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Almond Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Hopkins
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 24, 2013

My husband and I came to Belize for our honeymoon with a LivingSocial deal: 3 nights at Almond Beach, 3 nights at Sleeping Giant Lodge. The hotel staff arranged our transportation and was very accommodating when there was a mix-up with a tour we had pre-booked. (On the subject of tours, I would definitely recommend the snorkeling tour at the barrier reef. The guides were friendly and informative...plus you will really see some cool wildlife!) The food at the hotel was delicious, and all the waitresses and bartenders were so friendly (make sure to put your name down for a Coco Loco - delicious alcoholic drink right out of a coconut). You can tell they enjoy coming to work every day. The beach was fairly clean; they swept it every morning because there was a lot of seaweed washed up on the shore. The free bikes and kayaks were a plus! I would recommend kayaking in the morning before the wind picks up later in the day. We rode into town one afternoon and bought some souvenirs, but make sure to pack sunscreen and be ready for a bumpy ride on that road. Our room was clean, spacious and comfortable. The hotel supplies a mini fridge and a water cooler, which was a plus. I would definitely come back to Almond Beach/Jaguar Reef.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a couple of nights and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The grounds were beautiful and very well maintained. Staff was welcoming and very friendly and management went above and beyond. We will certainly be telling our friends back home about this hidden gem in the south of Belize.

Take the Bioluminesence tour it was amazing!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank clmawmaw
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

I just spent a few days at Almond Beach and was so impressed with everything and everyone. What a wonderful experience in this quiet little village in the southern portion of Belize! Service was over the top! The food was good and priced compitively. Drinks would arrive in Coconuts, lol. They share the property with Jaguar Reef Lodge where the dining was very good. I also enjoyed the SPA and had a few things done there.

They have bicycles and kayaks that are free for your use. As well as you can rent a scooter or golf cart at the front desk. Everything was very accessible. I shall definitely return with friends!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank Cory s
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

My husband and I just spent a couple days at almond beach and loved it! The staff was wonderful and friendly. Food was good and plentiful! Hopkins is a quaint. Little village with a lot of charm. We will definetly be returning!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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1  Thank Carribch
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We spent 3 nights at Almond Beach (which shares a pool & dining area with Jaguar Reef, and is a sister property to Caves Branch and The Sleeping Giant Jungle Lodge). The welcome punch was delicious; we were kindly shown around the property when we arrived; and the room was aesthetically beautiful and clean. We had a few mechanical problems in our room: the doors between our room and the adjacent room did not lock (they fixed this immediately when we brought it to their attention), the door lock entering the room from outside had a key broken off in it when we got there (they fixed this immediately), the TV didn't work (they tried on two occasions to fix this to no avail...said it was the weather first then a poor cable connection), the only way to make outside/international calls was from the pay phone in the main office (requires a phone card), the bed looked very refreshing but was a bit stiff/hard to my friend's liking and mine, and we had to have someone fix the toilet when it stopped flushing properly. The infinity pool with swim-up bar is nice albeit a bit small. It was dirty when we got into it...needed to be vacuumed and skimmed to remove all the leaves, flowers, etc., but it was later in the day so I'm sure it had seen its share of guests by then, hence, the debris.

Overall, the property was clean and very lovely...sand is nicely raked, hammocks are awesome, and kayaks/snorkeling gear are available for free. And each room has a fridge, coffee maker and alarm clock (kind of hard for a non-technical mind like me to figure out how to set it tho.) The Butterflies Spa was nice, the girls were sweet, and one of the ladies did an amazing job of braiding my entire head of very long hair. And there was a public computer available for us to use for free, which we did several times to look things up on the Internet.

