“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ November 2014″

“Wonderful stay, beautiful surroundings. The staff was unfailingly friendly and accommodating. Adventures were great and well organized!”

Reina Schwartz, Elk Grove, CA

“You do a great job; it’s nice to come to a resort when you feel like you’re the only guest. Quiet, somewhat remote yet well cared for. It appears your resort is very eco-conscious. Recycle and use of the property to grow products for use on site shows your concern for keeping our precious resources.”

Craig and Marcia Hansen, Mammoth Lakes, CA

“Continue the course and emphasis on personal treatment. Service is outstanding, we are grateful. Loved the consciousness to reducing waste and the natural environment was noticeable and appreciated.”

Josh and Ashley, Tucson, AZ

“We have traveled around the world and Hamanasi provided a “Best Ever” experience for our 25th Anniversary.”

Ruth and Anita Kauffeld, West Cape, NJ

“Couldn’t see how you could improve perfection!”

John and Angela Lehman, Stafford, VA

“We had a great experience. Hamanasi is a fantastic resort!”

Mike and Shasta Devlin, Pollode Pines, FL

“Everything and all staff were so nice! Couldn’t ask for more! Food was great!”

Kevin and Maggie Weathersby, Houston, TX

“Your Eco-friendly efforts continue to improve and surprise us! Your ideas are far ahead of what we’ve seen elsewhere!”

Ryc, Sandra and Nic Brownrigg, Sedalia, CO

“Kudos to Hamanasi! We are very impressed with how green the hotel is; the recycling effort is great – could not be better. It would be hard to improve the best! So we would just say keep up your great job.”

Larry and Annette Robinson, Boerne, TX

“We had a wonderful time. Thank you for making our honeymoon a time to remember.”

Michael Newell and Janet Fletcher, Renton , WA

“The services were spot-on, just keep doing what you’re doing. Loved it all!”

Jeanne Hanahan and Kelly White, Golden, CO

“Exceptional – you all were absolutely exceptional!”

Linda Santandrea, Enfield, CT

“The difference between Hamanasi and nearby beach-front hotels was unbelievable. We really appreciated the natural landscaping, composing and efforts to stay organic!”

Susan and Pradeep Kaul, Montgomery, MD

“Service is top flight; little or no room for improvement. We like how Hamanasi strives to be sustainable, all efforts are appreciated.”

Greg Clifton and Family, Tellinide, CO

“I travel the world and this was among the best experience I’ve ever encountered. Your staff is what makes the experience unique. Thank you!”

Chris and Blake Noonan, Grapevine, TX

“Everyone was fantastic. Thank you so much, you have mastered the art of customer service!”

Amanda Tobler and Family, San Jose, CA

“I’ve been to quite a few dive resorts. Hamanasi is hands down, the best so far. Thank you for a wonderful time.”

Ray Blatter, Walnut Creek, CA

“Everything was wonderful and far surpassed our expectations. We really appreciated the very personal attention. We will recommend Hamanasi to everyone we know!”

James and Stephanie Small, Houston, TX

Cassava – Healthy Living

Cassava is a great gluten-free substitute.

Cassava root after harvest before it’s been prepared to cook.

At Hamanasi we are aware that many of our guests have special dietary requirements, from low sugar and nut allergies, to gluten free diets. We want all of our guests to be able to sample to delights of our kitchen and bakery so we use native local produce to substitute certain items that may be incompatible with the dietary requirements. One of these substitutes is cassava, which we use as a substitute when cooking and preparing food for guests with a gluten free diet.

Native to Brazil and the tropical areas of the Americas, Cassava (also know as manioc, tapioca or yuca) is widely grown all over Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Africa and the South Pacific. A root vegetable with a brown fibrous skin and a fleshy white interior, it has been around since long before the arrival of Columbus. Cassava provided a stable source of food to the Taino, Carib and Arawak populations, especially in the form of cassava bread. While there is evidence of manioc pollen in the Gulf of Mexico lowlands dating to 4600B.C., the earliest evidence of cassava cultivation comes from a 1,400 year old Maya site in El Salvador.
Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in tropical and sub-tropical regions helping to provide a basic diet to over half a billion people, mainly thanks to its ability to grow under strenuous conditions such as in areas of low rainfall and nutrient low soils.

Once harvested cassava needs to be washed and peeled before it is used, but it can be used in so many ways. When cooked properly to detoxify it, the soft boiled root has a delicate flavor and can be used to replace potatoes in many ways, including as an accompaniment to meat, as a flour in dumplings and gravies, or even fried as chips. Cassava can also be made into a sweeter choice as a crepe or a cake. This typically involves grating the cassava and mixing it with coconut milk or even fresh grated coconut and steaming it.

