“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ July 2013″

“You guys really do a phenomenal job with service.  we can all tell the training the staff receives it top-notch, appreciate how many staff are loved.”

Andrew Wishnia and Chelsea Hanson, Washington, DC

“All aspects of service were excellent from wait staff to divshop to guides.”

Nick and Joanna Voichick, Madison, WI

“Keep doing what you’re doing – hiring people who truly enjoy their job because it shows.  I’ve never stayed somewhere with such and exceptional staff.

Reagan Flume, Austin, TX

“Don’t grow too quickly.  Your size and the personal attention we got is what will bring us back!”

Keith and Jane Miller, West Henrietta, NY

“Everything was perfect!”

Lauren Bronfman, Miami, FL

“Our trip was better than expected!  we always felt safe and comfortable. This was the perfect vacation for our family. Thank you for taking such good care of us!”

Michael Montgomery and Family, Land O’ Lakes, FL

“We had a wonderful time and every request was met with “YES”.”

Ken Montgomery and Family, Franklin Lakes, NJ

“Impressed by the efforts hopefully it will become a practice from other areas of Belize soon!”

Mike and Susan Cole, Rocklin, CA

 

“Zan Art Classes”

Gail Morris a repeat guest, recently returned to Belize to introduce her daughter, Zan Morris to the Hamanasi family.  Zan contributed to the Hopkins community by doing four separate arts & crafts classes with the children at the local library. The kids ranged from five to twelves years old and were so excited.  Zan supplied all the materials, she gave very basic instructions and encouraged the kids to be creative in their own unique ways.  Some of the projects Zan did with the kids were :

-painted wooden masks (elephant, pirate, flower,  and lion masks)

-made God’s eyes (weaving yarn around craft sticks)

-decorate/painted star and fairy wands

-drawing using washable markers

-painting with Tempera paints

-jewelry making

-abstract art using craft sticks

-decorating and painting bags

-painting sun catchers

-painting/decorating their own plastic “school supply” box

-using glitter and stickers

-face painting (me painting their faces and them painting my face)

The children were particularly fond of having their faces painted. Aside from the four hour and a half hour art classes, Zan spent a couple afternoons painting faces at the playground.  Each class consisted of twelve students. Some students attended more than one class. All together,  Zan had about 30 students. Around 50 children got their faces painted throughout the week she was here.

Zan commented “I had a wonderful time!! The children in Hopkins are very polite, sweet enthusiastic and creative!”

She surely added big smiles to all the children from Hopkins that assisted her classes!  A huge THANKS to Zan for taking time out from her vacation to contribute to the Hopkins Community.

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“Lopez Donation To Mrs. Bertie Hopkins Community Library”

Miss Bertie’s Hopkins Community Library was established in 2008 by U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Bertie Lee Murphy. She became a Peace Corps Volunteer in June 2007, following a distinguished career in both the corporate world and in public service. Bertie was a vivacious and dedicated member of the Peace Corps family and served with distinction as an Education Volunteer in Belize, where she was an elementary education teacher-trainer in the southern village of Hopkins. Universally loved and respected, Bertie had recently repurposed a local building into a library filled with personal and donated books.

Donald Lopez an American citizen from California has been diving with Hopkins Divers for the past seven years and calls Hopkins his second home.  Every year Lopez donates to the community and this year was no exception.  He brought with him a custom built single speed bicycle, this was his only mode of transport for the few months that he stayed in Hopkins – he generously auctioned it off and all proceeds went to Mrs. Bertie Library.  It was a good turnout and BZ$205  was the final offer by Pam owner of Windschief.

Thanks to everyone that enthusiastically and generously participated and congrats to Pam on her new bike!O

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ June 2013″

“Everything was special and perfect!”

Gabby Jean and David Stein, Boston, MA

“Keep your staff!  They made the experience.  I am very proud and happy to see your eco-friendly efforts.  So good of you to  keep nature and real world issues in mind.”

The Thomas Family, Ephrata, WA

“We come here because we like to support the local community; Hamanasi really does its part with respect to local sustainability.”

