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“Toddler and Adult Fun!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Xanadu Island Resort Belize

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Xanadu Island Resort Belize
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Sea Grape Drive | P.O. Box 109, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize   |  
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Ranked #4 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
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“Toddler and Adult Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Xanadu with our 2 year old son in January. We also brought our nanny so we got a two bedroom unit. The room was beautiful and quite spacious for the four of us! The property was great because we could bask in the sun and still find plenty of shade for our little guy. As far as beach reviews...there was great sand, lounge chairs and palapa shade on the beach...and one only had to stroll ten paces to the left to walk into clear water. And a nice 15 minute beach walk to Ramon's Village for lunch also brought us to a fantastic beach for swimming. The more shallow wading beaches at Xanadu were perfect for a toddler...and us grown ups loved swimming off the pier. The grounds were great because with all the walking paths, bridges, streams, etc...our toddler was very entertained. He also loved the geckos! The pool was super clean and had a great shallow section for little ones. everything about this resort from the rooms to the grounds to the location on the island is super easy with kids. I do recommend this place for adults too, in fact I think my toddler was only one of three kids there at the time (so it wouldn't be an annoying atmosphere for non kid folks!). We walked, biked and used a golf cart for transportation...I don't think you need a cart the entire time...but for at least part of the stay it is nice to explore with it. We loved Wild Mangos for dinner and the breakfast place right next to Crazy Canucks (Melt maybe?). Food in general was great...including the coffee and banana bread from Marina's market at the resort entrance. The staff made this an A+ review because they were flawlessly friendly! I loved that this place only has 18 rooms...the staff really knew and helped us. The people of Belize seemed genuine overall, and the staff here was no exception. Also...we did a private charter with "el gato"....sailing and snorkeling all day with our toddler...totally amazing....a must do! We stayed here four nights and Caye Caulker 3 nights and it was a perfect Caribbean vacation for those who don't like the overbuilt, overpriced Caribbean islands where you don't get to experience the local culture. Thanks!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Wonderful staff, great location, and beautiful views. Very clean premises, as well as the suite we stayed in. Great vacation. Great place.They have complimentary bikes you can ride into town, as well as complimentary kayaks.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tortola
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

What a great way to start a relaxing holiday! 2 couples shared a two bedroom apartment and loved it. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. We had a pool view and the gardens were beautiful and always tidy. All the staff were exceptional to the point the grounds men got us coconuts to have for breakfast. Its south on the island and far enough to feel out of the hustle and bustle. I would be here again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

A group of 4 of us stayed at Xanadu in July and had a wonderful time. We stayed in room 10 and wasn't disappointed at all. The room was very clean and very big! Also had a phenomenal view of the beach and water from the room and patio. The pool was great and well kept. What was nice about the pool was that is was rarely full. With the size of the resort and people doing excursions, you rarely had to fight to find a chair or place to swim. The view of the water from Xanadu were breathtaking. Our favorite spot to lay and relax was under the hut at the end of the pier! The front desk crew are one of the best I've dealt with. They set up excursions for us (all were private with fantastic guides) and gave great suggestions for dinner (and made reservations for us). This was my first trip to Belize but know it won't be the last and know when I make the next trip, Xanadu will be the place to stay.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

