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abd4evr Nov 6th, 2004 08:35 PM

Places to stay in Ambergris Caye? Xanadu or Banyan Bay?
My family (2 adults, 2 kids) are planning to travel to Belize for the first time this winter/spring, and have been looking for places on Ambergris Caye. From what we've seen, Xanadu and Banyan Bay seem to be sort of what we're looking for- nice pool for the kids, reasonably nice beach, look like nice suites.

It's hard to tell if Xanadu has a good beach or not, looks sort of rocky at the edge, whereas BBay looks like a nicer beach. It's so hard to tell from photos, however, so I'd love to hear from anyone who has had experience with either place. Thanks!!

Katie_Valk Nov 7th, 2004 04:12 AM

Banyan Bay property is much larger than most of the other hotels, two pools, restaurant on premises, nice large stretch of walk in beach. Both are very good condo hotels and heard to compete with Banyan Bay when it comes to space.

LanSluder Nov 7th, 2004 06:59 AM

I've stayed at Banyan Bay and have toured Xanadu a few times. Both are very nice places. Overall, I'd give the edge to Banyan Bay, which I think is the top condotel on the island. The units are very large (1000 sq. ft. +), with two bedrooms and two baths, nicely furnished and well-maintained. The beach at Banyan Bay is far better than at Xanadu, where there's a seawall. Banyan Bay also has a larger pool and a restaurant on-site (Rico's is a little pricey and generally just so-so, but the setting is beautiful, right on the water, and it's great for breakfast or a snack.)

Banyan Bay and Xanadu both get a good number of families, but Banyan Bay is larger so it usually seems like there are more there.

--Lan Sluder

slk230 Nov 7th, 2004 07:06 PM

I would support what Lan has said, mainly because we took much of his advice before we traveled to Belize last year.

We stayed at Xanadu. It was very nice. As much we liked Xanadu, Banyon looks a bit nicer. The beach is definately better. We couldn't help but notice, because it's right next door to Xanadu.

abd4evr Nov 9th, 2004 05:47 PM

Thanks to all for the quick and informative replies! Just booked a week at Banyan Bay, and looking forward to our first time in Belize.

Thanks again for all your help!!

Debbie60 Jan 18th, 2005 12:52 PM

We too are planning a family (2 adults, 1 10 yr old son)holiday in Belize for the first time. We are also looking into Xanadu and Banyan Bay, as well as Captain Morgans. We are beach lovers and would love to hear how these 3 places compare. Any additional comments would be appreciated. Thanks.

Katie_Valk Jan 18th, 2005 01:41 PM

CM is more of a hotel than condo, although they have time shares and rooms with kitchens on premises. More tropial looking than the other two, pool, north of town, across the river, so you'll need to get a water taxi back and forth at night. In the day you can use a bike, golf cart or foot. Was one of the hotel featured in Temptation Island, but not sure thats anything to be proud of...has one of the better stretches of beach on the island.

LanSluder Jan 18th, 2005 02:33 PM

Captain Morgan's has the most obnoxious timeshare hawkers in Belize. For that reason alone I'd avoid it.

Banyan Bay really is the class of the condotels on Ambergris.

--Lan Sluder

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