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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type condo


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4-5)

My Name is Rick Howe. I'm an experienced voyager to Mexico, and I write reviews

I can book any unit at El Taj Oceanfront, El Taj Beachside, Maya Villa, Porto Playa or Villas Sacbe. And all my exclusive discounts apply to all bookings.


In early 2012, after only two stays at El Taj, we fell in love with the place (more true than you know - it's where my son proposed to his girlfriend) and ended up as owners!

Unit 328 features spectacular ocean views and in a large (1300 sq. Ft) second-floor 2 bedroom unit. It features its own private wrap around terrace with outdoor jacuzzi and a separate sun parlor with an outdoor wet bar and refrigerator and even an outdoor electric BBQ grill. Enjoy dining or lounging on your private terrace with superb ocean views. Enter your large living room, and feel like you are in Bali, as every detail in this unit has an authentic Balinese origin. The living room has curved windows facing the beach plus two large sliding glass doors leading out to the private terrace.Take advantage of your terrace and enjoy a meal from your own outdoor BBQ grill or soak in your own jacuzzi, while watching the bright tropical stars and views of Cozumel on the horizon of the sea.


• air-conditioning, individually controlled and in each room of the villa

• ceiling fans in each room

• 3 flat-screen LCD televisions with cable television in English

• DVD player

• stereo CD sound system with iPod connection

• custom luxury linens, 600+ thread count

• hair dryers in each bathroom

• gourmet kitchen with all cooking, dining, and serving equipment included

• stainless steel appliances that include full sized:

O refrigerator/freezer

O oven with four-burner stovetop

O microwave oven

O automatic dishwasher

O blender

O coffeemaker

O toaster-oven

• unlimited filtered, purified water is provided (hot and cold)

• digital safe in each separate bedroom for storing valuables

• telephone and wireless internet service is available in this villa

• washer and dryer

• iron and ironing board

• large closets with wooden hangers, built-in drawers and shelves

• private daily maid service every day

• luxurious beach towels are provided as well as all standard bath necessities

• underground, secured parking

• 24-hour attendants and security

El taj oceanfront is directly in front of the ocean and el taj beachside is across the street. Guests get to use all of our amenities, including two incredible heated pools. One is an exotic black mosaic infinity pool on the beachside property, while the oceanfront's heated pool sits right on the beach in front of our trendy indigo beach club. We're located in the liveliest area of playa that offers the convenience of the best restaurants, nightlife and shopping within one block of el taj.

The beachside condos have private terraces that are surrounded by exotic plants and lily ponds, and all face the pool and cascading waterfalls. All of the penthouse units in el taj beachside feature ocean views from their private rooftop decks. All of the oceanfront's units have views of the ocean.

Our designers traveled the globe in search of a perfect design, and selected most of materials in Indonesia, trying to recreate an environment reminiscent to bali. Perhaps you want to stretch out on one of our original antique Balinese lounge beds? Or gaze at our lush tropical gardens with the sound and sight of water falling into a large pool covered with beautiful iridescent tiles? All the architectural details and decorative accessories have been imported from bali, including a Buddha statue that is next to a koi fish pond with lilies in bloom. Even our beach club includes furnishings and umbrellas imported from bali.

We offer services and amenities that are usually associated with the world's finest hotels. Playa del Carmen has numerous options for hotels with nice amenities, but el Taj truly stands above the rest.

More Details

Property Manager
Rick Howe
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2013

About Rick Howe

I am a new owner at El Taj Oceanfront. But I have vast experience in Mexico, particularly in the Yucatan and Quintana Roo Coast. We fell in love with El Taj in 2011, when my son proposed to his (now) fiancé. The setting, the location, the suites and the people - it was all magic. So now I am in a position to share that magic with you! And you can check my website

Rick Howe purchased this condo in 2013

Why Rick Howe chose Gonzalo Guerrero

El Taj is the proud recipient of the 2012 & 2013 Travelers' Choice Award for top hotels in Mexico. It was also chosen as one of the top luxury hotels in Mexico, in addition to one of the trendiest hotels. Playa del Carmen has no other hotel that has won all these top three categories. El Taj has also received recognition from The New York Times and USA Today for its design, luxury and excellence in service. We are not an all-inclusive Ritz-type hotel, but we are considered to be the best of the area's hotels. Playa del Carmen has a lot to offer, but nothing compares to El Taj.

El Taj's luxury units have one to four bedrooms that feature huge living rooms and fully equipped kitchens with private outdoor Jacuzzis in many terraces. El Taj offers 57 spacious units in total, situated on two separate sister properties.

What makes this condo unique

The Mexican Government has increased the IVA Tax to 19% as of Jan. 1, 2014 (it previously was 14%). I will instantly REBATE that 5% increase on your booking, out of my own pocket! And other exclusive discounts may apply to your reservation.


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Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Playa del Carmen
Car: not necessary


Gonzalo Guerrero Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
  • 4 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Atlanta, GA, USA

Rick is the best!

  • 5 of 5

We have been planning a family vacation to Riviera Maya for this summer. We were interested in El Taj and its sister properties, but were a little overwhelmed with all the choices. Rick was indispensable in guiding our decision, helped us make the reservation, and by doing so actually got us a discount. He's great about communicating promptly by email, by the way. When we had to change our itinerary, Rick once again stepped up and took care of it. We couldn't have done it without Rick! We'll leave a review again after our stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC

Rick did more than just book the reservation; he was our travel guide!

  • 5 of 5

I had posted a note on VRBO on a number of condos at El Taj, and Rick called me back in about five minutes. He asked about what we were looking for, what kind of activities we wanted, even what kind of restaurants we liked. This was our first time to Playa del Carmen, so we didn't know a lot. Rick came back with a list of condos at El Taj, Porto Playa and Maya Villa at different price points. We decided on Maya Villa, and Rick handled the reservation quickly (we got a confirmation email and payment instructions from the hotel). THEN Rick followed up with a list of restaurants and activities he and his family had enjoyed in Playa del Carmen, with links to the reviews he had written on Trip Advisor. It was terrific to get personal information from somebody who had actually EXPERIENCED the things he was writing about. He event sent us pictures! When I go back to Playa, I'm going to work with Rick again (he even has a website as The Playa Guy)

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbara - thanks for the kind words. I work hard to make sure my guests get the best possible condos at the best possible prices. And keeping them informed about their options just comes naturally - I'm a "yapper" (which means I talk a lot . . . ) And I LOVE Maya Villa - all the elegance and luxury of El Taj, at a lower price!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 19.0%

These rates are REFUNDABLE without penalty, up to 15 days prior to check-in (31 days for holidays). Non-Refundable Rates Available (save 10%)

Rates are seasonal; as low as $275 per night in the low season (other discounts may be available). Higher rates may apply in the high season. Please contact the owner for details!

Note: until confirmed, availability and rates are subject to change.

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