4.5
Very Good 1546 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 1546 Reviews
Nice place right on the beach
Reviewed 5 days ago

I jus had 3 dyas brake so i was looking for something straight on the beachIn general i have been very satisfied abt my choice....Structure not new but still well maintened ...the restaurant on ''little'' beach side is very pleasent and all the staff do their best to satisfy yr needs .Unluckly the huge moltiplication of seaweeds have changed a lot the atmoshpere in Playa del Carmen....as well as the ''uncontrolled'' moltiplications of new big buildings and shopping centers

Our "Go-To" in Playa
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I were married in Playa del Carmen in 2016, and had all of our guests stay at El Taj (Indigo Beach Club hosted the reception on the beach). We decided to take our now 8-month-old son back to El Taj for this Thanksgiving and we were greeted with the same friendly faces and exceptional service that we had come to expect! The beach crew certainly know how to take care of their guests....

Wedding Hotel
Reviewed 7 days ago

We recently had the great fortune of celebrating our wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico with our loved ones and dear friends. It was such a special and momentous day, but most importantly, the days leading up to it and those that followed were as exciting and treasured.

There is no universe where our wedding's amazing memories shine without mentioning the amazing Linda Burchett and team at "My Playa Wedding," and the attentive and hospitable staff of El Taj Oceanfront, Indigo Beach Club, and related Condo Hotels properties. Linda is the in-house wedding planner at El Taj, and worked hand-in-hand with their amazing resources to provide us with the most memorable and special week of our lives.

Linda is a true gem of a person. She was not only at the helm of orchestrating and implementing the wedding of our dreams, but she cared for us and ensured that we had not only an expert in our corner, but also a friend. Her patience, will to understand us as a couple, and constant assistance and professional advice at every turn was welcomed with open arms, especially given that this was remote destination for us and our guests, and planning such a series of events with distance in between is no easy feat.

Likewise, the service, hospitality, kindness, and welcoming El Taj and the Condo Hotels organization provided were just as impeccable, and truly made our stay in Playa that much more pleasant. We were constantly assisted with everything thrown at us that week, and all of the staff and team members carried out our needs with a smile on their face and an eagerness to please. El Taj and its related properties were not only a beautiful and serene destination and establishment, but they provided us and our guests with a piece of paradise we will always cherish. From the beautiful, well equipped, and comfortable rooms and suites, to the ancillary services for food, adventure, and fun, our week would never have been the same had we not had such a great place to call home, even for just a little.

We give Linda, Condo Hotels, and the supporting cast behind it all our biggest thanks and our highest recommendations for anyone else looking for an amazing experience. We look forward to the day we can revisit and relive such a joyous time once again!

It feels like coming home
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't say enough about El Taj and the staff at Indigo Beach. Rudy and Isidro are the most wonderful "Hosts" and represent the best of El Taj resort. The beach is welcoming and Rudy and Isidro are there to help you be as comfortable as can be. They work very hard but continue to smile and have time to make you feel very special with the attention they give to you. The rooms are comfortable and completely equipped with everything you need in the kitchen. There are washers and dryers in some of the units if you need. I have been at El Taj with my husband three (3) times this year and can't wait to get back there and see all our "friends" again. Thanks for a memorable vacation of rest and relaxation on a beautiful beach with wonderful people.

Suite 345-amazing!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I rented suite 345 at El Taj Oceanfront for 2 weeks for our vacation. The condo is absolutely gorgeous, comfortable, and well furnished, The pool is beautiful and the service was excellent! The condo is located near so many amazing restaurants and the beach is right there! The rooftop patio offers views of the ocean and the city and the private hot tub was a great way to unwind after a long day of shopping. We will definitely be staying here again