its worth.
My Daughter got married on 5th March. Their honeymoon was going to spent @ Coba (we were going with them to look after our Granddaughter when they wanted day/evenings out etc) & I emailed them a month before asking if they could do something for them. I was pleased when they replied yes they would. At check in when we arrived on the 8th March we asked & sure enough were promised that everything was in hand. To cut a long story short, we asked another 3 times including my Wife asking Leonardo Mendez, a Manager, who again promised to get it sorted. Well we're home & I can tell you nothing was done.
The main buffet-service was very hit n miss. We needed a high chair for Granddaughter but 3 or 4 times had to get it ourselves after being promised one by the staff. Drinks the same-you cannot make your own teas or coffee's as in other resorts on Riviera Maya, really difficult to get drinks @ times in there. Food was outstanding @ times & very ordinary other times.
Mini Bar not always restocked, maid service not always done & having to ring main desk to get it done.
This may seem to be having a moan, but we know the score on the resorts on the Riviera Maya. We've been to 7 different resorts there in 11 years & we know the standards that are set.
We wouldn't recommend Coba sadly.
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We've just got back from Bahia Principe Coba. Our observations for what its worth.
My Daughter got married on 5th March. Their honeymoon was going to spent @ Coba (we were going with them to look after our Granddaughter when they wanted day/evenings out etc) & I emailed them a month before asking if they could do something for them. I was pleased when they replied yes they would. At check in when we arrived on the 8th March we asked & sure enough were promised that everything was in hand. To cut a long story short, we asked another 3 times including my Wife asking Leonardo Mendez, a Manager, who again promised to get it sorted. Well we're home & I can tell you nothing was done.
The main buffet-service was very hit n miss. We needed a high chair for Granddaughter but 3 or 4 times had to get it ourselves after being promised one by the staff. Drinks the same-you cannot make your own teas or coffee's as in other resorts on Riviera Maya, really difficult to get drinks @ times in there. Food was outstanding @ times & very ordinary other times.
Mini Bar not always restocked, maid service not always done & having to ring main desk to get it done.
This may seem to be having a moan, but we know the score on the resorts on the Riviera Maya. We've been to 7 different resorts there in 11 years & we know the standards that are set.
We wouldn't recommend Coba sadly.
Rgds
Grant & Anne
Hi Grant & Anne- sorry to hear that your stay wasn't great here. We are looking to plan a trip here soon, as my parents have visited in the past & enjoyed it. We have 1.5 year old twins so your concerns are somewhat relevant to us. Were the high chairs not available, or was the problem that you had to get them yourself? Did you bring a pack & play, or were there cribs or something of the sort provided? We're still in the research phase of our plans, obviously, but any information relevant to young children is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2017   #9 (permalink)
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Hi trishab83, a cot was provided for our Granddaughter. Highchairs were available but the restuarant staff either forgot or didn't bother when asked.
We were promised things that never happened & tbh in our experience of resorts on Riviera Maya the service fell way short of usual standards. We've stayed @ Bahia Principe Sian Ka'an & the difference in standards was startling.
Our advice would be check Trip Advisor & read as many reviews as possible on there before committing. If the same problems keep popping in people's comments we generally look elsewhere.
Best of Luck
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