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What We Love

  • The black mosaic pool at El Taj Beachside
  • 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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Balinese-inspired condos on and off Playa del Carmen’s white beach, with long-stay amenities and tropical gardens

The Look

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.

Beyond

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.

How to Get There

El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
1 Norte Esquina Calle 14 Norte
Playa del Carmen, 77710 Mexico

Reviews

Excellent place El Taj
Luis R

We were celebrating our 20 years wedding anniversary . It was fantastic . Thank you very much . All the staff were very nice especially Rudy and Isidro they definitely need a pay rise well deserved. I would highly recommend El Taj and look forward to going back there

Most amazing trip
llchavesjr76

I went here with my wife and 6 and 7 year old. The rooms were elegant and views of the ocean amazing. Most amazing experience. Everything from amazing food to exotic experiences were right right in your backyard. The staff at indigo beach club became best friends with the children and were very loving and treated us like family. It was like walking from bed, downstairs, to the most beautiful beach and sound of the waves to an ext need family. My kids and I can’t wait to come back.

We will return!
Paysha

This was our first time staying at El Taj and we will return. What a beautiful space. The rooms are spacious and the breakfast was so good at both spots. The pool area is so pretty. The location is close to everything.