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X'Tan Ha - The Waterfront Resort

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We had a good experience. The staff was very helpful in getting our activities scheduled and the food at the restaraunt was excellent as was the restaraunt staff.

The hotel was CLEAN. I was very pleased with that. Everything, the room, the pool, even the beach was kept in top notch condition. Service was great and everyone friendly. We especially were impressed with the bartender, Elbin. I certainly will recommend the X'Tan Ha to friends and family. Also, Tough'Enuff is a great tour co. Ask for Scott if you go to the Myan sight. We had a great time!

Only 4 nights, but nice experience. Too Hot this time of year & mosquitos very bad at night, but otherwise it was lovely. Cabana was perfect & pools were small but very nice. The location is remote, but renting the golf cart made it fun to explore the city & rest of the area. The beach was gorgeous & the grounds as well. So quite & relaxing.

Everything about this trip was amazing. The staff to the restaurant employees made this a trip we want to take again and will stay here when we return.

Words cannot describe how at home the staff made me feel. The absolute best.

Ah, the good and the bad. The good--great rooms right on the beach. No problem finding chairs right outside my door and we were in and out of the rooms all day. Exceptional for those reasons. We had a birthday in our group and the hotel staff were terrific with a nice surprise and went out of their way to make a birthday cake, etc. All the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Service, as with most such locales, can be a little slow at times, but all done with a willing attitude and a smile. Rooms are casual but quite comfortable. We had 2 rooms and the hotel made sure we were in connecting rooms. Beds are very comfortable, good kitchen space, porches with tables and hammocks. The only tv is in the bedroom, so not as conducive to watching movies as a group etc. The No Worries tours are great and we highly recommend the sunset cruise. Negatives: OMG the seaweed. I know it has been a rough season all over the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico for sargassum, but this was a MAJOR detraction from the vacation. I have never seen so much seaweed wash up on a beach and hang in the water.Several feet thick.Not just at this hotel but all over Belize. X'Tan Ha actually tried and did better than other resorts we saw to remove the seaweed but it was an everyday struggle. Men raking and front loaders moving it away .This itself was a noisy distraction. All day long, virtually everyday. The seaweed made it unpleasant to go into the water, it stank and made the water brown. Not until the last day could we see almost all the water in front of the hotel. Again, I stress this is not the hotel's fault and they did a Herculean job in trying to keep the beach clear but it was impossible. The only time we went into the water was on snorkling trips. A major bummer when you have beachfront units and cannot go into the water at your front door. The restaurant was pretty good and offered a pretty good variety. Need a few more vegetarian offerings. No workout room etc. We never got to use the kayaks because the wind was always too strong or too something. Again a major disappointment. Despite the seaweed--which is a huge negative--we had a marvelous time. The hotel is pleasant and the staff very friendly.

we had a wonderful vacation. the hotel was very nice. we rode bikes on the beach every day. The only way to get to town was by water taxi, but it was fun.

I went to Belize for a wedding and loved the hotel, although it is far from downtown, the location is perfect for those looking to spend a few days relaxing and preferably a couple. The hotel is small and very cute, comfortable and clean, also I loved the bar over the beach. There are some activities for you to do on the beach and in the sea and the staff is very friendly, help you to book water taxis -the only way to move there- or whatever you need. The only flaw is its restaurant, to be a place that is virtually out of the way, you should have a restaurant with more variety and better food. The next morning I had to go into town and buy food to prepare in my room.

I cant begin to describe how amazing x'tan ha resort is. Pictures do not do this place justice and the whole staff is absolutely amazing. One of the best experiences I have ever had while traveling. I highly suggest going here and we will be going back this year

Beautiful surroundings, great beach (with awesome bar). And most comfortable rooms in beachfront villa I ever been to. All in all very enjoyable experience. Definitely would go to x'tanha again

This place was a gem. The staff was amazing....friendly, responsive, going above and beyond the call of duty. Rooms were beautiful, clean and very comfortable. The absolute knock out for me was the availability of kayaks and ability to paddle to an excellent snorkeling site, Mexico Rocks...anytime you want. The snorkeling was the best i have ever done...seeing sharks, rays, eels, and amazing reef fish. Don't miss this little gem if you want to get off the beaten track.

