Green Globe Certified Hamanasi Resort, Belize
Launches Tour Guide Training
Utilizing their many years of business experience, the owners of Hamanasi Resort, have developed a range of training and development programs for their staff and related businesses. The newest training program to be conducted will be with tour guides who service the resorts guests.
Hamanasi Resort General Manager, Mr Andrew Usher said, ‘We are pleased to be able to deliver training and workshops for the inland tour guides. Our aim is not only to enhance our guests’ experiences, but also provide a real education.’
‘We will be bringing in archeological experts to provide more in depth information on cultural ancestry and the natural history of our unique tropical location.’
‘In addition we will be focusing on the basic safety issues associated with taking guests into wilderness areas. An intensive rescue and first aid training program will also be offered to all guides.’
Green Globe Certifcation CEO, Mr Guido Bauer said, ‘Hamanasi Resort has a long reputation, of providing quality skills training. From its own service quality programs through to resort management training and now additional tour guide training; these are all substantial investments by Hamanasi delivering professional and trade skills, while adding to the enjoyment and safety for guests.’
Founded in 2000, Hamanasi is one of the few resorts in Belize and possibly the Caribbean that offers both prestigious diving locations and lush jungle for hikes. This boutique resort located on the beach south of Hopkins is nestled between the Maya Mountains and the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Hamanasi runs a full-service dive shop, restaurant, bar and pool. Being a resort with only 21 rooms spread over 20 acres of land and holding a capacity of 60-65 people, these amenities present a challenge to being eco-friendly. But Hamanasi has embraced the challenge and succeeded in becoming Green Globe Certified.
Guests planning to visit Hamanasi Resort in Fall 2010 should also be aware of the ‘Back to School Backpack Project’. Backpacks and school supplies are donated by Hamanasi guests and visitors throughout the year. Each September, the backpacks and supplies are donated to the schools and families in Sittee River and Hopkins. For information contact Ms Janet Neel via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort
Nestled between the lush Maya Mountains and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Hamanasi is a special place from which you can explore the best of Belize on and offshore. A secluded, intimate boutique resort located on the beach south of Hopkins, Hamanasi sits on hundreds of feet of Caribbean Sea beachfront surrounded by tropical flora on the finest stretch of beach in Belize. With a short flight from Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York or San Salvador you may let the warm tropical breezes melt away your hectic life for the laid back pace of Belize!
Your daily adventures will begin and end in the casual elegance of Hamanasi Dive & Adventure Resort. You’ll be able to kick back and soak in the ocean air in our Great House or by the pool. If you fancy you may take a swim in the warm Caribbean waters or enjoy a tropical cocktail at the bar. Our friendly staff will greet you with warm smiles and attentive service. Of course, Hamanasi’s Adventure Center, housing our dive & snorkel center will service you on premises. We offer an exceptional, all around Belize resort! For more information, please visit www.hamanasi.com
About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification brand to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information visit www.greenglobe.com
Underwater Mayan World
Why is this diver burrowing into the bottom of this mini-lake? She’s literally disappearing into the sand and gravel of the water’s floor. Only debris and the occasional bubbles from her breathing tank are visible.
She’s part of a project, largely funded by National Geographic, to dive into the sacred pools of the ancient Maya.
SOUNDBITE: Patricia Beddows, Northwest University, Hydrologist & Geochemist: “Our exploration team discovered this upwelling. It’s an underwater spring upwelling. And it provides this magical experience because it’s located at the bottom of a very large crater. And you can come down, down, down, down into this large crater, and in the bottom is this boiling mass of sediment that’s actually being rolled and boiled. It’s almost like a natural lava lamp. Went in over the lip of the crater, descended down into the bottom, and I didn’t want to have any interference with the water already in the pool. And so it required a little bit of digging, and frankly it was extremely low visibility down there but below the actual base of sediment, there’s about one and a half meters more space. The water coming out of the bottom of this spring, is chemically quite distinct from the water in the pool.”
But this is just the beginning. The dives also revealed clues to past life here, and a first for the country of Belize.