The breakfast, especially the french toast, was DELICIOUS, as was the nighttime cookout that they offered outside on the beach one night. Very few people were eating in the restaurant, from our observation anyway, which seemed odd given the fact that the food was great. A fair number turned up for the beachside cookout. In addition to Almond Beach's restaurant, we HIGHLY recommend eating further down the south end of the road at Chef Rob's, at The Pelican resort/motel (just look for a red car shaped sign). It's a tad pricey but worth every penny...5-star, in my opinion...with great ambiance. Just be sure to make a reservation, and ask for a table near the beach if available.

Regarding tours, we booked ours independently vs. through the resort. We wanted to use particular tour companies that could provide more private, personal excursions vs. large groups. You might ask some people for a connection to a guy named "Levi" who does nighttime river tours from the pier at "The Curve" (a cool bar on the far south end of Hopkins). It isn't listed on the tour sheet provided by the hotel. The river tour during the late afternoon/early evening (still daylight) was beautiful, peaceful and totally relaxing. Levi is a TOTAL sweetheart. Later, Levi took us to a place, Anderson's Lagoon, where we saw the most incredible bio-luminescent effect in the water at night...reminded me of Life of Pi when the fish glowed in the water. Amazing...we just kept saying "WOW!! Oh my gosh...wow!!!" There are only certain places and times in the world where you can see this glowing effect in the water so it may not be there all the time; but just motoring down the river and being in this big lagoon all alone at night with quadrillions of stars in the sky was worth the trip. He only charged us about $35 each, which is probably barely enough for gas (we tipped him well tho.)

Also, I agree with what someone else said about the Almond Beach staff. Most were friendly and attentive, going out of their way to assist us (both of the night security guys, the maintenance guy "Marcus", the staff in the Butterflies Spa and the daytime property manager); but some of the ladies and one guy at the front desk acted indifferent or annoyed when we approached them for anything, as if doing their job was just too much trouble, or maybe they were having a bad day, or maybe they just didn't like us. Who knows.

Almond Beach, overall, was nice, clean, attractive and a terrific value...maybe a little more investment in the room comfort "details" (softer mattress, phone that calls international, and just making sure that everything is in good working order within an hour or two of the guests' arrival in each room), plus front-desk staff that are consistently friendly and eagerly helpful would've bumped our rating. I noticed a good number of great to excellent ratings on Almond Beach. Those people apparently didn't have the challenges that we did. Again, it IS a beautiful property, with good service and mostly nice, helpful people who'll do their best to resolve any issues that may arise.

Just be aware that the narrow 6 mile road into Hopkins is so rough, with gigantic potholes, that it would destroy a car over a period of time...fortunately, we were in an already beat-up rental...and we just laughed about it and considered it part of our Belizean adventure. I understand they're supposed to pave that road this summer; and they should. Don't have much to say beyond that. Would we stay here again? Yes. For the money, it was a real bargain.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We went away for my 40th birthday and our 15th year anniversary the first week of June and had a blast! If you are looking for a place which is not tourirsty but still provides excellent accomodations, Almond Beach is the place to go. Getting there is a long trip: we took a flight from DC to Miami and from then to Belize City. The hotel reservations staff (Cathy Gibbas, so good!) arranged our 15 min flight to Dangriga (we went on a 4 sitter plane there and a 10 sitter plane back), and then the hotel sent a van to pick us up (a 45 min ride but mostly because of the unpaved roads). The village of Hopkins is very very rural, although there are gems of little road side gift shops and restaraunts (Innie's serves the best Huduk, Fernwood pizza is better than in most pizza places in the States and a nameless bakery has the best muffins and breakfast breads baked by an American young woman Catherine). Maybe because Hopkins is so rural, the amenities of the Almond Beach resort take you by suprise -- the rooms are beautifully decorated and very well kept up with recently renovated bathrooms. It had a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker with coffee and filters included, which was a really nice feature. The pictures on the website represent the rooms really well - they are actually that nice looking.
We had free wi-fi most of the time but the phones did not work for some reason.

