While we were closed in September for yearly renovations, Dive Master Shawn Lozano better known as “C-Dog” took time out of his vacation to go to Honduras and attend the PADI Instructor Development Course with Utila Divers. The course is run by Andy Phillips and it took two weeks to complete. It entailed long days of class and water works culminating in a two day exam which he sailed thru. C-Dog has now join the ranks of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and he is very enthusiastic for this coming season as a Hamanasi Instructor. He is looking forward to creating fantastic new divers and impart his knowledge of the marine environment with his new students. Hamanasi is very proud of his efforts and wishes him the best of luck!
Below is a selection of comments from guests at Hamanasi this September. From the Hamanasi staff to all of our guests this past month, Thank you for coming. We hope you had a great time, and we can’t wait to have you back!
“I have travelled many places in my life and this is by far one of the most fabulous boutique resorts I have stayed at.”
Maureen Evaskevich, Alberta, Canada
“Our stay has been absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for all your eco friendly efforts.”
Marsha McArthur, Parker, CO
“Don’t grow too much and too fast to lose that venture one on one service attitude, that personal by name friendship your staff builds is perfect. We’ve spend many vacations in the tropics over the years and I wish we’d have found Hamanasi sooner.”
David & Pam Metzger, Amherst, OH
“What a welcome change to stay with a family who cares so much about leaving as little negative impact as possible.”
Jana & William Sprayberry, Boerne, TX
“Continue doing what you do. You’ve got it down right!”
William Roell and Family, Waynesville, MO
“Hamanasi has 3 things that set it apart. Best staff/great atmosphere/best variety of trips.”
Jon and Renee Gregory, Oxon Hill, MD
“Love the natural atmosphere and that you keep as much nature as possible.”
Tricia Wynne, Bronx, NY
“I have fallen in love with Hamanasi with all the wonderful staff. I want to be more eco-friendly because of Hamanasi!”
Samuel and Praisy Matthew, New York, NY
“You and your staff are superb ambassadors for Hamanasi and Belize. The staff is so proud of Hamanasi, of Hopkins and of Belize. We will miss you all.”
Scott Valentine and Family, Des Moris, Iowa
“The eco-friendly efforts were very noticeable and added a nice touch to the experience.”
Jessica Patton and Andrew Overton, Long Island City, NY
“Thanks for making our honeymoon an unforgettable experience!
Jessica and Kai Nielson, Vancouver, Canada
“Stay simple and relaxing! You have a very good operation going.”
Jamie Trout, Herndon, VA
“Everyone was amazing – nice – again above and beyond. Keep it the same, very personal. Keep the resort small and intimate. It’s excellent and we can fell everyone is passionate about great service. ”
Charles Ablores and Family, Spring, TX
“Keep doing what you do – getting to know your guests even though your stay is short is a wonderful personal touch.”
Mike and Colleen Way, Calgary, Canada
“How to improve perfection? No suggestions, it was perfect!”
James and Becky Carter, Odessa, TX
“Keep doing what you are doing. Your people are your greatest assets.”
Caitlin Burns and Family, Angola, IN
“This place is A+++. I loved feeling part of the Hamanasi family. Every detail was thought of. Thank you for an amazing vacation.”
Stacey and Rob Bladen, Herriman , UT
“Hamanasi has 3 things that set it apart. Best staff/great atmosphere/best variety of trips.”
Jon and Renee Gregory, Oxon Hill, MD
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!