Scientists discovered several fossil beds around 60-to-90 feet below the surface, including femur bones the size of a bowling ball. They also found tusks and pelvic bones. These are the first recorded fossils ever found in Belize.
SOUNDBITE: Lisa Lucero, Archaeologist, Project Leader: “We left those in place. We only removed a few small fossils so we can determine, are they fossilized? Or bone? They are definitely fossilized, so we know they have to be of a certain age. But were they here , were these megafauna present during occupation by humans 20,000, 15,000 years ago? Or are they much older?”
The dives were made in several pools in central Belize earlier this year in an area known as Cara Blanca. The researchers found evidence that the eight pools of the 25 they studied are likely connected through underground passages.
Principal Investigator Lisa Lucero says the major goal is to look for archaeological remains underwater.
SOUNDBITE: Lisa Lucero, Archaeologist, Project Leader: “Because the Maya considered openings in the earth – caves, water bodies – as portals to the underworld of Xibalba. And because the thousands of caves that have been found have offerings, ancient Maya offerings , we just knew there’d be offerings at the bottom of the pool. So we came with the goal of trying to dive to look for these offerings.”
Though they didn’t find offerings on the first dives, they did find ceramic sherds in a pool near remains of Maya buildings, constructed around 1100 to 1300 years ago. Lucero says there is no indication this area had many residences, but rather was likely a pilgrimage site, with Maya traveling here from hundreds of miles away.
Because at least one of the pools was found to be around 200 feet deep, and littered with trees and silt, more sophisticated diving equipment is needed for future dives. And Lucero believes there are more significant Maya offerings at these depths.
The research is being conducted under the auspices of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, and the scientists plan to return for more exploration.
The Belize Tourism Board held its tourism industry awards ceremony June 10th, 2010, and Hopkins Village received the award for “Destination of the Year”! Hamanasi Resort, also located in Hopkins Village, was recognized for its excellent ecologically friendly and sustainability practices and its attaining official Green Globe Certification. Congratulations to all of the people and businesses that have worked hard to make Hopkins a unique and culturally stimulating destination!
Hamanasi Greens Its Dive Boat Fleet
Just in time for the 2010 whale shark diving season, Hamanasi Adventure Dive Resort in Hopkins has added a new eco–friendly custom–built dive boat to its fleet. The Hanóu, which means “Trigger Fish” in native Garifuna, can carry up to 25 divers and features four–stroke engines, which dramatically reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. For more information about Hamanasi and its dive packages,visit www.hamanasi.com.
Hamanasi now has a Carbon Offset Calculator available for anyone interested in traveling “green”.
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”
AVEDA and ADELE WECHSLER ECO COUTURE PARTNER FOR GREEN WEDDING EVENTS
“Go Green, Why Knot!” event raises awareness for eco-conscious wedding planning and preparation
WHAT: Aveda and Adele Wechsler Eco Couture host regional eco-wedding bridal events.
WHY: Aveda and Adele Wechsler are partnering to co-host regional bridal events during the months of April, May and June at participating Aveda salons across the country. Brides-to-be and their guests will receive tips from Aveda experts on picture perfect wedding day makeup, fool-proof skin care regimes and the latest bridal hair trends. Attendees will also preview new gown designs by Adele Wechsler Eco Couture, and eco-wedding service providers will also be represented, from local green bakeries and caterers to florists, photographers and printers. Guests at each event will have a chance to win Aveda service or product packages, eco-vendor products, and one lucky bride will take home her very own Adele Wechsler veil or headpiece. In addition, brides may enter to win national grand prizes: an Adele Wechsler Eco Couture wedding gown, or a honeymoon vacation at the Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, an eco-friendly destination hotel in Belize.
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Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.
Adele Wechsler designs for the bride who cares about the world in which she lives. Adele Wechsler is a pioneer in eco friendly wedding gown design. Our Eco Couture collection paves the way for a luxury look that maintains the following eco-friendly standards:
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About Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort: Located south of Hopkins, Belize and nestled between the lush Maya Mountains and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Hamanasi offers guests plenty to explore, both onshore and offshore. The intimate property boasts 21 private treehouses, luxury suites and spacious beachfront rooms, as well as an on-property Adventure Center, complete with a full-service PADI dive facility. As the first Belize beachfront property to achieve Green Globe Certification, and one of the top hotels for service in Central and South America according to TripAdvisor®, Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort is the ultimate blend of adventure and eco-luxury. For more information, visit www.hamanasi.com, email email@example.com or call 1-877-552-3483.
