In January 2009, Linda and Helge Stokke could finally unveil Akinon Resort to the 500 guests attending the opening. There was a palpable excitement in the air as the deputy major of La Nucia cut the ribbon, officially marking the end of a five-year construction project. The dream of building an oasis had become a reality and they couldn’t wait to share it with the world!
The two entrepreneurs from Bergen, Norway started the project in 2004 when they sold the majority of their business activities to embark on a new adventure in La Nucia, Spain. Helge had made a name for himself as a business savvy entrepreneur, growing his fathers small electrical company to an industry conglomerate consisting of 16 companies with 1200 employees across shipping, electrical, real estate and financial services. Linda, a certified acupuncturist and reflexologist, had her own practice of natural medicine treatments and was the head of the Nordic College of Acupuncture in Bergen. They now wanted to combine their collective experience from different industries with a shared philosophy and vision to create a destination where guests could relax, rejuvenate, learn and enjoy an experience out of the ordinary.
However the path to creating Akinon Resort was not an easy one. It took five years of dust, cement, mud and countless hours of planning, structuring and creative thinking. Great joy in every step forward and baffling disappointment in every step backwards when faced with significant challenges. Undertaking this process in a new country with an unfamiliar culture and foreign language furthermore contributed to an exiting and stimulating journey for the two entrepreneurs. But with an ironclad faith in the project combined with a bunch of creativity, determination and amazing employees, partners and supporters yielded success.
They are now proud to share the fruits of their hard labor with you and look forward to welcoming you to Akinon Resort!
Akinon Resort promotes a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, striving to deliver an experience out of the ordinary. Akinon means key to living and we aim to provide you with the tools necessary to achieve an optimal lifestyle based on your situation, potential and desire. Akinon Resort offers facilities and services aimed at broadening your knowledge on topics like nutrition, integrated medicine, exercise, coping with stress and personal development.
We advocate that preventing illness is just as important and a more effective measure than to solely focus on treating its symptoms. Our facilities were therefore designed to create the surroundings and atmosphere to achieve this goal. The five cornerstones of our concept are:
We look forward to welcoming you to Akinon Resort!
Didrik is responsible for the daily operations of Akinon Resort, including marketing, sales, finance and strategic initiatives to grow the business. He has a double Master degree in Finance and International Business from the University of Sydney and a background in consumer products in Norway and the US. In his spare time he loves to travel, play golf, paddle and other sports. He is an avid moviegoer.
Fun fact: Didrik has lived in six different countries over a period of nine years.
Rebecca has been with Akinon Resort since the beginning, working as both a receptionist, waitress and manager before starting medical school. She is fluent in Spanish and now she helps out with translations and other admin tasks whenever she can get a break from her busy studies. Rebecca is originally from Bergen, Norway but has lived in Spain for the last 11 years, where she completed Norwegian high school and worked at the local hospital in addition to Akinon Resort. In her spare time she loves to go for walks and hikes with her dog Medly, watch movies and spend time with family and friends.
Fun fact: Becky’s dream job was to be a pastry chef until she discovered she was celiac — i.e. allergic, the most common ingredient in all pastries – flour…
Waiter & Handyman
Gustavo is responsible for making all your dining experiences at Akinon Resort exceptional. He is also essential in maintaining the resort. He moved to Spain from Cordoba in Argentina 14 years ago and has extensive experience within hospitality from both Argentina and the US. He loves to go to rock and blues concerts, play guitar and have barbecues with his friends.
Fun fact: Gustavo arrived in Spain with only €300 and a goal to provide a better life for his family
José is responsible for all the questions and inquiries you might have during your stay at Akinon Resort. He has a Master in Business Administration from the University of Madrid and has extensive customer service experience from previous jobs in London and Milano. In his free time José loves to explore the mountains, rock climbing and different water sports.
Fun Fact: Jose ran for 24 hours in a trail running race.
Susi is based in the reception and will make sure that your stay at Akinon Resort is a memorable one. She is originally from Munich in Germany, where she obtained a degree in Management and Administration before moving to Spain nine years ago. Before starting at Akinon Resort she worked at a dental clinic and held several dance shows with her sister. Susi loves to travel, meet new people and to dance.
Fun fact: Susi tried to find her prince charming on the popular TV show the Bachelor.
Toni went to Spain on holiday and ended picking up a husband
Olesya is responsible for housekeeping at Akinon Resort and has been with the company since its inception. She moved to Spain from Tambov, Russia 12 years ago after meeting her now husband, Robin, when visiting Benidorm. In her spare time she loves to take photos, go the gym, play sports and spend time with her husband and daughter.
Fun fact: Olesya speaks three different languages and has started on her fourth.
Angelique ensures that your stay with us is a clean and comfortable one. She is originally from Nijmegen in Holland and moved to Spain in 2003. Her background is as a dog trainer and behaviorist and has worked with dog kennels and dog rescue charities. Angelique spends her free time with her two lovely dogs as well as nurturing her passion for photography.
Fun fact: Angelique is a chickifishitarian, meaning she does not eat meat from mammals and just occasionally fish and chicken. .
Mario is responsible for ensuring that the technical installations at Akinon Resort are working properly. He has a degree in civil engineering from Universidad de Estudios de Buenos Aires. He moved to Spain with his family i 2002 to start his company focusing on water and technical installations. Mario loves to play paddle and as a true Argentinian he loves to host BBQ for family and friends.
Fun Fact: Mario is a judicial expert and his speciality is construction and technical installations.
IT & Communications
Mark looks after the technology at Akinon Resort to ensure guests and staff have access to the outside world using phones, Internet and email. He also ensures that all Akinon Resort’s IT and communications systems are working properly. He is originally from the UK, close to Brighton and has lived and worked in Spain since 2004.
Fun fact: He is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and teaches people to dive during the summer months.
Jens is a heavyweight within nutrition. He has a degree from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London in addition to a foundation degree in sports from Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. He is the head of nutrition at Tunsberg Medical School and has his own practice. He has taught nutrition since 2001and worked with overall quality and personal development in the business sector since 1992.
Fun fact: Jens has 25 years of experience as an engineer in project development and management as well as building technology.
IT Consultant & Ambassador
Sølve consults with Akinon Resort on IT matters and acts as an ambassador for the resort in Norway. Sølve has worked within IT for 29 years and runs his own IT consultancy company in Bergen, Norway. He has five beautiful children and loves spending his spear time in the outdoors, watching his favorite team Liverpool and spend time on his boat. He is spontaneous, a problem solver and is an avid Apple user.
Fun fact: He is the Norwegian champion in horseshoe throwing