Grand Bahia Principe Coba

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Grand Bahia Principe Coba emerges along beautifully manicured gardens, close to one of the best white sand beaches. A favorite among vacationers, this resort offers outstanding service, spacious accommodations, and fun-filled activities.

Specialty restaurants include exclusive dining within the resort, with a variety of international cuisines available. Experience tastes of the Mediterranean at Mediterraneo Restaurant, Italian at Portofino, seafood at Pescador, Japanese at Mikado, gourmet cuisine at Le Gourmet, and international cuisine with modernist design at Restaurante Oasis.

The active traveler will enjoy a variety of watersports. Scuba lessons are included, as well as snorkeling, windsurfing, boogie boarding, and tennis. Children will enjoy the mini-club and water park while adults can relax in one of the large 30 person Jacuzzis. The spectacular pools and lush gardens and beautiful architecture provide the perfect backdrop. The nightly shows and performances are the perfect way to end each fun-filled day.

Enjoy access to the facilities, restaurants, and bars at Grand Bahia Principe Tulum (except main buffet).

Note: Coupon system applies for dining: Stays of 3 nights receive one a la carte dinner, 4-6 nights receive two a la carte dinners, and 7 nights or more receive three a la carte dinners.

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Grand Bahia Principe Coba is located in the mangroves behind Grand Bahia Principe Akumal.
Address: CTRA CHETUMAL , KM 250-A

Local Phone: 011-52-984-875-5
Fax: 00-52-984-875-50 01
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (On-site)
Number of Pools: 2

Swim-up Bar
Two lagoon swimming pools with sunshades & Teka sunbeds at the Premier section.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: Fee Required
Number of Courts: 3
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Bicycles: Complimentary
Other Sports: On request:Soccer, Basketball, Volley-ball, Boogie boards.
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Additional Charge
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Additional Charge
Spa: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
As of of 01/01/18 safety deposits boxes will be included in the rates. Beach:
Year Opened: 2005 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
Hotel does NOT permit Spring Breakers. Must be at least 18 years old to check in. Coupon system for a la carte restaurants.
Connecting with Junior Suite Superior. Special amenities pack upon arrival. Welcome basket with sweets. Welcome kit with t-shirt and cap. Kids' bathrobe and slippers. Upgraded minibar for kids and adults. Up to 8 guests. 1 king bed or 2 full beds.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
1 king bed or 2 full beds, sitting room area, sofa bed, hydromassage bathtub with shower
Rollaways Available, Rollaway Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
1 king bed or 3 full beds, sitting room area, sofa bed, hydromassage bathtub with shower, children's amenities, minibar with drinks for children included.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Grand Bahia Principe Coba features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Coupon system for a la carte restaurants.
There are 9 Restaurants at Grand Bahia Principe Coba:
Le Gourmet - International Gourmet Open for Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm
Mikado - Japenese restaurant Open for Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm
Piscis - Snack buffet
Mediterraneo - Mediterranean restaurant Open for Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm
La Casita - 24 hour snack buffet
El Pescador - Seafood restaurant Open for Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm
Cozumel Buffet - Buffet Restaurant exclusive to Premier guests Breakfast- 7:00am-10:30am Lunch- 12:30pm-3:30pm Dinner- 6:30pm-10:30pm
Kukulcan Buffet - Main International Buffet: Breakfast- 7:00a-10:30 Lunch- 12:30pm-3:30pm Dinner- 6:30pm-10:30pm
Portofino - Italian Restaurant Open for Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Games and organized activities. Aerobics and Merengue lessons. Kids' waterpark and children's spa.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
International entertainment program (day and night programs). Casino offers 85 slot machines, sport bets, roulette tables, craps table, and hybrid machines with electronic dealers.
The Kids Club is available from 9:00AM - 5:00PM offering daily activities. Baby Station for children 2-6 years.
Applicable Ages: Ages 4 - 12
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool
On-site kid's waterpark! The hotel offers adjoining rooms and cribs on request (based upon availability).

