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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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SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—How We Take the Worry out of our Vacation

“A” is for Awesome Vacation!

There are lots of choices when you decide you want to get away for a while. Are you into the great outdoors? If so, you probably like camping and hiking. How about the old American tradition of the road trip? Maybe a cruise is what floats your boat, HA! See what I did there? Next, are you a do it yourself planner who loves the thought of pouring over maps, guidebooks, websites and the travel channels on your TV? Or would you rather go to a local travel agent, and let them do all the heavy lifting? I’ve never been much of a map reader. All those confusing lines, dots, colors and strange shapes may as well be some language from another world. So, I’m more the “let someone else do the work” type. My husband and I did a couple cruise vacations, but the last one did NOT agree with me. The movement of the ship and my stomach did not play well together. Although I do have to admit that the green of my face was right in line with my love of color! So for that reason, we decided to try staying on dry land for the last couple years. We did like the food choices and availability of the cruises though, so thought that the best of both worlds would be to go with an all inclusive resort in some sunny warm location.

Spring Vacation Cancun tips---How We Take the Worry out of our Vacation
Spring Vacation Cancun tips—How We Take the Worry out of our Vacation

For our first trip of this sort last year, we figured we had better call in an expert. That meant our local AAA travel agent. We told her when we wanted to go and what our budget was and she pretty much went to her Apple Vacations brochure. Our next door neighbor also had used Apple for several all-in resort trips over the years, and even gave us their old book to look into. My husband had used Apple many years ago, so we knew they had been around for a while, which gave us peace of mind. When it came time for this year’s arrangements, we figured we would cut out the middle man and go straight to the source. After all, it seemed that our travel agent last year had pretty much called them up, had them do most of the work and then collected her fee from us! Hey, I can use a phone as well as the next person! And as it turned out, we didn’t even have to do that. We booked our whole spring break in about one hour on the Apple Vacations website. I guess we probably pay something extra to go with Apple. I don’t know how much but for us at least I think it’s worth it. And in fact we found our trip this year on their “Last Minute Deals” page. They have some pretty attractive trips if you have a little flexibility in your schedule and choice of destination. I really don’t think we could have saved a lot of money over us doing a LOT more work and booking everything directly!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation

Some of the things I really like about going with a company like Apple are the personal touches. They have a representative at both the airport you start at and the one you finish in. They make sure you get on the right plane and are there to answer questions or help you with customs forms. On the other end, they are waiting to get you to the right ground transportation. That’s another stress busting feature; the airport to hotel or resort transfers. Just one less thing you have to worry about. At our resort, there were more Apple (or actually their local affiliate, Amstar) reps to help you. They will confirm your ride back to the airport as well as help you book any local excursions you may be interested in. At least in our experience, our resort also had a key contact that was in charge of the Apple guests. This must be a testament to how much business Apple brings their way. And they seem to appreciate those of us who book with Apple. We get a special color wrist band and are invited to the exclusive and traditional Apple BBQ. These are not to be missed, as the food, drinks and entertainment are all top notch! The last thing you need on your vacation is worry and hassle and for us at least we’ve found that using Apple can really take a lot of the guesswork out of travel. And that money I saved from the travel agent fees? Well it’s possible I left it at the local casino! But at least it was mine a bit longer than last year! Please come back for some more reviews and travel tips. Oh, and the usual great pictures!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation

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