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Marino Tomacelli

Advertiser since: 2003
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Marino Tomacelli

Advertiser since: 2003
Speaks: english
Tell the owner when you would like to travel.
Call Owner
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Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Playa del Carmen Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 9 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-35)

Taninah is a fully staffed exotic jungle retreat offering 5+ unique & charming guesthouses (able to accommodate 10 to 35 guests).

Our rates depend on specific reservation dates and number of guests in your party. Generally our rates range between $100 and $200 USD per person per night INCLUDING meals, ground transportation* from/back to Cancun International Airport, starter beverage package, taxes, and minimum staff gratuity. Children under age 6 (at the time of travel) stay free of charge.


Set on 10 Garden of Eden-like private fenced and gated acres, Taninah offers a unique experience featuring incomparable amenities in a singular atmosphere.

Taninah is ideally suited for family reunions, multiple couples traveling with or without kids, multi-generational families, weddings and/or travelers looking for an exotic experience.

Five of the Taninah's 10 fenced and gated acres have been carefully sculpted and thoughtfully developed. Terraced gardens, extensive lawns, tropical trees, and enchanting water features grace the landscape and frame our guest houses in an incomparable paradise like setting.

Friendly, helpful, and attentive on-site Mayan staff provide an authentic cultural experience. Our staff members are on site 24/7, they prepare and serve our family-style meals (which are included in our rate) , provide daily 'maid-service' and are always available to assist with any need that might arise during your Taninah experience.

Off-site property manager offers daily support & assistance including concierge services (also available 24/7).

Taninah is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya. The property is located 75 minutes south of Cancun, 25 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, and just 10 minutes away from one of the most spectacular beaches in the Mexican Caribbean called Xpu Ha.

Taninah is also within 15 minutes of fishing, diving, snorkeling, dining, shopping, spectacular cenotes, a swim with dolphins, medical services, internet services, tennis, golf, and much more.

Our installations and amenities are unparalleled starting with a spectacular private cenote (grotto) complete with 30’ underground water slide which finishes with a cool and refreshing splash into a natural crystal clear pool of fresh water; a swimming pool and Jacuzzi; game room offering pool table, ping pong, air hockey, gaming table, balls, bats, Frisbees and more; padded playroom for toddlers & kids of all ages filled with Gymboree equipment; a weight/fitness/yoga room; a library; a basketball half-court; an in-ground trampoline; horse shoe pit; tree house; sand box; zip line; Rainbow Play System; swings; a duck pond, 9-hole miniature golf course, and much, much more.

Taninah is ideal for children of all ages as there are endless activities and possibilities. In turn, parents will be able to relax and enjoy their vacation without worrying about keep their kids occupied.

Taninah has been featured on Home and Garden Television (HGTV's) Extreme Homes.

Caribbean World, a quarterly magazine, featured Taninah in an article titled 'Living in Eden' where our cover billing was, 'Dream Home in Mexico'.

In early 2006, The Travel Channel filmed Taninah for Amazing Vacation Homes.

Travel + Leisure, Family Edition featured Taninah in a two-page spread in the Spring 2008 issue.

TIME magazine featured a picture of Taninah in an article about vacation rental homes.

Taninah is the only vacation property in the Riviera Maya to be so honored and recognized.

Our location provides an ideal combination of private, peaceful, remoteness as well as easy access to all the exciting attractions the Riviera Maya has to offer.

Undoubtedly, Taninah is the most unique vacation experience and exotic rental property in the Riviera Maya. For more information, visit our web site at Taninah dot com.

Keywords: family reunion, Riviera Maya, retreat, Taninah, wedding destination

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Marino Tomacelli (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2003
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Speaks: english

About Marino Tomacelli

My name is Marino in 1998 I began building in what I envisioned would become a family getaway set in the midst of a nearby pristine jungle. In 1999, I completed the first incarnation of Taninah. Over the course of 4 glorious years my family and I enjoyed Taninah as our private and secret retreat. During this time we continually added elements transforming Taninah into our version of paradise. In 2003, we decided to turn Taninah into the most unique vacation experience and exotic rental property in the Riviera Maya.

Marino Tomacelli purchased this villa in 1997

Why Marino Tomacelli chose Playa del Carmen

In 1997 we decided to look for property in Mexico's famed Riviera Maya near Playa del Carmen.

