Sunday Bliss at El Taj and Indigo

We awoke to a blazing blue sky on Sunday morning at El Taj Oceanfront and immediately knew it was going to be a great day. Though every day in Playa del Carmen seems like a weekend, Sundays have a special feeling of relaxation; a chance to completely unwind before the week ahead. First though, we had a few dilemmas to face in regards to how we would spend the day…

After waking up in our deluxe King bed clothed in high thread count linen,

Deluxe King Bed at El Taj

Perhaps we’d brew a pot of delicious strong coffee in our fully appointed chef’s kitchen?

Kitchen at El Taj

Then sip it on the terrace overlooking the pool, lush gardens and Caribbean Sea?

Balcony view at El Taj

Or head to Imprevist restaurant to indulge in a gourmet breakfast of pastries, fruit, yogurt and eggs?

Imprevist in Playa del Carmen

After breakfast, maybe we’d relax in the infinity Jacuzzi perched over the main pool like an overflowing champagne fountain?

Jacuzzi at El Taj

Or simply chill out on our private terrace, taking in the view of the stunning Caribbean sea, streaked with ten different shades of blue…

View from El Taj

Perhaps a soak in our private, heated Jacuzzi, relaxing our muscles against the massaging jets would be in order?

private jacuzzi El Taj

Then maybe we would spend the afternoon with a good book under one of the umbrellas at Indigo beach club, listening to the waves lap against the shore and watching pelicans soar overhead…

Indigo beach club

Later, we could make use of the complimentary ‘Manager’s Welcome Party’ buffet at Indigo, while sipping on fruity cocktails and listening to the live tunes of the resident band.

Indigo beach club

Then walk along the pier in our ‘front yard’ and watch local families haul shiny silver fish from the water with nets.

Pier condo

Fishing El Taj pier

Perhaps we’ll stop on the pier for a while, watching the sun set over our ‘home away from home’, El Taj, wishing we could stay forever in this Caribbean paradise…

Sunset at El Taj

Then make our way back to the comfy lounges at Indigo, singing along to old favorites as the beach turns black and the palm trees are illuminated with golden light.

Indigo band

Afterwards, maybe we’d retire to the luxurious comfort of our condo to watch a movie on one of our three flat screen televisions, lounging on the spacious modular sofa with a large bowl of pop corn…

With so many options, how would we possibly choose how to spend our Sunday at El Taj?

By doing them all of course!

So that’s exactly what we did, experiencing a day of food, music, sun, relaxation and pure bliss; the perfect Sunday at El Taj Oceanfront and Indigo beach club.

I’m already dreaming of next Sunday…

Breakfast at Imprevist: A Gourmet Indulgence

Imprevist restaurant is located on leafy 1st Avenue in the Maya Villa Condo Hotel, known on the Playa del Camen dining scene for its innovative modern cuisine and sophisticated atmosphere. Its understated facade, complete with cafe-style tables for al fresco dining, contains a stylish interior reminiscent of a New York bistro.

Playa del Carmen restaurants

Imprevist Playa del Carmen

We arrived around 9 am for breakfast, and were greeted by a friendly, sharply dressed waiter, who delivered our menus and explained the options to us.

‘I won’t be needing lunch!’ I thought to myself as I looked down at the long list of menu options. The wide selection of fruit, granola, pastries and warm dishes were sure to give me more than enough fuel for the day.

While we perused the menus and made the tough decisions – hotcakes or eggs and bacon? Orange or pineapple juice?- our waiter poured piping hot coffee into our cups (coincidentally my favorite brand of Italian roast).

Imprevist Playa del Carmen

‘I think I’m going to like it here,’ I thought to myself as I sipped the smooth, strong, brew, energizing myself for the meal ahead.

Our waiter then delivered a pastry basket filled with miniature croissants, cinnamon scrolls and other treats, with two jars of specialty jam nestled in the middle.

Imprevist Playa del Carmen

‘Uh oh,’ I thought to myself, mentally un-scheduling all other eating plans for the day as I selected a cinnamon scroll to have with my coffee. We made our choices for the main course, which was no mean feat, considering the list of options.

I was extremely tempted to go with a favorite Mexican breakfast dish, chilaquiles, but instead settled on classic poached eggs and bacon.

There was nothing simple looking about the dish when it arrived, however. Presented beautifully on a large square plate sat two perfectly poached eggs, delightfully crispy bacon, a small sausage (added on our request), special fried potatoes with green peppers, and toasted bread.

Breakfast in Playa del Carmen

This was no greasy breakfast, but a gourmet creation, using simple ingredients to create a delicious morning feast. After partaking in fresh fruit, yogurt and granola, I thought I might struggle to finish the meal, but I needn’t have worried – it was too delicious not to!

Washed down with fresh orange juice, more coffee, and just one more cinnamon scroll, I just couldn’t help but eating every delectable treat that was put in front of me!

I thought that if the breakfast was so good at Imprevist, their lunch and dinner menus must be something to behold. I made a mental note to return to find out, as I popped the third mini cinnamon scroll into my mouth.

Oops! ‘Oh well,’ I reasoned, thinking that three mini pastries really only equaled one regular sized one… didn’t it?

Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

That sounded pretty reasonable to me! Plus, I figured an extra work out at The Gym was well worth my slight over-indulgence…

Any meal at Imprevist would be.

*Breakfast at Imprevist restaurant or Indigo beach club is complimentary for condo hotel guests who book in advance during promotional periods. Check the promotions page of the website for more details. During other periods, discounts are offered to all guests.