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Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal

Mexico - Riviera Maya

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"We had a great experience but the rooms were very musty." – maggiemae
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June 19, 2013
Awesome Resort

We stayed at Grand Bahia Principe Akumal from June 2nd to June 11th and had an amazing time. This resort is beautiful. We really enjoyed ourselves. I’m putting a lot of tips in here, so read on for tips to help you on your stay. The resort: Extremely clean and well-manicured. The staff was very friendly. They all speak English just enough to help us with most our needs, but if we had more detailed questions, we would talk to the Public Relations desk. They speak really good English. Plan for a 1.5 hour trip from the airport. Well worth it though. Like people have mentioned, the resort is really 3 resorts combined. They have shuttles to take you around. This worked great. The water at the resort is perfectly safe to drink. They use a reverse osmosis purification system. Bring bug spray for the mosquitos at night. Also, bring bio-degradable sunscreen if you go on excursions where you’ll be swimming in a Cenote. They require bio-degradable sunscreen. Our cell phone provider has really high rates for calling internationally. So I tried using skype with the free wifi in the lobby. It worked once, but then I couldn’t get it to work anymore. A really nice lady, that was also a guest, we met gave us a Global Link international calling card. This worked great. We would call from one of the lobby phones, because apparently you’re charged for using your room phone even if it’s local or 1-800. So we would call the operator from the lobby phone, and she would transfer us to Global Link. We could then enter the calling card number. The card had $13 left on it and that was good for 80 minutes. They sold calling cards from a vending machine by the lobby phones, but the rates were not good either. $20 for 20 minutes. So I recommended finding out how to buy a Global Link calling card. We were able to use our Visa credit card to pay for our excursions. If you want or need pesos, the resort can exchange. You don’t really need pesos though if you have USD. If you go to Playa Del Carmen to shop, it’s actually better to use USD. They charge more for items when using pesos. We took a collectivo to Playa Del Carmen one of the days. We had a nice time. The collectivo is their public transportation. It was only $3 each to go to Playa Del Carmen. They will pick you up right outside of the resort and take you to the shopping district at 5th ave. Then when you are done shopping, just go back to where they dropped you off to get another one back to the resort. Just make sure you have the exact amount for the ride if you’re using USD, because they don’t have change in USD. So just make sure you have $5s and $1s. Beach: We love the beach, so this is where we spent most of our time. We liked the Akumal beach. It has nice soft white sand. If you like to snorkel, I highly recommend bringing your own snorkel gear. I really enjoyed the snorkeling right off the beach. Lots of pretty fish to see. Also, on our second to last day, I saw a sea turtle and a sting ray. It was amazing. They have the swim area roped off, but I would swim out past the rope. I wasn’t that far out from the Akumal beach when I saw the sea turtle and sting ray. The akumal beach is very popular, so if you don’t like a crowded beach, you can also head to the south end of akumal, or go more north to the Tulum side. If you like to walk the beach, the resort beach is really long, so it’s really nice for that. Rooms: The rooms were really nice. We stayed in the Junior Suite Club Golden. Some reviewers have said that the rooms are dated. I don’t know what they are talking about. The A/C worked great. No complaints with the room at all. Pools: There are many pools to choose from between the 3 resorts. We didn’t spend much time at the pool at all because we are beach people. The pool by the Royal Club Golden area seemed pretty crowded most of the time though. We were a bit disappointed that there were no hot tubs as far as we know. The pools have “Jacuzzis” with jets, but they are not heated. My wife and I enjoy sitting in the hot tub at night, so a little disappointed but we got over it pretty quick. Food/Drink: I would recommend emailing the resort to book your a la carte dinners a couple weeks prior to arriving. We are really glad that we did this. Don Pablo was our favorite restaurant. The buffets are pretty good. They can get tiring day after day, but they change the theme, i.e., French, Italian, etc. every night, so that helps. Also, go to different buffets at each of the resorts to find the one you like best as each is a little different. My wife and I don’t drink alcohol, but at the various bars and restaurants, the bartenders would make us one of many different non-alcoholic cocktails. We really enjoyed those. At the bars that have a drink list, they even have a list of non-alcoholic cocktails. Entertainment: My wife and I really enjoyed going to the live music at night. There is a 3 person band (female singer with a guy on guitar and guy on drums), that played several nights at the Akumal bar, that we really liked. Some nights they played at the Akumal Premiere bar. The shows had some really good numbers and some that were okay. There is a man, I think his name is DJ, that sings in some of the shows. He’s really good. We wish there was more live singing in the shows and less lip-syncing. So it would be better if they had a few people that would sing live as well. However, they do perform some great acrobatics and dancing.

