X’Tan Ha – The Waterfront Resort
What We Love
- A villa at a beach resort, with a welcome drink and arrival and departure transfersThe prime location, on a stunning, secluded beach and next to the world’s second-largest barrier reef
- The complimentary welcome drink, arrival and departure transfers and use of kayaks and paddle boards
- The opportunities for snorkeling, scuba-diving, fishing, sailing, windsurfing and much more
- The home-away-from-home villas, with all the amenities of a full-service resort
What To Know
- Kids (and adults) will love the water trampoline
- There is free WiFi but it can be spotty – your best bet for connectivity is in the front office
- You can easily take a water taxi or golf cart into town; the ride is about 20-30 minutes
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
An expanse of unspoiled white sands awaits upon your arrival at X’tan Ha Resort in gorgeous Ambergris Caye. Welcome to a property nicknamed The Waterfront because of its prime setting in that very locale. The second-largest barrier reef in the world is located a quarter mile from its shore, making this a premier dive destination. Before the resort, crystal-clear waters stretch to the horizon – and beyond, of course; you are on the edge of the Caribbean.
Life’s always a beach here, however you choose to live it. Sure, you can go cave tubing further inland or scuba diving in the Great Blue Hole, but for the most part, you’ll spend your day right at the intersection of sand and sea. Cool off in your villa, drink at the beachfront bar, or take advantage of X’tan Ha’s complimentary water-sport rentals. There are paddle boards and kayaks, and even a water trampoline – nearly everything, as they say, under the sun.
Make yourself at home in one of X’tan Ha’s 32 fully furnished and Caribbean-inspired one-bedroom villas, which offer views of either the pool or sea. Each air-conditioned accommodation includes a kitchenette with a small refrigerator, microwave and stovetop, a dining area with seating for four, a living area and a separate bedroom with a plush bed. Cable TV and DVD players are provided, but you can also elect to unwind and unplug while watching the sunset from the comfort of a private patio.One Bedroom Plus Den Garden View villas are the largest accommodations of the bunch and the only ones to span two floors apiece. The bottom floor has a large living room and full kitchen, while the upper floor has the master bedroom, the bathroom, a garden- and pool-view balcony and the den, which includes a trundle bed.
Amenities – Air conditioning- Alarm clock- Balcony- Cable TV- Coffee maker- Hair dryer- Iron and ironing board- Shower- Sofa bed- TV with remote- Daily housekeeping- Complimentary Wi-Fi- Paper towels, coffee, tea, sugar, creamer, salt and pepper
When you don’t feel like cooking in your accommodation, let the meals come to you at Temple Run Tavern, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week in a casual Belizean atmosphere. Daily specials include familiar favorites prepared with Caribbean influences. When you’re beachfront, grab a drink at the resort’s palapa, which has tables located directly in the water.
X’tan Ha’s location on Ambergris Caye, the most popular island off the coast of Belize, gives you prime access to every tropical water sport imaginable, from fishing and jet skiing to kayaking, windsurfing and parasailing. You’re also a quarter mile from the world’s second-largest barrier reef – prime snorkeling scenery – not to mention the world-famous Great Blue Hole, a scuba-diver’s paradise. If you’d prefer to stay on land, hit the Maruba Jungle Spa, explore Mayan ruins or go on a cave tubing excursion.
How to Get There
The view are beautiful, the rooms were clean and the beach was cleaned every morning. It was quiet and relaxing. Wish we could have stayed another week. The staff was very kind and helpful. The water taxi made travel to San Pedro easy enough.
We were very happy with our stay!
From arrival at the international airport we were greeted by representatives who made sure we were in the right place for our connecting flight. - the puddle jumper from the mainland to Ambergris Caye is worth the money (it’s not that much more).
The reset had a person greet us at the tiny airport and transport us to the water taxi - again, worth the money for getting to the resort. It’s a much smoother and faster ride.
The resort is off the beaten path. It’s quiet and lovely. The beach is beautiful. They got a barrier while we were there that helped keep the beach area free from the turtle grass so people would feel better swimming. Honestly if you go to the end of the dock and get in the water - it’s not too deep quite lovely to swim in.
The resort next door has a nice restaurant as well. Go visit if you want to shake things up.
I really enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning.
* groceries get them in town at a grocery store. There are large stores that don’t look like convenience stores and are better priced with wider selections. You’ll probably want to go back into town for a grocery shopping trip.
* rent the golf cart at the resort. They are well maintained and reasonably priced.
* Brandon is a fantastic resource for all your adventures. He coordinated our scuba trips and made sure we had great dive masters. He also gave us paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling gear any time we wanted. - we kayaked close to the reef and swam back in snorkeling. It was a fun trip and we saw lots of neat wild life.
* Tuff e Nuff tours did a great job all the time.
* Barry, Corinna, Janelle are great at the bar and restaurant. We loved the food and the drinks. Barry is a Red Sox fan so that was an added bonus. 😀
* cooking in the room - these are efficiency kitchens so you have to be a little patient. We made breakfast most mornings and several dinners. It takes a little longer on the 2 burner stove top but it all turned out fine and tasty.
* get a room with a view. The view is stunning
* bring bug spray - this is a tropical island and the mosquitos are plentiful. When I was on the beach not so much of a problem but even at the back pool they find you. This is all over the island.
* this was an incredibly relaxing place to stay. The staff was kind and friendly. The cleaning staff was thorough and fast. After a week it was sad to go we felt like we were part of the family.
Thank you all for such an amazing trip!
We had a three night prepaid reservation here and left after one night. Terrible experience! Room was dated and gross. Few chairs by the pool, had to roust someone to cook in the restaurant. Eve, Barry and Sheila all work hard to make the best of an under staffed situation. The greeters and front office could not have been more indifferent or unfriendly. When the way you are greeted is to tell you not to steal the key or there is a fifty dollar charge and you have to give them a ticket for their shabby beach towel so you don’t steal it... awful! We had been told any Sandy Point resort was great on Ambergris Caye... we believed it. This is one of the resorts they manage. We called them to see if we could transfer to another of their properties, but we were told there was nothing they could do for us! We were so hell bent on getting out of there, we went elsewhere and ended up paying for both rooms. If that doesn’t tell you something, let me make it plain: don’t stay here!
Nice location with large rooms. Food is very good and reasonable in price. Excellent staff- Eve, Barry and Sheila were great.
They contract with Tuff-E-Nuff, a very good dive group- Billy is one of the best I have ever dived with along with Brandon, Buddah a Marlon. They really take care of you and the group is small.
Very beautiful resort in a paradise like location with a very helpful personnel which installed a beach bouncer and clean the sargazos every day. Definitely one of the best on Ambergris Caye, check it out!