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Beautiful 2-BR Condo, Escape to your personal place in the sun

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Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 6 - 31 nights

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Condo at Tao in Gran Bahia Principe Golf Resort & Spa



Lugar en el Sol (Place in the Sun) is a new 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in an gorgeous luxury resort setting on the Caribbean Coast of Riviera Maya, Mexico. The condo is located in the unique residential community of TAO Inspired Living, committed to balanced living and total well-being through a mind-body-spirit theme. This comfortable condo, located in Gran Bahia Principe Golf Resort & Spa, is on the second floor of the 3 story, contemporary building surrounded by lush vegetation.

Lugar en el Sol features two bedrooms, each with private bathrooms, a relaxing living room, and fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and a terrace balcony (for outdoor dining and/or relaxing). Condo comes with a smart TV with Cable (English and Spanish channels), Roku, a blue-ray DVD player, laptop (for you to use) and WiFi.

As you pack for your fun-filled vacation, please remember, the condo is completely turn-key. You only need to bring your personal items, clothes, etc. Each bathroom has a hair dryer. All linens are provided at the condo including 6 – large beach towels.

The TAO complex offers an unsurpassed way to relax in one of the most beautiful regions of the world. TAO is a safe community that feels remote and secluded, yet provides a dynamic atmosphere with endless local options for recreation, culture, dining and the arts.

Lugar en el Sol is completely turnkey with all dinnerware, linens and towels included. The unit comfortably sleeps 4 (but can accommodate 5) and features open plan living. The well equipped kitchen has a granite breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, and enclosed washer and dryer for easy vacation living. Choose to dine in, or check out the local restaurants in the area, or purchase an optional all-inclusive meal plan at the resort--for your entire stay or for just one day. (for more information about cost and how to arrange getting and 'all-inclusive wrist band', please contact me). In addition, the TAO Bistro at the Wellness Center (located a short stroll away) not only provides delicious breakfasts and lunch. They also provide room service (Condo Service, actually).

Lugar en el Sol is decorated in a calm, casual modern style. All interior spaces are cooled with ceiling fans and air conditioning.

TAO Resort amenities include the onsite holistic TAO Wellness Center offering programs in fitness, inner peace, personal development, creative arts and lifelong learning classes. At the Tao Wellness Center you can engage in wellness-focused programs and a host of holistic services including:

• two salt-water lap pools

• a fitness center

• Yoga

• a healthy snack bar

• an eco-boutique

• an amazing Temazcal (sweat lodge)

• a selection of rejuvenating therapies

• and much more

Many of the classes are free to TAO guests. The Center also hosts global retreats in its event facilities led by celebrated authors and teachers such as Don Miguel Ruiz, Gregg Braden and Jack Canfield, among others.

As a guest, you will have access to a private homeowner’s beach club on a pristine beach offering shaded loungers, drinks, snacks and towels.

You can play a round of golf (at a significant discount) on the surrounding world-class 27-hole Robert Trent Jones II championship golf course, recently rated 3rd best in the country, with a 100,000 square foot clubhouse.

Regularly scheduled shuttles are available to transport you around the resort and to the beach.

The resort has 4 luxury hotel complexes. As a guest, you have free access to 2 of the 4 resort facilities within the resort: the Luxury Bahía Príncipe Sian Ka’an and the Gran Bahía Príncipe Tulum, however, you will need to pay for food and drinks. [Details available on request]

Beach access is at the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum. The beach is great and has a very safe lagoon. You can just 'hang-out' without getting an 'all-inclusive wristband' but be sure to bring your own beach towel. Sian Ka’an is for adults only and offers nightly 'open air' entertainment.

You can use the other two hotel complexes (Luxury Bahía Príncipe Akumal and Gran Bahía Príncipe Coba) if you purchase the all inclusive package. In December (although the exact date is not yet known) the new private Tao Beach Club with full amenities and easy access will be open and available for you to use. When the Tao Beach Club opens, it will be the only area on the resort with free access.

Lugar en el Sol at TAO is a unique destination for relaxation, healing, creative and spiritual inspiration where you can be complete without leaving the resort. Perfect for family getaways or a romantic retreat for couples.

It could also serve as your base camp for experiencing an abundance of eco and jungle adventures, exploring ancient sites, underground caves and rivers, diving at the world’s second longest barrier reef or discovering a series of amazing beaches, lined with authentic Mexican or trendy new restaurants, shops and galleries.

• Visit the Tulum Ruins, the awe inspiring ancient Mayan ocean side city (

• Book a tour at the Tao Wellness Center or pick up a rental car at the Cancun airport and explore the variety of towns and villages along Highway 307 as you travel south, such as Playa del Carmen with the longest pedestrian street in Latin America (or South Beach) or the island of Cozumel.

• Visit Akumal, home of expats and turtle nesting sites, and Tulum, a tourist hot-spot known for its top 10 beaches

• In Riviera Maya, you can create your own vacation experience!

Lugar en el Sol is a beautiful setting surrounded by sacred sites, natural beauty, and an abundance of attractions located in the heart of ancient Mayan culture, a perfect retreat for a week, a month or a season.