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From: Phoenix, AZ
Age: 35-44

September 10, 2011
Great Value

Greatly enjoyed our time at Gran Bahia Principe Akumal..would definately return! Here are some "raves". Note that this resort is very large. It consists of three separate areas/mid-sized resorts (Akumal, Coba & Tulum), which combine to form Gran Bahia Principe. Guests are free to roam, dine or spend beach time at all of these resorts, no matter which resort your room is at. Travel between the resorts is accomplished by hopping on go-carts/trollies that shuttle guests from one resort to another. This shuttle service is offered 24 hours a day & cycles about every 10-15 minutes. *Grounds, buildings and rooms were very well maintained. Beach debris brought to the shoreline by the ocean waves, is cleaned up daily. Note that this property is part of an active Eco Preserve. *Food was well prepared/Food choices were diverse. Three large buffets (one at each resort area) are available for each meal. In addition, there are theme restaurants available (ie: French or Italian) & a 24 hour Snack Bar as well. The snack bar offers a small buffet spread for each meal and will prepare menu items for guests, at any time of the day. *Nice, white sand, beachfront property. We traveled as a couple, and found that we preferred the pace & calmness of the Akumal beach. Explore each beach area & pick the one that suites you best. *Staff was friendly and helpful. At some times, staff seemed to be overworked/tired (food service & bar service areas only), but never rude. For example, we often waited for a fairly long period of time at the buffet to be greeted & served a beverage/coffee, if we dined at peak times. Not-So-Raves: *Most alcoholic beverages were watered down. *If you are a party animal, please keep in mind that this resort is family friendly. Beachfront bars close at 6pm. Indoor bars close at 11pm. Partiers have the option to have late night fun at the Hacienda Disco & bar. A trolly will transport to/from the Hacienda.

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From: Texas
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

March 25, 2011
Great Caribbean

We truly enjoyed our stay at GBPAkumal. The name is too long, however, everything else was great. The staff was extremely friendly, and enjoyable. They encouraged you to use your broken Spanish and seemed genuinely pleased with you for trying. The hotel(s)- there are actually three- are beautiful. If you want to be within a short walk to the beach, stay at Akumal or Tulum. From Coba, you have to take a shuttle, though they run very frequently and it is not a big deal. The rooms and bathrooms are large. The beds are very hard and so are the pillows. The pool areas, grounds and beach are gorgeous!! We have been to the Caribbean numerous times as well as several cruises. My wife informed me that the rest of our vacations will be to GBPAkumal. We also booked our transportation to and from the airport through Cheap Caribbean. Olympus Tours was there at the airport with a sign and calling my name as we came out of the airport. They made it very easy and stress free.

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From: Austin, TX
Age: 45-54

June 27, 2011
Great Family Vacation

The resort was nothing short of sensational. All the staff, from the transportation from the airport to the hotel management, hotel service personnel, restaurant service, excursion staff... everyone treated us very well. Location and ocean views were spectacular. Great excursions. One of the most satisfying vacations I've had in many, many years.

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From: Denver, CO
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

Room Information

Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal Resort features 630 guestrooms and suites in three-story, terra cotta-colored villas with balconies or terraces to enjoy the tropical air. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, hair dryer, satellite TV, in-room safe and mini bar.

