“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

 

“Natural Cleaning”

images (2) (2)With the current awareness about our environment and how it is changing due to the ever growing impact of the human population, many people are looking to use more natural and less chemical based products in their lives. Many people choose to eat organic products, or purchase products that are produced locally, and among many other things it is becoming easier and easier to find less environmentally harmful cleaning products for your house. This is a fantastic direction to be heading, but the people who use these products will tell you that they are generally more expensive than the chemical filled alternative.
At Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort here in Belize, we are doing everything that we can to minimize the impact that we are having on the environment that we are blessed to be living in. Our housekeeping department uses all environmentally friendly cleaners to clean our rooms and environmentally friendly laundry soaps to wash our linens and towels. We wanted to share a few environmentally friendly cleaning products that won’t break the bank and that you make with just a few ingredients that we will bet you already have in your cupboards.

To clean windows to a shine
When you clean your windows, use 25% vinegar mixed with 75% warm water. Put on your rubber gloves and immerse an old cotton towel in the water. Heavily rub on the windows and then scrunch up a piece of newspaper and use to buff up the windows. If there are any streaks left use a dry cloth to finish off.

To remove limescale
You might already know this one, but it is possible to remove limescale from your showerhead or taps by simply using white vinegar. You can improve the effectiveness of this trick by heating your vinegar in a saucepan before using it. You can put it into a small container and tape it to any pieces that cannot be removed, or wrap a presoaked cloth around the base of taps. Allow your showerhead to soak, but for no longer than 1 hour. Afterwards just use and old toothbrush to brush the showerhead removing any remaining limescale, and run the water to remove any remaining vinegar. Be careful, this method will not work on plated showers and taps.

To clean your oven
This is everyone’s least favorite area to clean, but it really doesn’t need to be difficult. You simply spray the inside of the oven with water using a spritz bottle, then liberally cover the inside of the oven with baking soda. The baking soda and water should form a paste, and all you have to do is to leave the paste for a couple of hours, then wipe off when ready (you may need to repeat this for really baked on grime). Simple.

To remove red wine
This one is always a question for debate. Try using soda water on the spill and just keep dabbing with paper towels until there is no color showing on the paper towel.

To freshen up your furniture
This one is a good one. Mix 1/8 of a cup of 100 proof vodka (yes, vodka) into a 16ox spray bottle with water. You can add some essential oils if you would like a fragrance, but this mix makes an amazing fabric freshener. The alcohol will kill any bacteria in the fabric before evaporating away.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ February 2015″

“Keep up the high level of service – Wonderful vacation!”

Thomas and Patricia Cotter, Chathan, NJ

“Thank you for all you do and provide in your efforts to preserve and foster this beautiful country. The Hamanasi family rocks!”

Belinda Brown, Encinitos CA

“Hamanasi surpassed our high expectations as a location and accommodation but the staff was beyond even that. We travel a lot and stay 5* this is the best staff ever. Friendly, attentive, courteous, excellent! I cannot say enough good things about the staff and every single person.”

Michael Johnston, Menco Park, CA

“Service was superb, maintain what you have built.”

John and Kathryn Ford, Arlington, VA

“Every staff member was excellent. Service is the best I have had in any of my travels. Keep doing what you are doing.”

Kirk McClain, Canada

“Congratulations Hamanasi staff on exceeding our expectations. You gave us paradise!”

Moira Green, Lynden, WA

“This is one of the most wonderful places I have ever stayed. I honestly cannot think of anything to suggest. Many resorts claim to be Eco-friendly but most do a poor job at it. You really live it and it is very refreshing. Excellent effort. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable week.”

Sandy Haller, Underville, VT

“You’re doing an amazing job!”

Shannon Epler, Pullman, WA

“Your staff is amazing! Nearly all greeted us whenever they saw us during our stay. How do they remember all of our names? We did not choose you for the adventures and had a great time.”

Patti and Phil Beutel, West Nyack, NY

“Very impressive what Hamanasi does to make this an Eco-resort. Also like how you give back to the local community.”

Sharon Mann, Bloomfield, CN

“Hamanasi was a joy. I had lots of fun. Thanks for a great vacation.”

Cherry Baker, Las Vegas, NY

“Enjoyed how the staff makes an effort to learn your names, make the resort more personable.”

Ryan Rupp, St. Milwaukee, WI

“All was wonderful, I know you work very hard to make us comfortable and smile all the way. Thanks so much and job well done.”

David Goldberg and Family, Nashville, TN

“Doing a wonderful job, we love Hamanasi and the staff. Made us feel like part of the Hamanasi family.”

Kim and Jacob Bozeman, Seattle, WA

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~December 2014″

“Just keep doing what you’re doing. Food was great! Service was fantastic! I enjoyed both snorkeling and diving, both were wonderful. The Mayan tour history was incredible; the guide was extremely knowledgeable and profoundly connected to his heritage.”

Joseph Faulkner, Cleveland, OH

“Thank you to everybody – all I met were friendly and welcoming. I loved it here. Very impressive Eco-friendly efforts, gave me some ideas to do at home. Keep up the wonderful work!

Erika Capin, Florida, MI

“Everyone we interacted was extremely polite, friendly and helpful.”

Kelsey Skemp, Durham, NC

“The grounds staff is very thorough and also would stop to ask how you day was. Very thoughtful touches in the room, the fudge, the shoe-cleaning kit, the turn-down service. We were very impressed by Hamanasi efforts to be a self-sustainable part of the community of Hopkins rather than a separate entity apart from the community.”

Shelby & Jeff Arthur, Santa Barbara, CA

“This was one of the best vacations I ever had – everything was impeccable. All food was delicious – exceeded expectations”

Johanna Panciulo, Malvern, PA

“Everything was unimaginable perfect. The People here make such a difference.”

Emily and Hien Pham, Cleveland, OH

“It’s a wonderful place for families of teenagers to have a mutually enjoyable and engaging time. Fantastic!”

Christine Cassidy,

“Keep you the amazing work and friendly, positive atmosphere!”

Gina Nappi & Brian Sascia, Media PA

“Best dive experience we have ever had. Everyone top Notch. Best vacation ever!”

Jackson King, West Simsbury, CT

“Everything was immaculate! Best food! Great Service! Drink specialties were delicious. We loved game night. Beach service was outstanding.”

Vicki Berk, Carmichael, CA

“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.