Buddha statues and paintings in the lounges and gardens
Rooftop kitchens beside hot tubs in three-bedroom penthouse condos
Free underground parking
Enjoy a meal or cocktail at one of three restaurants: Indigo Beach Club, Imprevist, or the newest, Plank
What To Know
Most condos in El Taj have full or partial ocean views
Boat captains pull their skiffs onto the sand in front of the Beach Club
Playa’s most popular clubs are a few blocks to the south
Access to amenities at two sister properties, Porto Playa and Maya Villa
Parking on site
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Balinese-inspired condos on and off Playa del Carmen’s white beach, with long-stay amenities and tropical gardens
On Mexico’s Caribbean coast, the ever-popular resort city of Playa del Carmen is packed with hotels, but on a quiet side street near the beach, El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos offers amenities that set it apart. Condos are split between two buildings: The four-story El Taj Oceanfront stretches in a curve from the beach to the street, while El Taj Beachside snakes through lush gardens, past waterfalls and koi ponds. The open palms of a Buddha statue mark the entrance of Oceanfront, but both buildings exude an Asian-inspired serenity.
Bed and Bath
The condos are individually designed, but all have one to three bedrooms, separate living and dining areas and full kitchens outfitted with refrigerators and stoves. The homey vibe is deliberate, but you don’t have to worry about housework here: A private chef is available to prepare all meals (for a fee), and there’s free daily maid service. In the Oceanfront building, the three-bedroom penthouses have hot tubs with views of the ocean, as well as outdoor grills and seating areas that are made for gatherings.
El Taj’s Indigo Beach Club & Restaurant is a laid-back but sophisticated spot compared with some of the rowdier clubs in town. Everyone from families to singles set up camp on the comfy Balinese beach beds to take in the daytime scene while DJs spin in the background. Guests also have access to perks at the hotel’s two sister properties: the Gym, a fitness center just a few steps away at Porto Playa, and the spa at the affiliated Maya Villa.
In the Area
The surrounding Riviera Maya is filled with nature parks and impressive archaeological sites. Head south to explore the ancient cliffside Mayan ruins of Tulum; frolic with dolphins and snorkel over schools of tropical fish in the Caribbean Sea; and discover cenotes, aquatic sinkholes common in the Yucatan. For a dose of retail therapy, check out Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue and sample tequila cocktails at a handful of lively local bars along the strip. Golfers can make the most of the ocean-facing golf courses in the region, including the top-notch Greg Norman–designed El Camaleón.