Greg & Tammy Clifton, Telluride, CO

“Keep doing what you’re doing.”

Melissa and Seth Denison, Miami, FL

“Everyone was so friendly, positive, smiling and that was the best part of the vacation.  Felt very safe too!”

Lisa and Nicole Vaneered, Ontario, Canada

“I love the concept of Hamanasi and was very happy we were able to experience it and support the local community.”

Anicka Rodgers and Family, Nokomis, FL

“It was 5 out of 5 – SUBERB!  So personal – so relaxing!”

John and Cindy Griffin, Virginia Beach, VA

“Great Honeymoon!  We loved everyone and everything!  Attention to detail is outstanding!  We will miss being here.”

Paul and Tanya Massey, Gilbert, AZ

“Continue what you are doing, it is working!”

Charla McEachin, Santa Fe, NM

“Everyone was awesome  – loved the personal service.”

Pam Kettering and Family, Redlands, CA

“Impressive!  My main concern is that the business model contributes to the local economy as well as the owners.”

Rachel Alete, Geneva, Switzerland

“You blew our minds with amazingness!”

Jared Weekly, Ideyld Park, OR

 

 

 

“Hamanasi’s Chocolate Brownie”

 

One of our guests’ favorite desserts is our Home Made Brownie!  Now you can enjoy it at home.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup  Bebe Agua or All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. salt

 

Method

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler and set aside
  2. In mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes
  3. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just combined
  4. Pour into a baking pan
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
  6. Brownie should be done on the outside and gooey on the inside.

 

Happy Baking & Eating

From

Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ May 2013″

“It’s the people that make this resort so memorable. Always warm and welcoming, there is a comfort level here that we don’t experience at many other resorts.  Thank you all!”

Cliff & Marie Bennett, Harpswell, ME

“We have travelled to over 70 countries and stayed in many resorts, Hamanasi is truly world-class.”

Ron and Lisa Hill, Kent, UK

“Keep focusing on customer service; it is for sure what separates you from everywhere in the world we’ve stayed in the past.”

Cassidy McCrite, Kansas, MO

‘Perfect blend of comfort and adventure.  Sensitive to the ecology and culture of Belize.”

Rhett and Donna Jackson, Norman, OK

“The attention to detail here is beautiful! wonderful, appreciated.  Don’t change a thing, love the small resort feeling!”

Jack and Jane Muir, Piedmont, SC

“The resort experience at Hamanasi was top notch- rustic, natural and luxurious all at the same time.”

Erika Silverstein, Brooklyn, NY

“All wonderful, please let all staff know how special they are.  Thanks for a wonderful wedding and Honeymoon.  Our memories will last and we will tell our experience with joy.”

Jason and Nicole Moore, Spokane, WA

“Perfection!  Every single staff member we encountered help make our stay a wonderful and memorable experience.  Thank you Hamanasi Team!”

Erin Neutzling, San Antonio, TX

“Keep doing what you’re doing. you make each guest wanting to stay longer.”

Shawn & Tommi Boyd, Genoa, CO

“This is the most customer service oriented place we have ever stayed.  Everywhere else can learn a lot from Hamanasi.”

Kim Jones, Oceanside, CA

“Hamanasi has a great offering of both dive trips and top-side excursions.  A great place for both divers and non-divers.”

Michael Millet, Dublin, CA

“Everything was perfect. Lots of wonderful trips plus lots of great relaxation.”

Michael and Kris Young, Barrington, IL

 

“Hamanasi Green Team Makes Presence on Cacao Chocolate Festival 2013″

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Members of the Hamanasi Green Team took time out of their busy schedules to attend this year’s annual Cacao Chocolate festival. It was a 3 day event and the finale took place at the central plaza of Lubaantun San Pedro Columbia in Toledo district on May 26th, 2013. The participants were: Juan Tun, Chalita Salam, Suzet Matute, Chris Che, Martin Carr, Therese Roches, Jackie Gamboa, Audrey MaCaulay (cashier) and Francine Matute (organizer).