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
5101 Recommend
5101 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Grand Bahia Principe Coba to their friends and family

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TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 15224reviews
What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Blue skies and flora and fauna
Feb 13 2019
We chose this resort because we wanted to see something besides high rise hotels and concrete and we were not disappointed. Love seeing stars at night and the cavies, coati, and iguanas and even raccoons and squirrels. A few colorful birds and unique sounding grackles. Beautiful flowers and green grass as we walked to buffet meal at Coba that was always delicious.
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Another Excellent Grand Bahia Principe/Apple Vacation!
Feb 11 2019
This was our second stay at Coba in 2 months. We love the whole Grand Bahia Principe resort. The staff are very friendly and professional. Our room is always kept very clean and the facilities are wonderful. We have also stayed at Sian Kaan and Tulum and will only return to GBP. Our stay was, as always, excellent! We are already planning our next stay!
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Jan 29 2019
Overall very good food, drinks and service. Only issue is no adults only area. No reason the smaller pool with swim up bar couldn't be adults only pool.
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First time to Mexico
Jan 23 2019
This was our first time to Mexico and we had a wonderful time. Our travel agent was so helpful and knowledgeable about what to expect at our resort. Although we didn’t venture off the resort in the evenings, there was no reason to. Plenty of things to do there. No reason to go looking for bars or restaurants off property because there was plenty of that within the resort. We did take a excersion set up through apple and it went off without incident got us their and back safely. We will definitely use apple with future travel.
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Good for family, with some caveats
Jan 19 2019
I picked this resort for a family vacation that included a 3 year old. It was good for our family in that it had a 'waterpark' that is great for children under 8 and nice pools. However, this is not a top notch resort. Since we stayed 5 nights, we were only allowed 2 nights at the ala cart restaurants. While those were good, the buffet was fair. The choices at the buffet were okay, but the service was mediocre at best. It took a long time for tables to be bussed, we had to consistently chase down getting water, and the plates weren't always clean. Our actual room had several instances of ants. They immediately came up and sprayed bug spray, but cleaning after the spray was only done because I requested it. Was this good for the stage at my family? Yes. Would I recommend? No. I rate this resort as fair. If you want a top notch resort, select Valetin Imperial Maya (Riviera Maya) or Excellence Punta Cana (DR), which are adults only. I guess I'm still searching for a top notch family resort.
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Applevacations staff
Jan 16 2019
Everything about our trip was excellent, however our one complaint was that the Applevacations reps at the resort have become very aggressive recently about selling excursions. It's fine that they offer them, but they're very pushy and don't like to take no for an answer, so it almost feels like a timeshare presentation rather than an introduction to the site when we arrive.
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Beautiful location with awful service
Jan 09 2019
What a shame that such a beautiful property in such a nice location is poorly managed and understaffed. The employees were trying to get rid of the customers instead of helping. We waited for our drinks for 45 minutes at every meal. At times the waiters and bar attendants were rude. The room service was non-existent and we waited for 24v hours for the safe key and bottled water to brush our teeth. The la-kart restaurants showed as booked even though you could see that half of the tables were empty. The buffet was overcrowded and understaffed as well. Nobody would clean the tables or take the dirty dishes away. The only thing we enjoyed about our stay was the weather and the beach. The hotel is definitely not worth the money and doesn't compare close to other 5 start resorts we stayed in.
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Jan 02 2019
Very good experience with hotel and ammendities
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Jesus and Alejandro from Coba beach bar went above and beyond with the service
Jan 01 2019
