“Hamanasi Chimichanga”

Are you ready for another one of our delicious recipes? The Chimichanga is among our guest favorite desserts. Let us know which one was your favorite!

Hamanasi’s Chimichanga

Ingredients:              For 1 filled Chimichanga Flour Tortilla

Flour Tortilla                 1, large

Bananas, large              3, peeled and sliced medium thick

Almonds, sliced            2 Tbsp.

Brown Sugar                  ½ cup

Butter                               1 Tbsp.

Cinnamon Powder        ½  tsp.

Raisins                              2 Tbsp.

Vanilla Extract                 ¼ tsp.

      Preparation

  • Place all ingredients in a small pot and allow to simmer  or  cook down for about 15 minutes until ingredients appear caramelized, brown and soft.
  •  Allow to cool on stove top then take one Flour Tortilla and fill.
  •  Secure tortilla closed with frilled toothpicks.
  •  Deep fry the Chimichanga in a deep pot of how oil or a deep-fryer until tortilla is golden in cooler all around.
  •  Remove from fryer and allow to drain for about a minute.
  •  Carefully cut off crunchy ends (optional), you should have 4 servings from one Chimichanga burrito.
  •  Top with vanilla ice-cream and drizzle with caramel sauce, enjoy!

 Happy Cooking & Eating

From

The Hamanasi Kitchen!

“Hamanasi Guest Book – December 2011″

A warm “Thank you” to all our December 2011 guest and we wish everyone a Blessed and Prosperous 2012. From the Hamanasi staff to our entire guest this month, thanks for coming and we hope you had a great time and we can’t wait to have you back!

“Keep the resort friendly an intimate the way it is right now, your staff is the best!”

Tony & Jean Caggiano, Centennial, CO

“Service is excellent, Hamanasi is excellent. We had a wonderful vacation. The best green resort we’ve ever stayed at!”

Eric and Lanita Hazard, New York, NY

“Everything is perfect.”

Rod Harp & Cathy Carter, Sierra Vista, AZ

“You really go the extra mile to ensure your guests comfort and enjoyable stay. Eco friendly efforts very commendable and well thought out.”

Brian and Nili Alben, Vista, CA

“Staff was outstanding. Traveled around the world and the staff here were most excellent!”

Anton and Tiel Litchfield, Anboy, WA

“Very well and genuinely done. Loved the overall peaceful, responsible, welcoming atmosphere.”

Theresa Anderson and Family, Tarzana, CA

“Thank you very much for all you’ve done for us this week! The most impressive eco-service I have ever seen. Great job, keep it up guys!”

Olga Yakimakho, Washington, DC

“You really feel like you’re in paradise here, everything is easy so you really feel you’re on vacation – beach right here, scuba diving so accessible.”

Scott Davis and Family, Highland Park, IL

“Everyone was wonderful. You can tell people like working here – it shows in every aspect of the resort!”

Mhairri Cuthbert & Curt Woodhall, Canada

“We had a great time. Perfect small resort experience, staff very good, fun bonding with other guests, great excursions and eco-emphasis!”

Doug & Magda Kertscher, Altanta, GA

 

 

“2011 Christmas Eve Cookie Buffet”

The traditional Hamanasi Cookie Buffet was a slam with guest sating their sweet pallets with the popular Ginger Bread Men, Almond Bars, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Pineapple Filled Cut-outs, Sugar Cookies, Lime Drop Cookies, Chocolate Chews and last but not least our Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies.   To quench their thirst we had Shiraz Punch and the not to be forgotten our Hamanasi Eggnog.

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book – November 2011″

From the Hamanasi Staff & Management to all of our guests that visited this past month, thank you for coming.  We hope you had a great time, and we can’t wait to have you back! Below is a selection of comments from real guests at Hamanasi this November.

“Keep up the great work – the way ALL employees interact with the guest (remembering names, asking how we are doing) is amazing.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Sara and Curtis Smith, Onancock, VA

“Best service we’ve ever had – great job!”

Greg and Jalyn Brungardt, Houston, TX

“Every0ne was friendly, professional and open.  Indeed it is the staff that makes this a 5 recommendation.  There is such a warm, friendly atmosphere at Hamanasi.  Getting my Open Water certification was a big and important step, thanks for this big success.”

Deirdre Lavrakas, Alexandria, VA

“Excellent!  Literally the beset I’ve experienced anywhere.”

Robert Lieb, Hopewell Junction, NY

“Just about perfect!  Clearly this is a very well managed and process driven business highly trained and motivated staff.  Great job!”

Charles and Molly Carey, Palm Coast, FL

“Thank you for doing your bit towards saving the planet.  Wish more were like this place.  Stay as you are.”

Rebecca and John Sanders, Dursley, England

“Really could not ask for better staff. All so wonderful.”

A. Black and C. Swain, Pacifica, CA

“Y’all did a great job.  We loved how we were “Becca and Kurt” and not room 6 or credit card #.”

