Belizean Beauty Cures Hamanasi Heatwave!

It’s HOT HOT HOT today… so King blends up his “Belizean Beauty” for Happy Hour and cools everyone down!  Here’s the way we do it at Hamanasi:

Cooling off at Happy Hour

Apple Pucker Liquor

Melon Pucker Liquor

Light Rum

Sweet & Sour Mix

Add ice and blend

Add a freshly-picked Belizean lime for garnish (can be found at Hamanais!) and let the cooling begin! 

Cheers!

The Hopkins Kite Festival Flies High in Belize!

The Hopkins Kite Festival was a huge success Saturday!  Kids of all ages had a great time and enjoyed the prizes of backpacks and school supplies donated by guests of Hamanasi.  Congratulations to all of the participants and winners for excellent work on the creative and beautiful kites of the day.  If you’re traveling to Hamanasi soon, you can bring new or gently used backpacks for our “Backpack Project”.   The backpacks are put to great use!

-the Hamanasi “Green Team”

Hamanasi's Audrey McCaulay hands out backpacks as prizes! Beautiful!

Hamanasi Gets a New Look…On Our Blog!

Hamanasi is very excited to announce the launch of our new blog ”Hamanasi Happenings”!  The new and improved look is beautiful, user-friendly, and you can send interesting posts straight to Facebook and Twitter and see a spectacular photo gallery in Flickr.  So check it out and spread the word!

                                   The Hamanasi Team

Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Hopkins Village, Belize

Garifuna Women Stand Strong in Belize!

Hamanasi Front Desk/Reservations Associate, Gilda Eligio attended a symposium for Garifuna women over the past weekend. The symposium was organized by a Christian Women’s group from Minnesota, Open Doors, led by Anne Hinrichs. The group comes to Belize, specifically the Hopkins and the neighboring Garifuna villages of Seine Bight and GeorgeTown, for the purposes of ministering to women and teens about the role of women in the home, workplace, community and church, and to encourage women to be leaders and examples in all
aspects of the Garifuna life. During their week-long stay, they have daily services at the church or villages to minister to the people.They also organize projects and activities to help restore hope to the less fortunate by refurbishing their homes and painting it or changing old boards to new ones so that the families can be proud. Open Doors also brings “goodies” for the children and school supplies. they walk around the villages and give donations to families that are in
need. Pastor Herdie Castillo from the Hopkins Evangelical Church, Ligilisi Laureni Bungui, goes along with the group and introduces them to local families. Open Doors also follows up with each family to see how they are doing and send supplies, food and clothing to them after returning to Minnesota. The symposium and services were well-attended by the local women with more than 40 regular attendees… and crowds of children when the services are taken to the villages!

Birding in Belize!

Hamanasi guides, “Golden” Miranda and Pedro Ical, recently participated in Part I of a new Birding Ecology course offered in Belize! TIDE Tours is presenting a Certificate Program in Bird Ecology Mass Audubon, the first ever course of its kind to be held in Southern Belize. Part I was held on November 14-16, a 3-day intensive session covering various aspects of: Anatomy and Physiology, Orientation and Systematics, Evolution and Speciation, Flight and Migration, and Bird Conservation. Part II will be a 3-day session to be held on the 24th -26th of May 2010, and will include aspects of: Breeding Biology, Feeding Ecology, and Leadership Skills. The program also included early morning bird walks and a self-study assignment to be completed between the two formal sessions.

The purpose of the program is to enhance the ornithology (study of birds) knowledge base of naturalist guides, teachers, and others with a strong interest in the birds of Belize. Golden and Pedro are very excited to expand their already extensive knowledge about the local and regional birds. Hamanasi has an early-morning Birding Tour every Thursday!

Hamanasi Employees of the Year – Closing Ceremonies

Closing Ceremonies for the 2009 Hamanasi season were held on September 7th, 2009. This brings one season to a close, and excitement in looking forward to the new season ahead! EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR were also announced for each department.

Congratulations to Pedro, Jackie, Kim, Dale, Naomi, Audrey and Mr. Che who were announced the winners during the annual Staff Appreciation Day! And “congratulations” to each and every staff member who made our successful season possible. And “thank you” to each and every guest that entered our Hamanasi home!

Marcia (Hamanasi Resort Chef) wins "Taste of Belize" Award!

The Belize Tourism Board held its 8th Annual Taste of Belize Culinary Competition on Saturday, August 29, at the Old Belize Adventure Park. “Taste of Belize” is Belize’s signature culinary competition’ geared at developing the Culinary Arts in Belize. The competition included 12 professional chefs, 5 young professional chefs, 9 bartenders, 5 cake decorators and an audience of over 700 attendees.   Competitors in all categories were expected to create a unique dish using his/her choice of ingredients.  This dish could have been an appetizer, main dish or dessert and should have reflected Belizean or regional cuisine.  Marcia Nunez of Hamanasi Resort in Hopkins Village was awarded the Third Place win and received a trophy and a $500 cash prize.  Congratulations Marcia!  I’m sure many Hamanasi guests can attest that this award was richly deserved!

New Adventures to Explore at Hamanasi Resort

In an effort to always have the best Belize vacation adventures available for Hamanasi guests, we recently sent in our front line “team Hamanasi” to try new and exciting excursions in the outback of Belize. From the look of the smiles on their faces, this was a successful mission!

Fun & Games or Hard Work?

It’s both!
Teamwork building games help Hamanasi staff stay connected and on top of their game!
Ongoing training is just one part of what makes the Hamanasi staff #1.
Well-done everyone!

Hamanasi's GM Elected to Belize Tourism Industry Association Board

STANN CREEK CHAPTER ELECTS NEW OFFICERS BELIZE CITY, Belize (March 5, 2008) – The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) visited its Stann Creek members on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 to elect new officers to the board of their destination and to launch the Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX) 2008.
Hamanasi is proud to announce that its General Manager, Andrew Usher, has been elected as Vice Chair of the Stann Creek BTIA Chapter.
Congratulations, Andrew!!!