Jesus and Alejandro from the Coba beach bar were great in service and customer satisfaction for them is beyond excellent. They always were greeting us with a smile, they have reminded the kids to stay hydrated and always were making excellent drinks for adults and kids.
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Lovely Low-key Vacation
Jan 01 2019
We booked Grand Bahia Principe Coba but when we arrived we were upgraded to Sian Kaan. This resort is adults-only but that doesn't mean it is party central. It was actually a mature crowd. It was quiet and restful. Beautiful grounds and great food. This upgrade included an upgrade in dining to 7 nights of dinners at full service restaurants. The food was wonderful at every place and very well done. Enjoyed every minute.
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Family Christmas Vacation 2018
Dec 31 2018
We were upgraded to Sian Kaan - the whole family - this was a pleasant surprise - we enjoyed the extra benefits from the upgrade = tried new restaurants - some very good = others we would not do again = But all in all we were very happy and had a wonderful time
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Our stay Jan 29 - Feb 5 2019 at CobaThis
Sun Feb 17 12:17:01 EST 2019
This resort is so huge, and I wish there would have been a better explanation of what was included and where everything was. We were "Golden". So, after a long flight and a 1 1/2 charter to hotel, we are dropped at front lobby, get to front desk, only to be told you have to check in at Golden Lobby!? Ok... so back down the stairs we go, waiting for a tram to take us there to 'check in'.. It was no different than the front. There was no drink or anything , so not sure what the big deal was. For us, the only difference was that we had beach towels in our room, and a robe and slippers and the fridge was filled. (not sure if the fridge was a 'golden' thing. Its very confusing to navigate the first few days. We eventually figured out what tram to take to 'which' end of the beach. In the beginning, we didnt even know how far the beach extended to. That should be explained to newcomers. We were happy to be able to snorkel everyday. Its not like Akumal Bay, but at least you see a little bit. Seaweed cant be helped, but they work hard at it. There is no ventilation in the rooms. Ive never had my things smelling so bad of (not sure what to call it.. mildew..y) There should be a bathroom fan. We couldnt leave our patio door open, sometimes there would be 15 to 20 animals digging for 'supper' in the lawns, and peering thru the patio railings. Even tho there are signs to "not" feed the animals, people do, and it brings them in, which is fine, but not in my room, lol. The grounds are watered with what smelled like 'sewer water', so that was a bit of a turn off, especially with an upset stomach. It took a week and half back at home, til my stomach was back to normal. I do not drink hotel water, do not brush my teeth with it, do not overdrink or oversun, so it was definately something I ate. A first for me, in all the travels to Mexico in 20 yrs. We were very disappointed that the hotel allows Time Share. It is absolutely a 'turn off'. They are very aggressive, disrepectful, and annoying. There was a card in our room to obtain a 'gift'. Obviously it was to get tangled up with these guys. We didn't bother. We had a very upsetting inicident at the Hacienda on Super Bowl night there. My husband and I went only to see what was going on, pick up a couple tshirts for the kids and then head back to Coba for dinner. After we had walked towards the shops at the back of the Hacienda and found some tshirts, we started to walk back heading towards the front door of the Hacienda to get a tram. We were stopped as we left the stores and were half way to front door. The 'security'guard (and he was wearing a beige security guard shirt) stopped us and said - private party, you have to pay. We said .. What?!.. We showed him our Red Coba Bracelets and said No.. we need to get to front door to get out... Again, he said - You have to pay, private party. This went on for a few minutes and he 'reluctantly' let us go when another couple walked up. He kept looking behind us-to where the stores are and I felt he wanted us to go out that way..somehow. That was scary.. We weren't even drinking and had spent no more than 20 mins in there.. Went to front desk and reported this, they had heard nothing of this and didnt get back to me. When I got home I wrote to the hotel and their response was... " without tring to dispute with your comments, we want to highlight that we did not received any other report from another guests regarding this situation, specifically at that resort" Raul Manriquez, customer service Bahia Principe. Maybe he didnt, but sure didn't make me feel much better. I really have mixed feelings on this place. The staff (besides the Time Share Sharks) are hard working, very friendly, well kept and beautiful resort, but not a resort Im quick to run back to.