Enjoy a relaxing vacation in your place in the sun!

***Don't forget to ask about rate discount for extended stays***

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Fran Cornelius
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 27, 2016
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About Fran Cornelius

For most of my life, I have enjoyed traveling and immersing myself the cultures of my host countries. Mexico offers a rich cultural experience with something for everyone.

I am a long time fan of the Tulum area. I am certain that after staying at Lugar en el Sol, you will become a fan too!

Fran Cornelius purchased this condo in 2013

Why Fran Cornelius chose Quintana Roo

Location, Location, Location:

Perfectly located, our condo is 15 minutes from Tulum, 25 minutes from Playa del Carmen, 75 minutes from Cancun International Airport. Our condo is located in the heart of the Caribbean coast of Mexico in the 700 acre Bahia Principe Golf Resort.

What makes this condo unique

This region features an array of attractions ranging from historic ruins and sacred sites, white sand, palm tree lined beaches, lagoons and sacred cenotes, and just offshore is the world's second largest reef.

Riviera Maya is home to centuries old authentic towns and villages, modern architectural complexes, low rise hotels, marinas, sports facilities and gourmet or local restaurants.

At the southern end you'll find the biosphere reserve, Sian Ka'an, a habitat noted for the richness of its flora and fauna.

Riviera Maya has several small towns along its coastline, all of them located no more than 1.5 miles from the wonderful turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean.


based on 9 traveler reviews

Beautiful 2-BR Condo, Escape to your personal place in the sun
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time I rented a condo so I had no idea what to expect initially. The communication was very informative. The condo itself was decorated very nicely and had everything we needed. The pictures are true representations of the property. There were pots, pans, beach towels, hair dryers, & card games. We bought groceries before we arrived for our breakfasts & some lunches. We did not buy condiments so I'd suggest ordering from food from the Tao Wellness center because they provided packets of mayo, ketchup & relish. The pool was nearby and not crowded, but we did not use the grill. It took us a little while to get accustomed to the shuttle system but it was truly helpful to have the site manager talk with us the next morning after our arrival.

We ate dinner one night at La Buena Vida restaurant, which was fabulous. We took taxis initially but that gets expensive. Eventually we took the bus/collectivos to where we needed to go.

I would suggest going to Xel Ha for an all day excursion, and I would suggest going to Aktun Chen for ziplining/cave tour & snorkeling.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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TAO Resort

  • 4 of 5

Totally had a great stay! Had everything we needed in the condo. Pool was lovely, grill was fun to have on site near the pool. Setting the timer on the candles for the deck must really work as we did not see one bat! The property was clean and maintained for sure. Now the shuttle experience was difficult, unless you have a car, and that would of been very helpful! The shuttle service from TAO ends at 7pm. My suggestion is for the owners to get that extended as the other resorts are much to far for walking, you can tip the other resort workers to bring you back to TAO if you are past 7pm but that is kinda a pain also.

If you don't have a car you can take the public bus, into Tulum takes about 25 min very cheep option if you are on a budget, just take the shuttle from the wellness center to the entrance of the Resort and catch the bus there , when you return remember if it is after 7 you will have to tip to be taken back to TAO,they are going out of their way so don't be cheep!! Also the public bus only drops you in the town of Tulum, after this if you want to get to the beach you must take a Taxi or walk and depending on where you are going I suggest the taxi about 150 in pesos as the beach is about 1 1/2 miles in. We would stay at Fran's again for sure, but we would just have a car the next time. It was fun being able to use all the resorts when you wanted to have the resort kind of fun, but great when you wanted the peace and quite of TAO. Another thing if you want a drink and or food you can pay cash or tip big as the other resorts are all inclusive.

Would of also been helpful to meet with the customer service rep like the day we got there this would of help save time in wondering around, and learning the info on the resort, shuttles and so on. That's it Kiki Mcmillan

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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We loved it here!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 5 wonderful weeks. The condo is nicely decorated and the furniture is comfortable. Fran has thought of everything, even a cozy throw for cool mornings. There is an umbrella, flashlight, small cooler and insulated lunch bag, sunscreen & a pay as you go cell phone. If you plan to add minutes to the phone, make sure the SIM card is still active since they expire after a while if not used. There are plenty of dishes, glasses and towels. There was an issue with the dryer but Fran and Shelle did what was needed to get it working properly. More condos are still being built near by so there is a fair bit of construction noise & heavy truck traffic. The pool area is lovely & very clean. The staff at TAO Wellness Centre are very friendly & helpful, especially Carlos. The restaurant at the Wellness Center does delivery til 10 PM. The Wellness Centre has a monthly calendar of events and through this we joined a trip to the Mayan village of Yaxche about 2 hours away with Claudia from the TAO Foundation. If you like seeing a bit more of the local flavour this is a great way to do it. This is the best condo we have ever rented & we would definitely rent this condo again. One of the things we liked best is that we could use the affiliated Bahia resorts - pools, beach, restaurants & shows which were excellent. It was the best of both worlds. We rented a car through WestJet web site at Fox / Mex in Tulum for a week and took a day trip to Valladolid which is well worth a visit. The collectivos are easy to use. We bought most groceries at Chedraui in Tulum which we found the best. We left a Chedruai discount card in the drawer for future renters. We didn't eat out much but we did go to Tulum for Pizza at Manglar and it was delicious. We have tried other car rentals and found Fox/Mex to be the most reasonable and very good to deal with just like back home. If you need a transfer from Cancun we suggest Canada Transfers as they are the cheapest and provide a great service.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Absolutely excellent!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The condo was great!

