Destination Wedding Resort Reviews
Gran Bahia Principe Tulum All Inclusive
Rated #28 of 83 Riveria Maya Corridor on BDW
Gran Bahia Principe Tulum All Inclusive > CUN > Carretera Chetumal-benito Juarez Km 250 > Akumal > > 77760>Location. Situated on a Akumal beach, this all inclusive property is close to Akumal Beach and Half Moon Bay. Features. At this all inclusive property meals and beverages at on site restaurants and bars, taxes, and gratuities are included in room rates. Recreational activities and entertainment may also be included. There may be charges for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.Gran Bahia Principe Tulum All Inclusive has tennis courts, an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. This 3.5 star Akumal property features spa services. The property offers meeting rooms for small groups. Gran Bahia Principe Tulum All Inclusive has a bar/lounge and a swim up bar. Guestrooms. Amenities featured in guestrooms include air conditioning, coffee/tea makers, and minibars. Business friendly amenities include direct dial phones. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, hair dryers, and handheld showers. Notifications:Additional fees and deposits may be charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out. >The preferred airport for Gran Bahia Principe Tulum All Inclusive is Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN Cancun Intl.) 88.6 km / 55.1 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0. 1 mile and kilometre.
Pros: food, beach, service, wedding services
I’m finally getting around to writing a review – I hope it’s helpful. If you have specific questions, please let me know and I’d be happy to answer them! We stayed at the Tulum resort from October 20-27, 2012. We travelled with WestJet Vacations. There were 45 people in our group from Canada, including 1 infant and 1 5-year old child. Resort: In terms of the resort, we were impressed, particularly by the food at the buffets. There was a huge variety of types of food, and good variety over the 10 days we were there. The Mexican food (which is my favourite) was great – not always the case at resorts! The beach was narrow, but nice and we never had a problem finding chairs. The pools were busy, and the main pool at Tulum is quite noisy. Overall, the service at the resort was excellent. If anyone in our group had an issue (broken A/C, needed extra supplies, etc), the staff were quick to fix the problem. They were particularly good with my 85-year old grandmother who needed extra assistance. Any one of the staff at the resort were willing to help make her more comfortable. The drinks were pretty standard – a bit disappointing that there was only 1 type of beer available, but many of our guests bought bottles of whiskey/wine/rum at duty free on the way into Mexico for our “after hours” parties. Wedding coordinator: We stayed at Tulum, but our coordinator was Maria (from Coba). She and her assistant Estaphania were excellent, if a little bit too busy! We met with them the first day we arrived, and settled all the details that we had not dealt with previously (table configuration, flowers, etc), and confirmed the rest of the plans. We got married on October 24, 2012. Our ceremony was at 2pm at the Tulum gazebo. Getting ready: My bridesmaids and I got our hair done at the resort spa – it turned out differently than planned, but still nice…and they definitely know how to use hairspray to their advantage in the humidity (I don’t think my hair moved for 12 hours!). I also got my makeup done at the spa – I brought my own false eyelashes and some suggestions for a ‘natural look’, and they did a great job! We had drinks in my room while we were getting ready, and the staff were great about bringing up extra glasses, etc. We were supposed to be picked up at my room at 1:45pm. Just after 2pm, we were starting to wonder if we should call to check in, but the cart arrived at 2:10pm. It turns out that there was a flash rain storm right at 1:45pm and Maria got all the guests at the gazebo under cover and waited until it passed to come get me. Ceremony: The ceremony was quick and lovely. The officiant was great – we requested that there not be much religious content, and they obliged. We had sent our own wording for the vows/rings to Maria and the officiant did a good job. We had a short reading by one of our guests, and a little tartan exchange in honour of our Scottish heritage. Everything turned out well. We were a bit suspicious of the photographer (we used Arrecife, and got the Basic 40 pkg), as we barely met him, and he seemed to be in a huge rush for everything. We took some pictures with family just after the ceremony, and then some of the wedding party on the beach. To our surprise, quite a few of them turned out. Dinner: We expected the ceremony and pictures to take a bit longer, but we ended up with 2 hours of down time in the afternoon between 4-6pm. We headed to the lobby bar with some of the wedding group and had a relaxing afternoon drinking margaritas. At 6pm we all met in the lobby and Maria put us in golf carts to take us to Tequila Restaurant. The dinner was perhaps the only slightly disappointing part of the day. They are quite fussy about making sure you are only in the restaurant for 2 hours exactly, so we felt quite rushed the whole time. We decided to do a few speeches at the beginning of the meal while the appies were being served…the acoustics weren’t great, but it worked OK. The food was good (not exceptional – the Mexican food at the buffet was better!), but the service staff were very nice. There was a mix up with the cake, which kind of took away from that part of the event. Maria was rushing to get us out of the restaurant (even though it was ¾ empty and there was no one waiting)…to the point where she was pouring people’s coffees into plastic cups to take with them! A bit strange… Reception: We had our reception poolside near the Tequila restaurant – this is a great location if you have an option, because it is very private! We had a mariachi band for the first 45 min (they were awesome!), and then had our own playlist on an ipod, and rented speakers from Maria. We opted for the cheapest bar. When we arrived, we just gave the bartender $100US and asked him if he could provide the other bar options to the group – he was happy to help us out! The reception was great – they had a few decorations (lights, etc), some high tables, and chairs set out. Everyone danced, and most people ended up in the pool at the end of the night. Overall, it was a great experience and everyone in our group was impressed with the resort and the wedding day.Read more...