Family Holiday
flybyuk, UK
Sun Feb 17 02:42:39 EST 2019
This was our first time to Mexico. The hotel is huge, with a grand entrance and lots of space to sit, eat and drink etc.. The food was really good but 2 of our party were really unwell. This did put a bit of a downer on the holiday, 2 weeks of D&V was depressing for them. We can’t say what it was either as the rest of us were ok. The Tui staff were helpful. The shows were good but when you are staying 2 weeks they are repeated. Charlie was a great asset to the entertainment staff! Beaches are incredible with so many fish at your feet! 2 weeks was just to long here for me, 10 days would of been perfect. I felt you can’t really get out and about so 2 weeks felt very long. People need to wash their hands after using the toilets, so many people didn’t! Hacienda night was fun, my boys of 10 & 13 enjoyed it. I can see why people come back but I would probably try somewhere different.

Toddler and baby
BabyGingersInTheSun, Ottawa, Canada
Sat Feb 16 05:19:49 EST 2019
We stayed in condos on the Bahia Principe resort with access to Coba, Tulum, and Akumal resorts. Coba was by far our favourite! Our 4 year old son spent all day at the kids splash park. He’s a little water shy so the gradual increase in depth was perfect. Ages ranged from babies (ours was 10 months) to probably 10 years old. The incline is like a beach so I was able to sit in a few inches of water with baby while toddler ran around in waist deep water. There was always a lifeguard wandering around making sure kids didn’t get too “rough” splashing or tripping over each other. The trolley system was great getting to the beach on the Tulum resort. There was only one seat that could fit our umbrella stroller but we didn’t have trouble getting that spot. Trolley came by every 10ish minutes and dropped us off at the lobby of the other resorts.

Choosing between Tulum or Coba? You cant lose.
Mark R,
Sat Feb 16 04:58:21 EST 2019
We have just returned from Coba (Feb 4-11) and we were recently at the Tulum property a few months earlier (30 Oct - 5 Nov). So I will provide details on our stay and offer a recommendation. I also provide some "turn offs". These are areas that could be improved and this is based our experiences at other resort properties. We have stayed at several Caribbean resorts including the Bahia Principe Bavaro in Punta Cana, RIU in Costa Rica, Blue Bay in Playa del Carmen (2016) and Breathless in Punta Cana (Dec, 2018) with a series of cruise vacations, mostly with Norwegian, mixed in. Here is what matters, at the right package price I would return to Tulum or Coba resorts AND I would encourage my friends to check it out. Comparing COBA and TULUM is little like distinguishing between a BMW and a Mercedes. There are differences but in the end you will likely be very happy with quality and the performance of either. In short, if you are with younger kids go with Coba. If you prefer the beach and are willing to sacrifice a little in terms of the room standards go with Tulum. If you want to spend a little more go with Akumal, it gives you the best of everything, mind you I think the rooms are not the difference maker. Note: I only toured Akumal rooms, didn't stay in them. At Coba we dealt with Chrisitan at the Front Desk and we asked about a change to Akumal when we checked in an decided it wasn’t worth nearly $700 each to upgrade. You should also note that Akumal is also a long way from the Don Isabel Hacienda and this is the late, late night hub of activity (casinos, disco as well as shopping area) The difference in the Coba and Tulum properties is one of age of facilities, property amenities and proximity to the beach. Rooms. Tulum is older and the rooms feel smaller. The bathrooms are definitely smaller and I found it noticeable. Unlike many higher end resorts both of the properties use a jetted tub/Shower combo. I much prefer a full walk-in shower with a separate tub. The rooms at both locations were very clean and comfortable! I would go so far as to say exceptionally clean. Coba wasnt very good replenishing the bar fridge and Tulum provided added bar snacks (a nice touch). Bottled water was readily available. Based on my experience, I suggest you use as much as possible (e.g., rinsing toothbrushes, cleaning glasses, etc) as well as drinking. The beds are very comfortable and you can request a padded topper if you don’t have one and you find the mattress hard. We found the pillows offered in both locations poor and provided minimal support, way too soft. Akuamal offers a pillow menu but it was a battle with the Coba Front Desk to get a decent pillow. Christian eventually came through after we persisted WITH HIM over several days. Food - The buffets are pretty similar and we made a point of trying out both during each visit. I prefer Tulum because it has two distinct seating areas (one air conditioned) and overall it tends to be quieter and has a nicer ambiance. The food and service is pretty equal. Tulum might be a little better for service. You can find something to eat at the buffets but there is lots of repetition in the day-to-day menu. Coba just feels chaotic and make sure you get your seat before going to the Coba buffet. Coba especially could use an adult’s only area. You can eat at either property and we did. In terms of ala carte there are many shared options and we found them all exceptional. For seafood or lamb go with Mediterranean (seafood dish is exceptional or go with the lamb - portions are large). Le Gourmet was exceptional for surf/Turf combo (lobster and Lamb) as well as the steak. Don Paublo was also exceptional, the best steak and the salmon was great as well. The Brazilian is all about the meat. Did the Japanese and its good so long as you are seating for the cook show. Properties. It's not difficult to get around but the place is huge. The good news there are lots of trams to move people and the drivers are always willing to make specific stops and will stop to ask if you need a ride. Coba is NOT close to the beach; however it makes up for it with several pools and a splash park for kids. There are also a couple of well-hidden areas each equipped with three large Jacuzzis and loungers and bar service. These are an excellent oasis away from kids and the craziness in the larger pool areas. Tulum gives you easy access to the beach and you can also go back to the pool areas easily. The staff are in a constant battle with the seaweed that builds up on the beach. It was far worse situation in February relative to early November. I prefer the lobby bar at Tulum, personal preference, it’s large and doesn't feel chopped up as it is in Coba. The gym facilities at both properties are fine. Coba has a far superior sports bar (there isn't one in Tulum). The downside – Minimal (non-existent) bar service at the beach area. Very annoying to stand in line and then get a glass of beer in a kiddy cup (its 6, maybe 8 ounces). I spent $200US on tips, mostly in the restaurants because the service was outstanding every single time. The team in Le Gourmet as well as the Don Paublo were simply exceptional. Other annoying things: WiFi – really is sad that you get overcharged and have limited FREE access – 1 hour? Breathless includes wifi and the signal reaches the beach other resorts I have experienced at least give you free access in the lobby. The blender drinks at both locations also tended to be “chunky” with ice chips, given the lines the bartenders are quick on the blending – that said, they are good with what they do. Also, don’t understand why there isn’t a decent Canadian whisky on the bar. Canadians are a significant part of the customer population but you have to pay extra for Crown Royal and I couldn’t find Canadian Club anywhere? Again, several resorts I have been at make this available. Jack Denials is available in some locations but it isn’t available everywhere; Jim Bean is. Already mentioned the pillows and inconsistent restocking of the bar. All-in-all the resort is really good. There are minor issues that once resolved could move these resorts to the top of the list in the Riviera Maya region.

