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Xanadu Island Resort
Ranked #4 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
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Asheville, NC
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“Lovely little resort with friendly, helpful staff.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

We loved staying at Xanadu. The staff was very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The resort property is small and charming with a nice pool area. We stayed in Loft #6, which was very spacious and comfortable for just two of us. The little porch was great for hanging out in the evening to enjoy a cocktail or whatever you fancy. The water excursions we went on picked us up right on the resort’s dock - super easy and convenient. The tour desk was able to arrange every activity we wanted to do at the times we wanted even though it was off season. The complimentary bikes were really nice to use for exploring. We only wished we didn’t have to return them by late afternoon so we could have used them at night but no big deal. It was a nice walk along the beach to the center of town from the resort so that was how we went into town in the evenings when needed. Really liked that they make an effort to be green and eco-friendly. If we were to stay in this area in the future we would definitely stay at Xanadu again. It was just right for our first visit to this wonderful island.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

Came here on our honeymoon and had a fantastic time. The staff here was wonderful and accommodating. The tour that you can book at the front desk were reasonably priced and very fun. Hol chan snorkeling was very fun with Everit, our guide. Sunset cruise on a sailing boat was very nice as well. The sail boat was 'authentic' to say the least but I actually preferred it that way. Great place to stay, overall.

Tips: don't rent a cart and use the free bikes or walk. A thirty minute walk on the beach gets you to downtown and there are a few places a stones throw away if you don't feel like walking much. Get the 'premium' Belikin beer rather than the regular. Buy them from the Xanadu front desk by the case. Premium has 60 ml more in the bottle and for $3 US more you get what you pay for. It saves you money in the long run.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

The Xanadu Island Resort is terrific. We stayed on a third floor walk up suite which I cannot praise enough. It was open, airy and full of light. It had a huge porch with a dining table, hammock and lounge chairs overlooking the pool and the ocean. The pool was large, clean and comfortable. I don’t think I have ever encountered such helpful staff when making our plans leading up to our visit, changing our plans in mid-stream and then paying our bill and checking out. The Xandu is adjacent to a bakery that provides some of the best offerings I have ever sampled. It rivals a walk to a local bakery in Paris or Barcelona each morning for fresh bread and treats. And this is in an island in paradise. The Bakery owner became my go to person for advice and insights about Ambergris Caye and Belize. Marina’s grocery store and other markets nearby enabled us to meet all of our dining needs and on the next block there is a health food store that even had GLUTEN FREE options which are hard to find even in the continental United States. The health food store was adjacent to an internet café that provided video games and cell phone access at a discount. What more could you ask for.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

You will not be dissapointed if you stay here. The staff, location, and rooms are all incredible. It's def a help that you get free bike rentals and kayaks as well - cant say enough about this place. Our stay was super and we would have liked to stay a lot longer!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

My husband and I purchased a groupon to stay at Xanadu; we spent 8 nights there this August. It was amazing; we loved our time at Xanadu. As other people have mentioned you arrive and are greeted warmly and with a rum punch. We arrived and our room wasn’t quite ready (we were early) they held our luggage and told us where to grab lunch while we waited. When we returned we found our garden view suite to be amazing! It literally had everything and more you could ask for. The little dome not only had a view of the garden and the pool but there was an ocean view as well. It has a full kitchen with all you could need to prepare any meal. There is a little grocery store on the corner with just about anything you could need. The suite was great for my husband and I, it even felt a little big. On our last night we switched rooms (which was our choice to have an ocean view room) and the view was worth it. All the rooms have hammocks and a table and chairs to sit in, so nice.
The staff at Xanadu are mentioned time and time again in the posts and everything that is mentioned is completely true. The staff is so friendly. Jamil, Franz and Ingrid were amazing. They recommended excellent restaurants, activities and set them all up for us. We stayed while hurricane Ernesto was passing through and what might have been a stressful time for someone traveling in another country was made pleasant and stress free by the amazing staff that went above and beyond to make sure that their guests were taken care off. They acted quickly in making sure the property was safe from wind and water and made sure that they communicated with us (they posted flyers on all the doors on updates from weather centers as well as what they were doing to ensure we were safe). After the storm passed the place was cleaned up in no time and restored to the paradise that it is. The grounds are so pretty and well kept. I will say that some people selling different things, carved animals, woven backpacks and some other things walk across the beach, but they are not very pushy and didn’t bother if you didn’t want to be bothered. Another amazing plus, is that all activities using water as mode of travel pick you up at the dock, how easy is that? Also, we had never snorkled before, so we got our gear from the desk and went to the end of the dock, they have a manmade reef area and you can practice snorkeling or just swim in the water, this area is cleared of the seagrass so you can swim with ease. Also, the dock area is quite romantic at sunset.
During our stay we did many different activities all set up through the front desk. We went to Lamanai and loved it! Our favorite part of the entire trip. We went snorkeling with lil’ Alphonse – amazing. We rented a golf cart and rode around town, this is made so easy because the golf cart facility is right next door to Xanadu and the cart was ready to go when we were. We went reef fishing and caught a barracuda. All of these adventures were made easy by the fact that the front desk set it up, gave us a voucher to give to the guide or whomever, and it was added to our bill when we checked out, so much easier than going through separate places and carrying around cash.
There are so many great places to eat a short walk from Xanadu as well, from Caroline’s Kitchen, which you really must go to it was amazing, to Rico’s grill which has the most amazing ceviche (they even made it while they were closed and the storm surge from the hurricane was coming up).
Overall, this is a fantastic place to stay; by the end of our trip we were hugging our gracious hosts as we left. IThe staff at Xanadu goes above and beyond to make your stay worthwhile, relaxing, and memorable. It was so quiet and peaceful. We had an amazing time in Belize and staying at Xanadu. If you go say hello to our friends at the front desk.