We had a lovey room with an ocean view. We rode bikes on the beach, swam in the ocean and the pool. We ordered groceries and had them delivered to the room. That was really nice. You have to take a water taxi to get to town. They are frequent. We had a wonderful vacation. I did some paintings on the beach. The staff was awsome.

The hotel was nice and secluded like we wanted and it did take a little extra to get there but it was as expected. As soon as we got off the plane we were picked up by the hotel and taken to our boat. From there it was a quick 15/20 minute ride to the hotel dock where we were greeted by Robin and some warm towels. After checking in we went up to our room and were glad we got the upper floor ocean front room. If you stay here that should be the room to get. The hotel had a great restaurant which we ate at almost exclusively. Alfred and Eddie took great care of us and we loved the drinks Smokey made behind the counter. The restaurant was definitely the bright spot of the hotel. The bad things about the room/hotel were the insane amount of ants and cockroaches in our room. We had to lock up our suitcases and bags just to try not to bring any back with us. The water smell/taste was mentioned in the reviews and it was exactly as described. They use well water supplemented by rain so it really does change day-to-day but we cant deduct for that since we knew before we arrived. The kitchenette would have been helpful if the pans were not filthy. All-in-all we would definitely return to San Pedro and would hope by then the those issues would be addressed by X'Tan Ha to make our next visit that much better.

The hotel was amazing, spacious, and beautiful! But…it is very far and isolated from everything. There is no close area to do any grocery shopping, trying different restaurants, or really to go exploring. You are stuck using the "once every two hour" water taxi service to take you to other properties and to "town". That being said, the hotel and amenities are great! The staff is wonderful also. And, there is actually a "beach" that you can enjoy as they clean it every 3 hours!

Our stay couldn't have been better at Xtan Ha. We were treated like gold and would say that they have the best beach on the island. They rake the beach every couple hours to keep it prestine. Our rooms were always clean and we were constantly asked how well we were doing and what they could do better to serve us. My brother got married on the pier. They made a beautiful flower arrangements and treated our family like royalty. The staff and manager couldn't have been nicer. I will definitely be back. There is so much to do and see. Family Friendly resort. Kids & adults at the perfect mix.

Had a fantastic time here!! They have the best beach compared to the other resorts. Minimal sea grass. Yes it is a bit far from San Pedro, however don't feel like you have to be stuck at the resort-- there are ways to get around. You can get a discounted price on the water taxi to town in the office, or you can rent a golf cart in San Pedro if you're up for some adventure! It's 7 miles on a bumpy, jungle road but really fun. Took us about an hour to ride from the hotel to the town, but we had the freedom to come and go as we pleased. The room have full kitchen with all the utensils you would need. So hit up the grocery store and get food/snacks/meals/liquor in San Pedro before arriving to save some $$$. The restaurant at the resort had really good food, but you could tell they were catering to American taste. They didn't have to many belizean good choices. The waiter in the restaurant "smokey" (he looked like smokey Robinson) was fantastic! He always went above and beyond and was so well mannered. We loved him. Tony at the palapa bar was very friendly too. There was a white woman manager in the office that was very fake and kinda snooty, so we steered clear of her. Oliver the owner was very sweet too. He always took time to stop and say hi and chat a little and always made sure we had everything we needed. Talk to the staff to get in on some fun. They recommended great places to eat in town. They also let us join them on the dock for night fishing one time! The no worries tour place is right there at the report. I highly recommend the snorkeling at Ho' Chan and shark ray alley. You get face to face with all the fish, rays, and nurse sharks! Really fun!

This hotel has the best beach if all resorts. Amazing staff thst welcomes you at the pier with a tropical drink and cold cloth and sees you off the day you leave with such genuine hospitality. Very quiet and laid back resort. If you need to unwind this is the place. We will be going back again and will stay at X Tan Ha again.

