Almond Beach Resort & Spa3.5 out of 5.0
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We had an amazing time on our beach front Casita. Ivan and Jason were amazing at The Paddle House - food was delicious!! Captain Larry and Dennis made sure we had "sexy coconuts" and good stories. Carlos can make one heck of a Mojito at Charlie's bar, and everything was perfect! Thanks for letting us celebrate Independence day- and we highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for a great resort experience with a local flare! We did an all inclusive type package be it worked out great for us. Looking forward to returning some day. Viva Belize!!
We rented the 5 BR apartment for a week for 3 families. The resort was quiet and fun, staff was wonderful, the sail boat rental and swim-up bar were a huge hit with adults and kids alike. Very laid back and beautiful place, and we had some fun nights in Hopkins dancing to drumming or other live music. We had a few problems, A/C was out in one room for a couple nights, rain came in during a hard squall, but overall it was a great experience and I would definitely go back. If you want everything perfect and shiny, this may not be the place for you, but if you want a laid back fun resort experience this place is great.
The Almond resort in Hopkins Bay Belize is fantastic!! My family of five ( twin 6 year olds boy/girl and my 8 year old daughter) just spent 7 nights at this magical place in Hopkins Bay at the beginning of July. We had an upstairs two bedroom Oceanview suite( Mango) overlooking the pool with our own outside hot tub.It was a great room with air conditioning. We did have construction going on right next to our room, which was noisy for a few days, but when we complained ,they did compensate us with a lovely dinner. The staff are all very friendly ! My twins celebrated their six-year-old birthday there, and they had balloons in the room,"happy birthday" spelled out in flowers on the bed and a chocolate cake - all complimentary!!!Although it rained some when we were there, it really wasn't a problem because they had so many excursions that we did.We did Herman cave tubing ,.which is a fun tubing excursion in a dark cave, a Monkey River cruise near Placentia to see crocodiles, monkeys and manatees, a trip to Guatemala to see Tekal ( strongly recommend this Unesco heritage site jungle and cultural center- all day trip),zip lining and snorkeling on the barrier reef. The entire family had a blast, and the guides were all friendly and knowledgeable. After we left the Almond Resort, we found a local private guide, Josh (005016203502) who helped us explore the Cayo district .He arranged the ATM cave( an absolute must!!) and took us to Xunatunich and Cahal Pech and cave tubing . He was truly fabulous and he also took us to a Iot of local places like Big Rock Falls. He also got us into these activities much cheaper than the resort. Hopkins Bay is a charming small village of about 3000 people with dirt roads but great casual dining options and beautiful beaches!There is really no need to get a meal plan at the resort, as you can walk to a variety of options up and down the beach and in town in 5 minutes and they took American dollars for the most part. In order to get to the far end of town ( which is not necessary for most dining options) , you can rent a golf cart from the resort if you don't have a car and don't want to walk a mile or so. Remember in the rain, it can be a pretty muddy ride on a golf cart with all the pot holes. We loved the tranquility and simplicity of the village but still comfortable accommodations and great food! Almond resort is very family friendly and shares the same Beach with Hamanasi Adventure and Dive resort but the rates are much better at the Almond. We did not have a rental car and you really don't need it, but it would have been convenient at times. We had a private driver take us from the Belize city airport to the hotel( about 2 hours). We were happy we didn't catch a small plane to Dangriga because our flights were delayed and we would have missed them anyway. The Almond Resort and Hopkins Bay is truly a magical place and we'll definitely be back!