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Junior Suite Superior
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Junior Suite Deluxe (Adults-Only)
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Junior Suite Ocean Front
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Junior Suite Deluxe Ocean Front (Adults-Only)
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What's to Love

It's all-inclusive, beachaliscious blast for the whole fam.

The Eco-Bahia foundation - you can join in the release of baby sea turtles after they hatch.

Snorkeling in Akumal - it's the world's second largest (read: ahh-mazing) coral reef.

Unwinding as you get a soul-pleasing massage with hot stones.


What We'd Change

The hotel is an hour from the airport, but one glimpse of the beach, and it's worth the trek. You'll love being tucked away between a green mangrove jungle and the turquoise Caribbean.


Why You Should Go

It's 60 minutes from the airport. Patience is key. You'll smell the salt of the sea soon.

You have access to both Grand Bahia Principe Coba and Tulum. Lots of bang for your buck.

Your little young 'uns can have fun in the sun all day at the kid's water park.

There are water sports, aerobics and a gym to keep your beach bod in tip-top shape.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Beach
  • Volleyball
  • Business Center ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Currency Exchange
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaks
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Snorkeling
  • Swim-Up Bar(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Scuba Diving ($)
  • Shuttle Service
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Dance Classes
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Bicycles
  • Horseback Riding ($)
  • 5 Restaurants
  • 6 Bars/Lounges
  • Porter/Bellhop
  • Nightclub
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Catering
  • Fax Machine ($)
  • Beach Towels
  • Spa Services ($)
  • Catamarans
  • Handicap Room Available
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Golf Packages Available ($)
  • Boogie Boarding
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Wireless Internet
  • Loungers at Beach and Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Banquet Facilities ($)

Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Bars and Nightlife
  • Beach
  • Coral Reef
  • Dining
  • Dive Shop(s)
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Jet Ski Rentals
  • Kayaking
  • Mayan Ruins
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Nightlife
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shopping
  • Water-Skiing
  • Windsurfing

Map of Local Area

Here you will find an abundance of possibilities, something for every person of any age, for every type of vacation, for every budget and every activity.

Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal

Crtra. Chetumal - Benito Juarez, km. 250

+52 984 875 5000

Hotel Description

Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal Resort: All-Inclusive & All-Turtleriffic

At Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal, you'll get the all-inclusive, Heaven-on-Earth getaway that you've been craving. Located on a wide and super long stretch of captivating Caribbean beach, you can spend your days fancying cocktails as the spellbinding waves transport you to your own little nirvana. If the beach isn't enough, releasing sea turtle hatchlings into the blue, along with water sports, pools, unlimited delish food and drinks (especially the drinks) and access to two other resorts will certainly tickle you pink.


Considering there are seven different nosh spots, there's a cornucopia of scrumptious chewing choices. You've got Italian, Brazilian, Japanese, Mexican, seafood and oceans more all for your taking.

Riviera Restaurant
Type: International
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-2:30pm; Dinner - daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Buffet restaurant with traditional dishes from international cuisine.

Gourmet Arlequin Restaurant
Type: Nouvelle
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Entrees include beef tenderloin, chicken cordon bleu and "Sea and Land."

Dolce Vita Restaurant
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Guests can try traditional antipasti and an extensive menu of Italian cuisine. Entrees include steak alla gorgonzola, truffle chicken and inviltino de vitello.

Frutos del Mar Seafood Restaurant
Type: Seafood
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Buffet-style dishes and an extensive menu of seafood cuisine. Entrees include grilled seafood, "New Orleans" shrimp and fettuccine with shrimp.

Aquarium Snack Bar
Type: Snacks
Hours: Open 24 hours
Description: Enjoy typical American-style snacks and fast food.

All hours are subject to change.


Wanna chillax by the pool with a frosty beverage all afternoon? You can. Wanna go berserk with tequila shots at night? You can do that, too. With nine happenin' bars, the drinking world is your oyster. Cheers, happy beachers.

