Hamanasi Guest Book – June 2010

“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

“Beautiful surroundings!”

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

Friday Happy Hour Drink Special: Mango Tango

"Mango Tango"

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!

Hopkins Football Team Wins Mayor’s Cup Championship!

Hamanasi's Selvin Arevalo wins MVP

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!

Congratulations!

Hamanasi – Aveda & Adele Wechsler for Green Weddings!

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

"Green Weddings"

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.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

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 info@hamanasi.com 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 guide wins Village Council Seat!

"Golden" Miranda

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.

Congratulations Golden!

Hamanasi Resort Belize Easter Menu 2010!

Hamanasi Easter Dinner

April 4th, 2010

Bread:

Hot Cross Buns

Soup:

Baby Pumpkin Soup

Salad Special:

Tomato & Arugula with breaded mozzarella

Entrées

Basil Gnocchi tossed with sautéed fresh tomato, spinach, garlic and brown butter

*****

Rainforest Honey Baked Ham, or Roasted Chicken quarter served with sautéed assorted vegetables, candied yams, cream cheese whipped mashed potato and gravy

*****

Grilled king fish steaks served on a bed of linguine tossed with sun-dried tomato with extra virgin olive oil and a lime, garlic, cilantro sauce

Dessert Special

Caramel cupcakes

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!