Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal by Don Pablo Collection

This huge hotel is pulled up next to its own private beach area. It comes with a great pool scene, three à la carte restaurants and an 18-hole golf course nearby.

The hotel is one of three in a super-sized complex. Golf buggies whisk guests to the countless restaurants and bars. Speaking of golf, you’ll have access to the Riviera Maya Golf Club*, a couple of minutes’ drive away. Plus, it’s 35 minutes to the shops of Playa del Carmen.

This Mayan-inspired place is part of the luxe Don Pablo collection, so junior suites come as standard. Expect butler service, an indulgent pillow menu and a mini-fridge for kids, stocked with juices and milkshakes. Book an Oceanfront Suite for striking sea views.

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Golf offer

If you stay at this hotel before 31st of October 2016, you'll get a special discount of 50% on public rates at the Rivera Maya Golf Course. Rates include green fee with golf cart, golf club custody, mineral water and soft drinks and 20 golf balls for practice.

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

24-hour All Inclusive. Full Board buffet meals. Unlimited dining in the à la carte restaurants, reservations must be made on arrival. Snacks, afternoon cakes and ice-cream.

Drink

24-hour All Inclusive. Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including beer, wine, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks, until 23.00 or until 02.00 in La Rancherita disco. International premium drinks will be available in all bars.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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7 outdoor pools

You've got two large pools at the Akumal, one of which is an activity pool. The poolside here comes with luxury hammocks and waiter service offering premium drinks, like juices, cocktails and international drinks. There are 5 other pools throughout the complex including the Tulum and Coba hotels.

Riviera international buffet restaurant

This restaurant is open from 5.30pm to 10pm in the winter months. This place comes with a dress code, it's sleeves and long trousers for gentlemen. Reservation required. Highchairs are available.

Kids' club

This place has its own hotel-run kids' clubs providing hours of fun for your little ones, with different activities planned every day. Suitable for children aged 4 to 12.

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junior suite

These traditionally styled junior suites feature a lounge area and a balcony or terrace with a partial sea view for a bit of outside space. There’s features like a hydromassage bathtub, audio dock and free Wi-Fi. You’ll have a king-size bed plus 1 sofa bed for 1 child.

junior suite

These traditionally styled junior suites feature a lounge area and a balcony or terrace with a partial sea view for a bit of outside space. There’s features like a hydromassage bathtub, audio dock and free Wi-Fi. You’ll have a king-size bed plus 1 sofa bed for 1 child.

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Beautiful Resort, Wonderful Service, Great Food

The Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal resort was absolutely fab. We never had a problem finding a chair on the beach or at the pool, the swim up bar staff were fantastic, the buffet restaurant in the main lobby was huge and we found the trolley service between all of the resorts to be great. One of our best dinners at Akumal was at the Brazilian Steakhouse by the infinity pool - it was delicious - the meat was endless!! Property was very well maintained and everything was great, beginning to end.More