The resort overall definitely deserves 5 stars! The grounds were beautiful and being able to walk directly onto the beach from our patio was absolutely amazing! The staff was unmatched. The front desk staff was so helpful. We changed our transportation going home at the end of our trip and they gladly rebooked everything for us and made it stress free and hassle free. Henry was one of the best bartenders with his awesome Pina Colada's in the coconut from the palm tree next to the pool! Larry and Dennis could entertain us for hours and we really enjoyed having them around the beach to chat with and get to know while we were there. It was awesome having staff know you by name as you walked around the resort and be so genuinely friendly to every single guest. The rooms were spacious, beds were comfortable, AC could be a bit colder (but we like to sleep in chilly temps anyway :). Just the small things of having free, filtered water in our room was so convenient and something that adds a great touch to the stay. Restaurant was delicious both times we ate, however the surrounding restaurants could improve a bit. Another thing to note is that I would not recommend the 3 hour drive from the Belize International Airport. Take Tropic Air to Dangriga and then it's a 20 minute drive to Hopkins. I got VERY car sick on the 3 hour drive from BZE to Hopkins and the puddle jumper flight was a MUCH better decision on the way home :) All in all this was a fantastic resort and we were very pleased with our first trip to Belize!
Highly recommended where you'll meet locals who are the nicest most genuine people ever. The staff were all outstanding but most of all helpful, specially when it's your first time visiting the country and experiencing the culture. Ivan, Charlie, Henry, Captain Larry, Chef Abel, and last but not least Dennis were all the funniest, most hospitable, realist on character, and most importantly most caring for strangers such as us tourist. They helped make our stay 1000x better even when we had to plan on different ways to get home during Hurricane Harvey that derailed our return trip home. They helped plan our safe trip home for us and we are forever grateful. :)
We stayed three nights at Almond Beach in August. It was the low season and we practically had the place to ourselves. Everyone on the staff was very friendly and helpful, especially Captain Larry and Dennis, who were terrific! Rooms were very nice, as were the pools. I appreciated that they let us hang out on the beach for a few hours after check out. The only down sides in my opinion were 1) there was not a whole lot to do at night (although that could be a good thing if you have small children) and 2) the food was so-so. Recommend just going into the village and eating at local places. Drinks were good!
I chose to stay here because I was able to find a room with 3 beds for me and my two sons. It was definitely more expensive that I would have liked, as I don't generally stay at fancy places, but it was worth it. Our waterfront room was closer to the water than where I sit when I go to the beach at home! The room was clean and beautiful. I liked that there was a water cooler in the room since you are advised not to drink the water from the tap. The resort itself was also beautiful and since we went in the off-season, the pool was not crowded. However I can imagine it would be a little too small if you were there in high season. There weren't many people staying at the resort while we were there which was nice. The staff was incredibly friendly. Delvin, Diana, Captain Larry, and the adventure guys stood out as being exceptionally welcoming. However, there was a new girl working the front desk the day we arrived (August 19). I did not get her name. She was the only person with a bad attitude that we encountered in our entire visit. I booked a snorkel trip with an outside company, and we arranged to meet them in the lobby to give payment and to fill out paperwork for the trip the next morning. I didn't know that the checkin process at Almond Beach was going to take 20 minutes, so the snorkel people arrived while we were still filling out forms for Almond Beach. While we were in the middle of talking to the snorkel people, this young lady told us we had to go to our rooms. I politely explained that we were almost finished with the snorkel people and would be ready in just a minute, and she actually insisted that we go to our room right that very minute. Like we were naughty children. Seriously? I am giving 5 stars for service because she was the exception rather than the rule. Also I do not recommend eating here if you stay here. It's overpriced food that is average at best. Go to the village for all of your meals. It's tastier, cheaper, and you support local small businesses. One thing I didn't know when I booked was that Almond Beach and Jaguar Reef are the same place. I think I was comparing the two and ended up choosing Almond Beach because the pool was bigger. Then when I got there I realized it was the same and was a little irritated because I think Jaguar Reef was slightly cheaper! But all in all, if you want a luxury experience, stay here.
We got upgraded for free to the owners penthouse villa, and it was an incredible place to stay. It was 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a kitchen dining room and wraparound balcony. Everyone at the resort was super friendly and helpful and it was very affordable! There were free paddle boards and kayaks and we did a snorkeling excursion which was amazing and full of sharks and rays. Would absolutely visit again!
