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
We loved our sea front unit at X'Tan Ha - except for the bed which was saggy with a super thick mattress topper. The resort was well maintained as was our unit. The staff were very kind and helpful. We were one of maybe 5 units that were occupied during the first week of May so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We utilized the excursions that are bookable through the resort and had very good results. This isn't the place to stay if you want to be in the thick of things but if you want quiet, beauty and restoration, it's perfect.
My dad and I came during off season for 4 days, primarily to SCUBA dive. Everything from booking the reservation to booking the airport transportation and dives was incredibly easy and I booked all via email within 1 or 2 emails. Norman, who checked us in, was so friendly and welcoming. Berry, who owns the bar and restaurant was amazing - wonderful company and great food open from 6am-12pm! The room was very nice and cool with great beds.
This resort is about 30 min drive north of town so keep that in mind. If you are looking to get away and relax, they have the best beaches but it does take some time to drive your golf cart over the bumpy roads into town. Or, it’s $8 USD per person to take a 15 min water taxi which is very convenient!
I would also recommend booking excursions other than diving and snorkeling through a vendor in town - much cheaper!
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone! The restaurant on the resort has really good food--breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyone is more than willing to help make your stay a great one. My sister and I originally booked three nights but we enjoyed the stay so much we canceled another reservation in order to extend our stay.
X'tan Ha is a beautiful resort with the friendliest of staffs. They made our stay in Ambergris Caye one of the most memorable vacations I have ever had! I would absolutely stay here again, and would recommend anyone to do the same!
While this will be a trip getting to this remote location, it was worth it. Positives: you can Kayak to the reef and snorkel in crystal clear waters. super close to the reef, fish in and out of the reef within 15 min boat ride, unbelievable service. newer accommodations with amazing swim pools. dive shop personnel on site, WALK up beach over the water full bar. negatives: limited to small restaurant and limited menu, 7 miles from town, golf cart rental needed or pay resort $12us each one way for trips to town. probably one of the cleanest best beaches I saw in Belize.