The resort itself is small and intimate, just like other several resorts along the shoreline, that are all within the walking distance. Each room is pretty much on the beach and we scored a separate cabana because our original room had some ants which showed up in the evening. The hotel was very gracious and gave us an upgrade without us requesting it and had our things moved to the new room seemlessly. In addition, we had a bottle of champagne waiting for us the first evening because it is was my 40th birthday.

There are 2 small pools and most people hang out in the one with a swim up bar, but the ocean is right there, and the hammocks and nicely padded beach chairs. The staff keeps the beach nice and clean. There free kayaks which you can take out any time.

The food in the hotel was very good for lunch and not expensive (fresh grilled fish tachoes - yum!) and we did not have either breakfast or dinner there. We went to Innies for a couple of lunches (15 US$ for 2 of us), and to other restaraunts along the beach for dinners. Chef Rob's, Barricuda and Love on the Rocks are all highly recommended.

The resort offers free bikes which we took into the village several times, and you can also rent a golf cart or a scooter pretty inexpensively by the hour. In the evening, the hotel can arrange for a car to take you anywhere in the village for $US 5/person round trip.

We did a Barrier reef twice (we planned to go to Glover's Reef but did not get enough people intersted in going -- our biggest regret!). The Barrier reef is the second largest in the world and the snorkling was the best we have ever done (and we have done plenty) -- crabs, barricudas, lobster, turtles and dozens of rays. Both times we spotted dolphins when we were moving from the first to the second spot and during our first trip, we swam with them -- that was surreal. We also did a zipline which was aboslutely awesome and highly recommended.

The only complain is the bugs -- you need to spray yourself multiple times otherwise you will be bitten all over (well, I was, my husband somehow was not) by mosquittoes.

The hotel staff was super super nice, went out of their way to make us feel at home. The local population was super friendly and helpful.

We want to go back, and if we do, we would want to spend some time in their jungle lodge which apparently is also awesome.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Oksana S
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Our family spent a fantastic week at Almond Beach. Everything was as advertised except th service which was just over the top-exceptionally friendly, helpful, full of info on the local town Hopkins and the staff went far beyond what you would expect.
The tours to keep you busy and, because it was off season, plenty of room on the beach to relax, read or nap. Food was very good and plentiful and thee staff would mix menu items to suit your tastes.
Ocean view or beach front is the best for breezes as it can get very hot-hey its a near jungle resort. Beach is not exceptional, but the water is clear and warm. Sunscreen is a must or else and if you snorkle, wear a t-shirt and sunscreen the backs of your legs.
We had very little problems with bugs-none on the beach and a few in the casita so you have to keep the door closed and the lights off at night. The water cooler in the room was a great touch . Water pressure sometimes sketchy.
If you forgot Belize is a 3rd world country the roads will remind you, but for us[two over 60 and 2 over 21] it was part of the charm. Locals very very friendly. If you are looking for night life, forget it, but we didn't need it it after a day in the sun and the tours. Ask for Gabby to be your guide, especially for the birding and Mayan tours-a wealth of knowledge.

Room Tip: Pick no less than ocean view for convenience to beach, pool and of courxe the bar. Soursop and Star...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank chuck k
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Address: Sittee River Road | Stann Creek, Hopkins, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Hopkins
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Hopkins
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Hopkins
#7 Family Hotel in Hopkins
Price Range: $131 - $418 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Almond Beach Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Proud member of ViVA BELiZE, the leading Hotel Group and Adventure Company in Belize for the past 20 years. Almond Beach Resort & Spa is- A Haven for Romance & Wellness. It provides wonderful private honeymoon casitas and family suites located on a long golden beach that stretches for miles. Other features of Almond Beach Resort & Spa: -WINNER 2015 TripAdvisor HALL OF FAME Award -PADI 5 Star Dive Centre -FULL Service In-house SPA -Longest & Finest Beach in Belize -Pool with Swim up Tiki Bar -Kids pool -Beachfront Dining -Water Sports & Land Adventure Tour Desk ... more   less 
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