Loyal readers know I am a big fan of Mexico’s all-inclusive golf resorts and their all-inclusive approach to golf, with cart girls (and cart boys) who seem devoted solely to serving as much booze as possible, along with chips, sandwiches and whatever else your heart delights, all included in the greens fees. This is a refreshing change from the usual golf course F&B rip-off and represents one of the unsung bargains in golf, along with a fun experience, and helped make Mexico one of the top choices for my Eat, Pray, Love alternative, Eat, Drink, Golf.
Now I have an insider secret for you to save lots of pesos if you act fast.
There is new upscale all inclusive resort in Tulum, part of the Riviera Maya, a top choice already for both golf and general tourism in Mexico, and as I have mentioned before, Tulum is also home to some of the most impressive Mayan ruins, as it was the only Mayan city ever built on the coast. To read more of my pieces on the joys of golf in the Mayan Riviera, click here, here, here or even here.
Anyway, the new resort is the 700+ acre Gran Bahia Principe Golf Resort & Spa community (from the well established all-inclusive Bahia Principe group), which includes the brand new Gran Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an Condo Hotel, which is a mouthful. The notable highlight is the quietest new golf course South of the border, a Robert Trent Jones II 27-hole design plus a 9-hole par-3 course.
Right now, 100 condos are available for rent at Sian Ka’an, and the first 18 and the executive course are open. All-inclusive rates at the condo hotel vary but are great deals (as low as $60 per night!), though the website is mainly devoted to sales, and booking is tricky. Alternatively, Bahia Principe operates three full-featured all-inclusive resorts in the immediate area, and is currently offering all guests unlimited free golf on the new course.
Yes, you heard right: unlimited free golf! Believe me, this is not normal, despite the term “all” inclusive.
But you do not have to stay at one of these to enjoy the bargains. Any visitor to Mexico can take advantage of the grand opening special, a daily fee visitor rate of just $65 per person, including cart, golf and yes, everything you can eat and drink. I can’t say it any better than the press release which describes the included extras as:
“ex. Sandwiches, sodas, beers, whisky, tequila.”
PS: If you do go to Mexico, remember, DO NOT BRING YOUR iPhone!