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“A wonderful relaxing place to stay”

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Xanadu Island Resort
Ranked #5 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 21, 2008

Relaxing is not usually the word used to describe holidaying with three children under 10 but at the Xanadu resort relaxing was exactly the right discription.
The condos are great with plenty of room and everything we needed. The staff were amazing no request seemed too difficult. Everyone was friendly and we all appreciated how painless they made a room change, even moving the beer from one fridge to another (we booked last minute and had to change rooms during the week). Our room was kept spotless and the maid even tidied up all the teddies.
The resort seems to blend in with the scenery and the pool was lovely. We saw lots of wildlife including the resident Iguana. We went out snokelling twice to the reef and both times what we saw exceeded our expectations. We saw sea turtles, snarks stingrays, eels to list a few. Our guide, Alfonso, was great pointing things out and naming all the fish.
We aso did a trip to the mainland taking in the Zoo, Cahal Pech and Cave Tubing ( a crazy experience), the staff organised everything for us and again the guide we had was great.
All I can say is thank you to all the staff for a great time and a wonderful introduction to Belize.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 19, 2008

My wife and 3 children have stayed at Xanadu every summer for the past 4 years. The staff is very friendly and extremely professional. The resort is outstanding, with a wonderful pool and beautiful landscaping. The management has excellent relationship with the top guides in the area for fishing, snorkeling and SCUBA. This is a first class operation. 5 star quality and service accross the board.

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Reviewed June 18, 2008

We stayed at the Xanadu Resort in November 2007 for 4 days.

The hotel was comfortable, clean, and the staff was friendly, and very helpful in putting together tours for us (snorkeling, fishing, etc). There was a kitchen in our unit (not sure if this is true for all units), but no restaurant on site. This was not an issue for us, as we either walked or took a taxi cab to a nearby restaurant to eat. This is about a 25 minute walk into main San Pedro (i.e. near the air strip).

The pool is a small-mid size pool, but most people were only sunbathing around the pool, not really swimming. There are bicylces and kayaks available for all guests, but we did not take advantage of this. If you are interested in cooking during your stay, there are 2 markets within a 10 minute walk from the property.

We originally wanted to stay at Victoria House, but that was booked. I was pleased with the value/service of this hotel, and I would recommend this place to a friend.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 14, 2008

We spent two weeks at Xanadu in May 2008 and had the best time! The resort itself was absolutely beautiful and well maintained. The staff made sure it looked that way the entire time we were there. The service at the resort was fantastic. We got to know everyone on a first-name basis and when time came to leave, we felt we were leaving family behind.

One of the nicest things about Xanadu is that you don't have to have all of your activities planned before you arrive at the resort. Just go to their full-service tour desk and they'll help plan your day for you. They had prices and descriptions of various activities in your suite as well as at the office for you to review. It was easy and everyone (Stacey, Ingrid and Susan) was so friendly and helpful, offering suggestions and tips as to where to go and what to do.

The maintenance crew was very friendly and helpful. We became good friends with Orlando and Alex. One day we mentioned to Orlando that we wanted to taste fresh coconut. He was able to get one down from a tree, opened it up and let us taste the coconut milk and the fresh coconut. (The coconut milk was especially good in our pina coladas!). Thanks Orlando!!!

We went fishing one day with John Murray. We barbecued the fish one evening and invited staff over to enjoy a barbecue. Not everyone was able to attend, but Martin, Stacey, Ingrid and Orlando were able to come and we had a great evening.

Hopefully one day we'll return for another vacation at Xanadu so we can revisit our friends.

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Reviewed June 8, 2008

We just returned from a two week long stay in Belize and could not have been happier with the Xanadu resort. The first week we spent diving on the Sun Dancer II, and the second relaxing and lounging around San Pedro. The last day on the live-aboard was cut short due to the first tropical storm of the season, and lucky for us - Xanadu was able to accommodate the four of us a day early (with a complementary room upgrade so we would not have to switch during our stay! )

The resort has a great pool area, access to bikes/kayaks, free internet access, and on-site laundry. The rooms are nicely decorated and kept spotless by housekeeping.

The kitchens are well equipped if you like to cook and there is a supermarket at the entrance to the resort. If you prefer to eat out there are plenty of options within easy walking distance of the property. They do not have a bar/restaurant on-site, which means lots of peace and quiet.

We walked around a fair bit and all agreed the Xanadu was the nicest property on the island.

All tours/golf carts can be booked through the resort and can be added to the room bill (very convenient). We did the snorkeling tour with Alfonse: Highly recommended- if the weather had been better I would have gone back to Hol Chan to dive the site, but even just snorkeling was fantastic.

We also booked a dive with Ecological divers. I was not impressed with the operation- they were disorganized at the dock, late getting out, and all divers were treated the same as the two novices on the boat. The conditions were not great due to the storm and may have been a factor, but the hand-holding was a bit much. I will try another dive shop next time.

I don't know if I will go back to Belize anytime soon (so many places to go...), but If I do It will be to stay at the Xanadu Resort.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 29, 2008

My daughter and I recently stayed at Xanadu for 3 nights, and really did not want to leave. It was beautiful!!! Awesome location; very helpful and friendly staff; fantastic accomodations--I could go on and on! We usually go someplace different every year for vacation, but are considering returning to Belize again next year just to stay at Xanadu. The resort also offers a very nice selection of tours. Ask about the snorkeling trip to Hol Chan and Shark-Ray Alley with Alfonse. It was amazing!!!

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Reviewed May 23, 2008

Four of us stayed at Xanadu in May. All I can say is that everything went perfectly.The winds even laid down so we could make the 3 hour boat trip to the Blue Hole and do three dives. The staff has all the answers and will assist you with everything you need. The resort is well maintained and is beautiful. It is also secluded from the main road and from town. Everyone has a golf cart and access to San Pedro is best by either boat or golf cart. Rentals are available on-site.

Bottom line ---- I can think of nothing that we were lacking.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#4 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: $353 - $505 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Xanadu Island Resort Belize Hotel San Pedro
Xanadu Island Hotel
Xanadu Island San Pedro
Xanadu Island Resort Belize/San Pedro

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