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“Anniversary or Family, it's UN-BELIZE-ABLE!! :)”

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Xanadu Island Resort
Ranked #4 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
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Riverside, California
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“Anniversary or Family, it's UN-BELIZE-ABLE!! :)”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

To celebrate our 10 yr anniversary we decided on Ambergris and Xanadu, even withour 3 kids and Grandma in tow!
Let me just say, all these reviews are spot on. We researched the resort but I dont think any of the photos or reviews do it justice, this place is GORGEOUS!!
Most reviews are from a couple perspective, so let me just include a few family perks along with the rest... Rum punch for us, and virgin fruit punch for the kids upon arrival, YAY!
The resort has complimentary beach cruisers that can be used. All of us, including my 8 and 6 yr old kids, were able to choose a bike that fit from the great array they had. There was even a couple of cruisers with a BIKE SEAT attached for my 3 yr old son! how cool is that?
Kayaks are also complimentary as long as they are used on close/near by premises. So both adults and kids got to try the kayaking a few times during that week.
The resort also has a neat Nature walk that includes a wooden bridge up in the trees and information about the local plants and such. This made for great exploring for the kids.
The sand is raked each morning, which is a detail that did not go unnoticed. No litter, everything is maintained to a T as they say! The resort has cool wood tables and chairs out by the shore where we made some sandwiches and muched on snacks with an unforgettable view of the ocean only steps away...
Our kitchen had coffee and sugar for mornings and there are plenty of cartoon channels for some down time for the kids on the TV's.
The staff offered suggestions for tours and gave us ideas for the family... our kids LOVED Shark Ray alley and Hol chan, a must. Even the 3 yr old snorkled! The staff was quick to help size the kids for thier fins and life jackets, making conversation and even joking with them. It was so nice to see our kids were welcomed with open arms and not seen as inconveniences.
Oh, another great detail, the hotel offers Filtered Drinking water!! so each time the gallon in your fridge is out, you take it to the office and they fill it up for free, as many times as needed. That was a neat plus. The staff is incredibly helpful and always has a smile on thier face. They are so eager to help and go out of thier way to make anything possible. Our rooms were spot less on a daily basis thanks to housekeeping; and the rooms themselves were awesome. Most have the huge almost floor to ceiling windows that curve around the entire room, its great. Even in a 'garden view' room, we could easily spot the ocean right out our windows.
Golf cart from the resort was for a day, and we all fit in 1! We discovered the north side of the island, an amazinggggg public beach by the bridge, got some local lunch from the street vendors and had a blast....
With our large group in tow, we were definately on a budget. But even with that, we were able to enjoy all the perks this place offered; made for an unforgettable vacation :)
Can't say enough about this place. Even the kids and Grandma keep raving!
An incredible 10 yr anniversary trip with the ones we love and made even better by Xanadu :)

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Everything about it was great. The location is south of the downtown area, so it's quiet. The resort is small so it's not crowded. They have a terrific, heated pool, and enough beach space to spread out on the sand. The resort is well maintained and we regularly saw staff maintaining the property. Our room was immaculate and clean, and every unit has its own hammock. Wireless worked fine throughout the property. The resort is next to a golf cart rental, and when we arrived the staff had already arranged for our cart to be delivered in front of our room -- very nice. The resort is also across the street from a good supermarket and less than a block away from an excellent bakery (The Baker). And -- all staff we encountered were friendly and helpful -- in particular Melanie and Franz went out of their way to ensure we were happy with our stay. We booked several snorkeling and diving options through the property and they handled them all well. When we return to Belize -- and we will -- we won't stay anywhere else.

Room Tip: All rooms seem to have either pool/garden views and some view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Simi Valley, California
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Great, great place. A little ways from town but within walking distance to several restaurants. Ask the staff for advice. They were pretty spot on. Hit the bakery for cinnamon rolls. They are excellent. I got there before 8 and enjoyed the walk along the beach back. Get a gallon ofthe hotel punch and hit the store nearby for 5 barrel rum (that's the local brew). There is 1, 3 and 5 barrel - 5 being the smoothest.