Slavik84,

Beautiful resort

Luxury Bahia Akumal is a beautiful resort, impeccably clean, and very well maintained. We arrived on a Saturday and as we had no dinner reservations, had our first meal at the buffet. It happened to be Gala night and was the most impressive buffet we have seen - including those on cruise ships. Overall the buffet was well done throughout the week and always a good option. There were occasional time periods where it seemed a bit overwhelmed with people, but they typically passed within 15-30 minutes. A la cartes were hit or miss. Japanese at Coba was very good although desserts were not among our favorites. Fruites des Mer at Akumal was very good if you are a seafood fan. We'd love to have the recipe for the coconut croquettes which were a coconut and chocolate lovers dream. Alux at Sian K'aan was dining at its best but unfortunately all could not experience it due to the adult only restrictions. Don Pablo at Tulum was good. Mediterraneo at Coba was disappointing. Service was very slow and food barely warm when served. We liked x a little better as it had nice atmosphere with mariachi players and the waiter introduced us to Mexican coffee with a personal touch of Bailey's to take the edge off. The accompanying fire show was enjoyed by all and even as a group of non-drinkers we enjoyed this after dinner drink. As a vegetarian I found only one dish at each a la carte, which I was generally unimpressed with. The buffet however always had ample vegetables and fresh fruit along with vegetarian pasta and other dishes available. It can be challenging to get reservations at a reasonable hour at some of the restaurants. Overall we were very happy with the food offerings and no one had any kind of health issues with water or food. Our rooms were in a new building on the far right of the resort It was usually quiet and we were somewhat unaware of activities going on at the rest of the resort since it was so far on the edge. The rooms were beautiful and kept impeccably clean. A few design items we just couldn't understand: there is a very large window between the bathrooms and the sleeping area of the rooms. While there is a blind that can be closed, it does not fully cover the window and allows light to pass through. So not only can those in the room see into the bathroom, but if someone turns a bathroom light on in the middle of the night the whole room is lit up. The floors are beautiful, and very shiny...and very slippery...in both rooms and hallways. We saw a few casts on arms and bandaged heads appear in the course of our stay, which was thankfully a dry week. I am sure it is even worse in the rain so definitely be careful. There were a few nights where we were awakened by inconsiderate guests in the hallways at wee hours of the morning. There is really nothing to muffle sound so be considerate of your fellow visitors when traversing the hallways late at night or early in the morning. One other item that seemed unnecessarily difficult was wi-fi access. The initial access process was time consuming and complex. You first must complete an access process in the lobby. Then you complete another access process in the room. Our check in was not completed even several hours after we checked in, and so our codes were not working in either place. Then the room process of requesting access needs to be completed every 24 hours. When we finally got in, the service was ok, although down intermittently. There is an upgraded wi-fi you can pay for. Only thing we could figure was the free version was made complicated to encourage paying for wi-fi. At a resort of this caliber however, and with wi-fi being so fundamental these days, it would seem this could be better. The wi-fi is also resort specific, so when you go to other resorts in the complex, or the casino, you do not have access. This resort combined with its 3 counterparts is absolutely huge, almost to the point of being overwhelming. Shuttles can help with the navigation and are relatively efficient (unless you are headed to/from the Hacienda/Casino). For the most part once we figured out the lay of the land we preferred to walk as it was faster and worked off some of the calories. We didn't discover the paddleboards and kayaks to borrow on the beach near Tulum until day 6 of our trip. There is plenty to explore if you like. Generally though we preferred the quiet spaciousness of the Akumal beach area to those of the other resorts further to the left. Akumal is generally a 40-50 year old crowd with a handful of kids and a handful of older visitors. It is generally not the party crowd, although a few pockets do appear. The pools are beautiful. Beach is nice although can be rough on the feet at some places. There are man made barriers which break the waves. While this detracts a bit from the view, it makes swimming much safer in what can be rough seas and dangerous riptides. There are plenty of fish and even an occasional turtle visible while snorkeling on the beach. It is also fun to peak in the tidepools and see what you can find. Lots of hermit crabs and an occasional urchin for the kids to see. I do have to say that we felt a little guilty for enjoying all the luxury this resort has to offer, realizing that it is made possible by many, many workers, whom we understand may be paid as little as 5 or 6 dollars a day. It is sad to think that these people scrubbing ashtrays, cutting hedges by hand, cleaning rooms, etc. are paid so little for their efforts. While we recognize this may have an impact on the cost of a stay, we encourage the resort to pay everyone a fair wage. If you venture off the resort to the right, there is an undeveloped area for a little walk. It is rocky and there is a great deal of washed in trash at first, but some inhabitants of an abandoned building keep the sandy part of the beach further down very clean and are grateful for a small donation in return for their efforts, and quite happy to share their piece of paradise with you. If you venture off the resort, Collectivos (vans which shuttle from Cancun to Tulum and everywhere in between) are a very inexpensive way to travel. Be aware they stop just about anywhere on the route when they see someone who might want a ride. They do their best to travel full (or over full). So you may be with 14 others in a 12 seater van. Using pesos is the best deal with it costing 30 pesos for a short ride and 40 for longer distances. This is the primary local form of transport. Cabs from the resort are expensive at best. If you shuttle to the Hacienda and walk outside the gates, there are plenty of cabs available with negotiable rates. Just settle on the cost before you get in. Overall, we thank all the staff for the wonderful stay we had at their beautiful resort, We definitely recommend it to others and hope to visit again some day ourselves.More

kakado2, 52819

LOVED IT!!

