“Food and Fete ~ A Celebration Of Garifuna Cuisine”

Collage 2015-11-15 19_53_11 (3)On November 13th, 2015 our Excective Chef Marcia Nunez and Sous Chef Jane Martinez both Garifuna Hopkins natives competed with Belcampo Lodge, Walucos, Aasha’s Kitchen, Laru Beya and Jaguar Reef Lodge for a culinary battle celebrating Garifuna Garinagu Cuisine to which we walked away as the Gran Price Winners.    Main course was pan seared Baruru with #lionfish along side calaloo and chaya dressed in coconut milk.  Dessert was a cassava crème brule and the drink was “Sahua” with fever crossed and a dash of brandy.

Even with the weather conditions of down pour rain, wind and limited kitchen accessories the girls kept their wits and were are so proud of you Marcia and Jane for a job well done.  Hamanasi is so proud to have in both in their team!

“Garifuna Cooking Class”

Garifuna Cooking Class  

Our Garifuna Culture has been proclaimed as an intangible heritage of humanity! Join us as we introduce to you the full Garifuna cultural experience from dressing in a Garifuna traditional outfit to exploring the foods through this cooking lesson.

Hudut is the popular Garifuna dish which you will learn to cook from scratch.  It is comprised of green and ripe mashed plantains called “Fu Fu” and a coconut fish stew.

While the food is cooking you will tour a Garifuna Gallery and your host will explain and describe some of the Garinagu artifacts that have been collected throughout these years.

In addition to the Garifuna culinary wonders, enjoy the pulsating rhythm of the Garifuna Drums.  Be one with Belize while learning how to drum, dance and sing with friendly & professional indigenous people.  drumming

This tour will introduce you to the culture, history and traditions of this unique Garifuna fishing village.

“From our Organic Garden”

organic gardenPresently we are harvesting an abundance of baby pumpkin, hot peppers, spinach, cilantro, dill, lettuce, basil, sugarcane in our organic garden.  Soon to come will be sweetcorn, beans, squash.  We are starting to use diatomaceous earth (DE) as an organic pesticide.  It’s completely organic, natural and safe for animals and humans.  It will only target small pest insects such as the fire ants and sandflies that we tend to get an abundance of around that garden area.

We invite all our guest to visit our organic garden when staying with us!

‘Hamanasi Guest Book ~ September 2015″

“It is great to see the commitment to keeping Belize pristine/natural.”

Brian Sullivan, Pittsburgh, PA

“The entire staff was amazing. The team at Hamanasi is exceptional. The handwork, hot humid weather, nothing stops them from being helpful and friendly.”

Steve and Angie Harwanko, Cary, NC

“This place is great. We loved our stay. Family friendly, adventures, fun, family oriented..Awesome!”

Jamie Saylor, Vienna, VA

“Your services are top notch!”

Cynthia Jevons, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

“Our stay was magnificent. Sorry it was so short. We have to come back soon.”

Cynthia Roach, Tracy, CA

“Community Love”

pic1This last year as been an amazing year for Hamanasi, we have met many new people and made many new friends. We have grown as a company and as a family, with a few new faces joining our wonderful team.

Hamanasi is built on our love for the beautiful environment that surrounds us, and we passionately try to be as sustainable as possible every day. Many of our guests will come to visit us with an understanding of the importance of preserving our natural environment, but they also come with an understanding that without our community, we would not exist. Each year we support the continued education of the children from Hopkins, but also from the surrounding communities of Silk Grass, Sittee River and Maya Center. Our education fund helps to provide financial assistance for families for schooling, but the generous donations of school supplies, crayons, pens, pencils, writing books, arts supplies, backpacks, means that the children can go to school with all the things they will need to start the school year right.


We have also supported the continued efforts of the Hopkins Belize Humane Society for many years, and will continue for many into the future. The clinics, supported by volunteer veterinarians both local and international has provided the communities of Stann Creek with free spay and neuter clinics as well as low cost clinics for other surgeries. The HBHS work tirelessly within the community providing education for people with pets on how best to care for them, with very few resources. This is why the donations that we receive from guests such as leashes and collars, flea treatments, pet treats, toys, all items that seem so small, mean so much to our communities.


Throughout the year we have been able to give out these donations to the HBHS, and to the children, especially at events such as the Kite Fest, the Easter Fest and the Hopkins Day Fest. Our big end of year celebration was to take over 100 backpacks, each over flowing with school supplies, to the schools to be able to help the children of less fortunate families.

pic3Our donations this year totaled just over 510lbs, which is nearly 100lbs more than last year, and this is all because of the generosity of our guests. We cannot thank everyone enough for what they have given to Hopkins and the surrounding communities.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ July 2015″

“Stay Small! This feels like the perfect size place!”

Nicole Morani and Alan Stewart, St. Louis, MO

“You’ve exceeded my expectations in every way possible! Can literally not thank you enough for this trip.”

Myriam Bara, Winnipeg, MA

“Great personalized and friendly service!”

Judie and Glen Tomaszewski, Farmington Hills, MI

“Everyone was fantastic! This place is magical. Don’t stop caring about the details.”

Susanh Hannon, Lawreceville, NJ

“You guys clearly already know what you’re doing, keep following your instincts because everything was top-notch.”

Chloe and Troy Luczynski, Concord, CA

“Hold on to your outstanding employees”

Hasina and Monty Kronenberg, Pompano Beach, FL

“The best resort we have EVER been too! Made our honeymoon dreams come true. Thank you!”

Mallory and Josh Dyer, Coolidge, AZ

‘The service couldn’t be better!”

