This resort was not my first in the Caribbean but it was my first adults only and I was pleasantly surprised as I wasn't sure what to expect. We arrived around 1 a.m. and there was barely a guest to be seen. We were one of two couples who checked in and were taken to our room on a cart. For two people I found the room an acceptable size though two people using the bathroom at the same time could be tricky. Even at this time of night we found a light snack to help us fall asleep.
We enjoyed waking up every morning to the birds singing but I was glad to still have brought my earplugs as it's hard to get used to. Even with the shades rolled down, a lot of light still gets in. We're usually late sleepers (10ish) but not so much down here. We took turns having breakfast at either the main dining room or by the pool which was more relaxed.
Each day we visited one of the other three resorts as a way to get to the beach and enjoy the pool as there are definitely not enough pool chairs at the adults only pools. Plus, it was fun to get off Sian Ka'an for part of the day. The golf cart ride over the highway each day was actually quite fun...and we're not golfers so didn't take advantage of this section. Only in the very late afternoon when we had returned from the beach were chairs available but by then the sun was being hidden by the palms. The chair game even resides here sad to say!
We always had excellent service no matter where on the resort. Even though I tried to make notes and get names, I can only do shout-outs to Carlos, Angel and "Isabel" the three guys at the lobby bar, Delinl at Maiko, Absalon and Jose at Dolce Vita, Roque at Alux, and Luis and Ramon at the buffet. There were others, including our housekeeper who we never met.
Other items of interest: We took a collectivo to the Tulum ruins and it cost 30 pesos each each way. The admission to the ruins was 59 pesos each. So for two people to visit the ruins using the collectivo was 238 pesos which in USD would be about $18, a far cry from the 40-50 USD we saw being advertised around the various resorts. We never felt unsafe and it was a good way to learn some history and culture when it was cloudy and cool at the resort...not so among the ancient ruins.
Tipping: Always an area of debate. We left 50-90 pesos per night at the a la carte restaurants, and a little less at the buffet between breakfast and lunch. 20 pesos per day for room tips and 20 pesos for the fridge tip (we didn't use the fridge items much, other than the water).
Drinks: Favourite was the Dolce Vita (campari, white vermouth, peach schnapps, and sprite). Learned to like Don Pedro brandy and Don Julio resposado tequila.
This was our first trip to Mexico and we really enjoyed ourselves at these combined resorts (we did feel the luxury of it), as other than our self-guided tour to the Tulum ruins, we didn't do anything else. Be warned, the evenings shut down by 11, unless you go to one of the shows at the other resorts. But we will go back as I still have yet to swim in a cenote and that is on my bucket list!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 4 outdoor pools (1 with Jacuzzi) Sun terrace with loungers and sun umbrellas BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Transfer to the beach and other facilities on the complex (at set times) Water activity centre, Beach Club with exclusive bar (at the Grand Principe Tulum) Motorised water sports (additional charge) WiFi access in the lobby and in rooms (free of charge) 1 international buffet restaurant 2 speciality restaurants 4 Bars 1 snack-bar Riviera Maya Golf Club: 18 long holes and 9 executive holes with lakes, natural wells and Mayan forest. Hacienda Dona Isabel: karaoke bars, shows, live music and disco. Rooms 420 rooms including 4 types: Junior Suite, Deluxe Junior Suite, Deluxe Garden Junior Suite, Deluxe Penthouse Junior Suite. Deluxe Garden Junior Suites and Deluxe Penthouse Junior Suites are larger than the Junior Suites and the Deluxe Junior Suites. Room facilities: King size bed or 2 full size beds Air conditioning Ceiling fan Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Sitting area with sofa-bed and armchairs Balcony or terrace Bathroom with shower, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Bathroom amenities Bathrobe and slippers Don Pablo Collection amenities Alarm clock with iPod docking station Flat screen TV Coffee-making facilities Mini-bar Safe Iron and ironing board 24 hour room service Butler service in rooms Private Jacuzzi Wifi (free of charge) Pillow menu Aroma menu Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings and anniversaries, as well as corporate incentive trips and conventions Casino ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Sian Ka`An Golf Resort And Spa
- Gran Bahia Principe Sian Ka`An Golf Hotel Akumal
- Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka'An Don Pablo Collection Riviera Maya, Mexico - Akumal