Belize Gluten-free sweet cassava snack

Cassava is as versatile as it is tasty and is equally good as a sweet gluten-free snack as it is as a starch at meal time.

Cassava is a food with a long list of health benefits. Cassava is very rich in many minerals that are beneficial such as calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus and manganese. As well as being rich in fibre, it is also rich in carbohydrates, making it a perfect dietary addition for a highly active lifestyle. Along with being gluten free, cassava is high in its levels of saponins, which are a phytochemical responsible for helping to lower the levels of unhealthy cholesterol in the blood stream.
So all the arrows point to cassava being a healthy choice of vegetable for any diet

Talking Diet, A Gluten-Free Alternative at Hamanasi

Belize Gluten-free sweet cassava snack

Cassava is as versatile as it is tasty and is equally good as a sweet gluten-free snack as it is as a starch at meal time.

At Hamanasi we are aware many of our guests have special dietary requirements, from low sugar and nut allergies, vegetarian to gluten free diets.  We want all of our guests to be able to sample to delights of our kitchen and bakery so we use native local produce to substitute certain items that may be incompatible with the dietary requirements.  One of these substitutes is cassava, which we use as a substitute when cooking and preparing food for guests with a gluten free diet.

Where gluten-free food starts, in the ground.

Cassava plant before harvest.

Native to Brazil and the tropical areas of the Americas, Cassava (also know as manioc, tapioca or yuca) is widely grown all over Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Africa and the South Pacific.  A root vegetable with a brown fibrous skin and a fleshy white interior, it has been around since long before the arrival of Columbus.  Cassava provided a stable source of food to the Taino, Carib and Arawak populations, especially in the form of cassava bread.  While there is evidence of manioc pollen in the Gulf of Mexico lowlands dating to 4600B.C., the earliest evidence of cassava cultivation comes from a 1,400 year old Maya site in El Salvador.

Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in tropical and sub-tropical regions helping to provide a basic diet to over half a billion people, mainly thanks to its ability to grow under strenuous conditions such as in areas of low rainfall and nutrient low soils.
Cassava is a great gluten-free substitute.

Cassava root after harvest before it’s been prepared to cook.

Once harvested cassava needs to be washed and peeled before it is used, but it can be used in so many ways.  When cooked properly to detoxify it, the soft boiled root has a delicate flavor and can be used to replace potatoes in many ways, including as an accompaniment to meat, as a flour in dumplings and gravies, or even fried as chips.  Cassava can also be made into a sweeter choice as a crepe or a cake.  This typically involves grating the cassava and mixing it with coconut milk or even fresh grated coconut and steaming it.

Cassava is a food with a long list of health benefits.  Cassava is very rich in many minerals that are beneficial such as calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus and manganese.  As well as being rich in fibre, it is also rich in carbohydrates, making it a perfect dietary addition for a highly active lifestyle.  Along with being gluten free, cassava is high in its levels of saponins, which are a phytochemical responsible for helping to lower the levels of unhealthy cholesterol in the blood stream.

So all the arrows point to cassava being a healthy choice of vegetable for any diet.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ August 2014″

“Every single staff member that crossed my path truly made my stay the best that if could be.  I really felt that I was part of a family.”

Bianca Brehen, Astoria, NY

“Great job! Very nice and relaxing.  Very responsive staff.  Thanks so much.”

Anne Robertson and Family, Marion, MA

“Everything was amazing.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  I loved all the eco efforts being made with the local food system.”

Jennifer and Damon Miller, Denver, CO

“Your service was outstanding!”

Emily and Chris Walker, Odessa, TX

“Love, Love, Love your Eco-friendly efforts!  One of the reasons I chose this resort for our first trip to Belize.  Everything was unbelizable!”

Amanda and Walter Evans, Eugene, OR

“Continue to invest in and develop your people – focused culture of excellence.  Well done and thanks!”

Charles and Branda Reed, Warm Springs, VA

“The service is perfect – keep doing exactly what you’re doing!”

Fredrick & Carolyn Stewart, Charlston, SC

“Service was top-notch!  Joy to stay at a resort that understands people are here to see nature and takes efforts to preserve it.”

Kerri Crawford, Saint Louis, MO

“Staying here was a dream! The rooms/grounds are gorgeous and the staff was eager to make our stay the best experience possible.”