Room Tip: I would highly recommend an ocean view suite 2, or the garden view suite 6. If you are traveling wi...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oakton, Va.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

This was our second stay at Xanadu. Our first stay was in 2008, and when I called the resort to book our vacation, this summer, Blanca and Ingrid quickly remembered us. That really speaks volumes about the staff at Xanadu. They really go that extra mile to make sure your vacation is the best it can be, even remembering past guests. It makes returning feel special.

The suites are immaculate, and have all the comforts of home. We had #12, the Starfish Suite, which is a 2 bedroom suite, with a pool and ocean view. The living room and both bedrooms have televisions, which is a big plus when traveling with family. The kitchen was the best equipped kitchen, I have ever seen at a resort. You name it, it was there. You even had a blender! All of the utensils, pots, and pans were like new. Just wonderful!!!!

The white sand all around the resort was immaculate. They had the cleanest beach on the island.

We were there during Hurricane Ernesto. If you get caught in a hurricane, while vacationing in Belize, this is the place to be. The monolithic domes are hurricane proof, and can with stand high winds. They have their own electricity, and water, so you will not be inconvenienced, during the storm. The day after the storm, everything was cleaned up and running smoothly, like it never happened.

The staff will book the tours of your desire, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and inland tours.

Although Xanadu has many weddings and honeymooners at the resort, this place is fantastic for families. In fact, if you are traveling with family or friends, this is the only place to stay. The place has all the comforts of home, including an outside grill by the pool, to grill your meals. There is also an air of friendliness among the guests, that you rarely see at other resorts. As I mentioned previously, we were there during the hurricane, and the guests that were leaving were nice enough to bring us their unused groceries, and water. THANK YOU, AGAIN, TO THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE FROM TEXAS!!!!

Thanks Ingrid, Blanca, and all the Xanadu staff for an amazing stay!

P.S. While we were there, the resort was building an amazing new water feature, which should be ready soon. It will be truly amazing, built from rock formations and materials indigenous to Belize.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

To all who are interested in going to visit - i visited my family there - the atmosphere was amazing and relaxing. i loved it worth the 2 days flight to get there from south africa. the grounds are well kept and neat and all the rooms are well kept. the staff are very helpful with activities that can be done and go beyond the call of duty. a wonderful holiday and a wonderful place to visit. A brilliant place to get married cant be more romantic then there.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Xanadu Island Resort
Address: Sea Grape Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#3 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Xanadu Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique, Boutique, Romantic and Eco-friendly! Imagine tranquility settling over you like a mist over the ocean; kick off your shoes and stroll amongst the natural vegetation past the water features and onto the beach. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you wander down the long pier to relax on the sun loungers under the thatched palapa and gaze out over the barrier reef to the deep blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Settle in and experience the uniqueness of the monolithic dome buildings and enjoy the romantic setting of your private veranda. When you are ready to explore, visit the friendly staff at the front desk to arrange tours or to use the complimentary bicycles, paddle boards and kayaks. Experience all this at the unique, boutique, Green Globe certified Xanadu Island Resort – a touch of luxury and romance in harmony with nature. ... more   less 
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