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
I've stayed in San Pedro many times but never at X'tan Ha until this November. I booked a package deal thru Orbitz and for the money, this place is great. It is at the far end of the island so keep that in mind when planning trips into San Pedro town--you are the last stop on the water taxi. The suite was very comfy with typical island furnishings. One comment for the management: PLEASE SHARPEN THE KNIVES! Our kitchen knives were super dull. All aspects of the service from start to finish were very good and everyone was super chill. The cocktails are good, not watered down, and the food in the restaurant was surprisingly good and not horribly over priced (think Coco Beach, Belizean Shores, etc). Keep in mind you are on an island and people can't just run to the market if they run out of something in the kitchen. Be prepared to be flexible The free bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, and for-fee golf carts were all well maintained and readily available. Both pools were clean and warm. The beach is well maintained and you can easily paddle out to the reef to snorkel. Tuff Enuff adventure company is present at the resort dock so you easily book other "adventures." A word about seagrass: IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE ECOSYSTEM SO GET OVER YOURSELF. Without this vital plant, the beach woul literally wash out to sea. Many creatures live in this grass and seagrass "forests" are great places to do some shallow water snorkeling. Just relax and watch the scene as there is much to be seen in that "grass".
My wife and I booked X'tan Ha mainly for all the good reviews. I will not make this mistake again. We arrived in San Pedro and were taken by taxi to a nearby boat which then took us to the resort. Nothing wrong with this and all went smoothly.
The beach is a non stop process. By that I mean they are constantly cleaning the sargassum, which is great. But there is so much coming in, you won't be getting in the water, from the beach anyways. This is not the resorts fault and definitely commend them for their efforts.
We were then taken to our room. It went downhill from there.
As a beachfront room, you expect to have a great room. This was not the case. The shower faucet was broken and had a piece of rusted metal sticking out of it, that if I didn't see, would have gashed my leg. The bathroom door opened up to expose only half of the sink, petty, but when you just want to go wash your hands it's a pain.
The sink and coffee pot had small black bugs. The stove top, which we had planned to use to save on eating out was useless. We tried boiling water for an hour, didn't work. The refrigerator had so much ice built up on it, it didn't cool. The front door had a gap in it which allowed rain (heavy rain) in the door. The restaurant is expensive for what you get and how long it takes.
As we got into bed on our first and only night here, I noticed dried blood on my wife's pillow.
Finally, the road north of San Pedro for about 1.5 miles isn't bad. But from that point to the resort approximately 5 miles, is the worst road I have ever driven on. It has potholes that you could lose a house in. If you have any back problems, don't risk it.
We didn't get to try the pools, but they appeared decent.
- Beach views
- Nice Golf Carts
- The Room
- The restaurant
- The drive into town
Our second time staying here and still love it! For the price you can’t beat it. While it’s a little farther from town, you can’t ask for a better, clean beach and nice quiet area which helps you relax. They have water activities on site, which is a nice accommodation. There can be sea grass issues in Belize, but not a specific issue to this hotel and they do a good job of maintaining...it’s a seasonal thing so research before you go (Feb was perfect, Nov had lingering grass, making the water brown to 30ft out). The staff couldn’t be friendlier or more accommodating. The ride into town is rough and takes approx 30 mins, however they have golf carts on site, which I would recommend. While they may be a little cheaper in town, they give you a fair price and fill your gas at night instead of having to go back into town, and if anything happens (lost a tire last year), they’ll come replace your cart....convenience is everything here! Didn’t eat at the restaurant this time cause last time was mediocre. The restaurant has changed ownership since then, so maybe worth it, but we weren’t in a hurry to try. You have a kitchenette in each unit, so hit up the grocery store and head into town for dinners (there is a grocery store in San Pedro that will resemble an American store, but due to TA guidelines cannot post about another business - check my profile, have a review for them). But if you want a nice relaxing vacation, come here!
It is easily 8 miles north out of San Pedro and that is a mixed blessing. To get into town you have to take a water taxi (preferred) or rent a golf cart and take a 40 minute ride over a horrible road to get to town. On the positive side, it is quiet and relaxed. Room was well appointed and clean, service staff attentive and helpful. The restaurant is SLOW! Food decent. There are cooking facilities in the room if you prefer your own cooking an want to be thrifty.
We stopped by for lunch today. Had a great lobster ceviche! The view from the bar is fantastic. Lots of guests lounging on the beach and at the bar. One guy was out in the ocean practicing his fly fish casting. Good fishing is close by.