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“Gorgeous resort, fantastic owner, friendly service, adorable beach bar!” 5 of 5 stars
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One mile North of the Bridge, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize   |  
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Plano, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Gorgeous resort, fantastic owner, friendly service, adorable beach bar!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

My husband and I accidentally discovered Ak Bol cruising the back roads of the island. Much to our surprise, Ak Bol was a dream! Next time we come back to Belize this is DEFINITELY where we will stay. (We stayed at Coco Beach this time). The scenery driving up to the back of Ak Bol from the road was serene with beautiful tropical flowers everywhere, very tranquil. We took one look at the view of the ocean and the adorable beach bar hut and knew we had to stay at Ak Bol. It gets better....the chicken and beef papusas are to die for!!!! My husband ordered three orders of them and we really weren't even that hungry to begin with! We ventured out the beach to look at the gorgeous scenery at Ak Bol and a very friendly man walked up to us as he noticed us taking pictures. He asked if we would like him to take our picture, we were VERY appreciative as it is tough to take pictures together when just two people are travelling...so we got to talking to this friendly gentleman who was very casual and had been sitting at a table with a good group of folks. They were laughing and smiling...come to find out, this gentleman was the owner! And the table of laughing friendly people were all of the workers of the resort. Needless to say, we stayed for two or three hours! Ak Bol is a very welcoming atmosphere, the precious little beach bar is directly on the beach and appropriately shaded with beautiful palm trees everywhere. One of the guys that worked there climbed one of the trees to greet several of the people there with coconuts, cut them open for us and we enjoyed the milk with some rum from the bar, DELICIOUS! Ak Bol is a MUST see and visit place whether you want to stay at the resort or simply stop in for some papusas, drinks, and beautiful scenery of Belize. We will DEFINITELY go back to Ak Bol when we return to Belize!!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Abbotsford, BC
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2009

We went to Ak'Bol for our honeymoon and couldn't have picked a better spot! We were greeted by eveyone who worked at Ak'Bol when we arrived, brought to our incredible cabana right on the beach and were continually given special attention the whole time we stayed (and not just us, all the guestS staying were made to feel equally important). I wasn't too concerned about the lack of A/C, but my husband was, although that worry soon went away once we felt that incredible ocean breeze, we didn't need air at all!

Staying at Ak'Bol felt like staying with an incredibly happy family. Oscar (bar), Steven (boat captain), Johnny (do it all guy), Cynthia and Lily(cooks) were all amazing, happy, friendly people that were more than happy to accomodate any request. And Kristen and Emilio were better hosts than I could have imagined!

Ak'Bol itself was the most amazing location, not too far from town, but far enough to be serene and peaceful. We rented a golf cart for the week to get into town at night because the restaurant at Ak'Bol closes at five. It was roughly $300 for the week and we really only used it at night, if you could split the cost and use with someone else it would probably make more sense. We didn't use the water taxi at all, and did hear that it was fairly unreliable in terms of pick up and drop off, but I can't say for sure.

Tips: if you drink, bring alcohol from duty free, it is very expensive to drink in San Pedro. The food at Ak'Bol was fantastic, and quite reasonably priced for the amount of food you get, but runs out fast, especially when Cynthia is cooking her BBQ chicken or Lily her famous fried chicken. If you plan on eating a little later than 12-1, ask them to put a plate aside for you. Other great restaurants, Wild Mango, Aji, Fido's and Sunset Grill. Although they are definetly more touristy and busy than the laid back atmosphere of Ak'Bol, so prepare for that.

All in all it was one of the best trips I have ever taken, and I have travelled a fair amount. If you are looking to relax, meet great people, feel welcomed and at home and be completly at peace Ak'Bol is the right place!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2009

Actually, there is not much to add to the other reviews. Everything was just perfect during our stay! The beachfront cabanas were beautiful and very clean. When we opened the door to our front porch in the morning it felt as you could jump into the sea right from the bed. The food was great, the prizes reasonable and the owners and staff always friendly and helpful.
You should not miss the snorkeling trips with Steven. We went to Hol Chan and Mexico Rocks and it was great! What we also appreciated, was that the trips could be set up very spontaneously and were quite affordable. We really enjoyed our stay there and will definitely come back! I promise you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Temecula
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2009

During our recent trip to San Pedro we rented a place in town. Without having ever been to San Pedro before we didn't know what to expect. We found out that town was so busy and not what we were looking for in our vacation. Through a short boat ride and a bike ride we came across Ak'bol. We fell in love. Kirstin opened up her pool to us to relax and we enjoyed the bar on the beach as well as some amazing food. We spent two afternoons there wishing that was where we were staying. When we go back we will certainly be staying there with Kirstin and Milio and their children so we can really enjoy all the place has to offer.
Thanks for allowing us to take part in your paradise!

Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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philadelphia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2009

This is a really great place to stay if you are looking for an authentic Belizean experience. The resort is very laid back and one with nature. I would definitely stay there again. Kirsten and Millo were both very welcoming and were very accommodate when anything asked of them. Since the resort is located on the northern side it is much more secluded and gives you a beautiful view of the Carribean. The bar and food they had at the resort were very good and reasonably priced. I am very satisfied with my stay and look forward to coming back.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2009

If you are looking for a relaxing beautiful resort on the shores near San Pedro this is it. With a great poolside bar and a fun and friendly staff Steven and Bario (aka Johnny) Kirsten and Millo have brought their dream to life. They are happy to share their resort with you and go above and beyond to make your stay full of fantastic memories. Everything was clean, and comfortable. Being away from whirring airconditioners (not needed with the seabreeze passing through the cabanas) and noise of TV's, was a nice break from the trappings of busy lifes we were looking to escape. The energy of the resort was purely positive and invigorating. PS the option of vegatarian meals was awsome.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2009

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From: leslie burch (lesall54@msn.com)
Sent: Thu 6/25/09 12:51 PM
To: [--]

Hello!
I would like to reserve Cabanas # 1, 2, & 3 for the next ten years and will send my credit card information in another e-mail.

OH HOW WE MISS YOU!!!!!!! thanks to All Of You for the ABSOLUTE BEST VACATION ever!

kirsten and melio you have truly created a bit of Heaven on earth there at ak'bol!! the natural beauty of the land, the exquisite creativity of the cabanas (and the barracks), the lovely touches like the hammocks, the palm tree swing, the yoga pier, are just perfection. the food was amazing. each and every one of your help was so endearing and--well, helpful. so willing to do anything to make things there great and easy and special for clare and i (and for all your guests, as far as i could see). there is an energetic harmony that fills the air there---it's easy to see that you put your hearts, your artistry and your high standards into making ak'bol a truly wonderful special place.

thank you for everything, from both clare and me----we wish you the best and we would love to come back sooner than i think will be possible! i have started an akbol savings account for anna and i, hopefully for the same time next year.

you will always remain in our hearts as much more than innkeepers!
much love,
leslie and clare

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: One mile North of the Bridge, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 26 Specialty Lodging in San Pedro
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only full service Yoga Center on the Island. Stay nightly (meals and yoga not included in room rate) Join 7 night yoga retreats with meals and yoga included, prices on our retreat schedule. Daily yoga classes open to the public at the end of our pier with mats available. Massage and snorkel trips with Ak'boL guide. We help line up all trips, so you can relax. Come unplug with us! namaste ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ak`Bol Yoga Retreat & Eco Hotel San Pedro
Ak`Bol Yoga Retreat And Eco-Resort
Ak'Bol Yoga Retreat & Eco-Resort Belize/San Pedro

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