“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ July 2012″

“Keep providing great service and excellent excursions.”

Jaime Clausen, Boerne, TX

“Don’t change a thing. We will be back! I really appreciated how personal and intimate the resort felt. Many of the staff greeted us by first names when they saw us and it felt like we were really welcomed!

Jennifer Benrostro and Family, Palo Alto, CA

“Continue giving the excellent service you provide. Your entire staff is second to none anywhere in the world.”

Valerie Kringer and Sean Kelly, Oakland, CA

“Hard to imagine better service!”

Barbara Amen and Family, Lincoln, NE

“Everything was outstanding. Our honeymoon was an unforgettable experience thanks to everyone at the Hamanasi.”

Jaime and Matt Cady, Oxford, OH

“It was a great expereince.”

Leah Jewell and Family, Ridgewood, NJ

“Love the garden on site. Love eating local food, loved not having TV’s and phones. Keep it to what it is.”

Ken and Diane Goss, Omaha, NE

“It was perfection! It was the perfect honeymoon.”

Scott Burris and Suzanna Ritz, New Orleans, LA

“It’s excellent. Best I have experience.”

Kim Nichols and Family, Boulder, CO

“Keep up the great service.”

Arash Boostani and Family, Half Moon Bay, CA

 

“Introduction of Mr. Juan Pedro Tun To The Hamanasi Family”

Hamanasi Green Team In emphasizing our commitment to Eco Tourism, Hamanasi continues to implement environmentally friendly practices. Such practices range from the conservation of water and energy, finding natural cleaning solutions that are cost efficient and protecting our natural surroundings without compromising quality service and accommodations. In addition to these efforts, we are committed in raising awareness by properly educating our staff and our guests about what it means to be ecofriendly. In so doing we have gone as far as hiring qualified personnel to provide such education. In this months’ issue of our newsletter we are featuring  Mr. Juan Pedro Tun, an organic farmer and educator. Mr. Tun is originally from the village of Santa Familia in the Cayo District, located in the western part of Belize. Due to his qualifications and expertise he has been hired as a consultant in the development of our Greenhouse efforts and environmental sustainability projects. Mr. Tun is of Yucatan Mayan, Hispanic and Creole Descent. Before 1998 during the years of his young adulthood Mr. Juan Pedro Tun left his native Belize to adventure and travel throughout South and Central America and reached as far as North America , during which time he sustained himself and afford his travels by working many odd jobs in each place he settled. Juan Pedro inherited his father’s farm land and livestock after his father passed away.  Throughout the years that followed he started experimenting ways he could reduce the use of chemicals and to eventually produce completely organic fruits and vegetables.  We are very enthusiastic about this new addition to our Hamanasi Family! Mr. Tun is an asset to our country and to this company that with his knowledge and background together we will be able to accomplish much more.

“Hopkin’s Day 2012″

This weekend in Hopkins is a festive and fun place to be. The intense beating of drums followed by singing and dancing will welcome you as you enter the sleepy fishing village of Hopkins. It makes the 71st year of the arrival of the Garifuna to Hopkins, and Hopkins Day has been celebrated since 1990. It is a festival that grows every year. and aside from the villages more and more Belizean people from other parts of the country are coming to be a part of this cultural festival.

There will be lots of fun games and drumming entertainment with a variety of cultural and Belizean food for everyone during the day. Saturday night will come alive with the Punta fest where many bands from around the country will be participating.

Join us and let’s all celebrate in one of Belize growing tourist destination.

 

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book – May 2012″

“Every staff member we met made us feel welcome and cared for. Thank you for caring about our planet.”

Kevin and Lucy Norwood, Rawlins, WY

“Continue doing what you’re doing because you are getting it right. This is our favorite destination and coming here feels like coming home. you are to be commended for your work in promoting and implementing sound eco-tourism. Hamanasi should be held up as a model to other resorts on how to get it right.”

Hector and Pam Gomez, New Orleans, LA

“Do not ever change. This is the best vacation I have ever had!”

Ronda Mears, Rochester, WA

“Keep the resort small and intimate.”

Kim & Dave Corbin-Lewis, Moab, UT

“Your Eco friendly effort is what brought us here and what you do is very impressive. We are happy you contribute to the community.”

Dorothy Giersch and Family, Ridgefield, CT

“Service was absolutely perfect! Wonderful honeymoon destination.”

Jena & Alston Rush, Edmond, OK

“Service is impeccable – top notch!”

Susanna & Colin Moriarty, Athens, GA

“Everything was wonderful. I was really impressed by the green house and the efforts to keep a low impact.”

“Excellent room and tremendous service! We will definitely stay here again.”

Mark Meese and family, Jenks, OK

David Yablick and Hannah Carmack, Fairdealing, MO

“All I can say is thank you and all was fabulous + brilliant. Lots of love and see you soon!”

Bhavni Bhakoo, Winnepeg, Canada

 

“Generous Donation For The School Children”

We would like to thank Marie and Lee from Cherry Hill New Jersey for their generous time spend in collecting monetary and school supplies donations for the school children of Hopkins and Sittee River Village. Marie and Lee visited Hamanasi on March, 2012 and shared with the children a very cheerful afternoon.. Over 25 school bags with school supplies with given out to the young kids from the Holy Family Hopkins School and Ms. Bertie Hopkins Library. 

