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Ak'bol Yoga Retreat & Eco-Resort
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Denver
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6 reviews
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“Amazing Yoga Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2012

Our group was staying at Belizean Shores and heard about the Morning Yoga classes taught over the water. It was fantastic! The instructor Kristen knew just how to guide us through the class (our group varying fitness levels). Afterwards, we had breakfast at the resort and it was by far the best meal of the trip and very reasonable. The bartender Ellen was a joy to meet. We are thinking our next trip we will try to stay here in one of their cute little beachfront cabanas. LOVED IT!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Quesnel, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

This was our first stop in Belize and we could not have picked a better spot! The staff was great and all of the guests were super friendly. Once a year the ocean washes up garbage from various ship wreaks, hurricanes, illegal dumping etc. making our beach time unpleasant but the residents do their best to keep it clean. A lot of reviews about Ak'bol speak about the smell of the water being unpleasant, which it is, but it is through no fault of the hotel. Everywhere in Belize uses grey water systems and you get what you get. Ak'bol's food was THE BEST and it was a highlight of our stay. Resort is a bit far from town but it makes for a nice walk or bike ride. We felt the barraks were safe and secure and the bathrooms were large enough for every member in the building. Would highly recommend it and we would stay there again!

Room Tip: The second level floors get a better view of sunrise and sunset.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2012

Yoga barracks are a great deal ($) for Ambergris but we stayed in an ocean front cabana. Excellent sea breeze but not nearly as good a value. Pluses were cool, funky, local decor, fresh water in the room, a great outdoor shower, lovely porch, peaceful ocean views, and cooling sea breeze.

Downsides: very laid back and informal environment makes you feel like you are intruding on their life rather than being attended to by hotel staff. No front desk, limited staff, unable to get an extra towel, did not/would not change sheets or towels the entire week we were there, restaurant closes early, minimal help arranging activities, husband/wife owners aloof, hang with their own friends, live their life - only part of which is running the retreat. Guests who are not part of the circle of friends can feel ignored.

Generally, beaches on the island are dirty and filled with trash. Ak'bol cleans their beach every morning which is great. The water is beautiful but close in it's too shallow to swim and further out it's there's too much boat traffic to swim so it's all a bit frustrating. Ak'bol cleared an area at the end of their nice dock and roped it off for swimming. There are even a few fish under the dock.

Strongly recommend Scuba School Belize, located a short walk north of Ak'bol at the White Sands Hotel for scuba and snorkeling. Junior and Yesmin are safe, knowledgeable, friendly guides to the underwater treasures that abound in Belize. The reef is as pristine as the beaches are dirty.

Room Tip: Barracks are a great price. Ocean cabanas most comfortable because of the breeze.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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San Pedro, Belize
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012

This is not your ordinary resort. Kirsten & Milio make your stay an authentic experience. Great location, yoga queen extraordinaire, super good prices, and the barracks are the best deal on the island if you are on a budget.

You will nit be disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

The first thing I did when I was planning my spring break trip to Belize was to look for where I could practice yoga. I found the website for Ak'bol, but its pictures don't remotely do it justice. Biking to practice yoga under the thatched roof palapa of Ak'bol was a highlight of my trip, as was staying afterwards to eat delicious huevos rancheros and coconut french toast at the bar. I couldn't recommend Kirsten enough to diligent practitioners of yoga, or just adventurers looking for a relaxing stretch; everyone will learn under her tutelage.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2012

I absolutely loved my stay at Ak'bol. The daily yoga was fantastic and the resort is only a short and pleasant bike ride away from San Pedro. I was in Ambergris to scuba dive and the owners of Ak'bol did a wonderful job helping me get in touch with various dive shops. For SCUBA divers, it's extremely easy to dive from here. Most dive shops will pick you up from the resorts dock.

The rooms in the barracks are simple but I found them very nice. The bathroom is communal but it is very nice and kept clean. You can tell that a lot of care was put into the design; there are numerous nice touches that make the barracks a very pleasant place to stay.

The food at the restaurant is delicious and cheap. People came from the surrounding hotels and resorts to eat at Ak'bol and they always said it was the best food.

Room Tip: If you're traveling alone or with friends the barracks are a great value. If you're with a...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2012

I stayed at Ak'bol in August 2011. I stayed in a bungalow with my mom for a week and It was fantastic, everyone was welcoming, Milio and Kirsten helped us plan activities during the day and Philip and Ellen were extremely welcoming as restaurant staff. It was incredibly relaxing and an amazing vacation. I hope to return sooner than later!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Ak'bol Yoga Retreat & Eco-Resort

Property: Ak'bol Yoga Retreat & Eco-Resort
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 #6 of 30 Specialty Lodging in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 
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Ak`Bol Yoga Retreat And Eco-Resort
Ak`Bol Yoga Retreat & Eco Hotel San Pedro
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