Katie and Robert Bursley, Shreveport, LA

“Stay green! Live Sustainable! Their passion for what they do, their love of their country and their love for nature, that fever was contagious.”

Joseph Reeder, Colombia, MI

“More Donations For The Hopkins Health Center”

IMG_1516We give big Thanks to George Bolton and Sheri Bronfin for the medical supplies donated IMG_1517 IMG_1519 to the Hopkins Health Center.  George and Sheri stayed with us for a week in July 2014.  Melonie Flores a member for our #greenteam presented the donations to Dr. Valentine, the doctor in-charge here in Hopkins village.

“2nd Annual Hamanasi Back To School Fest In Hopkins”

On Sunday 20th July 2014 Hamanasi’s Green Team held the 2nd Annual Back To School Fest in Hopkins Village. This year we started off by having Ms. Charlotte Garnet very kindly lead all the kids in singing the Belize national anthem to formally open the Fest. Then we had educational talks by special guest speakers.

bird talkMs. Celeshia Guy, Manager of Belize Bird Rescue and Ms. Lauren Whitfield, an intern gave a very informative talk about keeping birds and information about the 9 different parrots that are found in Belize. They made it fun for all and even got audience participation by getting the kids to read out the different types of parrots.

Fest 4  manatee needs your helpThen Mr. Jamal Galves, a Manatee Research Associate at Sea 2 Shore Alliance/Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute spoke about Manatees that are found in the waters in Belize especially around Hopkins and introduced the kids to a prize wheel where if they answered a question correctly about the information they had just been taught they had a chance to spin the wheel to win a whole host of different prizes.

There was then a safety talk by PC Claudious Cardinez regarding curfew times, reminding kids to not just jump in anyone’s car and also that double ride is actually against the law. After talks from our guest speakers we had 2 talks by our very own Green Team members!

CPRFirst off we had a CPR demonstration by our newly qualified Emergency First Response Instructor Mr. Martin Carr who taught the kids what to do if they see an accident and how to do CPR until the emergency medical service arrives.

Then Mr. Juan Tun, Hamanasi’s very own green fingered organic gardener, explained to all the kids and parents that growing plants at home is neither hard nor expensive. You can create simple compost using left over food scraps, garden waste and old seaweed washed up on the beach. Also you don’t need to buy expensive plant pots, simply use the inside of a toilet roll to plant seeds and then when the seed has sprouted you can use the remains of a coconut for the plants to continue to grow.

Great information from all our special guest speakers!

After the speakers Hopkins School Principal Ms. Seferina Castillo handed out the backpacks stuffed to the brim with school supplies for the neediest children in Hopkins Village.

Games 1 gamesIn the afternoon all the kids joined in with many games that were held on the beach to win school supply prizes including, three legged race, running race, marble and spoon race and sack race. For those that weren’t feeling so energetic we had a colouring in table for the kids to complete the activity sheet kindly given to all of them by Belize Bird Rescue. At the end of the day all the kids had a great time and every single attendee went home with lots of school supplies donated by Hamanasi’s very kind guests.Kids back packs

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ July 2014″

“Everyone was kind and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and having a good time.”

Phil Wilson and Christina Mensah, Greensboro, NC

“Service was excellent.  It seems like the Staff/Management thought of everything.”

Lauren and Cabeb Chess, Columbia, SC

“I thought the service was outstanding.”

Joe Gulling and Family, Rexnoldsburg, OH

“All the staff were super friendly and they were all really very nice to us all the time 24-7.”

Scott Bauer and Family, Ashville, NY

“We loved our week here.  Thank you for making our honeymoon better than you could have imagined!”

Jess Kazaks and Branson Fields, Dever, CL

“You have done it all extremely well!”

Kurtis Singleton, Marblefalls, TX

“All is amazing and makes the vacation worth it and enjoyable.”

Madison Cougill and Family, Maumelle, AR

“Nicest place + best service we’ve every had!  Thank You”

Linda and Shannon Gray, Venice, CA

“Overall a great experience and stay.”

Socratis Mamalis, Brooklyn, NY

‘Thanks to all involved in making our wedding so very special!”

Ashley and Edward De La Garza, Conroe, TX

“I think we generated less trash here than anywhere we’ve ever stayed – so appreciate your efforts to be Eco-friendly to your country.”

Teri Szafran and Family, Pensacola, FL

 

 

 

 

“Green Team Go Fest Crazy!”

Grean team 3The Green Team have had a busy couple of months attending both the Easter Fest in Hopkins in April and the Cacao Fest in Punta Gorda in May.