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After two visits to Hamanasi and Hopkins Village, guests Doug and Anne of Canada decided to adopt Miss Bertie’s Library in Hopkins as their “project”. Due to their efforts, a wonderful shipment of books and supplies arrived in Hopkins this week and the first part of that shipment was delivered to the library yesterday! The kids were thrilled and began to unpack the books and puzzles immediately!
Hamanasi Becomes Belize’s First Beachfront Property to Achieve Green Globe Certification
Hopkins, Belize – April 19, 2010 – It’s official – Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort has just earned the prestigious title as Belize’s first-ever Green Globe Certified beachfront property. Based in Hopkins, the eco-resort has been dedicated to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards since its inception in 2000. The Green Globe recognition, which is a highly regarded and selective certification process, is an epic benchmark in Belize’s steadfast effort to build itself as a responsible tourism destination.
“In an effort to avoid the travel industry’s ‘green washing’ label, we felt passionately about being part of a program that was serious and reputable,” said Dana Krauskopf, owner of Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort. “That passion ultimately translated into Hamanasi earning the coveted Green Globe Certification. Not only does our new achievement exemplify that Hamanasi puts the environment first; it also shows the staff, guests and public that Hamanasi is deeply committed to its green/sustainability initiatives.”
From the beginning, Hamanasi owners David and Dana Krauskopf’s number one priority was protecting the environment. In fact, one of their early efforts included developing a mission statement to include their commitment to the environment, which eventually evolved into Hamanasi’s eco-mission statement. That initial pledge to Mother Nature was followed by the immediate implementation of efforts including hiring and developing local staff, keeping as much of the native plants and eco system as possible, including an 11 acre nature reserve, and designing to ensure maximum natural light and air flow. Over the years, Hamanasi has steadily strengthened its eco and sustainability initiatives, and continues to do so.
“Hamanasi will continue to aggressively pursue its environmental and sustainability goals,” commented Krauskopf. “We plan to introduce solar power in our new guest units, invest in a new grey water system and implement other earth friendly, energy saving efforts. Beginning this June we’ll expand our organic garden, and our efforts to actively engage in activities that support the surrounding communities will continue.”
Hamanasi’s specially appointed “Green Team” implements and oversees every eco-friendly effort, every step of the way. From facility, food & beverage and office accomplishments, to special efforts regarding tours, marketing and the community, the Green Team is dedicated to ensuring that the environment surrounding Hamanasi remains protected.
“Becoming Green Globe Certified has been a challenging and rewarding journey, ever since we set it as the Green Team’s primary Goal back in January 2007,” said Andrew Usher, General Manager of Hamanasi. “We look forward to improving upon and extending our green efforts into sustainable, long term goals for Hamanasi’s staff and guests alike.”
As a part of Hamanasi’s new continuing education and engagement efforts for staff and guests, the Green Team is making plans to launch new guest education programs to include topics like the importance of being green and sustainable, background on wildlife and nature, Mayan history, and Belizean cultures. The property is also working on developing onsite displays which provide more information about the diverse eco habitats on-property, and has already revealed an improved pond habitat, which serves as home base for crocodiles, turtles, fish and birds.
Hamanasi officially started working towards Green Globe Certification on September 3, 2009. The eco-resort was officially certified on April 7, 2010. For more information about Hamanasi’s community involvement and efforts to keep Belize green, visit www.Hamanasi.com.
About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability certification based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and operates in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification company to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com.
The April 2010 Hopkins Humane Society Free Spay & Neuter Clinic has come to a close after enjoying a hugely successful clinic and fundraiser!
Hamanasi’s website will soon feature a Carbon Offset Calculator! Watch for it…
Hamanasi “Green Team”