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X'tan Ha Resort
Ranked #12 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Newark, Delaware
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4 reviews
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“Perfect Vacation!”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at X'tan Ha the second week in may and we loved it! The moment you arrive everyone treats you great.Saul took our bags to our room and helped me unpack the food we had delivered from Mata Grande grocery store before we arrived.The bartenders Alex,Elder,Tony and Obie are a great bunch of guys!Every time we were at the bar they were feeding us something whether it was conch ceviche or fresh fish they grilled.The beach is by far the best on the island,very little sea grass and calm clear water.Hill at No Worries Tours is a great guy as is the entire crew.X'tan Ha is small only about 32 rooms so everyone gets to know each other pretty quickly.I've read complaints about the beds,but ours was comfortable.Our room was always clean and all of our requests were taken care of with a smile! X'tan Ha is a wonderful place with friendly people and we plan to go back again and again!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

The staff is very friendly and attentive (Oliver, Stacey, Fabio, Christina, Eugenia, and Saul)!! The beach is probably the best on the island - there is white sand beach and the sea grass does not come all the way up to the beach as with most other parts of the island. There is plenty of beach to swim or wade without getting into the sea grass. Free kayak usage is a nice bonus and you can easily kayak to Mexico Rocks and the reef -- about 300-400 yards from shore. The efficiency style rooms with bedroom, bath, living, and eat-in kitchen were roomy and didn't feel cramp. The A/C works well.

The grounds are meticulously maintained. The restaurant is very good with an excellent chef and friendly staff (Lorraine, Alfred, Rick).

I would highly recommend X'Tan Ha for folks wanting to get off the beaten path. This resort is somewhat secluded at 7 miles north of San Pedro and generally only accessible by water taxi. Aside from the resort restaurant and bar, there is no other commerce. Order some food essentials and groceries and they will deliver to your room.

Great location, service, and beautiful. We will return.

Room Tip: Recommend a room directly on the beach as opposed to poolside with limited view of the beach.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Oliver D, Manager at X'tan Ha Resort, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Thanks for all the shout outs, we are so happy you enjoyed staying with us as much as we enjoyed hosting you and we look forward to welcoming you back!

Yes, we are somewhat secluded and we do our best to make sure all our guests know that before they arrive. We are 7.2 miles North of town, if you are looking to be in the hustle and bustle of town, we are not the right choice for you. If you are looking for a great stretch of beach and a place to unwind complemented by staff that really want to make sure you enjoy your stay, then please choose us.
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed here in February 2014 and are really glad we made the choice of this location. Ambergris is not the location for you if you are looking for sandy beaches or stretches of unblemished shoreline. The H'Tan Ha has the best beach we saw an we explored pretty thoroughly. The beach at the resort is sandy, clean and the water line free from grass which grows along the shore line here. You can actually wade out and swim in relatively clear water. This is not the case elsewhere.
The resort has a friendly feel to it. The staff are really lovely and want to make your stay memorable. The bar guys will look after you and the bar gets great breeze in the afternoon.
The accommodations are actually small one bed apartments with kitchen facilities, so if you want to cook a little you can. We cycled along the beach to the small grocery store (borrowed bicycles from the resort) mentioned in other reviews. If you want, they will actually deliver for you but we managed to get what we needed back with us. The coconut ice cream is fabulous. We met a couple who loved it so much they cycled there every day for a treat!
Dinner options are a bit limited. We ate on site a couple of times but weren't super impressed. Lunch options are better. Service for food at the bar the day we got lunch was pretty slow but it's vacation, so who is in a rush? We used the complimentary water taxis to a couple of other restaurants and enjoyed the experience.
There's plenty of toys to borrow to paddle to the reef, along the shore line etc. It's a bit of a slog out to the reef but plenty to see out there. We also walked to other properties and they are variable. Again, glad we were at this option!
Some of the units are for sale and Oliver, the manager who lives on site,will show you around and help you if you are interested. We looked at a couple of 2 bedroom places being built behind the main units and will have a second pool. Not the right time for us to settle on a second home and not convinced Belize is for us.
We ventured in to town a couple of times on the water taxi and got more groceries and also took a day trip on a plane to the mainland to go tubing, see the ruins and zip line.
All in all a good vacation and would certainly consider going back again.

Room Tip: We had an upstairs unit. Great view
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Glenwood Spring
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

Service was awesome, place was awesome, rooms were awesome, beach was awesome. Only complaint was there tour company No Worries Tours.. They seemed like they didn't want to accommodate .. Not all the staff just the guy that runs it.. However we found a place in San Pedro to take us out to many cool places to Dive and Snorkel... The staff at x tan are awesome.. Service, beach, everything was the best... The lady that runs it so helpful.. It's a paradise in heaven... Will come back for sure....

