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SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2

Wait, there’re HOW many pools?

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2

In yesterday’s post I told how we had gotten to our resort, the Grand Bahia Principe Coba several hours before we could get into our room. We walked around a bit, ate a couple meals and used up our daily internet allowance while we were waiting. Then promptly at 3pm we were ready to go. These places are usually spread out. You don’t stay in a big building with hundreds of rooms. Instead you will be in one of dozens of similar looking smaller structures they call Villas. At our resort these had 3 floors and maybe 10 or 12 suites on each floor. As it turned out there had been a problem with the room they originally told us we’d be in and we were moved all the way over to Villa 1. This happened to be just across the street from where we had been sitting in the main lobby so our ride to our Villa took all of about 15 seconds! We were on the ground floor which made my husband happy. He doesn’t much like stairs. I think his legs are still sore from when we first met and he would visit me in my 8th floor walkup apartment! It seems that a lot of Americans have gotten a little too used to elevators! So anyway, off the golf cart and into our room we went. Not bad! We had a small entry hallway with a pretty good sized closet. On the opposite wall was a door into our bathroom. Here was a whirlpool tub with shower, a large vanity and the porcelain chair. Moving on, the room opened out into the sleeping section with a king size bed, two bedside tables and a large dresser opposite the foot of the bed. The dresser held the TV and all important mi ni-bar. Through a columned archway was a sitting area with a couch, chairs and a small table. Next was a glass wall with a sliding door that went onto our private fenced in patio. Oh well, if I had to suffer for a week in a tropical paradise, this seemed as good a place as any for it.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2

One thing I really like, but have trouble finding in almost any hotel, is enough light! And this was probably my biggest complaint about our room. Our patio faced the sunrise so I wound up taking my hand mirror to that area to do my final makeup touches. The bathroom just didn’t get bright enough for me to work my magic! But it seemed the sun always shines in Cancun or at least did on our trip so this worked out pretty well. Other than that fairly minor nag, we thought our room was quite spacious and comfortable. And our Villa was in a perfect location we found out. We were very near the lobby as I mentioned. Here was the lobby bar, a breakfast buffet that transformed into a nice restaurant in the evening and nightly entertainment of some variety. There were also some souvenir shops attached and this was a good place to catch one of the frequent shuttles to take you to the beach or the nearby sister resort. We were only a 10 minute walk from yet another lobby with more restaurants, a theater and casino where we generously donated to the local economy. Two of the 4 pools in our resort were almost within sight of our Villa and the other 2 were also in that 10 minute walk zone.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2

Another really cool thing about the Bahia Principe Coba was the animal life. And I don’t mean at happy hour! There were iguanas everywhere, sunning themselves on sidewalks and rocks. There were so many I almost stepped on one several times. They also had other wildlife running around, usually when the hottest part of the day was winding down. The resort did a great job of offering as much or as little as you wanted to do. They had exercise sessions, Spanish lessons, kid’s activities, karaoke nights and all kinds of other choices. If you wanted you never had to leave the grounds and you could keep busy all day long. The nice thing about this part of Mexico is, there were also a lot of choices for cultural or leisure activities if you were interested. For example, my husband and I took a day trip to visit some Mayan ruins that you’ll see in a future post!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2

So what did I think? Well my real job is teaching so here’s the report card!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2

The room was an A-. It would’ve been a solid A if they had a bit more light output!
The food was an easy A. The better we got at understanding the buffet layout the more we liked the food.
The drinks were a solid A and were available everywhere.
Swimming pools were an A-. They were actually a bit too warm sometimes, although I know it was from the tropical sun.
Beach was a B. Actually a C on the first two days with some unusual seaweed accumulation. But after that they got it cleaned up enough to bring the average up. It is nature after all!
Service was top notch so I’m giving it my highest A+
General atmosphere was another good A. We had a great time and I think I actually relaxed more than any previous vacation. It was just great walking along the beach or around the resort.
Overall grade was an A-. Would I go back? Yes! Would I recommend it? Yes!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2

Based on this trip I would have no hesitation going back to any Bahia Principe location.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 2

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SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review Part 1

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review

I’m full, let’s eat!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review

When you go on vacation what kind of lodging choices do you look for? One of the old standbys; So-and-so Inn: Or Such-and-such Suites? There is nothing wrong with these places. I’ve stayed in many of the big chain hotels for days, weeks and even months and always had a good experience. But this was usually for business travel, either mine or sometimes I would accompany my husband on his work trips. When it’s your big vacation trip of the year though, you want something a bit more out of the ordinary. A place more geared to leisure than business travel. Some place with more swim up pool bars than fax machines. A place with at least three or more names in their title. That’s how I found myself at the all-inclusive resort of Grand Bahia Principe Coba last week in Cancun, Mexico. Throw in the added title of Resort and Spa and you’re soon nearing double digits for your word count. Now with a name that impressive how did it live up to its hype? Very well I’m happy to report!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review

This was the second year we have tried an all-in resort. Last year was in the Dominican Republic and a shorter trip of only 4 nights. We really weren’t sure if we’d like the experience so wanted to just sort of dip our toe in the water: Which we did both in the pools and the Caribbean Sea. From that vacation, we knew that bumping our duration up to a full week would be a step in the right direction, and it was. In fact, on about day 5 into our 7 nights and 8 day vacation I looked my husband straight in the eye, grabbed his hand and whispered “next year we’re doing 10 nights!” Anyway, back to our resort, the Grand Bahia Principe Coba, and I think, all their properties are all about service. We were very well pleased with the friendliness, helpfulness and overall quality of service from everyone from check in to check out. We had the good news/bad news situation of having a stupid early flight down on our first day. The good part was we actually got to our resort before noon local time so had pretty much the whole day in front of us. The bad part was we couldn’t check into our room until 3pm. And of course, having just flown from frozen Detroit to balmy Cancun we were hot and sweaty! Eventually we had to break into our suitcase to change when it got unbearable but in the meantime we used our room-less status to explore.

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review

First we found the nearest snack bar. But the buffet was opening in less than an hour we were told, so just ate enough to hold us until the serious food could be eaten. After our second meal in 90 minutes we made our way back to the check in lobby. Our room was still not ready so we did our quick change into our shorts and flip flops and settled in to use our daily free hour of Wi-Fi services. We could have bought more but this was vacation after all so having a limit of no more than an hour of blog work a day actually sounded like a nice restriction! Thank goodness we were able to stay well hydrated with the unlimited drinks portion of our package while I checked in on my blog, did some Tweets and posts and comments and emails to let everyone back home and in the blogosphere know we made it safely. Finally just as our internet meter ran out it was time to get our key card and take a look at our home for the next 7 nights. We got our suitcase and carryon bag and climbed onto the stretched limo golf cart they use to take guests and luggage to their rooms. Please come back tomorrow to see what we found!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort Review

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