Great place, staying at the Tao Residence was the perfect location for our winter get away. We were very close to all kinds of attractions such as Xel-Ha, the Tulum ruins, and more. We were able to get picked up right in front of the resort entrance near where we were staying, which made it very convenient for us to get around. Also, taking the collectivos saved us a bunch of money by not needing to rent a car of our own.

The cenotes (underwater caves) were absolutely magnificent. We were also very close to Ahkumal and spent the day swimming with the sea turtles where we also saw some stingrays, all the colorful fish, and even a barracuda!

I would absolutely recommend vacationing here. You will not be disappointed and surely will never be bored!!

I definitely plan on staying at this location again!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Beautiful spot!

  • 5 of 5

My family has been to Akumal before, but had booked hotels before finding Fran's condo. This year, being at the Tao, in a beautiful, perfectly appointed 2 bedroom unit of our own with resort privileges, we felt we had hit the jackpot. We arose everyday to a swim in the pool just steps away from our doorstep, cooked breakfast in the lovely kitchen, and went out exploring the area or hung out at the beach area the condo guests have access to or at the Bahia resort complex its affiliated with. Quiet when we wanted it, resort life when we wanted that...the best of both worlds, in my opinion. Joanne, the rental property manager, helped out a lot with my questions beforehand,and when we arrived we were greeted and assisted with whatever we needed by the concierge service, who were also very polite and helpful. We'll definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Very nice.....wonderful area!

  • 5 of 5

The welcome pack we received was very thorough and we felt comfortable finding our way to the property from the airport. It explained everything we needed to be comfortable. Although the taxi driver offered to stop so we could get groceries, we chose to go straight on and rented a golf cart, and bought the all inclusive resort package for a couple of days. We bought the package for all four resorts on the property and explored them all In the golf cart before renting a car. There is also a shuttle if you prefer. The Tao community is nice. I took advantage of the free yoga, meditation and swam laps in the pool almost every day. We swam in the ocean, Cenotes, Cenote caves, swam with the turtles, explored ruins, ate and drank on the beautiful white sand beaches of Tulum, and explored some smaller beach bars and restaurants in the area. Fran and JoAnne were great hostesses. We received a couple emails while we were on a new resturant in Tulum and an invitation to the community Christmas party. There were plenty is supplies for hosting your own party in the condo. It was a very nice vacation and I would recommend booking here.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Cancun Airport:
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
5 minute shuttle ride or 15-20 minute walk
Nearest Ferry
73 Miles
Ferry Update:
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
5 minute shuttle ride or 15 minute walk
Car: recommended

While staying here, you’ll have access to 4 amazing five-star resorts as well as the amenities of the Tao Wellness Center. You’ll love having complimentary access to the gym, lap pools and spa, as well as yoga and other classes.

Nearby the 27-hole golf course is ready for you to come practice your swing. Just an hour south of the Cancun airport, you’ll love this relaxing resort location.

15 minutes away you can explore the ancient ruins of Tulum, as well as other day trip adventures like Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. Within a 20 minute drive are the awe-inspiring parks of Xcaret, Xplor and Xel-ha.

You’re sure to have fantastic adventures here in Tulum while staying at this relaxing condo!

The TAO was recently voted as one of the top 25 spas in Mexico!

We are also featured on the front cover, and don’t miss out on reading the article on the Wellness Center by Darren


Rates & Availability

Akumal Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
6 night minimum stay
Holiday 2016-17
Dec 1 2016 - Jan 6 2017
6 night minimum stay
Special 5% discount
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 7 2017
31 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Mar 8 2017 - May 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning fee $65

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Akumal Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • granite counters, large glass-enclosed shower; each bathroom is en-suite, each bathroom has a hair need to pack that bulky item!! Towels provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Tranquil and comfortable; inflatable full mattress for extra sleeping. Graco Pack & Play crib available
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
While you have a lot of amenities and activities available on the resort and can just 'hang-out' and relax, it is recommended that you rent a car to be able to fully enjoy all the available activities and resources in Riviera Maya. A visit to the Mayan Ruins in Tulum is a must! The resort includes multiple beaches accessible via trolleys that run regularly but not 24/7. Trolley from the Tao Wellness Center runs until 5pm after which you will have a ~15 min walk to Sian Ka'an where you can catch a 10 min shuttle ride to the all the other resort amenities, restaurants, shopping, etc. (please check with concierge regarding shuttle schedule upon arrival) On-site 24/7 concierge will greet you upon arrival. Concierge can also provide additional services (for an additional fee) such as grocery shopping, language translation, tour booking, transportation to Tulum/Akumal to rent a car for a day or two (if you opt not to rent a car for your whole stay)

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