Our Green Team love to get out there and create awareness about our environment. They set up a stall bursting with information about Lionfish and the threat that it has on the reef, Hamanasi organic gardening, Composting, Vermin-culture and of course they are always handy with some green tips. IMG_3740

Prizes were given out to all the people that visited and participated with answering specific eco-friendly questions. There was Lionfish ceviche and coconut water for sale. They had a very successful day.

“Hamanasi Guest Book – April 2013″

On behalf of Hamanasi Staff and Management, we want to thank everyone that visited us for the month of April 2013. We hope that you all have a great vacation experience with us and we can’t wait to have you back!

“Everyone was great, excellent customer service!”

Robin and Gus Barker, Centralia, WA

“The service standards you are at are fantastic and a great credit to everybody involved.”

Michael and Cara Veale, Hamilton, Bermuda

“Everyone was awesome! I don’t think out lives could have been made any easier during our stay. Kudos!”

Amy Schwambach and Mike Franqui, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

“Your staff is exceptional. All were helpful, friendly and very personable. They have wonderful customer service skills.”

Glenn and Pam Seiler, Alameda, CA

“This was easily the best vacation I’ve ever been on!”

Kiera Quinlan and Elisa Apostle, Tacoma, WA

“I don’t see how you can improve on perfection.”

Bonnie Reeves, Hermosa Beach, CA

“We had a great experience with everyone. As nice as the place is the best part of our stay was the staff!”

Gary Calkins, Centralia, WA

“Beyond our expectations!”

Robert and Cecile Schloegel, Leawood, KS

 

 

“Hamanasi Braised Jerk Lamb Chops Recipe”

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Another one of our guest favorite meat dish is our Braised Jerk Lamb Chops. 

Hamanasi’s Jerk Braised Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops 5 lbs. trim fat Salt

2 Tbsp. Cayenne Pepper

¼ tsp. Garlic Powder

2 Tbsp. Jerk Seasoning

3 Tbsp. Tomato Sauce

½ cup Canola Oil to coat pot

Water three times amount to cover lamb

• Season lamb with salt, cayenne pepper, jerk seasoning and garlic powder right before putting them in the very hot deep pot coated with on the inside with canola oil.

• Once lamb caramelizes on both sides cover with water, add in tomato sauce and cover. Cook for at least a minimum of 2 hours or until liquid reduces exposing half of the lamb and make sure lamb is tender. Add more water if needed.

• Check flavor and add in more salt if needed.

• In a small frying pan add in 5 tbsp of butter and equal parts flour to make a roux which you will use to thicken the lamb gravy.

• Remove the lamb from the gravy then add in the roux piece by piece to thicken the gravy to the consistency you prefer.

• Place the lamb back in the gravy once the consistency is to your choice.

• Serve with your choice of sides,   Happy cookings from the Hamanasi kitchen!

“Green Team Participates”

 

IMG_3150The Hamanasi Green Team participated at the Holy family School Fair March 2013. This energetic team had 1 goal in mind, to create as much awareness about our environment and the impact we have on it, and to achieve this they set out to impart their knowledge to the local Hopkins residents.

They had a fresh supply of Lion Fish Ceviche for sale – and gave out interesting facts of what damage this fish does to our reef system and how we can help by eliminating or at least decreasing the numbers. Less than 20% of residents did not know that lion fish is edible and so tasty!

Fresh produce like lettuce, bok choy, cabbage and herbs from Hamanasi’s organic garden were on display and the team encouraged the benefits of backyard gardening and composting.

They also talked about the goals of each department within Hamanasi Resort and all the eco-friendly products that are used at the Resort.IMG_3160

The team also had lots of fun giving out some Prizes; all you had to do was answer an easy question to win a Hamanasi t-shirt, water bottles or a lunch voucher for the restaurant. 100 coconuts plants were given away to be planted. The feedback from the public was very positive and refreshing. Overall is was a successfully event for everyone