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Umaya Resort & Adventures

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Placencia Rd Maya Beach, Placencia Belize
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#11 of 24 hotels in Placencia
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Umaya Resort Belize, formerly known as the Belize Ocean Club is a beautiful full-service deluxe resort located on a 78-mile peninsula in the southern part of Belize on Maya beach. The resort has rooms overlooking the peaceful lagoon and distant Mayan mountains or overlooking the blue Caribbean Sea. The first of the new dining options, The Clubhouse, is a farm to table restaurant facing the lagoon with sunset mountain views. It offers cuisine rooted in Mayan and Garifuna Belizeans traditions. FYAH, named from the local dialect for fire, presents food cooked over an open flame grill, with both deck and barefoot in the sand seating options for a selection of parrillada and tandoor food. With the largest living barrier reef off its shores, Umaya Resort & Adventures is putting a focus on diving experiences, including the creation of an onsite dive certification program. The management team has also created unique new excursions for adventure travelers both at sea and in the nearby jungles and Mayan ruins of Belize. In addition to the offsite excursions, Umaya Resort & Adventures launched a variety of weekly cultural and gastronomic events such as Beer &Curry Night, serving original Indian dishes prepared by Chef Subu from Chennai as well as Best of Belize, highlighting local Garifuna cuisine and music.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool with view
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Beach
Badminton
Children's television networks
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Diving
Hiking
Snorkeling
Bowling offsite
Fishing
Highchairs available
Free shuttle or taxi services
Meeting rooms
Body wrap
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Additional bathroom
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Microwave
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Telephone
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
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HOTEL STYLE
Lagoon View
Green
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Curtis M wrote a review Jun 23
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It is not often you take a trip that ends up being wildly better then you expected! Umaya Village is truly a special place. Work hard, play hard to a tee. Room, wifi, and staff all exceptional! Serving staff of Jamiel, Henry, Alex and Duane were exceptional. Hope to see them still on team for my next visit!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Michele A wrote a review May 2021
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My trip to Umaya was the best decision I ever made. To put it simple I was living and working from actual paradise surrounded by incredible humans from fellow Umayans to the beautiful locals. Like most people I booked for 1 month but ended up staying for 2, and then travelling on to Guatemala with my new Umaya friends! I stayed in one of the beachside apartments which had the most incredible view of the ocean. As I was working European hours, each morning I would walk outside to the pier and watch the sunrise or take one of the communal paddle boards or kayaks out and watch it from there. What a way to start the day! The apartments were spacious & super comfy, and the restaurant on site was so good (& convenient when working). The dishes were truly high end restaurant standard (for a fraction of the price!). On a Friday night the buffet communal dinners were always incredible and they had a different theme each week. This was also a really nice way to get together with fellow Umayans after a work week. The cocktails were also amazing, especially the spicy margaritas! During the week there would be all sorts of classes to keep us fit and healthy in between workdays. Some favourites of mine were yoga, Hitt and ecstatic dance! These would usually happen on the Lagoon side which is equally as beautiful as the ocean side and during the evening classes you could watch the sunset over the water. There were also great workshops each week run by other guests on a diverse array of topics. The staff on site from the bar attenders, to the maintenance team, to the Umaya community team were just fantastic and couldn’t do enough for you. Finally, there was the whole beautiful country outside of the resort to explore and that’s what the weekends were for! Belize has everything: from ocean, to mountains, Mayan ruins, caves, fantastic cuisine, village life and more. Some of my favourite trips were snorkelling with sharks, turtles and stingrays, river tubing, caving (the ATM cave is a MUST and will blow you away), hiking to the waterfalls and horse riding in the jungle.. And then there were the afternoons I spent visiting the local villages where I really immersed myself in the the many Belizean cultures (from Creole, to Garifuna, Mestizo, traditional Mayan and more) Bottom line of this review is if you are being indecisive about booking then just DO IT I promise you will not regret it!!!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Alex C wrote a review May 2021