Lee and Marie then travelled to Sittee River Methodist School were a vast amount of school supplies include, stick glue, crayons, pencils. etc were donated. Preparing our children for a better future and helping them develop and become professionals is our main priority.

 

Vice Principal Fritz Coleman along with Des the librarian appreciated the visit of our guest and the valuable support provided to the school children.

 

“May Green Newsletter – Lionfish Hunt”

Hamanasi Resort believes and practices environmental sustainability, and in its ecofriendly quest, it has empowered and motivated its Dive crew to participate in the reduction of lionfish population through its spear fishing adventures. They saw a desperate need to minimize the numbers of Lionfish that poses a serious threat to our reef. This is a means of eliminating the rapid increase in the numbers of lionfish spotted along the entire coast of Belize and around the world; therefore, the Hamanasi Dive crew aims to double their lion fish hunt to 4 trips weekly for the month of March. Martin Carr, the Green team ambassador for the department records their daily catch.

From data gathered, marine guides and guests are doing a great job in their lionfish spearing efforts. In total the guides have speared over 200 Lionfish since February. Sam Noralez speared the most Lion fish followed by Martin Carr. We acknowledge Mr. Espinosa, Elvis, John, Roy and Terrill for their hard work and consistency in increasing the number of catches. Thanks to our guests for participating in this adventure.

After guests have completed this adventure for the day, they can have their catch sent to the main Kitchen so that Chef Sheridan Polanco prepares delicious Lion fish cuisines for lunch or dinner.

The Dive crew and Hamanasi Green Team Steering Committee (HGTSC) are doing their best to sustain this adventure by organizing hunts and providing guests with the relevant information about the danger that these invasive species of lionfish post to our reef. If anyone is interested in Lionfish hunting with our dynamic dive crew call or sign up at front desk, and they will willingly assist in every means possible to arrange a Lionfish Adventure that suits your needs. 

Do you your part in conserving our reef and make a difference!

 

“Joining hands with the World in Planting for Tomorrow”

Hamanasi joins Earth Day 2012! Our Hamanasi team is dedicated to the environment. Everyone on the Hamanasi team has been inspired to plant a tree somewhere in Belize today. We in Belize are so blessed with a fabulous eco-system and we have a commitment to maintain our environment as mother earth intended. We wish all our friends every success with their individual efforts for Earth Day!

“April – Green Newsletter”

Hamanasi Migratory and Native Bird Population

 Figure 1: Plain Chachalaca

Hamanasi has kept and embraced its reputation as an eco-friendly resort in Belize’s Tourism Industry, and in its assurance in sustaining a unique image by preserving the environment and its biodiversity, the company’s rainforest guides have been conducting a migratory and native bird population study for a period of six (6) months. In the facilitation of the study, an onsite birding has been scheduled, and is ongoing for at least once every week, by three (3) inland guides who are Pedro, Lorenzo and Golden. The guides been have conducting the studies around the property from March 21, 2012 to April 4, 2012, and they have recorded 32 species of birds. Most of the bird species were sighted in more than two (2) occasions, in which the sighting frequency was 2.19. Our guests, especially those who are bird lovers, are welcomed to participate in the studies along with our gregarious and enthusiastic inland guides.

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ March 2012″

“We really appreciate that customer service was very important to Hamanasi!”

David Wilkie & Family, Saintpaul, MD  

“It was a pleasure to interact with all your staff – in the office or in the garden. All seem happy, thus friendly. Keep doing what you are doing. You truly stand out from the other guys. Your green efforts to be commended on all fronts. This is a real drawing card for many tourists today.”

Susan and Gord Harper, Alberta, Canada

“You guys ROCK!”

Caitlin Bailey and Boyd Williamson, Colombia, MO

“You have ABSOLUTELY the best staff in the whole wide world. They truly exemplify excellent customer service!”

Jean and Jimmy Drummond, Bowie, MD

“We love the genuine friendliness shown to us. Doing eco-friendly luxury is a challenging balance. Nicely done! We understand sustainability as living wages for staff and smart growth for the community of Hopkins.”

Josh and Stacie Bornstein, Ithaca, NY

“Doing a fantastic job – keep up the great work.”

K.C and Cathy Shea, Colchester, CT

“Outstanding!”

Duane Natvig & Family, Northfield, VT

“Everyone was just lovely; this experience would be hard to improve.”

Connie and Jeff Irish, Loveland, CO

“Everything was perfect! I have never met such friendly people. There is such a pride in Belize. Thank you!”

Rosi Sekerak, Charlotte, NC

 

 

“Andrew’s Growing Bud”

Young Andrew Herring upon arrival discovered a bougainvillea plant next to their beachfront room broke a branch, placed in a cup with water and decided that he will let his plant grow.   He kept it in water for its roots to grow as he was determined to ensure that his plant did not die. On his departure we offered him to go and replant in our greenhouse which he was excited to do.

Mr. Desmond, one of our gardeners assisted Andrew in accomplishing his goal.  It was a pleasure to have had Mr. Clarke Herring and family with us and we are all very proud of Andrew, that at his young age he is already thinking how to nurture a living organism.  Our  promise to Andrew is to ensure that his plant gets all the nutrients and water it needs to grow and keep him updated with his plant growth!