In January 2012 Faber Photography went to Gran Bahia Principe Riviera Maya to photograph the lovely Cheryl & Aaron‘s wedding. While there, we decided to do a Gran Bahia Principe Coba photo tour of the property to help future brides get a feel for the resort. We also wrote a review which can be viewed on the Best Destination Wedding Website. If you have any questions at all or would like us to photograph YOUR destination wedding, please contact us by clicking HERE!
Arriving in Cancun went smooth as always. My assistant pushed the dreaded RED button, but after a quick luggage search we were out the doors to find our transportation. We had a private van booked through Olympus tours. They were very easy to find (bright orange shirts), extremely friendly, and spoke great English. Our van ride to the Gran Bahia Principe resort took one hour and fourteen minutes… not that I was timing or anything!
We were staying at the Coba section of the resort. Check in was smooth and we were quickly taken to our villa. We had villa 9, which was almost as far away from the lobby as you could get, but it turned out to be a great location.
The rooms at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba are all the same, except some have flat screen tvs and some don’t and some have king size beds.
The view out of our balcony left quite a bit to be desired, however it was nice and private.
The bathrooms are a nice size and come with a good selection of amenities.
We will start our tour in the Coba Lobby.
The lobby is very large. When you first walk in, check in is on the right hand side.
Just beyond the check-in is the Lobby Bar. This is a great place to have a seat and enjoy a refreshing drink. During the evenings there is often live entertainment in this area.
Also going that way are stores, the coliseum (theater), and the Music Bar. The Music Bar is where outdoor wedding receptions are held when it rains. It is very private and beautifully decorated. If you can’t have a reception outside, this is a great alternative.
If you turn left in the lobby, instead of right, you will find the main buffet. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this buffet has a wide array of meal options.
There is an entrance to the main buffet just outside the lobby as well. Below those entrance stairs is the fitness center. I’m sorry the picture is so terrible!
The Bahia Spa just around the corner offers many relaxing options, including outdoor massages.
There are many dinner options at the Gran Bahia Coba. HERE is a link to the Gran Bahia Principe Restaurant menus.
We will start with the Mediterraneo. Here is the outside of the restaurant, the inside, and the table settings.
Here is restaurant El Pescador
All of the restaurants will have a menu placed outside the door so you can see what they offer.
Here is the Mikado restaurant. This restaurant does not have windows to the outside, and the doors are locked during the day, so I apologize for the lack of indoor pictures.
We dined at Le Gourmet, so here is a picture of the oustide of the restaurant, the inside, the table setting, and the steak!
Next is the Portofino restaurant. This is where most wedding reception dinners are held.
There is a very nice ball called the Lobby Bar Daiquiri. This area has live entertainment during the evenings, a lot of room to sit and enjoy a drink, some shopping inside.
Just outside the above doors of the Daiquiri Bar is the Cozumel Buffet. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In the same area as the bar and the buffet is the Cozumel shopping area. Complete with beautiful bright colors, you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir!
Four beautiful pools grace the property. The activity pool is a hub of activity. With water volley ball, music & dancing, and ping pong, there is surely something to entertain happening at this pool.
Here is a picture of the Flamboyan swim up bar in the activity pool.
The Flamboyan bar also has a nice place to relax on hammocks.
Just to the side of the Flamboyan Bar is the Bahia Activity Hut. This is where you can book many different excursions or tours.
There is also an area to get a massage beside the pool from the people of the Bahia Spa.
Snack Bar Piscis is located by the activity pool. It’s only open from 7-7 and has a smaller selection than the 24 snack bar next to the quiet pool, but it does have decent options.
The quiet pool, is just that. It’s nice and quiet. Plenty big for everyone to spread out and relax. The pool bar is very nice and the snack bar right off of the pool is quite convenient.
The remaining two pools are jacuzzi pools. They are adult only and have their own bar area. This was our favorite place to relax after a long day since it was quiet, pretty secluded, and the service was fantastic.
This first jacuzzi pool is used for the outdoor receptions at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba.
Here is the outdoor wedding reception at the Coba Jacuzzi Pool at night.
And here is the pool during the day, just waiting for guests to enjoy it!
This is the second jacuzzi pool and the club premier area.
There is a nice area for sand volleyball and table tennis.
The children’s club has a nice play area outside, and air conditioned play area inside. I didn’t actually go inside, but you can see some of the toys through the window. It looked very nice. There is also a children’s disco every night at 8pm in the theater. The kids seemed to love it.
The Gran Bahia Principe Coba is not located directly on the water, however it does have it’s own little section of beach. Sadly, it’s pretty crowded so you’re probably better off using the Akumal or Tulum beach area.