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
Nice quite secluded resort on the north end loved the staff and the new bar on the pier is a great addition to the stay. The food is local fresh and prepared by true chefs loved every minute the lagoon has a great abundance of sea life but do watch out for the lion fish there are a few but the local divers are doing a great job eradicating them as they are not native to the area and they are putting the reef back in balance
Our first visit to Belize and Ambergris Caye was particularly good because we stayed the entire 12 nights at X'tan Ha. We were lodged in a garden villa on the backside of the property, which had a master bedroom and bathroom upstairs, as well as two smaller beds which could have accommodated two more people. We used that space for staging our gear and clothing. The kitchen was serviceable: full size fridge with freezer, stove top, oven, microwave, and enough counter space to prep food. Nice to have two pools on the property, as on windy days, the pool in back was more sheltered. Restaurant serves quality meals - breakfast through dinner. The best part of the stay was the staff - from the workers who labored daily to keep the sargasm raked out of the water and off the beach, to the maintenance staff, and kitchen/bar staff. Highly recommend taking the Sandy Point Resort transfer boat as they do a great job getting you efficiently from the airport to the resort.
Normally we stay at all inclusive resorts so for us this was different. When we arrived at the resort we were greeted at the dock offered some rum punch and were brought to the front desk were we checked in and brought to our room the room was pleasant with a small kitchen separate bed room and a nice bathroom. We were on the second story with one room below us we had a great sea view.
I never leave reviews on trip advisor but my experience really bugged me.
Tl;dr. : I WOULD NOT recommend staying here
When we arrived at the airport in San Pedro, we tried to arrange transport to the hotel and were told by airport staff that XTan Ha will send for complementary transport. We were not aware but pleasantly surprised. A taxi driver even told us that they reimbursed for a taxi from the airport strip to the water taxi so it seemed as if their service was quite excellent based on this initial experience.
Then when we arrived at the facility (a good 30 min by boat from San Pedro), we checked in and were surprised by how much EXTRA you need to pay for outside of the cost of the hotel. For example, we were interested in exploring the Caye and thought about renting a golf cart... However, we quickly forgot that idea since the rental costs more than $200US/day. Another expense is if you lose your key or towels - that also costs more $$. (How many guests could have possibly lost their keys or towels that this is such an issue for them? I digress).
Fast forward to the end of our trip when they charged $25US/person for our water transport to and from the hotel to San Pedro which we were initially told was complimentary. The most annoying part is that the only way to get from San Pedro to the hotel is by boat or land taxi ($50US each way and on a bumpy dirt road so not a great option). So that leaves you with two options for boats: the water shuttle service ($10US/person and leaves at scheduled times) and the other option being the Sandy Point Hotel's boat which also leaves at scheduled times as they make stops at many of their resorts. We were frustrated that this "service" was initially marketed as free and then once we were out at the resort and had no alternate mode of transportation were told about the high fees for this service.
Nothing feels worse than a place charging you more because you are from the States and they have a "well, you can afford it" attitude. Furthermore, when we brought up how they did not inform us of these charges in advance and how we were blindsided they just shrugged and said that that is how it's done at their hotel. It was very deceptive and manipulative on their part and thus I WOULD NOT recommend this hotel.
We stayed there 5 nights and had a garden villa room near the pyramid pool. The villa had plenty of space for our family of 4 with a full bath on the main level and another smaller one upstairs. Our kids are 7 and 9 years old and loved the pools, the beach, the trampoline and the ping pong table. The only downside is the restaurant, which is small with limited options. We bought groceries in San Pedro though before we arrived and made our own breakfast and lunch most everyday. Our son has celiac and we were even able to find some gluten free pasta and snacks at the Greenhouse store in San Pedro. I also brought a gf brownie mix with us and they were able to make it for us at the restaurant for our daughters birthday. Overall it was a great stay and we hope to come back again soon.