This is a small group of very well made cottages , 2 story 4 units in each. Each has a living room with efficiency kitchen , bedroom , bath. The beds are supper comfortable . The walls are dark mahogany the floors red tile the ceiling 9 feet. Each had a porch overlooking the pool in our case with the ocean in the distance. The restaurant was steps away with satisfying local seafood vegetables fruit and full bar. The staff is very friendly. There is a beach with beach chairs and umbrellas and beachside bar next to the dock with water sport/dive center. Snorkeling equipment is available for rent at $5. Scuba equipment is available. Various attractions/trips are scheduled through the water sport office. The main town on Ambergrise Caye , San Padro, is 7 miles south. Water taxis are the means of transport there and beyond. The reef is 900 feet offshore. The sound of surf crashing on the reef offers a constant rumble. Between the shore and the reef is gin clear water. One of the best features is the complementary sea kayaks two person sit on top affairs which are super stable and which allow even the novice to paddle out to the reef to snorkel or just ride the turquoise sea. Mexico rocks is a nearby reef formation where nurse sharks, rays and reef fish can be observed. The water there is 10 feet deep with coral heads looming up populated with sea life. It is a great place for novice snorklelers and is satisfying for those more experienced who want to show their family the wonders of the deep.

Beautiful location that's secluded, but close enough to town to visit easily via water taxi in about 20 minutes. Very nice rooms with great views. Really good snorkeling and diving nearby. Complementary kayaks and snorkel gear. Absolutely wonderful staff. Great beach bar right in the water with friendly fun bartenders. Restaurant on property with decent food. Only shortcoming is relatively small selection of supplies available at the resort. You can't buy much there, and need to go to town to get somethings that might pop up. We had a great time and would highly recommend this resort for couples or groups, but not singles, since you need to go to town to see lots of people or nightlife. We also highly recommend the triple excursion to Xunantunich Mayan ruin, Jungle zipline & cave tubing. Very fun, and interesting, but a little physical for older seniors with some hiking and step climbing involved. We are in our mid-fifties and loved it. Insist they bring plenty of beer and rum punch, which we enjoyed the whole time.

It doesn't get more gorgeous than x'tan ha. The beach is pristine (and raked 3x daily to keep it kelp and debris free), ocean is steps away, staff is friendly, and there isn't a bungalow with a bad view. Daily cleaning and turn down service for the comfortable AC bungalows. Amenities easily accessible on site and provide great fun with no extra money or annoying forms. Just grab and go. Staff ensures to keep beach chairs and umbrellas ready for you and will help organize boats to other restaurants or into town. Only critique I have is the restaurant on site doesn't have the warmest atmosphere or food, but the bar makes up for it 10x over and there are great beach front restaurants a quick boat ride away. I'll be back.

7.2 miles North San Pedro

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Free airport shuttle

X'Tan Ha - The Waterfront Resort is located 7 mi (11.3 km) from GoFish Belize and 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from Ambergris Museum. This 32-room, 3-star resort welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools, a restaurant, and free in-room WiFi. It's on the beach and also within a 30-minute drive of Belizean Melody Art Gallery and The Gallery of San Pedro Ltd.


Dining

Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


Rooms

The 32 air-conditioned accommodations feature kitchenettes and balconies or patios, and there's space to spread out with separate bedrooms and sitting areas. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 30-inch TVs with cable channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Coffee makers, ceiling fans, and safes are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests of X'Tan Ha - The Waterfront Resort enjoy features like 2 outdoor pools, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include barbecue grills and wedding services.

Room options

Villa, 1 Bedroom, Beachfront

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Villa, 1 Bedroom, Pool View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Studio Suite, 1 Bedroom, Ground Floor

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Villa, 1 Bedroom, Garden Area

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for X'Tan Ha - The Waterfront Resort

Everyone (3) Couples (16) Family (3) Friends (3) Other (1)
4

relaxing, get away from it all.

Everyone

We had a good experience. The staff was very helpful in getting our activities scheduled and the food at the restaraunt was excellent as was the restaraunt staff.

By , from Boston, MA on Mar 7, 2017

4

wonderful!

Everyone

The hotel was CLEAN. I was very pleased with that. Everything, the room, the pool, even the beach was kept in top notch condition. Service was great and everyone friendly. We especially were impressed with the bartender, Elbin. I certainly will recommend the X'Tan Ha to friends and family. Also, Tough'Enuff is a great tour co. Ask for Scott if you go to the Myan sight. We had a great time!

By , from Texas on Feb 16, 2017

4

very relaxing vacation on nice beach.