The hotel pool area is very nice. Unlike many of the hotels, this area is maybe 4-5 ft higher than the beach, which minimizes the view of beach traffic and gives you a nice sense of privacy. We arranged a snorkeling tour through them which was very nice as well. Rooms were clean and well maintained.. Highly recommended. Just a reminder. Always ask if prices are in Belize or US (2 Belize to the dollar). Went to Victoria house for dinner. It was in dollars and not worth the price . Do recommend Blue Water Grill (higher end but worth it) and Ricos.
Say high to Miss Melanie.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ardmore, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

It's hard to find words to express the love I have for this place! It's a GORGEOUS resort. The grounds are impeccably maintained. The lush foliage gives the feeling of being secluded in a tropical forest. Simply beautiful. We spent a week here in June enjoying our honeymoon. From reserving this trip online, to our stay, to checking out, things went perfectly. We added on the honeymoon package and our days were full with all the activities that was part of the package. Melanie, at the front desk, was amazing. She took such good care of us!! Love that girl. The honeymoon suite overlooked the ocean and the views were breathtaking. We are planning on returning next year for our anniversary!! This is the most beautiful, relaxing resort that I've been to and I've traveled a lot. You owe it to yourself to check this place out. It will NOT disappoint!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Marlboro, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Xanadu is a spot in the Caribbean you don't want to miss. Our stay was fantastic. The grounds are perfectly kept and the staff did a special thing to our room on our anniversary. The pool was perfect and our room had a pool and ocean view. I couldn't give any higher praise to all those working ay Xanadu. All of the tours you are picked up at the pier if they are boating. You rent golf carts for the transportation which made this trip unique.I HIGHLY recommend Xanadu for a paradise stay in Ambergris Caye, San Padro.

Room Tip: I always get a 2nd floor room cause even in paradise there can be a mosquito or 2.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We found Xanadu to be exactly as advertised - secluded, quiet, immaculate groundskeeping, and close to everything. Many great excursions to choose from. We had a nice loft, with a great veranda we used day and night (tough choice, sit in a chair or hammock). We rented a gold cart one day and drove way up north. Found many great places to eat, thanks to the front desk. Whatever you do, the fantastic staff led by Kathy (Melanie, Ingrid, Franz, Orlando, I apologize for not remembering the other names, all were unfailingly polite, professional and efficient...) will make it easy for you. Whether it's book a golf cart or an excursion to a Mayan ruin, or a sunset sail, they will take care of you.
Oh yes, we would love to return again someday.....Thomas and Janice

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Coming to Xanadu is like walking into a dream. The grounds are immaculate, and the staff makes the customer's experience their top priority. We were met at the airport by a very friendly taxi driver who made us feel very welcome and encouraged us to explore and engage the local culture. Upon arrival at Xanadu, the staff eagerly took our bags and paid the cab fare for us.

Upon checking in, Ingrid handed us two brimming fruit and rum cocktails. My first question to her was: "Do I have to wear shoes anywhere?" She smiled and said something like "No shirt, no shoes, no problem. Everywhere on the island," and I knew we were in paradise.

Our room wasn't quite ready, so they had us drop off all our bags, changed some currency for us, and sent us down the beach to a restaurant. Without describing the whole magical experience (it was our honeymoon), let me just say Ingrid, Franz, Orlando, Melanie, and the whole staff were very attentive and involved in making the most of our experience. They cater to your interests and level of activity, suggesting day trips and making all the arrangements and reservations.

We spent a lot of time just walking up and down the beach, and from that perspective, we were impressed again by Xanadu's grounds relative to the other resorts. There's no litter, unlike everywhere else on the island, and someone rakes the sand every morning--no detail is overlooked. There are a lot of four story beachfront condos shooting up everywhere, but they are big, climate controlled boxes on tiny lots, completely removed from the beautiful tropical surroundings. By contrast, Xanadu feels quite "natural" in its place, with varied structures, not just identical boxes set at right angles, and surrounded by the lush, native flora and fauna. Much of the property is occupied by nature trails and is shaded by large trees, nature's air conditioning.

The main appeal of Xanadu, for us, was their commitment to sustainability, which is rare for a luxury resort. They have invested heavily in modern "green" infrastructure, from powerful, whisper-quiet high-efficiency air conditioners to a recycled water system for the landscaping. Even the pool is saline instead of chlorinated, because of the proximity to the ocean and sealife. It feels a lot better on the eyes and the water is much prettier! Even though there is no municipal recycling service on the island, Xanadu goes the extra mile to recycle whatever they can. I even went beach combing for bottles and turned them in to be recycled.

Our suite was amazing. We had booked one of the smaller suites, but it was huge, had its own full kitchen, a huge bedroom, beautiful bathroom (shampoo, conditioner, and soap dispenser in the shower instead of those stupid disposable bottles!), and to top it all off, they left us a beautiful fruit bowl in the kitchen, complete with wine and cheese, and a flower arrangement with chocolate was waiting on our bed.

I could go on and on about this place, and all the fun we had thanks to Xanadu's caring staff. If we ever go back, I can't imagine booking anywhere else. If you're an environmentalist at heart, and you want to pamper yourself sustainably, while still enjoying your natural surroundings, Xanadu is the place for you!

One last request: tip well everywhere you go, you're on vacation!

Room Tip: The rooms run big. We got a full kitchen/bathroom in our spacious "1 bedroom." It was prob...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Xanadu Island Resort
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 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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