Located on the white sand beaches of Ambergris Caye, Matachica is ideal for those looking for a peaceful place to relax with plenty of laid-back Caribbean charm.
Xanadu Island Resort
This family-owned island resort is one of the most eco-friendly options in Belize — it was the country’s first hotel to be awarded a Green Globe certification. Located just a short walk away from the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, it’s made up of five enormous domes that house 20 simple-but-spacious condominium-style suites. The relaxed Caribbean setting is reflected in the wicker furnishings and tropical decor.
During your stay, you can take a dip in the freshwater pool or swim and snorkel around the man-made reef. If you’d like to relax, you’ll find an array of loungers and hammocks nestled in the shade of tall palms of the tropical gardens that surround the property. Guests can also stroll along the long pier to relax in the palapa (an open-sided, thatched seating area) or laze in the Jacuzzi that overlooks the white sands and turquoise sea.
As you're able to cook for yourself here, there's no restaurant on site. However, there is a small bar that serves coffee, smoothies and alcoholic beverages and you’ll find restaurants and cafes in town, which staff will happily help recommend based on your likes.
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A relaxed Caribbean theme can be seen throughout all 20 suites here at Xanadu. Each has a comfortable living area, fully equipped kitchen and a large, shaded deck that overlooks the ocean, pool or gardens. They all include air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, a safe and a hair dryer.
The property sits a short walk from the heart of San Pedro town. You can easily reach the shops, cafes and restaurants on foot, bicycle, golf cart or taxi. Its beach-front location means you’re just steps away from the world's second largest barrier reef.
Food and drink
Although Xanadu doesn’t have a restaurant on site, guests are encouraged to take the short walk into town and explore the island’s options. For breakfast, we recommend Brooklyn Brothers Bagel as well as The Baker — the cinnamon rolls are excellent.
There is a grocery shop just outside the entrance of the resort, where you can shop and make use of the complimentary beach barbecue.
You'll be provided with complimentary filter water throughout your stay and an initial coffee and tea pack when you arrive.
Facilities and activities
There are many places to explore within the grounds of this resort, including a nature walk that has its very own waterfall. There’s a freshwater pool and Jacuzzi, and guests enjoy complimentary use of bicycles, kayaks, and paddleboards. The hotel can also arrange tours throughout the local area, such as scuba diving, fishing and sailing.
We like Xanadu for its friendly, attentive service and relaxing, Caribbean atmosphere.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A traditionally elegant hotel with an excellent beachfront location on Ambergris Caye.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
This excursion departs early in the morning, at around 6am, and arrives back at around 5.30pm - a full-day trip which allows for three incredible dives in some of the most pristine and beautiful underwater sites in Belize.