With an eye on protecting natural resources and a mind on luxury, Mexican architect Fernando Quirarte has brought together stone, marble, hardwoods, beautiful colors, and other materials from nature's storehouse to create an exquisite hotel that even the palm trees stand back and admire. On what is arguably one of the finest pieces of resort real estate on Mexico's Caribbean shores, where a completely natural beach stretches for nearly a mile, stands the all-inclusive Gran Bahia Principe, featuring 978 rooms and suites within a series of 3-story villas, set back among the palms yet close to the beach. It's a toss-up to know which is more beautiful - this luxurious resort or the sand, surf, and sky of the Mexican Riviera. The whole idea behind the Gran Bahia Principe is that human creation and nature should complement each other, and this resort is proof it can be done.
The resort features carefully manicured gardens, three large lake swimming pools with a special area for children, relaxation pools with Jacuzzis and children's sections, swim-up bar, a large solarium with loungers and palapa shades, an outdoor amphitheatre for shows and nightly performances, several tennis courts, a gym, and a water sports center. Enjoy three floodlit tennis courts with free racquets and balls, bicycles on site, beach volleyball, and the use of a fitness center.
Rooms and suites at the Gran Bahia Principe are absolutely perfect! Marble flooring and accents, rich wood furnishings and trims, interesting wall art, and attention to detail make for clean, luxurious, comfortable surroundings. Select accommodations from the Standard or Junior Suites.
The Gran Bahia Principe offers an all-inclusive package that includes
- All taxes and gratuities
- Room accommodations as selected
- All domestic and select imported alcoholic and domestic non-alcoholic soft drinks and juices
- Many hotel activities
- All meals and snacks (3 a la carte dinners per week)
- Food and drink exchange privileges between all three sections (Tulum, Akumal, Coba)
- Towel service at pools and beach
- Several swimming pools, with Jacuzzis and children's sections
- Daily and nightly tennis
- Non-motorized water sports (some may require reservations and be limited to one time or hour per guest per day)
- Daily activities and programs
- Nightly live entertainment
- Fitness Center and aerobics
- Children's Mini Club (ages 4 to 12)
- Full service Spa (massage and beauty treatments available at additional charge)
- Free entrance to the disco at Hacienda Dona Isabel
Other services available (not included in all-inclusive) are laundry and dry cleaning, video and photo services, business services, medical services, wedding services, fax and internet services, in-room safe, babysitting services, and airport transfers.
The in-hotel restaurants feature fresh seafood, authentic Mexican cuisine and international fare. American and Continental breakfasts. Dining ranges from the very casual to the gourmet.
The hotel lobby shop carries essentials such as a variety of beach clothes, lotions and sunscreens, gifts and souvenirs. On-site shopping is a unique experience at the Dona Isabel Hacienda, an entertainment and shopping village right within the resort. In this brightly colored replica of a small Mexican town, you will find daily live music, shows, shops of many kinds, "La Rancherita" disco for the hotel's own guests and other visitors, and themed parties and contests. You can even take dancing lessons at the Dona Isabel.
On the grounds where the Gran Bahia Principe hotel is built lies the beach that is the historical nesting grounds for Green Sea Turtles and Loggerhead Sea Turtles. The ecologically aware Bahia Principe is proud to be a protector of the region's wildlife. Watch the baby loggerhead turtles hatch and make their way to the sea.
The Great Maya Reef welcomes every skill and interest level in diving, and contains indescribable coral gardens, underwater walls and tunnels, teeming with life, and vibrant with color and movement. Offshore to the north and east lies Cozumel Island, with its own spectacular reefs for diving and snorkeling.
Other activities include tours to the area's many attractions and notable historical, architectural, and eco-geo-physical sites, including the archaeological sites of Coba and Tulum, ecological parks including Tres Rios, Xel-Ha, Xcaret, the Sian Ka'an biosphere and the Aktun Chen cave. From the resort you are close to Tulum, a picturesque Mayan fortress and walled city built toward the end of the Mayan civilization, with an imposing, impenetrable eastern side overlooking the vastness of the Caribbean Sea, with entry on the city's western side, just as it was anciently.
If you have a desire for luxury, an appreciation of good value, and a taste for the silky beaches and turquoise waters of Mexico's Caribbean coast, keep your eye on the Gran Bahia Principe Resort. It's great place to spend your honeymoon, a family vacation, or go it solo! It's got everything you're looking for: great restaurants, comfortable rooms and suites, beautiful gardens and landscaping, and a friendly staff. It all adds up to a fantastic vacation. See you in Mexico!