Susan Walker and Family, Wilmington, DE

“We have never experienced this level of service, knowledge and adventure. Well done, Hamanasi!

Mr. & Mrs. Stace & B. Shanes, Whichita Falls, TX

“Best vacation we have ever had. All staff go above and beyond to make our stay the best it could be!”

Michael and Tory Edwards, Whitby, ON

“Everything was fantastic! This was THE BEST honeymoon vacation we could have ever asked for. Thank you for making it our favourite trip!”

Brooke & Kyle Smith, New York, NY

“You guys are 5 star plus, can’t be beat. You’re the best.”

Alec Gotthard, Rock Island, IL

‘Everything was absolutely divine! We loved our stay.”

Nicole and Chris Ioset, San Antonio, TX

“Excellent job! Staff well trained and obviously on board with culture of Hamanasi hospitality.”

Jonathan Lindman, Augusta, GA

“Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Your attention to your guest is truly what makes the experience very enjoyable.

“Chris Colucci and Family, Golden, CO

“Our stay exceeded my expectations!”

Eric and Clare Lyerly, Hoover, AL

“Lovely! A five star place all the way!”

Alicia Keckler, Rock Island, IL

“Hamanasi Coconut Cake”

Another of our tasty special dessert recipe!


 coconut cake


3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter

2 cups sugar

5 extra-large eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract

3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting the pans

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup milk

4 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

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1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract

1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted

6 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans, then line them parchment paper. Grease them again and dust lightly with flour. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and fluffy. Crack the eggs into a small bowl. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl once during mixing. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well. The mixture might look curdled; don’t be concerned. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk to the batter in 3 parts, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in the 4 ounces of coconut with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter evenly into the 2 pans and smooth the top with a knife. Bake in the center of the oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until the tops are browned and a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a baking rack for 30 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto a baking rack to finish cooling.
Happy Baking & Eating From Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff

“Birding On Site At Hamanasi”


  “Yucatan Vireo”


Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, have added a birding tour on site, using its bird guides.

Arne, Lorenzo and Axel are the guides that leads the tour every Monday at 4:00pam in the afternoon. A total of 22 species was recently cited by Arne. The tour also involve, some plants identification that is located on the grounds at Hamanasi.

Recently the Yucatan Vireo was spotted on the tour. The tour would last for about an hour and half, and after the tour guest could then finish the evening at the bar for happy hour.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ May 2015″

“The customer service at Hamanasi was 5 star.  Everyone made us feel important and it felt homey.  Everyone new our names.”

Julie Schenk, Crownsville, MA

“Excellent hosts!  Our stay with you was wonderful – exceeded our expectations.  Fabulous resort and country.”

Sue and Simon Byers, New Zealand

“There is nowhere else in the world where we have had such incredible, friendly, efficient service.”

Len and Tina Brooks, Canada

“Keep doing what you are doing – your service is wonderful!  Love the personal service and attention to detail.  Everything is well organized.

Kathryn Lupacchino, Kokomo, IN

“Everyone here is amazing!  We were blown away with how well you took care of us.  Thank you!”

Robyn Gibb, Scarborough, OT

“Perfect balance with nature!  Continue what you are doing!

Chris Makowski, Coconut Creek, FL

“Keep doing everything that you are doing!  We have travelled to 30+ countries and this is by far the best hospitality!”

Tim Keeler and Sarah Pope, San Francisco, CA

“Many places claim the eco-package but Hamanasi actually seems to follow through and do a number of environmental friendly things.

Anne Jake and Seth Newsome, Albuquerque, NM

“You are so dialed in.”

Ken and Rachel, Denver, CO

“Completely stellar from Check in to check out!”

Dan and Glenn Wood, CockeysVille, MD

“Stay the same and don’t lose your personal touch by expanding too much. Thank you!”

Brad and Kayla Wills, Wichita, CS

“Everything was beyond our expectations and enjoyed every minute!  Thank you so much for your fantastic effort!”

Vanessa Balwick, Houston, TX

“Everyone is outstanding at what they do here.  We had a great experience.  Eco-friendly efforts impressive and inspiring.  We’ll adopt some of these practices as well! So good to see efforts such as these, very important.”

Connor Looning, White Sand Cove, BZ

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ April 2015″

“FLAWLESS!  Have never felt so well taken care of at any price.  Ritz Carlton could learn from you.”

Abby Holland and Family, Orinda, CA

“Your service from all staff was very impressive.  This was by far the best service we have received anywhere.  Our return to Hamansi will be largly due to the staff.”

Lory and Mike Selleck,  Land O Lakes, FL

“The whole staff was very professional and personable.”

Dan and Teri Plaso, Street Bureau, OH

“You Have a handle on everything.”

Rich & Dee Thomas, Brookfield, WI

“It was the perfect honeymoon!  Thank you Hamanasi Staff.”

Haley and Ty Trontel, Salt Lake City, UT

“All went above and beyond.  Exceptional service from everyone.”

Austin Hammar, Brookfield, CT

“Everyone is practiced at having an open heart and a ready smile.  How do you find so many happy people?  The level of detail! Nothing goes untouched.”

David and Gennara Moore, Reston, VA

“Never stayed any place where staff was so friendly.  Really felt welcome and like family.  Everyone very accommodating.”

Joseph Garner, Cheshire, CT

 “The entire staff went out of their way to make our vacation great in a beautiful place.  It was fantastic!  Great Staff.”

Laura Dec, Montville, NJ

“Everyone was friendly and never viewed a request as a burden or impossible to do.  I wouldn’t change anything.”

Kevin and Hillary Skinner, Melisa, TX