“Lionfish 2015 Report”

lionfish t-shirt (3)Lion Fish in full splendor (2)We had a fantastic lionfish catch for 2015  Thanks to all the guest and staff that helped to achieve our goal.  Total lionfish slaughtered 5056 lionfish.  We set an ambitious goal of 5000 and achieved it more than doubling the total killed in 2014.

Since Hamanasi started keeping records of the lionfish culling we have increased our numbers every year.

2012 = 875

2013 = 1214

2014 = 2447

2015 = 5056

As you can see in 2014 we more than doubled out total from 2013 and in 2015 we more than doubled 2014. New Goal for 2016 is 10,000 in an attempt to double 2015 but we am confident we can reach another historical number, 6500!

On a fun side note when we reach 408 fish killed this year it will be our 10,000 recorded lionfish kill.  When we reach 5408 this year it will be our 15,000 recorded lionfish killed.

 

 

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ December 2015″

“You have made our stay amazing in so many ways! Every detail from friendly service to a warm smile. Perfect!”

Kevin and Brenda Walker, Boynton Beach, FL

“This place is top notch. Wonderful people, accommodations and beautiful scenery.  This ranks at the top of my vacations – just keep up the great work, I will return.”

Jon and Marissa Palmer, San Antonio TX

“Felt like we were at the Ritz Carlton. Every need was anticipated and taken care of before we even asked.”

Kathryn and Mitch Drew, Rye, NH

“What a perfect experience. Perfect balance of reef and jungle.”

Laura and John Little, Cambridge, MA

“LOVE that you are eco-friendly, that was a big reason we booked here. Great that you are expanding to solar, water collection, etc.

Jennifer and Scott Bullard, Truckee, CA

“You guys have a wonderful resort with the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Tyler and Kendal McCarty, West End, NC

“We loved how everything was! Keep doing what you are doing!

Riley and Catherine Weaver, Glenn Allen, MS

“You guys do an awesome job greeting people and knowing their names. Love their efforts and programs in place for composting and recycling.”

Jacob Hardi and Family, Camarillo, CA

“Everyone was friendly, all made me feel at home.”

Judy Cowan, Boynton Beach, FL

“I didn’t realize all the eco-friendly efforts of Hamanasi but loved reading and hearing about. The gardens all impressive, you have inspired me to be more eco-friendly. I love the water bottle concept.  The citrus basil water was so yummy.”

Krista Laperle, Worthington, OH

“Keep getting feedback from your guests and holding yourself to the highest standard. There is a reason your resort is the best!  Great service all around.”

Ariel and Jamie Dalton, Hunting Beach, CA

“You have done a great job. You mastered the resort/excursion/relaxation vacation experience. We were extremely impressed how everyone made efforts to know our names.  How special you exceed expectations!”

Amy Bender, Forthworth, TX

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ November 2015″

“Everything was perfect!”

Jim Blairs & Jenny Weyler, Shrewsburg, MA

“We were constantly amazed by the green efforts around the grounds and loved every moment.”

Anna Robinson & Nico Ager, Brooklyn. NY

“Awesome to see a resort doing everything they can to conserve this beautiful place.”

Cathy Heshmat

“We thoroughly enjoyed out visit. We were able to relax, rest and unplug.  Thank You!”

Melissa & Tom Skiavo, Alexandria, VA

“Amazing Service!”

Travis and Sina Pelleymounter, Tampa, FL

“Continue your excellent service to guests and community. We loved it here J.”

Vince Colunga, Austin, TX

“Your staff is special – it was so wonderful to be recognized by name and have our preferences remembered.”

Janet & Boyce Fender, Hockessin, DE

“Everyone is always smiling and greeting made us feel at home. Gave personal service.  Had a wonderful vacation!  Thank you Hamanasi!”

Sanjiv & Hema Bhakta, Biloxi, MS

“Quite amazing! Everything was perfect!

Margaret Kerr, United Kingdom

“Your doing such an amazing job.”