  • Stayed June 2014
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Wichita Falls, Texas
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Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

As you are you notice the crystal blue waters which are pristine, we came all the way to this remote resort for the trampoline for the kids to at with in the ocean which was gone so that was disappointing right off the bat. The oceanfront room had a beautiful view. We had groceries delivered so that we would not have to eat at the restaurant over and over. It was very difficult to
Prepare food as the stove
Was basically one you use while you are camping. One night a nice young man Saul grilled our meat that we had purchased and he was so gracious in doing so.
The bartenders were very nice but seemed annoyed they weren't receiving cash tips...drinks are very
Expensive and if you and your partner are drunks you could easily spend 500 a day on alcohol.
The housekeeping was ok when you could get them in your room with very few people at the resort sometimes the rooms weren't cleaned until the evening despite posting the clean room now tag and being at the beach from 10-2, plenty of time to get that done. The room was hot until the last day we finally figured out how I use ac properly in the bedroom as no one instructed us how to do so. Beds were horribly uncomfortable. The bathrooms and water stink of fish. A word of advise to honeymooners warm a gallon of water in the shower and use to rinse of with after your shower as your body will be tasting pretty salty from the resort water in places that should not be salty after a shower...if you get my drift..
Food at te restaurant was ok for lunch the one time we ate their expensive of coarse about 100 us for four.
All in all beautiful property that needs some work, it is hard because it is a three star property and being hotel snobs you can't expect it to e the four seasons,
But some improvements can be made. Unless you don't plan on leaving the resort much stay closer
To town as the water taxi schedule sucks. We went to San Pedro for dinner, finished at 915 and the water taxi wasn't available until 1030. Our fault but still a pain.

Stayed June 2014
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Oliver D, Manager at X'tan Ha Resort, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Thank you so much for taking your time to write this thoughtful review. Feedback like yours is important, not only does it flag us on areas we can improve - which we are always striving to do - But, it also allows assists other travelers in determining if we are or aren't the right fit for them. We were honored to host you and thank you again for taking the time to write this review.
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

I spent my birthday here and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The accommodations and service were excellent. The staff was extremely welcoming and friendly with out being cloying or pushy. The beach and water are magnificent. The restaurant is as good as the accommodations...The key lime pie is to date the best I've had anywhere. I will absolutely recommend this resort without hesitation. If I'm forced to make any criticism it would be the distance from San Pedro (15-20 minutes by boat) however in my mind that is the real charm of X'Tan Ha. It's close enough to town for lunch but far enough away for that desert island fantasy vibe. Overall I'd say that if you're looking for a tropical getaway X'Tan Ha is everything you want in one place. Stop in and say hi to Oliver and give buddy a good ear scratch!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Oliver D, Manager at X'tan Ha Resort, responded to this review, June 17, 2014
Randall, we are honored you chose to spend your birthday with us. Looking forward to hosting you again. PS: Buddy says "hi".
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

Our route to X'tan Ha was an unusual one, as we had accommodations elsewhere on the island but sought more of a beach vacation than our planned resort could provide. We made a very last-minute call to X'tan and they picked us up in San Pedro within 15 minutes. We were impressed right off the bat, and even more so as they rolled out the welcome mat of island hospitality.

Upon reaching our beach front villa, we were confident that we had chosen the right place. The property is well-maintained, quiet, and laid out well. We heard many people comment at other resorts that X'tan Ha has the best swimming beach; we agree.

The staff at X'tan Ha were second-to-none. Our housekeeping team was always a step ahead of us and left little finishing touches the we looked forward to. Similarly, the grounds crew, such as Carlos shared their knowledge of the island and resort. We enjoyed several dinners and a breakfast in the restaurant with Joshua, our server who always wore a smile. The front desk staff, bartenders, and No Worries crew made us feel right at home and encouraged us to simply relax and enjoy. The entire staff contributed to our enjoyment of this beautiful place.

Our only reason for giving a "very good" rating rather than "excellent" is that we had a morning where there was a planned power outage for two hours. The power came back on within the planned window, so it wasn't a big problem. Additionally, the water was a little bit funky, both its aroma and its operation. We had an evening with no hot water, but we dealt with it. The island water smells sulfuric. X'tan provides a five-gallon jug of drinking water that they check regularly and replace if necessary. It was a nice touch, as not all resorts offer this as a complimentary service.

Overall, we'll go back if we have the opportunity and we will recommend X'tan Ha to our friends.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Oliver D, Manager at X'tan Ha Resort, responded to this review, June 17, 2014
Mike and Ashley, we are so happy you made the decision to come on up and stay with us. It was wonderful to meet you both and it was evident you made good friends and a good time was had by all.

I wish we had more control over the electricity. We are hoping the local electrical company, Belize Electricity Limited, has completed their repairs. For up to date information on electrical matters with in Belize, you can visit the Belize Electricity Limited Facebook site.

Congratulations again on your honeymoon and I do hope you return for your anniversaries for years to come!
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Property: X'tan Ha Resort
Address: | 7.2 Mls. North, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize (Formerly Belize Legacy Beach Resort)
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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 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#10 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#11 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#13 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — X'tan Ha Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to a tranquil, luxurious and romantic destination at X'tan Ha Resort, located just 7.2 Miles North of San Pedro Town. This truly exotic, tropical resort offers one bedroom suites, with spacious kitchens and living areas. Each villa offers a private verandah overlooking the pristine Caribbean Sea. X'tan Ha offers complimentary water sports- kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boat, hobie cat sailing, and a water trampoline. X'tan Ha offers complimentary transfers upon arrival/departure from/to San Pedro town upon arrival and departure. ... more   less 
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