Both Fests resulted in us having very popular stalls that was busy all day! We had Sustainability Q’s where people could find the answers by reading all the information displayed all around the Green Team booth. Once they gave us the correct answer they had the chance to pick a prize out of our lucky dip. There were water bottles, school supplies, backpacks, t-shirts, and even bottles of champagne to win! We also had a lionfish themed word search for the younger ones.

Along with the chance of winning items, visitors also had the chance of buying some organic produce, as well as plants, that Mr Tun had planted into coconut shells. There was also lionfish patties and lionfish ceviche both of which went down an absolute storm which enables us to spread the word that lionfish is not only edible but very tasty too! Thanks again to Audrey and our fantastic chefs for preparing such great lionfish goodies. For both these Fests we decided to also sell chilled husked coconuts, a great thirst quencher on such a hot day! Needless to say we sold out of those too!! All in all 2 fantastic days of spreading the green word to the community both in and outside Hopkins. Thanks again to all that helped out.

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ June 2014″

“Everyone was so kind and personable!  Great Customer Service!”

Pam Swaney, St.Louis, MO

“We are impressed with the eco-friendly efforts and strongly support the mission.  Every single person made our honeymoon the trip of a lifetime! Very personal attention and attention to detail throughout resort.”

Luke & Carolyn Head, Charleston, WV

“Keep as is – perfection cannot be messed it.”

Bonnie & Randy  Curry, Mision Viejo, CA

“You all are doing a fantastic job.  We like very much the personal attentiveness and small groups on tours.  Really makes a huge difference.”

Don & Judy Cates, Brunswick, GA

“Can’t improve on perfection!”

Irene Burns, Nokomis, FL

“The staff was very accommodating.  Every request was met with the response, “No problem”.  Every staff we came in contact with was always smiling and helpful.”

Courtney and John Tatum, St. Palm, CA

“Everything was fantastic!  I can’t wait to come back.”

Sam & Christian Johnson, Chicago, IL

“What a beautifully run resort.  Very efficient, professional and friendly.  Great job to all.”

Tessa Novak and Family,

“Don’t change a thing!”

Sara Hanner, Springfield, OR

“Everyone went out of their way to make our time here enjoyable.  We have travelled a lot over the past 30 years and have never had the attention given to us that Hamanasi has done – it is also evident that you give back to the community which means a lot.”

Diane & Henry Ansley, St Simon Island, GR

‘Everyone was fantastic!  Super friendly and helpful!  Everything was perfect.”

Amanda Schwinkendarf, Val Paraiso, IN

“You guys are the best!  You truly made us feel at home away from home!”

Karen Herrington and Family,

“Thanks you for a perfect honeymoon!”

Jennifer & Allista Howlett, Indianapolis, IN

 

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ May 2014″

“We had such a wonderful time.  Thank you for making the trip of a lifetime!  We hope to be back soon.”

Ben & Stephanie Miller, Leawood, KS

“Thank you for the awesome experience. Hamanasi made our annual “sisters-friends” get together a vacation we will never forget.  Continue to involve your guests in eco-friendly deeds and efforts to support the community.”

Brenda Richie,  Spring Brandy, TX

“If there is any aspect of service that Hamanasi has not thought of – and nearly perfected, I certainly can’t think of it.  This has been the trip of a lifetime!  Your respect for the environment really shows – BRAVO!”

Charles Huffman, Astoria, NY

“We thoroughly enjoyed our holidays at Hamanasi.”

Susanne & Peter Ditscheid, Germany

“Everyone on staff was very accommodating and friendly.  We really could not have asked for a better honeymoon!”

Nick & Andrea McKay, New Gloucester, ME

“This place is amazing!”

Randy & Cheryl Foreman, Las Vegas, NV

“From the composting to the use of wine bottles and toilet paper rolls.  It seems like you’ve thought of everything.  It’s nice to comet o a resort that is so conscious of water & the environment. It’s rare to find that, but we believe it’s so very important.  The entire staff is incredible. Everyone works so hard and it shows.”

Chris Mecklenburg, Fort Collin, CO

“Entire staff/property was outstanding.  We really enjoyed out stay.  I cannot think of anywhere we’ve received better attention to our every need.”

Wayne & Millie Bechtel, Ridgercrest, CA

“We can’t imagine anyway to improve the service we received at Hamanasi.  It was extremely professional and exceeded our expectations.”

Jennifer & Brandon Brown, Austin, TX

“We have been to many resorts from 1975 thur 2014, Hamanasi is the best!

Rich  & Dee Thomas, Mayrose, WI