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.
Everyone so friendly and knowledgeable about all services, information about Belize. Great culture. Everything is perfect in paradise!
Lee and Sandra Gregoire, Colorado Springs, CO
‘The little touches speak well of the care and thought placed into the environment, but with very elegant touches and display. It would be difficult to improve on something so flawless and perfect.
David and Shauna Norton, Altadena, CO
“I will come back for many reasons, but the most important one is the quiet environment.”
Mike Sturm and Family, Brookfield, WI
“I think it’s the amazing service that makes Hamanasi #1 Hotel in Central America.”
Regan Pritzker and Family, San Francisco, CA
“I applaud Hamanasi’s effort in protecting our earth when so many resorts do not have a desire to do so! In this regards alone, Hamanasi is light years ahead of any other place I’ve been to! Absolutely perfect! Only suggestion – please put a Hamanasi in my town so I can go there more often.”
Andrew and Jen Cirigliano, Allenwood, NJ
“The service and staff are wonderful; they are so kind and helpful in every way. We had a wonderful vacation.”
Paul and Marsha Story, Washoe Valley, NV
“I stay at 4 and 5 star hotels around the world and this is the best!
John and Amanda Tobler, San Jose, CA
“Hamanasi never uses the words “no”, “can’t”, “not possible”. Everything is accommodated. Great place to stay!
Tracy Madden and Tom Throop, Durham, NH
“We really enjoyed all our interactions at the resort, very friendly and personal atmosphere. We had fun and relaxed at the same time. Great Honeymoon!
Sara Snow and Allan Pett, Farmington, MI
“We have stayed at 10+ lodges in Belize and Costa Rica over the last 6 years. Hamanasi trip ranks as one of the best ever. Best service hands down. Great staff! Thanks for a great week.”
Jesse & Elaine Satterwhite, Raleigh, NC
“Everyone was friendly, professional and helpful. We felt cared for, liked and special! Exactly the right combination of pampering and adventure!”
Sue and Peter Gibbons, Block Island, RI
“Everything was perfect!”
Lisa Raffael and Family, Burlington, VT
“Amazing service and thoughtful resort touches were everywhere.”
Peter Danis, Ballwin, MO
“Keep doing everything that you’ve been doing. We couldn’t have asked for more. I find it wonderful when business take the time and make the effort to conserve the environment around them.”
Matt and Alicia Matuszewski, Buffalo, NY
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!
From the Hamanasi Staff & Management to all of our guests that visited this past month, thank you for coming. We hope you had a great time, and we can’t wait to have you back! Below is a selection of comments from real guests at Hamanasi this November.
“Keep up the great work – the way ALL employees interact with the guest (remembering names, asking how we are doing) is amazing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Sara and Curtis Smith, Onancock, VA
“Best service we’ve ever had – great job!”
Greg and Jalyn Brungardt, Houston, TX
“Every0ne was friendly, professional and open. Indeed it is the staff that makes this a 5 recommendation. There is such a warm, friendly atmosphere at Hamanasi. Getting my Open Water certification was a big and important step, thanks for this big success.”
Deirdre Lavrakas, Alexandria, VA
“Excellent! Literally the beset I’ve experienced anywhere.”
Robert Lieb, Hopewell Junction, NY
“Just about perfect! Clearly this is a very well managed and process driven business highly trained and motivated staff. Great job!”
Charles and Molly Carey, Palm Coast, FL
“Thank you for doing your bit towards saving the planet. Wish more were like this place. Stay as you are.”
Rebecca and John Sanders, Dursley, England
“Really could not ask for better staff. All so wonderful.”
A. Black and C. Swain, Pacifica, CA
“Y’all did a great job. We loved how we were “Becca and Kurt” and not room 6 or credit card #.”
Kurt and Becca Jostes, New Orleans, LA
“We say improvements each day. I am rethinking how to be even more eco-friendly myself. Great job!”
Johnathan & CJ Noe, Pikeville, KY
“Entire staff was exceptional and made us feel very welcome.”
Andrew and Fawn Curran, Cohasset, MA
“Thank you” to all of our guests for June, 2010! We hope your Hamanasi and Belizean adventures were everything you imagined and more! Below are some of the comments from guests that visited during June. We hope to see each and everyone one of you yet again.