You have nothing to worry about accept perhaps the weather – nothing you can do about that. Everything else is doable. For the first few days we walked to town (3/4 mi) along the beach. We checked out the shops and had a nice lunch across from the San Pedro Church. On Sunday we took a cab into town and went to mass at San Pedro Church. We loved the children’s singing. We then walked to the north end of the island crossing over the bridge and enjoyed a drink at Palapas but preferred to eat elsewhere. So we walked further north to the Croc enjoying the flora and fauna along the way. People on bikes waved and smiled as they passed. Xanadu has complementary bikes at your disposal. We chatted with two young ladies from Mississippi who had just come from yoga. At the Lazy Croc we enjoyed great BBQ. We saved enough money for a cab back into town but none were around. Fortunately a local family offered us a ride on their golf cart. It was getting hot and we had drunk our last bottle of water with lunch. Back in town we stopped for a drink at the Blue Water Grill. We had had a nice diner here on the night we arrived. Eating out is great if you have the budget. We don’t so preferred to have breakfast and dinner in our 1 bedroom suite. The kitchen is fully stocked with pots and pans, coffee maker, kettle toaster and blender, not to mention the flat screen tv. They even had some basic provisions, coffee, tea and water on our arrival, which I wasn’t expecting. We had used a grocery service to stock some provisions prior to our arrival. It is pricey but was relaxing to have a few provisions without having to search out the town on arrival. Being our first visit to Xanadu, I didn’t know that Marina’s market is so very close and the prices are good. A cab to town is $5 US. And a $2 tip is welcome. Xanadu picks up the tab for the arrival and departure as well as any rides to and from the resort for tours you have arranged with them; again tips are your responsibility. We took in the Lamania tour and the Cave tubing/Zoo tour. I had specifically requested Vitelino Reyes cave tubing tour and Jamel did not disappoint. In fact we were given a private tour. Just my wife and I and Abner from V. Reyes tours. On a few mornings we swam in their heated pool. The resort has pretty much everything accept meals. They have snorkel, kayaks, bikes; punch mix, beer, water – just ask, they may have it. The staff is great. Jamel was very helpful in arranging our tours and information about the island. Orlando cut us a couple of coconuts. We really enjoyed the coconut water and meat. All the staff will greet you with a smile. Your contract will include 8% as a service charge - this is for the workers behind the scenes (i.e. grounds keepers), a few extra dollars for housekeeping is appreciated. We had great weather, when it did shower we were on the mainland touring, so missed it. We can’t wait to return, and there is a 20% discount for return vacationers.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Altos Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed at Xanadu Dec 26-31 2012, in a 2 bedroom suite, right on the beach...and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. It is located south of the airport, about 3-4 minutes by taxi or golf cart. The room was great. It had two full bathrooms and a complete kitchen (and I mean complete). The kitchen was so well stocked with equipment that I could have prepared a Thanksgiving dinner and made daiquiris too.

The staff really makes the stay here pleasant. They are very polite, helpful and willing to go the extra mile to assist you. If you need assistance with local arrangements or dinner reservations, be sure to ask them, they'll help you more than you'd expect.

The place was clean and well maintained. It had a small boutique feel and felt secluded, though it is right on the main road. There is a grocery store across the street and a few steps south, easily walkable. It had a nice pool, though not large and no diving. The dock extended into the ocean and local snorkel tours would pick you up right on the dock. The beach was sandy and they had a few cabanas. The water is almost waveless, because of the reef, and so there is seagrass everywhere. You can wade out, but if you want to swim, go to the end of the dock.

Overall, this place was great. The kids loved it and we were very comfortable.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The staff is wonderful. I was disappointed that you can't run right into the water from the beach, you can only swim off the end of the dock because there is too much grassy marine life in the surrounding bay and they have it paved off between the beach and water. Many of the resorts on the island are like this, so I would check before booking if this is important to you. The room we were in was tiled and did not have a lot of charm, but was clean and had everything we needed. The location is one mile south of the center of town; there are comparable places closer to town that you may want to consider, though the walk along the beach to town is very quick.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Xanadu Island Resort Belize

Address: Sea Grape Drive | P.O. Box 109, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#3 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Xanadu Island Resort Belize 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
UNIQUE, BOUTIQUE, TRANQUIL & ROMANTIC Eco-friendly Xanadu Resort lies nestled in the natural vegetation, on the beach overlooking the 2nd largest barrier reef and the Caribbean Sea. Located a mile south of San Pedro, Xanadu is close enough to enjoy the activities of the town yet far enough away to be peaceful and quiet. Green Globe certified, Xanadu takes care of their guests, their staff, their community and their environment. Service excellence combined with the beautiful natural grounds and unique buildings draw guests to return again and again. ... more   less 
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