The other reviews are useful, use them. Set your expectations accordingly: if you wish to live a simple, uncluttered life with yoga and from-scratch food, stay at Ak’Bol. If you wish to unplug (the meditation garden has WIFI some times and often does not) and meet new friends, stay at Ak’Bol. If you find native lizards and birds and plants to be fascinating, stay at Ak’Bol. If you wish to wake up with the sun and live the life of the island, stay at Ak’Bol. Please determine for yourself the importance of what I haven’t listed (e.g. A/C and TV) and self-select. The water on the island is totally fine but there is a water cooler in your cabana. Check the weather and use yer noggin. We needed more fleece than bug spray. This is a family-operated resort and everyone was highly attentive (we were met at the water taxi by Milio one of the owners, everyday we discussed trips and local fun things to do, and Kirsten’s yoga class was a beautiful gift for a beginner like me). We were extremely well taken care of. We stayed in three cabanas (two ocean, one garden) and they are fine examples of organic architecture. Each had a thoughtful view of the ocean, privacy, and beautiful details. While the ocean, lodging, food, drink, and activities were great, the best part of the trip was our fellow travelers -- I cannot promise them to you but Ak'Bol certainly attracts a great crew.
Some trip aspects updated that we really appreciated from other reviews:
We walked from Tropic Air to water taxi. This was easy. Do not listen to people who stop you with other offers. It’s $5 US pp. Turn right to the water before the bank. Leave your bags, buy your ticket, and have a drink on the beach. (Obviously use the online maps).
The WIFI at Ak’Bol is blessedly intermittent. I found a good signal from the mediation garden but sometimes nothing (although my phone settings had a mind of their own so that could just be me). If you are really jonesing, we found a free fan up the beach just past Royal Caribe and the Palapa Bar had speedy service, just buy a drink and they give you the password. Hard times.
Rent bikes. We went just a bit south to the bird house and rented two bikes for $80 US for a liberal week. This is not easy to find. The bartender can explain but you follow the sign before the Palapa Bar and head toward the blue house with the top under construction. Don’t worry, just go. A dog may bark. Bikes were great with locks and lights. Say “hi” to Harriet for us.
The library no longer checks out books to visitors but we bought paperbacks for $1 US. And ask at Ak’Bol, there might be a library we didn’t know about that may even have the books we left ☺.
Healthy living: I have had a lot of body work in my time and Milio’s massage is an expert experience. If you know and care about your body/mind/spirit Milio and Kirsten will help you take care of yourself through yoga and massage. The awesome bar staff, our fellow guests, and the ocean helped too. We eat almost all local very low carb and while we didn’t toe the line on vacation the from-scratch food was itself a great gift. And the onion – pepper relish is worth the trip in-and-of-itself.
Other places: We dined mostly at Ak’Bol and were rewarded with awesome from-scratch food and a very modest bill. We stuck to the local rum, which I highly recommend, and the run punch with watermelon juice still calls my name. Close by, we had super fun times at Legends (I was shocked how good the burger was as I was all about fish, shellfish, and fish) and tapas at Aji. Try the ceviche everywhere, there is no wrong answer. We had lots of fun in San Pedro too and if you like live music, Legends and Crazy Canucks were great.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ak`Bol Yoga Retreat And Eco-Resort
- Ak`Bol Yoga Retreat & Eco Hotel San Pedro
- Ak'Bol Yoga Retreat & Eco-Resort Belize/San Pedro