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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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“Simply Superb!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Extremely glad we chose Xanadu as our hotel, and went with their Must see, Must do package! Both were a home run!! I can see why many that return to San pedro return to Xanadu.

We stayed in Loft #6, lots of room, 2 flat screen Samsung TV's, 1 downstairs in the main living area and one upstairs in the loft (bedroom) 2 bathrooms: 1 downstairs had a tub, while the one upstairs as a shower! Both come complete with large Shampoo, conditioner and soap dispensers. Our king size bed was super comfy. #6 is just off the beach which is nice as the people walking by can't see in--as their are many windows! But from our balcony--complete with comfy hammock, we could see the water and the hotel pool. Kitchen is fully stocked and I mean stocked! Blender was great for mixing slushy type drinks!! The only downfall of this room, and not that big of a deal, is the loft style bedroom. With me getting up early (0530) and wife sleeping in, the openness of the "loft" can lead to bit of a noise issue--using microwave. But not that big of a deal, guess I could have gone outside and enjoyed the beautiful big deck that had a table chairs and used the free WIFI out there. Overall a great room, very comfy and we loved the location.

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Free Wifi, kitchen Very well stocked (microwave, blender, pots,pans, table settings, measuring cups, bottle opener, etc etc) A fairly large pool, with plenty of lounge chairs. They even have lounge chairs out on the "beach" and on the private dock.

I say "beach" but its not really a beach, beach! You do not see people swimming right off shore as there is the "green grass" that is anchored to the soil, all along the majority of the island. very few places have a true beach and if they do, it is very small area. 1 hotel just up from Xanadu that had a tiny beach area was Ramons Village resort, BUT it was right across from the airport, and the flights coming into and leaving the island start at 0630, so can be a bit noisy! One can go swim off Xanadu's private dock.

Another nice feature of Xanadu is the pool area is off from the beach, so people walking up/down the beach are not bothering you. Some of the resorts up/down the Island, people walking by, would interfere with your relaxation, not the case at Xanadu. But they do have a few lounge chairs right near the path, so one does have a choice.

Hotel Location:
When booking a hotel on San Pedro, one has to consider location and how you plan to get around. If you want to rent a golf cart and get around, then maybe location does not matter so much! We prefer to walk and this is another area where Xanadu is great. Was only a 10-15 min walk into the heart of San Pedro! And its a very nice walk, in the sand, and flat, and there was always a nice breeze blowing. It was a very enjoyable walk, did it at night and always felt safe.

We did the Must see, Must do package and it was simply awesome!! Not sure if you get a special deal by doing the package, but what is nice, the staff set it all up for you AND when you arrive, they phone and re-confirm everything again with the person running the tour! As we were told, tour operators can forget, so its a great service provided by the hotel!

1) 8 hour cart rental! We did that on the 1st full day there, so we could drive around and see what there is to do.

2) Day excursion to visit Xunantunich Ruins, go Cave Tubing and do a Zipline tour. Included the airfare on Tropic Air back to Belize City. Our Tour guide was Leo. I reviewed this already, so you should be able to locate it! Zipline was a bit boring as it was only 5 lines and very tame ones at that! The ruins and Tubing were awesome and Leo was one of the best guides I have ever had! Full of interesting information

3) ½ day snorkel at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. Great time. Recommend to do it in the morning. We were picked up at 0900 on the Xanadu dock and dropped off shortly after 1200. We brought our own gear. But Xanadu does provide some and so did the tour operator (Lil Alphonse) Highly recommend a lot of water proof sunscreen (especially on top of head) and a water proof camera

4)Day excursion relaxing on a catamaran. We originally thought this was going to be the worst of our excursions, BUT turned out to be one of the best! So relaxing on El Gato and we went to Mexican rocks for more snorkeling and got closer to the Belize reef, again for more snorkeling! The lunch they provided us on the boat was mouth watering! Lobster tails, mixed in with fresh veggies and in another dish was fish fillet with veggies! fresh salad and home made tortilla shells. Again lots of sunscreen is required and a water proof camera. Just so relaxing to be out on the water, with a nice breeze. The areas where we snorkeled wasn't as crowded as the Shark Ray Alley/Hol Chan.

As they say, save the best for last. Through email I dealt mainly with Blanca and Ingrid and they are true professionals. answered my many questions promptly. In person they were great, always had a smile and they truly cared that our stay was going well. I forget the young gentlemen name at the front desk and he was super as well. When employees walked by they always said hello. One felt they genuinely cared how your stay was going.

I truly can't say enough on how much we enjoyed our stay at Xanadu and how much we enjoyed the island. We had a blast on our excursions, walking around and just being plain lazy. I enjoyed taking that 3 minute walk to the Bakery for fresh/warm cinnamon buns each morning (closed Sundays) I miss it so much! lol

Lot of Sunscreen
Water proof camera (they are not as $$ as you think, my Panasonic TS20 did a good job))
The Convenience store thats a bit further(15 feet) down the street has more selection than the very close one)
One can dress very casually at all times
Use of American $$$ is fine. 2 Belize = $1usd
I would stay away from the rooms right on the "beach" not quite as private, but they do have very good window coverings and the foot traffic is not that bad

If we were to return to San Pedro, would not even bother trying another resort, Xanadu would be our only choice, we had that great of a time there, much of that is due to its location, and even more so, it's excellent employees.

Room Tip: Loft #6 was great, but keep in Mind the loft style means a bit more noise from down below, reaches t...
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  • Stayed February 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Our suite, #1 had a panoramic view of the beach and sea. The kitchen was so fully equipped. The staff could not have been more helpful. Tip!!! Don't overpack. You can go anywhere dressed casually...not casually elegant. The fishing and snorkeling, beach walks, people...so much fun. We also really liked San Pedro airport. It is charming with a lovely aquarium. Lived Xanadu

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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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!

Room Tip: We stayed in 9 and loved it!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#4 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
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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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