At the time, we lived in Playa and our initial intention was to buy a small parcel we could develop for a weekend home...a place we could go to escape from Playa del Carmen’s ever growing popularity and explosive growth.

In October of 1998, despite the fact we still did not have an access road, we started clearing our property. This meant hiking nearly two miles through dense jungle on narrow surveyor's paths while carrying whatever tools and supplies were required to get the job done.

Just eight months after the first underbrush was cleared, we finished the initial incarnation of our dream which included the Casa, basic landscaping and our original pool area.

Over the years (guided by the desire to create the perfect, most ideal place for our own family) we have continually made improvements and added elements to Taninah.

On the surface, we are certain that you and your family will enjoy our unique and exotic guest houses along with all the fun and exciting installations and amenities we've added; however, our deepest desire is that the natural beauty, peaceful atmosphere, and unforgettable ambiance of Taninah will revitalize your souls as it has ours.

It is with great honor and pride we offer our private jungle retreat, our passion, our paradise to you and your family.


The Tomacelli Family

What makes this villa unique

Taninah is truly incomparable, a singularly exceptional vacation experience you and your entire family will never forget.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a marvelous jungle paradise – much fun was had by all – young and old! The zip line was a favorite! A fantastic place for our big and growing family to meet up and share time together. Impeccable service, terrific food, and lots to explore under a canopy of trees! We’ll never forget our time here!The Smiths
Jan 2005
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Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 5 traveler reviews

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Taninah...extremely unique, featured on TV $100 to $200 p/p per night inc. meals
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews
Boston, MA


  • 5 of 5

We rented this property out with our friends for our wedding week. We had the most amazing time. There was a lot to do on the property although it was not easy getting trips off the property which had to be planned in advance and were not always on time. I would suggest each party renting a car or van that would fit all their guests and that would make it much easier. The food was absolutely amazing and the staff was extremely helpful and courteous! We actually arranged our schedules not to miss one of the delicious meals! This was the trip of a lifetime and we certainly hope to return. Our love to all the guys and the animals!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2008
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Virginia Beach, VA


  • 5 of 5

Our group consist of 7 adults(long time friends from all over the states) and 10 children(ages 2-13). I would have to say that this vacation was the best vacation we have ever been on. Karl and his staff take care of your every need. The food is amazing and fresh. Taninah had it all for everyone. Our kids kept so busy with everything that the adults were able to relax, which does not happen on many family vacations:-) We will be back very soon.

Thanks Kathy and Marino.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Brooklyn, NY

An Adventure to Remember

  • 5 of 5

Taninah is a unique experience!

It is nestled far enough into the jungle to feel truly "out there" and yet features a bevy of modern amenities which makes it feel much like a modern resort, without any of the polytstone decor so common to the properties along the Riviera Maya.

The lodgings are varied and comfortable and the grounds are beautiful. Though the grounds are impressive, the amenities seemingly endless, and the private grotto awe inspiring, it is the staff that puts the experience over the top. The tireless, all Mayan staff work hard to ensure each meal is prepared when you want it, how you want it, and to a consistently delicious standard. The friendly staff walks the fine line of being readily available and yet never in the way - it's an impressive balancing act indeed.

It is important for people to remember that Taninah is an authentic experience and as it's in the jungle, you are going to hear the sounds of (sometimes loud) frogs at night, and you may (depending on the weather) deal with mosquitoes. There are bugs, and though we didn't see any, there may be snakes. Taninah is safe for sure, but if you're looking for the Disney version of Mexico, this is not it, and thank goodness for that. If you're looking for a one of a kind vacation experience, then this is the place for you. The owners and creators of Taninah have given life to something truly special in the jungle of Mexico's Riviera Maya!

We look forward to coming back at some point in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Marblehead, MA USA

Multigenerational family returns for fourth year

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our fourth multi-generational family vacation at Taninah so tanned and relaxed we can hardly write the review! Imagine waking up in a private jungle villa to the sound of wild parrots, taking a morning swim in the fresh water cenote (cave with stalagmites and stalactites), and then walking to the outdoor kitchen for fresh squeezed orange juice, Mexican coffee and a full breakfast. Between the delicious Mexican/Mayan meals, you can swim in the pool, soak in the hot tub, walk on the jungle path or play miniature golf. There is also a game room, library, gym, basketball court, zip line, and in ground trampoline, and it is all for just your family.

