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Xanadu Island Resort
Ranked #5 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 April 2012

i just returned from a return trip to belize and absolutely loved xanadu. the staff (we worked a lot with the fantastic jamil) was incredible and they worked with great companies for excursions. we used their recommendations for snorkeling, diving and a trip to lamanai. everything is easy as they just charge it to your room, and that includes an overwater spa for massages that is a quick walk from the property. (treat yourself!) they also gave great restaurant recommendations. the dock is a great place to sunbathe with the breeze to cool you off. this is the same spot the tour companies will pick you up for excursions (very convenient). i didn't realize until i took a quick look before we hopped in the taxi to leave, but they have a cool bird sanctuary with an elevated bridge similar to one in the amazon!
we started in room 9, which is on the 3rd floor and is a beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom beauty. we loved it! due to availability we moved to a 2 bedrm loft, which was not quite as nice as the other room (not as modern and the layout wasn't nearly as nice) but we loved the hotel so much it didn't matter to us.
we loved having bikes available free of charge, and we also used the ocean kayaks (free, too). across the street they have a delicious grilled chicken stand and we also ate at rico's which is on the water and a quick walk from the hotel. since this hotel has kitchens, we biked down to a fruit stand that makes salsa (yum) and blended fresh pineapple juice for us (great for cocktails). one cool thing about this eco-friendly hotel is they have 3 gallon bottles of water that you can buy (saves on a bunch of little bottles needing to be recycled) to replenish your supply.

Room Tip: we preferred the regular two bedroom vs. the loft setting- more spacious. we liked room 9
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

What can I say Ambergris Caye is such a beautiful place that it's hard to have a bad experience there, but Xanadu is perfection. for my family. We had a deluxe beachfront suite, which is 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths and a large kitchen and living room with a big flat screen and a wrap around porch with a dining table chairs and a hammock. We are a family of five and were there to see the sites relax and do some dive with our 3 boys. So the kitchen and space was exactly what we needed. Belize is such a warm friendly country that I still actually remember everyone's name, and if you knew me you'd know that was impressive. Blanca was really sweet and helpful and did everything for us from hooking us up with a dive shop (who by the way I highly recommend Belize Diving Adventures) to getting us a golf cart, a babysitter, recommending restaurants and anything we could think of. The place is small and beautiful just south of the busy part of San Pedro and has a small market right at the end of the driveway so stocking the fridge is as easy as it could be. It is a quiet stretch of beach with a small pool and lounge chairs and hammocks. Kayaks are available for rent as is almost anything. Belize is a tourist driven country so if you want something you ask for it and it shows up at your doorstep if you want a jetski, you ask Blanca and one shows up at the dock 50 feet from your room. If you go diving you don't need to take a cab to anywhere, the dive boat shows up at the dock 50 feet from your room, same for fishing. The diving is incredible Xanadu is about a 5 minute boat ride to the Ho-Chan Marine reserve where you are guaranteed to see, nurse sharks, Stingrays, Moray Eels, Sea Turtles and tons more, but that's a who nuther review. As a family this place was perfect although it does not have a restaurant on premises (good restaurants are a two minute walk in any direction). We enjoyed the quiet and it was a family place with a bunch of kids. If I was just a couple we might go to a more hotel type atmosphere situation with a restaurant (which there are plenty of as you go up and don the beach) although there was a small bar on premises but no mixed drinks. Belican Beer is pretty good though and I found my self drinking way too many.

Room Tip: Ask for a second floor room as Belize is not a wealthy country and we heard of a break-in during the...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

My husband and I cannot recommend this place enough!

Beautiful, well maintained resort with out of this world staff. They took care of absolutely everything for us... booked tours, made dinner reservations, got us a golf cart, and most importantly gave us tips on where we could walk, when we should take a cab, and the must do things. The kitchen was great to have to make our own breakfast or dinner to save a little money and there are a few markets right around the corner. We will absolutely be returning and plan to bring a bunch of our family to share Xanadu with them as well.

Room Tip: I don't think you can go wrong!
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

We liked Xanadu. The staff is fantastic! They help with any and every thing! However, we did hear of one theft from a fellow guest there. The break in was at night while they were sleeping in their room with their kids! Scary but they only took like an i-pod and phone. But we still liked Xanadu a lot. The grounds are cute and there are fun restaurants and bars nearby. Grocery stores nearby and great restaurants within walking/biking distance. They provide sketchy wi-fi for free but my husband was annoyed...I didn't mind. :) Over all I recommend Xanadu!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

We just returned from our honeymoon. Xanadu made it absolutely perfect. We cannot say enough nice things about the staff, the resort, and the experience. We felt relaxed from the moment that we got out of the taxi from the airport. The location is perfect. It's a quick walk to town (from the beach or the street). There are several great restaurants right by Xanadu.

We did the "Romance Package" and it was excellent. We highly recommend it. All of the package was outstanding. We particularly enjoyed the day of fishing, snorkeling, and BBQ. The staff took care of everything for us. We also booked a couple additional excursions including trips to Mayan Ruins. You can spend a week relaxing at Xanadu or exploring Belize. Regardless, the Xanadu staff will help you do whatever you want. Everyone was helpful.

The pool is great. You can go swimming off the end of the dock. We were even able to snorkel there on some days. They have bikes and kayaks available, too.

We stayed in suite 3. It is private and has a great view of the dock. You have a clear view of the moon at night. The suite has everything you need, including a full kitchen. It was nice to spend a few nights making dinner ourselves and relaxing in the suite.

Thank you again! We will be back!

Room Tip: Suite 3 is excellent. It's a loft. The bedroom is located on the upper level of the loft at th...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Eric S
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Address: Sea Grape Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre 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: $361 - $665 (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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