Kurt and Becca Jostes, New Orleans, LA

“We say improvements each day.  I am rethinking how to be even more eco-friendly myself.   Great job!”

Johnathan & CJ Noe, Pikeville, KY

“Entire staff was exceptional and made us feel very welcome.”

Andrew and Fawn Curran, Cohasset, MA

Hamanasi Tour Guides Explore Mayan Ruins with Archeologist Dr. Jaime Awe

Hamanasi tour guides joined a training opportunity with the Director of the Belize Institute of Archeology, Dr. Jaime Awe.   An evening of classroom studies and a day of in-the-field training with Dr. Awe was filled with new and exciting information about the Mayan ruins of Cahal Pech and Xunantunich.  Hamanasi tours both sites twice a week as part of their regularly scheduled Reef & Rainforest Pacakge tours!

“The Beasts of Belize: Jungles and waters teem with rare species”

Wild Adventures in Belize

In April of 2006, travelers Karen Catchpole (writer) and Eric Mohl (photographer) embarked on the “Trans-Americas Journey”, a five year, 200,000 mile cross-country and cross-continental drive.  Their adventures took them recently to Hamanasi and many other parts of Belize.  The link below will take you to a recently published article describing their Belizean adventures!

“The Beasts of Belize”

Belize Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve in the Press

Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Belize

Created in 1986, after renowned wildlife biologist Dr. Alan Rabinowitz observed an unprecedented population of jaguars, Cockscomb Basin is the world’s first sanctuary for the Americas’ largest cat. From a modest 3,600 acres, the reserve has expanded to 128,000 acres (200 square miles) — a mosaic of river-fed habitats that also support four other feline species (puma, ocelot, jaguarundi and margay), as well as tapir, coatimundi, kinkajou and peccary. This is serious jungle: You may want to keep an eye out for boa constrictors and the highly venomous fer-de-lance snake. In the early morning, it’s possible to see hundreds of different birds, including scarlet macaws and keel-billed motmots; evening is the best time to see mammals as they begin to make their rounds. The banks of South Stann Creek are often pocked with their tracks.

“This sanctuary is a testament to Belize’s commitment to conservation,” says Anna Hoare, executive director of the Belize Audubon Society. “I love to just be awed by the majestic views from Ben’s Bluff Trail.”

Hamanasi Guest Book – May 2010

Below is a selection of comments from guests at Hamanasi this May. From the Hamanasi staff to all of our guests this past month, Thank you for coming. We hope you had a great time, and we can’t wait to have you back!

“This was a trip of a lifetime!!”

Steve Eckhart, Camas, WA

“Keep doing what you are doing – taking great care of your guests and making them feel welcome. Much appreciated! “

Mike & Shannon Novakovich, Pasco, WA

“Hamanasi is just fantastic. We had a great time and hope to be back soon!”

Tim & Karen Fox, Lanexa, VA

“Everything was PERFECT… “detailed to perfection”

Darwin & Shonda Darr, Tyler, TX

“Thanks for a wonderful honeymoon and the experiences of a lifetime!”

“Waimar & Miguel, Washington, DC


Hamanasi now has a Carbon Offset Calculator

Hamanasi now has a Carbon Offset Calculator available for anyone interested in traveling “green”.

Sustainable Tourism International

Having always been interested in protecting and sustaining the environment and our local community, we can now offer guests the option and opportunity to contribute to an international organization dedicated to carbon offset.  Sustainable Travel International (STI) is a global leader in sustainable tourism development. The non-profit organization’s mission is to promote sustainable development through responsible travel by providing programs that help travelers, businesses and destinations protect the environment, preserve cultural heritage and promote economic development.  For more information, you can go to www.sustainabletravelinternational.org, and you can calculate your Hamanasi vacation carbon offset by going to www.hamanasi.com/eco_tourism.html.

Hamanasi’s “Green Team”

Hamanasi Welcomes Eliot Greenspan of Frommer’s Travelguide

Frommer’s Travel Guide Tours Belize – and visits Hamanasi Resort

Frommer's Travel Guide Tours BelizeTravel writer, freelance journalist and poet Eliot Greenspan arrived in Belize at the end of April for a three–week stay working on updating the Frommer’s Belize Travel Guide. Eliot Greenspan is author of Frommer’s Belize, the popular Frommer’s Costa Rica, Frommer’s Guatemala, Frommer’s Cuba, Costa Rica for Dummies and the chapter on Venezuela for Frommer’s South America.

Frommer’s Travel Guides feature reviews and advice from recognized authors such as Greenspan and include complete and in–depth destination guides covering the world through daily e–mail newsletters reporting on the latest travel news and vacation deals. 

His stay in Belize will see him visiting destinations across the country to include Belize City, Corozal, Cayo, Punta Gorda, Hopkins (Hamanasi Resort), Placencia and Ambergris Caye, just to name a few.

Thanks for stopping by, Eliot!  It’s always a pleasure having you stay at Hamanasi.