Fodor's Expert Review Xanadu Beach Resort & Marina
Sunken Treasure Dr., turn off E. Mall at Pinta Ave., Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.
Boat-in guests, divers, and beach-lovers who wish to avoid the upscale Lucaya scene choose landmark Xanadu. Howard Hughes spent the last few years of his life in the penthouse suite of this hotel, which he owned in the 1970s. The resort recently completed a valiant and dramatic comeback after being devastated by fire and hurricanes. The trademark pink exterior has been repainted yellow, and goldenrod tones with arched brick accents and a fireplace now warm the lobby. Located only a few minutes from town, the property's tower (still known as the Howard Hughes Tower), pool wing, and villas overlook the oval pool and fountain, marina, parking lot, or beach. Rooms show their age but have been spruced up with a new designer look. Coconut palms sway at the wide, gorgeous beach, complete with a bar and grill.
- affordable, great beach, solid diving operation, planned guest activities
- hard to find, other resort guests use beach, somewhat dated