El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
Me and my husband enjoyed the view, staff, the room. It was beautiful and clean, close by to everything, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, clubs. Awesome!!!
The hotel is close to the fairy boat to take off to Cozumel and the hotel helps you organize all your activities!
The rooms are designed nicely and provide a relaxing and comfortable experience.The pools and hot tubs are nice and easy to access. The area is safe and we felt comfortable roaming around at night. The staff was very helpful and respond quickly if you have any issues or requests.
Excellent property, great amenities, terrific staff and service, super location.. we had a penthouse 3BR with the rooftop terrace and this was ideal as we could spend more quality time this way than in separate rooms in a resort.
Would definitely return and highly recommend!!
Staying at El Taj is a great experience. No stress. The staff makes sure that our vacation is as it should be. Perfect! The condos are so beautiful, clean and fully equipped. Nothing is missing. We can cook just like home. If we don´t want to cook, we can hire a private chef or we can order from one of the restaurants like The Plank, Imprevist or Indigo. Then we can go burn the calories at The Gym which is part of the amenities. A state of the art Gym with many different type of classes to choose from. The concierge organized different tours which was lots of fun. As well, organized our transportation to the airport. The swimming pools are beautiful and we spend lots of time lounging around at the swimming pool of El Taj Beachside which is a real oasis and so peaceful. El Taj is just perfectly located, right in the heart of Playa. No need to rent a car! Everything is walking distance. Even the supermarket. Great value for what you get. Will come back!
Our stay in Playa Del Carmen at El Taj was in a word - magical! We had a two bedroom/two bath penthouse suite and it was phenomenal! From the units’ finishes/design to the rooftop jacuzzi, and frankly the overall atmosphere of the hotel- we were so satisfied! Everyone was super friendly and going during May was such a good idea in hindsight because even though were some folks at the hotel, we mostly had it to ourselves!