My family of 4 stayed at Almond Beach Resort for a week and had an amazing time. The resort is well maintained and the staff is friendly and helpful. Getting to Hopkins is not easy, 2.5 hours by shuttle from Belize City, but this resort and Hopkins is worth the trip. If you like local culture, Belize beats the Maya Riviera hands down. As for the resort, first know that the only difference between Almond Beach and Jaguar Reef that I can tell is that Almond Beach rooms are a bit nicer, while Jaguar Reef is a bit homier, with a full kitchen. Our suite had a separate bedroom and a huge bathroom. The wi-fi worked well enough, and the TV had Roku. You share the resort with Jaguar Reef guests. Best Pros: ***The restaurant is solid, with great food. But also absolutely venture out! The lobster across the way at Lucky Lobster is the best I have ever had. 14 ounces of lobster bliss can be had at prices that will seem crazy low in U.S. dollars. Actually, all the restaurants around the resort are delicious. ***The kayaks and paddleboards are free to use. The water is a bit choppy for paddleboards, but they are still fun. And as a tip, if you kayak to Hopkins, about 30 minutes, know it will take twice as long to come back fighting the waves. We learned that the hard way! ***The pool is a great temperature and the bartender Charlie was great. Be there for happy hour for super cheap drinks. It is smaller than it looks in pictures, but still a good size. As a tip, their sister resort Villa Margarita has a better hottub than the one at Jaguar Reef. Check it out. ***The staff was great. As an example, my daughter was stung by a jellyfish (which is sort of rare, don’t worry) and Melanie went out of her way to get her vinegar and cream. Then she sat with her. After an hour, she was like new. She even offered her free ice cream. ***The Adventure Center has lots of options to get out and explore. The day trips are well run, albeit a bit overpriced. We had a great time ziplining and cave tubing. My Advice: ***Bring cash. You can charge everything to your room and pay by credit at the hotel, but know there is a 30% upcharge after resort fees and standard 20% tips. The local restaurants and shops are mostly cash only. Everyone takes U.S. dollars, to which the Belize dollar is pegged. It makes the math easy. ***The beach is what it is. There is a spongy orange pod that is everywhere. Just accept it. The water is also not Caribbean blue, but it is a great temp and the waves are great for a lazy tube in from the pier. The hotel has free inner tubes. Best of all, the beach is steps from your room. ***Don’t check the weather. My wife was so worried because the forecast said 80% chance of rain every day the week before we left. Guess what, not once did it rain during the day. It sometimes poured at night, but that was it. During the day it will be overcast at times, but you will still get plenty tan. ***The roads, like the beaches, are what they are. Yes, it gets a little muddy on the mile stretch from Hopkins to the resort. Yes, it is crazy that there is no coastal highway to Hopkins from Belize City. Yes, there are speed bumps in every little town. Embrace it. ***Belize is safe. This is not a place to be scared to leave your resort. Everyone is super friendly. Take a cart or make the mile trek to town. There are great little local shops, restaurants, a fruit stand, and culture. Take it in. I have two young daughters, and we never worried about safety.
Our family of 4 chose to stay in Hopkins at the Almond Beach Resort at the end of our vacation in Belize. The first couple of places we stayed in other towns were economy accommodations, so when we arrived at Almond Beach we were blown away. Our suite was very spacious and had an amazing shower. The beds were so soft and comfortable. The view from our room (Jobillo Suite) was fantastic! We all enjoyed the pools and especially the swim-up bar. The entire staff were professional and attentive. Our comfort seemed to be their priority. We have to give a special shout out to Captain Larry and Dennis who have to be the 2 friendliest people we met during our entire vacation. These guys were so helpful down on the beach getting kayaks ready for us and making sure we were having a good time. Dennis took us out on a catamaran and that was easily the most fun we had on our trip! We would highly recommend Almond Beach to anyone considering a visit to Belize.
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89% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 504 reviews