what a fab holiday. if you are looking for a relaxing time away but also want the option to liven it up a bit this is the perfect place to visit. the staff are incredible and work so hard to ensure you have a great holiday. the deserve to be tipped well for all the effort they put in.More

faye d, 186233

Book it Now - and let the LBP Akumal team take care of the rest

Our family - 2 adults 2 kids aged 4 and 6 - stayed for 8 days mid January 2016 and I cannot say enough about this particular part of the resort. Just book it and let the staff take care of the rest. We booked direct with the hotel from their website, travelling from Toronto, Canada. I would have made a much easier/quicker decision to book this resort if someone had highlighted the following items to me: 1) Luxury is everywhere - nicer beach chairs and towels and you can easily walk throughout the resort - we stayed near the Infinity pool in villa 83 and constantly walked with the kids to the main resort building and pools, a beautiful 5-7 mins max. Beautiful grounds, very clean beaches and pool decks, no seaweed no bugs no cats no random creatures roaming around other than super cool iguanas. 2) With Akumal you get unlimited a la carte but why leave your area - book at the Akumal a la cartes or enjoy the buffet that only you can access! Your bracelet gets you in at Coba and Tulum as well but why bother, you are staying at the best of the 4 options and the food is spectacular. So many food choices for kids too, that you will gladly eat. Custom smoothies every morning, so much fresh fruit. The staff are very accommodating, attentive, and friendly and pay attention to all the details, I couldn't believe with all the guests they actually were able to remember our drink choices on a daily basis! 3) Bahia Scouts Kids Club - wow - Gabriella and her team really have a great way with the kids and are very attentive. There are so many activities for all ages including trips to the Coba waterpark, Tulum Dolphin show, eco tour of the resort, face painting etc. Even for the odd time it rains they have several options. Our girls made many friends and Bahia Scouts was a big highlight for them. They've been wearing their t-shirts around the house. 4) Pools and Beaches - you never have to fight for chairs, a very relaxed clientele that are courteous and respectful of all guests. Staff are always attentive and especially Martha at the main Jacuzzi pool deck - always smiling and a pleasure to chat with about the resort and Mexico in general, Martha was wonderful with the kids and their orders too, it really made them feel very important :). There are beach chairs everywhere and give you various options for the type of experience you are looking for ie relaxing breeze or ocean waves. The resort has created several inlets with barriers that allow you to snorkel and enjoy the clear ocean water without the fear of undertow and big waves. Our kids did not need the hectic Coba waterpark at all - with an activities pool and kids pool options at Akumal, plus the beach, they were thrilled with all the choice. 5) Spa - we did take advantage of an oceanside couples massage, Jocelyn was a fantastic therapist who really worked hard for my deep tissue massage, highly recommend this. 6) I especially loved the several lounge/seating areas they had spread throughout the resort, even on the pool decks. Reminded me of South Beach, Miami. Very clean and modern design elements everywhere, freshly painted and upgraded villas and rooms, and everything is always so clean even after a night of rain, its amazing. From the moment we arrived to leaving we had nothing but amazing experiences on the resort, I will def come back. There is clearly a difference in the experience on the Luxury BP Akumal resort (vs GBP Coba/Tulum) so do yourself and favour and choose the Akumal part of the resort for your stay.More

Sadia B,

Try Sian Kaan if you want a quiet, relaxing holiday.

We booked directly through the hotel reserving a certain block and 2 room numbers. Complete waste of time and effort because the front desk looks for a vacant room and places you in it; bit of a gong show. Although the resort is, no doubt, beautiful, the guests coming and going are noisy. We needed ear plugs at night.... Tried block 82, then 57. Also, we saw lots of problems with people trying to book dinner reservations. One man screaming "dinner at 5.30 or 10pm; you've got to be kidding."More

bluesurfandsun, 154943

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