El Chit
Jacuzzi bar

Lobby bar. Daily, open until 11pm.

El Pakal
Piano bar. Daily, open until 11pm.

Plaza Mayor Bar
Drinks and cocktails. Open until midnight.

Sports Bar
Sports and drinks. Open until midnight.

Rancherita discotheque
Drinks and dancing. Open until 2:30am.


This sunsational resort features lots and lots and lots of pool. With three ginormous sparkling pools, there's plenty of room for you to kick back with an ice cold one. Beyond the pools, there is a swoon-worthy beach with sugar sands and beckoning blue waters to lull you into a beachy hypnosis.



*One hour free a day.

  • Paddle boards
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking

Available for an additional charge:

  • Snorkel/diving tour
  • Scuba-diving courses
  • Fishing trip
  • Jet skis
  • Parasailing
  • Water Park


  • Tennis (extra charge for lights)
  • Fitness center
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Bicycles
  • Petanque (beachside)
  • Darts

Grand Bahia Principe Resorts offer a state-of-the-art golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II in Riviera Maya. Bahia Principe guests in the Riviera Maya will benefit from a 50% discount on public golf rates all of which include a golf cart equipped with GPS, club storage facility usage, water and soft drinks, 20 practice golf balls and no green fees.


Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at the resort.


Bahia Spa offers massages and treatments for the face and body, all inspired by ancient Mayan recipes. Several palapas are distributed among the hotel's pools and beach so you can enjoy a massage by the sea.
  • Mayan Chocolate Dreams
  • Body Exfoliation
  • Massage with Hot Stones and Oils
  • Reflexology
  • Curing Mud Massage
  • Tired Legs


Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal offers four wedding packages for weddings located at the resort. Wedding coordinator will assist with all the details. All packages include:
  • Gourmet wedding cake or variety of Chef's Choice sweet-pastry specialities
  • Professional, colour photos of the wedding
  • Services of a professional wedding planner
  • Romantic ornamental decoration of the wedding area
  • Wedding reception dinner

Guests who travel in 2014 will receive 1 complimentary bottle of tequila or rum and 1 fruit basket in the room upon arrival.

Terms and Conditions: Must be within six months of original wedding date. Couples must present proof of marriage (marriage certificate) at the resort upon check-in and at time of dinner reservation with concierge desk. Please request HONEYMOON in the Special Request field when making your reservation. All terms and conditions must be met to receive this package.

Please contact the resort directly for more information.


24-hour babysitting service available upon request for children up to 12 years old.


Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal is located one hour from Cancun International Airport (CUN).

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon. A valid credit card may be required upon check in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

Age Restrictions
Please be aware that at least one person per room must be 18 years of age or older to check in. Hotel reserves the right to request a passport or official ID as proof of age. If travel is booked and no one fulfills this requirement, you will be denied check-in at this resort.

Environmental Levy Fee
The Municipalidad of Solidaridad in the Rivera Maya is one of the most beautiful places in the Mexican Caribbean. Tourism has been instrumental in driving the economic and social development of the region. In an effort to continue to preserve, conserve and beautify the destination, the Municipality of Solidaridad has implemented a small environmental levy on visitors effective September 1, 2017. Hotels will collect 20 Mexican pesos per room per day on check out; the proceeds will be deposited in an environmental trust to fund local projects. The Municipalidad of Solidaridad thanks you for your understanding and support of this worthwhile endeavor. Thank you and enjoy your visit.

Resort Update
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is proud to advise of a number of enhancements they will be carrying out at Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal through November 2019. Enhancements include a re-conceptualization of some of the common areas, as well as several new installations and projects to update the general image of the hotel. This enhancement project will not pose any inconveniences for guests. Works include restyling the Buffet area, Theatre Zone and Lobby Bar, as well as restyling of the decor of the Dolce Villa and Frutos del Mar restaurants.
All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.


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