Amazing would recommend .. very clean.
eliseghe, kent
Fri Feb 15 15:26:21 EST 2019
Me and my husband come for our honeymoon. We was amazed with the size of the rooms. The hotel is very clean. The staff are all friendly. The restaurants are lovely and you have a lot of choice at the buffet. We would return and loved the shows the only thing is we would suggest that they repeat them after two weeks not repeat them after one as if your staying two weeks it’s abit boring watching all the same shows you watched last week. The transport around the hotel was amazing even though we walked everywhere good choice for people who might need or want it. In the buffet there was a good choice and even had a Mexican night. Wouldn’t recommend the proviloage club meeting it goes on for far to long and to much pressure at the end. The animation team worked hard constant especially Fatima who was a pleasure to be around and gave us excellent advice about things to do and always spoke so highly of the hotel. Louisa Leo and archy they was always working and talking to people and inviting them to dance shows and activities I think there was only 1 member of the animation who did not speak much or English that much but she was still young and smiled a little bit But the previous mentioned stood out. I loved the music around the pool as read a review that it had stopped and worried it would be boring but it hasn’t so we loved that. Overall it was an amazing holiday and the animation mentioned are a credit not just chilling and doing as they please they are real hard workers. If your reading this 100% book it you will love it I cannot understand why the mixed reviews are on here because there is nothing not to love we had a fab time for our honeymoon and would go back for any season or occasion. Would love if the hotel could give a Thankyou to those animation mentioned espesically Fatima from Elise and Daniel.

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