4.5
Very Good 1617 Reviews
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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

4.5 Very Good 1617 Reviews
Magical Property
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is our 2nd stay at El Taj and both times have been wonderful. Great Service and the upkeep of the property and units are exceptional. Love the location which is very central and right on the beach. BEAUTIFUL pool and units have character (Balinese Themed). Partnership (or ownership) with restaurants, gym and on site beach club rounds out the stay as TOP NOTCH!

Nice condo/hotel
Reviewed 6 days ago

This place was very nice. The rooms are great and very clean. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the condo is in a convenient location to everything to include Avenida Quinta where all the shops and restaurants are located.

Perfect Wedding at El Taj!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a wonderful experience when I stayed at El Taj for a wedding. The staff was friendly and helpful. The two bedroom condo was exceptionally clean, updated and spacious. The two story infinity pool was refreshing, clean and the chair jets gave an amazing massage. For the wedding, the site was intimate and beautiful. We had a small group and the Bride hired the El Taj in-house wedding planner, Linda Burchett. The wedding was perfect and when I was talking to the DJ about the wedding he said Linda was the "best wedding planner in the Riviera Maya". She did a great job and she had an amazing team bring a "fairytale wedding" together. Everyone was impressed with her attention to detail. Will definitely return to El Taj for a future vacation and I highly recommend this "oceanfront hotel " for vacationers or weddings.

Great time at the El Taj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at El Taj for 3 wonderful weeks in March. We stayed in unit 345, a 3 bedroom penthouse, unit which was immaculate and loved the rooftop terrace with our own hot tub, lounge chairs and bbq. El Taj is close to shopping and great restaurants yet when at El Taj the luxurious gardens make it seem like a quiet retreat. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back .

Excellent
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent service & hotel! Rooms are big, clean and have great decoration. Make sure you ask for ocean or inner views. Best Red Tuna Tacos I have ever had in my life at the beach restaurant. They offer a great deal at a massage place where massage is really good!