Everyone

Only 4 nights, but nice experience. Too Hot this time of year & mosquitos very bad at night, but otherwise it was lovely. Cabana was perfect & pools were small but very nice. The location is remote, but renting the golf cart made it fun to explore the city & rest of the area. The beach was gorgeous & the grounds as well. So quite & relaxing.

By , from WI on May 18, 2016

Review comment responded on Jun 6, 2016

Thank you for sharing your review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. While we are 30-minute golf-cart ride from San Pedro Town, we find that the distance allows us to be away from the hustle and bustle and provide an authentic relaxing atmosphere. We do provide complimentary bicycles, kayaks and SUP boards for our guests' enjoyment, as well as on-site activities such as a giant outside chessboard, ping pong table and over-the-water trampoline.

5

most amazing time

Families

Everything about this trip was amazing. The staff to the restaurant employees made this a trip we want to take again and will stay here when we return.

By on Jun 13, 2015

5

the best vacation

GetawayWithFriends

Words cannot describe how at home the staff made me feel. The absolute best.

By on Jun 13, 2015

4

very nice hotel, warm friendly staff

Families

Ah, the good and the bad. The good--great rooms right on the beach. No problem finding chairs right outside my door and we were in and out of the rooms all day. Exceptional for those reasons. We had a birthday in our group and the hotel staff were terrific with a nice surprise and went out of their way to make a birthday cake, etc. All the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Service, as with most such locales, can be a little slow at times, but all done with a willing attitude and a smile. Rooms are casual but quite comfortable. We had 2 rooms and the hotel made sure we were in connecting rooms. Beds are very comfortable, good kitchen space, porches with tables and hammocks. The only tv is in the bedroom, so not as conducive to watching movies as a group etc. The No Worries tours are great and we highly recommend the sunset cruise. Negatives: OMG the seaweed. I know it has been a rough season all over the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico for sargassum, but this was a MAJOR detraction from the vacation. I have never seen so much seaweed wash up on a beach and hang in the water.Several feet thick.Not just at this hotel but all over Belize. X'Tan Ha actually tried and did better than other resorts we saw to remove the seaweed but it was an everyday struggle. Men raking and front loaders moving it away .This itself was a noisy distraction. All day long, virtually everyday. The seaweed made it unpleasant to go into the water, it stank and made the water brown. Not until the last day could we see almost all the water in front of the hotel. Again, I stress this is not the hotel's fault and they did a Herculean job in trying to keep the beach clear but it was impossible. The only time we went into the water was on snorkling trips. A major bummer when you have beachfront units and cannot go into the water at your front door. The restaurant was pretty good and offered a pretty good variety. Need a few more vegetarian offerings. No workout room etc. We never got to use the kayaks because the wind was always too strong or too something. Again a major disappointment. Despite the seaweed--which is a huge negative--we had a marvelous time. The hotel is pleasant and the staff very friendly.

By on Mar 16, 2015

5

best vacation ever

GetawayWithFriends

we had a wonderful vacation. the hotel was very nice. we rode bikes on the beach every day. The only way to get to town was by water taxi, but it was fun.

By on Feb 27, 2015

4

great hotel to relax with a couple

Couples

I went to Belize for a wedding and loved the hotel, although it is far from downtown, the location is perfect for those looking to spend a few days relaxing and preferably a couple. The hotel is small and very cute, comfortable and clean, also I loved the bar over the beach. There are some activities for you to do on the beach and in the sea and the staff is very friendly, help you to book water taxis -the only way to move there- or whatever you need. The only flaw is its restaurant, to be a place that is virtually out of the way, you should have a restaurant with more variety and better food. The next morning I had to go into town and buy food to prepare in my room.

By on Feb 19, 2015

5

best get away vacation

Couples

I cant begin to describe how amazing x'tan ha resort is. Pictures do not do this place justice and the whole staff is absolutely amazing. One of the best experiences I have ever had while traveling. I highly suggest going here and we will be going back this year

By on Feb 17, 2015

4

great stay

Couples

Beautiful surroundings, great beach (with awesome bar). And most comfortable rooms in beachfront villa I ever been to. All in all very enjoyable experience. Definitely would go to x'tanha again

By on Jan 12, 2015