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As someone who works for a larger company in a strategy/bizops role, I was concerned about whether a "digital nomad resort" could really work for me. Would the wifi work okay? Would the environment be right for someone who wanted a quiet space to work while also socializing and exploring during the nights and weekends? What would the people be like? Within the first 24 hours, all my worries were put away. We arrived and were welcomed wholeheartedly by both the Umaya and resort staff. The spaces to work out of, the common areas, and the rooms were all amazing. Most importantly, the people were incredible. There were people with remote corporate jobs like myself (consultants, software engineers, marketers, etc.), but there were also people at Umaya with different paths than mine who I got to connect with and learn from. From yoga teachers and movie graphic designers to fashion brand owners and musicians. I was able to develop deep relationships with people I still keep in touch with. I mean even now, I'm writing this review from an apartment in LA that is owned by someone who I met at Umaya. In a couple weeks, my girlfriend and I are meeting another couple who we hung out with at Umaya too. It was truly an unbelievable experience and I can't wait to get back to Umaya soon.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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DommyT wrote a review May 2021
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I had no idea what to expect when coming to Umaya Village but my time here has easily become a standout experience in all my travels, and given me memories I will forever treasure! More than just a hotel to work from remotely, the team have created a space that allows for a genuine community amongst strangers in a short amount of time, making every day exciting yet still feeling like you’re home 🥰 The grounds are gorgeous, nestled between the Caribbean Sea and a glistening lagoon (with dolphins and manatees!!!) you really can’t go wrong. Great value for money - the lodgings are spacious, clean, and include an adequately equiped kitchen (though the food at the restaurant are delish if you aren’t bothered to cook). There are complimentary yoga classes, kayaks and paddle boards, and a huge pool/ bar by the ocean where you can grab drinks with others after a hard days work... in paradise. The variety of off-site and on-site communal activities/dinners/events are always a highlight. Weekly novice volleyball playoffs were my personal favourite - you’ll find there’s always something going on! They also provide a complimentary van shuttle daily so you can visit the main part of town in Placencia (25 mins away) for grocery runs, trying different restaurants etc. All in all - pack your bags, laptop, a sense of adventure (and a lot of bug spray) and you’ll be set for a crazy fun time!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sarah H wrote a review May 2021
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I stayed at Umaya Village's digital nomad community from March-April. Since being back in the states, not a day goes by that I don't think about and miss my time there, from the incredible new friends made, weekly excursions and unreal setting to continue working my full-time job without interruption. The staff is incredibly hospitable, attentive, and all have such vibrant personalities they made the resort feel like home and it was hard to say goodbye! There was a variety of on-site and off-site events prepared by the staff and guests are encouraged to create their own community activities, as well. Even the roughest days at work are manageable with a quick dip in the resort's massive beachfront pool, grabbing a drink at the palapa, catching a yoga class or chatting up someone new over lunch at the clubhouse. Umaya's digital nomad community is a very unique experience that caters to the remote worker. With that, remember that you are in the tropics! Pack your bug spray, appreciate the outdoor critters, and enjoy the adventure :)
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Date of stay: March 2021
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PRICE RANGE
$131 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Belize Ocean Club
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
60
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Frequently Asked Questions about Umaya Resort & Adventures
Which popular attractions are close to Umaya Resort & Adventures?
Nearby attractions include Jaguar Bowling Lanes (0.5 miles) and Inky's Mini Golf at Sirenian Bay (2.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Umaya Resort & Adventures?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Umaya Resort & Adventures?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Umaya Resort & Adventures?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Umaya Resort & Adventures?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Umaya Resort & Adventures?
Conveniently located restaurants include Maya Beach Hotel Bistro, The Quarterdeck Restaurant & Bar, and The Bonefish Grille at the Singing Sands Inn.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Umaya Resort & Adventures?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Umaya Resort & Adventures?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Umaya Resort & Adventures have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.