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“Wonderful resort in a great location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Xanadu Island Resort
Ranked #4 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Saint Louis
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78 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Wonderful resort in a great location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

Resort:
Xanadu did not disappoint! I will start with the rooms. We stayed in a 2 bedroom/2 bath condo right on the beach. The location really couldn't be better. The condos are a little dated and sort of rustic in appearance on inside. If you are expecting or desiring the Ritz, go somewhere else. They rooms were very clean and full of all the amenities you would want are inside, microwave, fridge, t.v., phone, full kitchen, pots, wine opener, bottled water, a.c. This is really convenient when traveling with kids who may not want to eat out every meal. We made a few trips to the store for fruit, cereal, soup and snack food along with wine and beer for the adults. The grounds are very clean and well-kept and just gorgeous. We wanted a family friendly atmosphere and this was just it! The pool is nice with lounge chairs in abundance. While there isn't a restaurant on site, we walked to Rico's at the Banyan Bay right next door for breakfast and lunch several times as well as took our golf cart there. It was nice in a way to make us venture out more without just eating at the convenient on site restaurant. They offer free bikes and have smaller ones for kids as well as kayaks and snorkel equipment for rent.

Staff:
The staff is amazing at Xanadu. They helped us with restaurant ideas and reservations, excursions, grocery locations, they arranged our golf cart for the week (this was very nice to have although it would have been easy enough to get around without it, we really enjoyed having it when we wanted to go out and about) We always felt safe while on the property.

Location:
We loved the location of Xanadu--very close to the town of San Pedro but enough removed as well, easy access to all shops and restaurants! We used J/J's laundry service (we dropped off dirty clothes and picked them up later that day for $about 10 USD) right outside the resort. There are several small grocery stores within walking distance as well. There is also laundry on site at Xanadu-I just chose not to do it myself.

Overall:
The location is great, the grounds are amazing. The convenience of a more condo type atmosphere worked well for my family, traveling with kids. If you want brand-new, high end, this may not be the place. If you want a great experience, clean and lovely accomodations, you will not be disappointed with Xanadu.

Room Tip: On the lower floor, we did hear people walking above us. A higher up room with ocean view would be...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brentwood CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

Great place! Diving was very good....The small non-chain restaurants were fantastic!!!
Georges, Mangos, Hurricanes,Legends and Pepperonis Pizza. Local fish outstanding...like Grouper,Snook and Conch, Great bakeries and wonderful people!!!! Our 3 bedroom suite at
Xanadu was very clean and comfortable. The setting was peaceful and beautiful. Would go back again!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

We travelled to San Pedro from Tulum by bus and plane and we arrived in the evening to a great little place. We stayed for 4 nights and location is off the road and secluded and surrounded by trees to give the place plenty of opportunity to escape from the heat.

It's position was perfect not too far out of town and not too close. There are also 3 food stores within a 2 minute walk so you can get refreshments really easily.

The staff were all very polite and professional and were great at all times. Could fault them at all.

I can't remember what type of room I booked but the room we had was either huge or we were upgraded to a larger room. We had 2 beds and 2 baths on 2 floors and everything was great. Coming from an eco resort in Tulum it was kinda nice to have great aircon, a TV and a fridge! We could have spent a lot more time in this room and with the kitchen/diner we really had everything we wanted. There was a balcony outside and plenty of room to stretch out there.

The only problem with this place was that the spiral staircases are quite noisy. We were next to some inconsiderate guests on the first 2 days and were woken up by there constant banging on their staircase next door.

The pool is great and there is a lot of shade to chill out in. No good if you're a sun goddess like my wife but they have some loungers on the beach which will guarantee sun!

The free bike rental is also a great bonus. We didn't rent a golf buggy as we didn't see the point and we used the bikes to go everywhere including the northern island. It's really worth exploring on these bikes.

We also went on an excursion to Shark Ray Alley and that was all fine. Pickup was at the end of the boat dock so again nice and easy.

I found and chose this place on TA and I would go back. I would go for even longer next time and chill out a bit more.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alameda, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

Loved it!

ROOMS: We had a two bedroom 2 bath suite. It was perfect. Clean, fully equipped kitchen, internet. Well decorated and appointed.

AMENITIES: Pool (small with some shade) but heated. Kayaks, natural trail, lots of labels about local trees and plants. No restaurant which is fine as we just walked up and down the beach or the main road. They did have beer and we bought a case and just had it sent to the room. We booked some dives via the desk and they arranged for our (free) cab back to airport. They pay very close attention to the cleanliness of the grounds. Oh yeah - each room has a hammock - I wasted hours in that thing

LOCATION: This is where you make your choice. The north side of town, over the bridge, seems to be the touristy spot. We went there one night and hated it, but to each their own. The South side, where Xanadu is, seemed more, well real is not the word, but it was how it felt. The small street fronting the hotel has local eats and stores, not tourist shops and hamburgers. We felt safe and much preferred this location to town ($5 cab ride away) or the north side.

STAFF: Loved the staff. From desk to groundskeeper. Had a nice chat with the owner one day. They made it special

BEACH: The have a dock with a swimming area off it. The beach fronting it had nice sand and chairs. The whole island was envoloved in sea grass so there was no swimming off the beach – I am not sure if this is normal, but I don’t think it is.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

What a wonderful place to stay in Belize. The staff is very accommodating from setting up a golf cart rental and having it delivered to arranging parasailing right from our dock. The rooms are nice and have everything you need. There is a grocery just a short walk (50 yards) to pick up food for cooking at your room or on the beach grill. Ingrid and Jamil took care of our every need. Even the grounds keepers and the security guards are very friendly. The place is beautiful and the experience with the staff makes it so relaxing. We went on an excursion with our friend Clem and on the way back we caught a bunch of yellow snapper. Clem came to our room, prepared the fish (everything you need to cook is in the room) and then he cooked it on the grill by the beach at Xanadu! Best meal we had the whole trip. We love Xanadu and we will be back. I recommend it to families and couples with out kids. I went there with just my wife on a anniversary trip and 4 years later we were back with our kids and another family. Perfect Spring Break thanks to Xanadu!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#3 On the Beach 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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Xanadu Island Resort Belize Hotel San Pedro
Xanadu Island Hotel
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