My teenagers loved the water slide, ping pong and pool tables, the trips to adventure parks and beaches, and the in-home theatre. My sister’s younger kids couldn’t get enough of the jungle gyms, board games, air hockey, and playing soccer with the staff. Meanwhile, my parents loved lying in the hammocks, reading by the pool and taking long walks. For me, the magic was having all the meals, chores and planning taken care of, so that every day stretched in front of me with the question “What do I feel like doing today?”.

If you are considering a vacation at Taninah – just do it. It is a one of a kind opportunity for privacy, adventure and fun. At night, after the staff has turned down your beds and the kids are asleep, walk outside, look up into millions of stars and hear the night sounds of the jungle. I guarantee you will know you made the right choice.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Our first visit to Taninah was fantastic! We can't thank you enough for the hospitality, activities and incredible food!! Leopoldo is the best! It is such a wonderful place to bring children. We look forward to our next visit!!

Thanks again for everything,

The Leathers (Jack, Jan, Taylor & Parker)

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2005
  • Stayed: Mar 2005
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Cancun International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
10 minute drive
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Playa del Carmen
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
10 minute drive
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 307
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
10 minute drive
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
10 minute drive
Car: recommended

Beaches & Beachcombing, Reefs, Mayan Ruins including Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza, Mayan Village of Pac Chen, Ecological Theme Parks such as Xcaret & Xel Ha, Ecological Biosphere, Si+ín Kaan, Scuba Diving, Cenote Diving, Harley Davidson Motorcycle Tours, ATV Jungle Tours, Yachting, Deep Sea Fishing, Marina, Fly Fishing, Swim with the Dolphins, Hidden Worlds - Cenotes, Golfing, Restaurant Dining, Birdwatching, Museums & much.


Rates & Availability

From $1 Per night

Playa del Carmen Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Easter avg. p/p 10 guests
Mar 29 2015 - Apr 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
4th of July avg. p/p 10 guests
Jun 27 2015 - Jul 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Notes All reservation payments are non refundable. Please visit our web site for more details (property
Initial reservation deposit of $1,550 to secure dates. First 50% of reservation total due within 15 days of securing dates. Reservation balance payment due 60 days prior to arrival.
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Playa del Carmen Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Included in Price
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 35 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • La Quinta - toilet , shower , Double shower heads, double sinks.
    Casita - toilet , shower , sink
    Bungalow - toilet , shower , Sink
    Library - toilet , shower , Sink
    Multipurpose Room - toilet , shower , Two showers, one sink
    Casa - toilet , shower , Sink
    Pool/Jacuzzi area bathroom w/sink - toilet , Located next to Jacuzzi
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 35
  • La Casita - 1 king , 1 queen
    La Quinta - 2 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon
    La Cabaña - 2 king
    Bungalow - 2 king , 2 queen , Two king beds on first floor & two queen beds in loft.
    Library - 3 sleep sofa /futon , King beds from other guesthouses can be placed in Library
    Multipurpose room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , King, queen or single beds from elswhere can be placed here
    Casa Downstairs - 1 king , Additional beds may be arranged downstairs.
    Casa upstairs - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Additional beds may be arranged upstairs.
    Spa Palapa - 1 king , Beds can be arranged in Spa Palapa - no bathroom in Spa
  • Please contact us regarding the many configurations we can arrange to comfortably accommodate your party at Taninah.
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Property has a truly spectacular cenote (grotto) complete with a 30ft, underground water slide, swimming pool, eight-person Jacuzzi, gym/exercise/yoga room, game room with pool table, board games, dart board, lawn games & more, basketball half-court, lawn volleyball court, 9-hole miniature golf course, in-ground trampoline, large padded playroom for toddlers & children filled with Gymboree equipment, tree house, sand box, zip line, duck pond, walking trails, horseshoe court, 24/7 onsite staff & much, much more. Additional amenities include fenced & gated property, onsite 24/7 staff, covered garage, bonfire pit, multiple hammocks, ceiling fans, all linens, Iron & Board, 3 TVs & 3 VCR/DVD players, 300+ DVD movie titles, toys and games for kids & adults, external sound system for iPod, telescope, binoculars and more.

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