My Review - sorry if this is the wrong place to post this. Feb 16-23, 2012 Stayed at Tulum (Diamond), married at Tulum gazebo Emails between myself and Jasmine were always delayed however as you near closer to your date, responses do come quicker. The pre-meeting with Jasmine is where you will confirm all your details. This is also the time to give her your music and any decorations needed. She is very attentive to your needs and wants. Got my hair done at the Bahia spa...what a nightmare! The lady was 20 minutes late, didnt turn on curling iron for another 15 minutes and proceeded to play with my hair. Until I told her to move it, she did but thats where the nightmare began. None of the curling irons worked so she would use a flat iron to attempt to curl it. She also sprayed it with "protection" that made my hair sizzle and smoke...she blew the smoke away! As my resilence quickly faded, bridezilla came out. Not sure what see could not understand about "curly, curly, curly" and "grande, grande, grande" AND "mucho, mucho, mucho" yet she seemed determined to flatten my hair and stick it tight to my head. While screaming...I attempted to fix my own hair (while holding back from swatting her), I eventually stormed out! Got back to my room just bawling, only to see my wedding flowers and that put a smile on my face until I discovered my hair flower was missing (it was at the spa!!!!!). Yes, the spa ladies did bring my flower (although I understand they were quite scared to come into my room). Back to the flowers, the email Jasmine sent me was awful. I sent her a picture of the flowers I wanted and she came through 200%. I was SO happy with them. After many many attempts the spa charge was removed from our bill. The ceremony was wonderful (although I dont remember too much as it goes so fast!). The script I gave for the ceremony was used 100%. Pictures through Arreclife (sp) were ok...we seemed rushed and some of his poses were a little cheesy. But i did land up with a few awesome ones! I had hoped to communicate with Martin when he arrived in my room but given the circumstances of the hair and a few shots of (straight) rye, things were a little glossy at the time. Dinner was at Gran Tortuga. It was ok but didnt compare to the Mikado or Fruito del Mar (sp) seafood. The cake was beautiful and very tasty. The service was wonderful. We decided to have a cocktail reception around the pool and we supplied the music. It was great and beautiful! So glad we did this. Our room was beautifully decorated on a few occasions...having to clean up rose petals once is ok but 3 times? LOL...takes away from the fun! All in all it was wonderful! Sorry for the short review I would be happy to answer questions.Read more...
OK… so it’s been a month since we left for our wedding – I have had time to sit and digest everything, and feel I can finally write my review. I apologize if it is lengthy, but I want to make sure I get everything in…. Wedding Date: December 8, 2011 Wedding Time: 2:00 pm Wedding Location: Tulum Palapas Number of guests: 34 (3 children) Wedding Package: Unforgettable for $1400 Wedding Coordinator: Maria Resort: Tulum Leading up to the wedding I think I had the same problems everyone else did. I didn’t always hear from Maria as quickly as I would like, but thanks to this forum, I didn’t stress too badly because I knew it would be all sorted out when we got down there. Prior to arriving down there, I had requested a welcome breakfast at the buffet on the morning after we all arrived so that everyone could meet, and we could let everyone know about what to expect that week. Maria confirmed with me that we had a welcome breakfast booked before we went, and when we checked in a had a confirmation for this waiting for me. Unfortunately in all the excitement I didn’t look at it closely. The morning of the welcome breakfast we went to the Tulum buffet, only to find out our welcome breakfast was booked at the COBA buffet. Minor inconvenience getting all our guests who were staying at Tulum over there, but it all worked out. At the welcome breakfast, we had welcome brochures for everyone, as well as startfish bottle openers and personalized luggage tags. We thought these were an inexpensive yet cute welcome gift for all our guests. Breakfast went off without a hitch, and my fiancé and I were off to meet with Maria to plan our big day right afterwards. Our meeting with Maria was really easy. We had our passports and travel cards for all our witnesses, and Maria confirmed those and went over all the details and costs with us. Prior to coming down I didn’t pick out flowers or my cake – I did that that morning, and took only a few minutes. My bouquet and fiancé’s boutonniere were included with our package. We also got smaller bouquets for my two bridesmaids and boutonnieres for the two groomsmen. For our cake, we went with a raspberry cake, which was AMAZING! We gave Maria all our extras we had brought down, which included personalized silk fans for each guest to be placed on the chairs at the ceremony (these turned out to be a big hit because of the heat that day – it kept everyone cook, including myself), 2 bags of seashells for the tables at the dinner, a Chinese scroll we had made which was our guestbook (really cute idea – double happiness Chinese symbol on a scoll with room on the bottom for everyone to sign – visit www.orientaloutpost.com if this interests you), and a cake topper we had brought from home. Maria took all these and told us everything would be in place for the wedding and we had nothing to worry about. We then met with a rep from Arrecife for our photos, which was quick and painless, and we