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Taninah...extremely unique, featured on TV $100 to $200 p/p per night inc. meals

Marino Tomacelli

Member 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

Member since: 2003
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Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2015
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Taninah...extremely unique, featured on TV $100 to $200 p/p per night inc. meals

Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Special Offer! Save thousands off an unforgetable experience. April 13 - December 15

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; tree house; sand box; zip line; 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.

In 2014 a Discovery Channel episode of "Dude Your Screwed" was filmed at Taninah.

In 2015 an episode of The Travel Channel's upcoming "Life's a Beach" was shot at Taninah.

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)
Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2015

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 four glorious years my family and I enjoyed Taninah as our private and secret retreat. During this time I continually added elements transforming Taninah into my version of paradise. In 2003, I 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 I decided to look for property in Mexico's famed Riviera Maya near Playa del Carmen.

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

In October of 1998, despite the fact there was no an access road, I started clearing the 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, I 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 my own family) I have continually made improvements and added elements to Taninah.

On the surface, I 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 I've added; however, my deepest desire is that the natural beauty, peaceful atmosphere, and unforgettable ambiance of Taninah will revitalize your souls as it has my family's.

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
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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 55 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

What a unique experience!

  • 5 of 5

The Ledgard and Watts Families

From Seal Beach, CA

Wow! What a unique experience! No other vacation we’ve taken can compare. Taninah is a jungle paradise for vacationers looking for something off the beaten path and totally off the grid with no traffic, no TV's, no phones, no A/C and a lot of nature.

Here are some of our highlights:

*Playing in the cenote- snorkeling, sliding, exploring the very black hole, cooling off in the refreshing water, taking amazing photos.

*Zip-lining it never got old!

*Swimming: lounging on the raft and watching the bird activity in the tree canopy, very relaxing!

*Mini Golf: only play armed with off! Deep woods 25% DEET. Don’t settle for anything less potent or you will get feasted upon by always hungry mosquitoes.

*Game room: with fans on high we played many games of pool, ping pong, and air hokey. Loved teaching the Ledgards how to play Texas Hold Em under the palapa by the pool! I think they are ready for their first tournament!

*Going to the beach: We loved spending Fathers Day in the Xpu-Ha with cerveza service and beach umbrellas to rent… Beautiful white, powdery sand, and warm water. So clear and clean! We loved snorkeling with the turtles at Akumel and getting caught in a torrential downpour walking to our car.

*Sight seeing at Tulum: in awe of the ingenuity, longevity and beauty of this amazing place. The iguanas seemed to pose, for us and they were everywhere!

Listening to the jungle chorus each night and noticing the crescendo just before dawn and before it rained. We gave funny names to some of the sounds like the birds screeching “mom! mom!”, the martini shaker, the phone message alarm. One night an animal was resting through large leaves of a tall tree and causing the leaves to sway quite a bit, but we didn’t see that animal itself.

The Taninah staff was excellent and took care of our every need! From Karl, to Pancho, to Luis, to Leopold, To Juan Luis, to Sergio, and Gilberto- any others I missed, you are all top notch! We wish you could come home with us! Thank you for all the special, personal touches like climbing to get coconuts and showing us how you buried the pork for our dinner one night. Karl, you are a wealth of knowledge and full of great suggestions. Thanks for helping us coordinate or visits to the doctors, too. You made that process much easier to navigate.

The Watts Family & The Ledgard Family

p.s We will miss you, Maya! Hope to visit another time of year when it's not so h

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

incredibly special

  • 5 of 5

After eloping a year ago my wife and I decided to renew our vows in Mexico. We were inviting our families so that they could meet one another for the first time. With friends and family we knew our experience was going to be incredibly special. TANINAH proved to be the perfect perfect place to have such an important and memorable event take place. The pool, cenote, hammocks, common areas, and wonderful staff allowed for new friends to be made, old friendships strengthened, and two families from separate countries united. Taninah will forever have a special place in our hearts as it provided so much for our group of 25. We hope that a future anniversary will find us all gathered here once again.

Jonah Swiderski y Yen Ly

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

what a peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful and peaceful location! There was something to do for everyone. In our group we had from 2-82 years old and it kept us all entertained. The beauty of the cenote, and knowing that it was just a part of a vast network was amazing.

The food was delicious and the service was amazing. This was above 5 stars for me!

Thank you Marino and family for allowing the opportunity for others to have this experience. We will never forget it!

Charlie & Belinda

Sparks, NV

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Washington, District of Columbia

Wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Taninah. They were very hospitable and very considerate with us and our two granddaughters.

The staff at Taninah are the best!!!

The Jefferson Family

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

what an experience

  • 5 of 5

We are just getting used to the experience. A little too hot for me. The staff, especially the work crew are great. Will never forget it.

The grounds are stunning… what a great setting. The staff is fantastic. The kids had the time of their lives. There was so much for them to do. Thank you so much.

Had a great time with family and wonderful memories were made. Thank you so much to the wonderfully sweet on-site staff for your friendliness and great food! Thank you so much-

Gonzales Family

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from 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

Special Offer! Save thousands off an unforgetable experience.

Special Offer From:
Dates Apr 13, 2015 to Dec 15, 2015

Make a seven-night 2015 reservation for an unforgettable Taninah Experience, during the month of April, and receive a 15% discount off our standard rates! Offer does not apply to holiday dates.

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
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
  • churches
  • 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:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • 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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