All the best from the Management and Staff of Hamanasi ~
“Best vacation of our lives! Couldn’t have picked a better place to honeymoon”
Robert and Caitlin DeStefano, Woburn, MA
Vicki and Eric Batterton, Delaware, OH
“It’s so beautiful here. Every night the walk to our room was fragranced with the perfume of tropical flora. We relaxed in hammocks strung between coconut laden palms. Perfect honeymoon!”
Lindsay and Scott Gaspari, Woodstock, IL
“We had the best honeymoon ever! thanks for the GREAT memories!”
Adam and Leanne Fleet, Pittsburgh, PA
“The family had a wonderful vacation. The trip of a lifetime. Thank you!’
Sharon and Les Arnold, Memphis, TN
“Thank you to all the Hamanasi staff! This experience has been amazing and so personal! Everything has been perfect and you have made our honeymoon so memorable!”
Chris and Andrea Clark, Worcester, MA
“Every meal left us stuffed! It was better than anywhere I’ve ever been! The staff was better than anywhere else in the world! We got to know each one, which is very unusual! I will miss them all!”
Lexie and Dick Graf, Selah, WA
“You should be very proud of your eco efforts. There is such pride in Belize and it shows.”
The Phillips Family, Fairplay, CO
“I was amazed that everyone knew our names, were genuinely sincere and care, and took care of our every need!”
Terry and Susie Campbell, Fort Collins, CO
“Every meal was outstanding! Being greeted by friendly, smiling faces that truly cared and calling us by name really made us feel special.”
Amy and Rich Welch, Irmo, SC
“Food was excellent, service outstanding! Everyone made us feel special.”
Ed and Kathy Fowlkes, McKinney, TX
“Beautifully maintained tropical setting. very respectful to the environment, very personal service!”
Andy McGahee, U.S.A.
“You have created a very unique resort experience. Excellent dive staff!”
Rick and Yvonne Brusky, Palm Desert, CA
“It was paradise – thank you!”
Brooke and Ross Davis, Manchester, MD
“Incredible level of service, warmth and humor in the staff. We were blown away by the food & service!”
Dick and Kathleen Fine, San Francisco, CA
“Everything was perfect! We are very sad to leave.”
Mike and Kristen Russo, Cleveland, OH
“Wonderful! Felt like I was living in the rain forest but in luxury!”
Aimy and Brandon Wiley, Austin, TX
“This is the best resort we have ever been to – we will be back & will tell all of our friends!”
Lindsay Cohen and Pat Fagen, Richmond, VA
It’s mango season!!! Twice a year, June and December, the village trees are dripping with hundreds of mangoes in a huge variety of color, taste and texture! We use them in everything from a delicious reduction sauce for dinner, freshly sliced at breakfast, and now in this Happy Hour creation for a smooth, fruity delight:
Mix: Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Vodka, Light Rum, Simple Syrup and blend with a small amount of ice. Garnish with freshly sliced mango and a cherry!
Friday night was the Stann Creek District Mayor’s Cup football championship. Hopkins Village took the win 3-2 and brought home the trophy! There was a great turnout from the area, and many of the players on the Hopkins team are Hamanasi staff members! Hamanasi’s Selvin Arevalo was named mid-fielder MVP! Well-done Hopkins. We’re very proud of you!
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.
New York, NY: May 5th
Baton Rouge, LA: May 6th
Toronto, Canada: May 11th
Atlanta, GA: May 16th
Washington DC: May 23rd
Boston, MA: June 6th
Chicago: June 8th
Minneapolis, MN: June 10th
Austin, TX: June 14th
Scottsdale, AZ: June 16th
Seattle, WA: June 21st
Portland, OR: June 24th
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:
- Certified organic Hemp and silk
- Vegetable dyes
- Remnant fabrics and lace
- Every piece is produced with Fair Trade Labor in Toronto, Canada.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-552-3483.
For more information about Aveda, visit www.aveda.com. For more information about Adele Wechsler Eco Couture, visit www.adelewechsler.com.
Hamanasi is very proud to announce the election of one of its very own… inland guide, Ashford “Golden” Miranda, is one of the newly elected Hopkins Village Council Representative. Village elections were held on Sunday, April 18, 2010, and Golden was announced one of the six council seat winners around 11:30 p.m. later that night. Golden will be a wonderful representative for the people of Hopkins, and we all look forward to great things from him. His position on the Council is a three-year term that begins one week from the date of the elections.