were on our way. The day before the wedding was rainy, and I had a bit of a panic attack thinking the wedding day would also be rainy, as that’s what the forcast was calling for. After being calmed down by fiancé, I decided to role with it, and accept whatever weather came our way. Wedding day came and weather was AMAZING – best day we had. My and my bridesmaid’s hair appointments began at 9am. I thought this was a too early, but it turned out it was perfectly timed. I had a manicure done as well as my hair and makeup. They did an amazing job on all of this. For my hair, I went through one of their books, even though I had brought a photo of what I wanted, and found something I liked even more. She was able to copy it exactly. I also had some orchids for my hair. My bridesmaids had their hair done as well, and it also was done really well. We left here after 12 pm, and had time for a quick bite to eat before we had to go back to the room to get ready. The photographer showed up at 1:15 to begin taking pictures. We had Mike and he was really good. He was taking pictures for the full 45 minutes before we headed over the ceremony site. Just before 2:00 pm, a cart came to take me, my bridesmaids, and my dad over to the site. It was a quick ride, and it was about then my nerves started kicking in. Before that it felt like an elaborate photo shoot. We arrived at the entrance to the Palapas location, and Maria was there to get us organized. I HIGHLY recommend this location, as the entrance is amazing – walking through the jungle aisle to the spot. I know my husband loved the anticipation of waiting for me to appear through the jungle…. Apparently there was a bit of a screw up with our music.. I had no idea of it, but I guess for the bridesmaids it didn’t play clearly. By the time I came through though everything was perfect. The rest of the ceremony went off without a hitch. We had the legal civil ceremony, and with it, the judge says everything in Spanish, and Maria translated it all for us. They almost forgot to have us say our vows we had written for each other (they took us through the traditional vows), but I quiet reminder to Maria, and these were done before we had our first kiss! As we walked down the aisle, rose petals were thrown by Maria’s assistant, which was a really nice surprise. I wasn’t expecting them. We did our champagne toast, then moved on to our photos. Mike did a bunch of group photos, then family photos, wedding party photos, and then took us off for our private photos. He came up with some awesome locations, and when we asked to go to the Hacienda for some photos, he was all for it. We didn’t get charged extra for this, which was great. If you get married on a Thursday, this is a great place to come since it is all decorated for the Mexican fiesta night. We were able to go up to the balcony in the Hacienda, and the photos came out great. Our dinner was at 5:30 pm – yes there was some in between time, but after our photos, which took us until 4:45, we met up with everyone in the lobby bar, had a couple drinks, then got ready to go over to dinner. Our dinner was at Gran Tortuga – the Brazilian restaurant. We had one side of the place all to ourselves, and really no one else showed up for the first little while anyways. It was perfect. The tables were nicely decorated with our seashells, and some extras that they added of their own, which was really nice. There was a table set up for the cake, and our table place cards were all in the right place. The food was great – everyone really enjoyed it. If you like meat, this is perfect – if you don’t this is probably the wrong restaurant for you. Part of our package included a Mexican trio. We opted to have them play at the dinner, and it was the right choice. They began playing as soon as we came in and played for about 15 minutes. Everyone really liked it. Our other option was to have them play at the ceremony, and I’m glad we didn’t cuz I think it would have been cheesy. After dinner we went outside a few steps to the pool where our reception was held. It was set up really nice, and they did a great job displaying our scroll guestbook. We had a resort DJ, who in all honesty, was the biggest disappointment. His music selection was not very good, and he seemed to refuse to play any slow songs – or didn’t understand what we wanted. If I was to do it again, I would have just rented the speakers, and played off an ipod or something. Our reception went from 7:30pm – 11:00pm, and despite the music not being the best, we still had a lot of fun. It was here we did our speeches, bouquet toss and garter toss. For drinks we just did the special cocktail. It wasn’t the largest selection but it served its purpose. For the price they wanted for a full bar, there was no way I was going to pay. When we went back to our room after the reception (we were beat!!) the room was nicely decorated with towel art, plus a couple gifts (t-shirts from the resort) some chocolate covered strawberries, and a bottle of champagne. Apparently we found out later, they upgraded our champagne as an apology for the music screw up during the ceremony. Two days later, we went and looked at our photos. Mike did such a great job, and we got 101 edited, and 509 of (which was all) unedited for $1200. We thought this was honestly a decent price. He had them all put on a personalized CD for us, in a personalized case. I think that is about it. My mum paid for our wedding, so I am not sure exactly how much it came to but I don’t think it was too ridiculous. If you have any other questions, please ask away I would be more than happy to answer! Megan and Maciek JuszczykRead more...