Brad & Chelsea Gruters, Flagstaff, AZ

“Lovely to know they are doing so much to promote preservation of this beautiful country and tis natural resources.”

Steve & Julia Liska, Chicago, IL

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ October 2015″

“There was nothing we would have changed. Hamanasi made our honeymoon the best we could have imagined.  Thank you!

Megan & Steven Reese, Rio Osso, CA

“Hard to improve on perfection. We are in the travel and service industry and we know how difficult it is to achieve what you have here at Hamanasi!”

Blane & Stephanie Henderson, Elmhurst, IL

“We were totally impressed by this resort but the eco-friendliness of this resort took it to the highest. You are doing the best, keep on doing it.”

Zahra Boostani, Moraga, CA

“It is nice to see the resort taking steps to protect the environment. It is definitely the most eco-friendly resort/hotel we have every stayed at.”

Ed and Casey Steinmetz,

“Keep doing what you are doing! We don’t want to go home.”

Stephanie Price, Philadelphia, PA

“I believe other resorts can learn from Hamanasi’s management and over all style.”

Ken and Kelly Miller, Lufkin, TX

“I honestly could not think of any way you could improve the service. I always appreciate a facility that someway encourages water conservation.”

Mark Richardson, Austin, TX

“Love it like it is. Wonderful to involve staff in community service.”

Robbie & Ronnie McGill, Queen Creek, AZ

“Thanks for a great time. I love Hamanasi!  Love all the “green” touches.  I learned how to green at home in many ways.”

Greg & Kathie Horman, Poway, CA

“You guys are super! We felt such wonderful hospitality.”

Bill & Tammy Woods, Stillwater, OK

“Everything perfect!”

Pascal & Caroline Fragniere, Switzerland

“We loved our stay and Hamanasi’s little touches that make it feel extra special. The private dinner, the massage package, the adorable ways the napkins are folded.  Wonderful service and a beautiful resort!”

Ann & Grant Fraistat, College Park, MD

“Keep doing what you’re doing! Thank you for a wonderful trip.  I really applaud all your attention to detail on the green efforts and education.  Really makes the resort stand out and puts you at the trip of the list for a return trip.”

Shelly & Miguel Gorordo, Saint Petersburg, FL

‘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 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

 

““Hamanasi Guest Book ~ March 2015″

“You exceeded our expectations!”

Kristi Shaffer and Family, Arvada, CO

“Everyone was really wonderful. We loved that staff members knew our names. This was truly an amazing adventure. We are so sad to leave and are trying to figure out when we can come visit again.”

Berkoff Family, Flowertown, PA

“We could not believe the efficiency of the total operation!”

John and Trixie Miller, Cape Charles, VA

“Whole trip was excellent – many thanks for everything!”

Alex Bradley, New York, NY

“We have never met anyone here that wasn’t super friendly and accommodating. Have traveled a lot to many places and you are still our very favorite.”

The Dunhams, San Carlos, CA

“Everyone we came into contact with made our stay enjoyable. Every single person was friendly, helpful and courteous. Staff was always willing to take care of whatever we needed.”

Becky and Jim Bryan, Amarillo, TX

“Keep up the great work! Staff was extremely friendly and helpful all week.”

Matt Owen, Canandaigua, NY

“Hamanasi staff have set the bar for world class service standards while maintaining an intimate communication and style – please keep that strong combination.”

Tina Olfson, Valrico, FL

“We appreciate that Hamanasi is able to provide exceptional experience for visitors while working to maintain the wonder of Belize.”

David & Cindi Bougher, Moundsville, WV

“Everything is fantastic – just keep doing what you’re doing. We love Hamanasi!”

Brian and Jessica Gray, Pflugerville, TX

“Everyone was so very friendly and helpful! Everyone excels at their job! Everything was perfect.”

Lissie Girard, North Chester Field, VA

“It’s perfect! Just the right touch, warm and friendly and not obsequious.”

Betsy Pugh, New York, NY