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Xanadu Island Resort
Ranked #5 of 55 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 February 2009

We stayed at Xanadu Jan 31 thru Feb 7. We had a 2 bedroom unit #10. The unit was very clean and all the utilities worked fine. Shelly and Martin were always around and available if you needed anything. All the staff was very helpful.

We had a great time. Using the bikes (no charge) was a great way to get around during the day. The resort is about 25 minutes (walking) south from the main town of San Pedro. The Internet worked great. Bring a very long data cable so you reach the data port on the wall to the desk/table.

Grocery stores – There are two stores right outside the resort. This will allow you to compare prices and I would recommend you do.

We used Ecologic divers for our scuba diving. I would highly recommend them. They basically spoil you. The best thing is that their master divers have cameras and they send you (at no charge) pictures of the dive to you that same day!! The guys are very personable and fun.

The scuba trip to the Blue Hole, in my opinion, wasn’t really worth it. I think the scuba diving at the local reef was much better and was only a 5 – 10 minute boat ride versus 1 ½ hours to the Blue Hole (& very bumpy). You must do Hol Chan and Esmeralda dive sites. They “chum” the water so you get to see nurse sharks (harmless), sting rays and Moray eels. Lot’s of fun.

Restaurants – We loved Elvi’s – their Friday Buffet is $25 but it’s worth it. Their regular menu is very good as well. We also enjoyed El Patio. Their frozen drinks were huge!! They were the only place we found that add a 10% tax – didn’t understand if that was their tip or not – no other place did that. We had pizza at Pirates pizza – very good value and tasted great.

We watched the superbowl at the Stadium – their chicken wings with ranch was fantastic. Don’t order the nachos – very small portion. It was a blast watching it with all the other people. They had a projector system so it made it easy to watch the game. I saw that several other bars had projector systems for these types of events.

I would suggest paying cash at the restaurants. Bring traveler checks - Xanadu will cash them for you. The exchange fees are kinda high on the credit card bill.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 February 2009

Like other travelers who have posted reviews on this resort, my family had a geat experience. This resort had the best customer service of any place I have ever stayed. Courteous, professional, and determined to make sure guests have a great vacation. Maintenance staff are first rate and very friendly. The front desk is well organized and will take care of anything you need -- they make good recommendations and take care of logistics for any excursion you want to take.

It is the only resort we noticed on the island that has retained a lot of palm trees and vegetation on the grounds so you feel secluded in a natural setting. The units are very nice, with a wonderfully equipped kitchen, comfortable living space, and very expansive porches. There is also a outdoor grilling area -- you can sign up for the very nice Weber gas grill to prepare your dinner (which you may want to consider doing some nights because restaurants on the island are pricey).

I would recommend a visit to this resort for any family that wants to relax in a home-like setting and for people who want to scuba dive, snorkel, or go fishing. The fishing and reef live up to the hype, although there is some damage to the reef. The only negative to this vacation destination in my experience was the trash problem in San Pedro -- a situation not unique to this Carribean destination, alas...

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with family
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4  Thank MISnowbird77
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Reviewed 1 February 2009

Date: Janurary, 2009
Reviewer: A guess
I have just returned from a week stay at the Xanadu Resort in San Pedro, Belize. The was layout beautifully with magnificent Palm trees all over the property. The staff which was very experience and provided such incredible service to me. From knowing my name and taking care of the little things like coffee in the room, obtain tours, and every day making certain the the unit was totally clean. It was so lovely that it was hard to drag myself away from the resort to go in to town for shopping and restaurant. It was so warm and busy in town and it was nice to get back to the peace and tranquility of the Xanadu Resort.
The pool is large with a in pool sitting area, could be the wading pool for the kids but mostly fill with adults. The pool attendants were great, cleaning the pool area daily and also the beach area. The beach was private and could rest and enjoy the scenery. Also, at the pool were lounges for laying and getting some sun rays. It also had wireless connections for those of us that could not get away from our laptops and work
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  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank rkush
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Reviewed 30 January 2009

We stayed here by accident- we were staying at the decent but shabby Caribbean Villas next door and were driven out by fire ants in the bed!

Thank God!

Xanadu is the so amazing. The property is beautiful- shaded by a thicket of lush tropical trees it is tranquil, idyllic, and relaxing. The staff is sweet as honey and so helpful- no attitude which says to me that their boss treats them well. The rooms are so comfortable and has every detail thought out. We visited many hotels in Ambergris during out stay and Xanadu was by far the best with the location, accommodations and service.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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2  Thank fedekat
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Reviewed 12 January 2009

We had our first visit to Xanadu in November and cannot say enough about how wonderful this resort is! Our room and our friends' room were both very large and a great value. We were there in the off season, so the resort was pretty quiet, which was fabulous!! The entire staff was very helpful, friendly and went above and beyond to help us with anything that we needed. Even scaling a tree to get a coconut for us! Stacey even gave us some ideas of what to do on Caye Caulker when we left. The snorkeling trip that we booked through Xanadu was EXCELLENT and a very reasonable price. If you are planning to snorkel, go with Lil Alphonse! The rooms are very clean and the on-site golf cart rental is easy and convenient. Thanks to Stacey, Shirley and the rest of the great staff - we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank timandlisa
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Reviewed 11 January 2009

This is a family friendly resort on a well maintained beach with very tastefully landscaped grounds which include a treetop walkway for viewing nature. Swimming in the pool and from the cabana at the end of the boat dock were equally enjoyable. All hotel personnel were friendly and helpful. The concierge services were uniformly excellent. Hotel suite accommodations were clean, well maintained and functional, and included an excellent well-equipped kitchen and dining area in our unit. From the resort there were easy beachside walks to the center of activity in San Pedro. We found many good and enjoyable restaurants, several being booked from the resort. In summary, we found this resort through Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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3  Thank bcorkey
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Reviewed 26 December 2008

We enjoyed a fantastic family holiday at Xanadu Resort. We were quite a large group, 20 of us, all related. The accomodations were perfectly suited for our needs. The property is gorgeous and small enough to feel safe while the kids ran around. The snorkeling was outstanding at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. The staff at Xanadu did everything they could to make you feel right at home. Shirley arranged all our outings and Orlando made sure we were well looked after. We look forward to returning again!!

  • Stayed: December 2008
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3  Thank clrw
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Additional Information about 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:
#1 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: £249 - £403 (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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