“Vets Without Borders from Arkansas, February Clinic”

We continue to have a fantastic 2012 for the animals in Hopkins, Sittee River and nearby villages.   The Carroll County Vets Without Borders from Berryville, Arkansas, returned for their 5th visit to Hopkins! Dr. Tina Cone, Ramona Hambrick and Anita Beeson had a fantastically fun… and incredibly busy… trip to Belize.  Over the course of four days of surgery (including one day when the air conditioning went out), the team was able to complete 18 spays, 17 neuters, a limb amputation, a femoral head ostectomy, dentals, a tumor removal, and entropion (eye surgery), several lacerations and over 80 exams!  Amazing!

Tina, Ramona and Anita also made it by Saturday puppy class to help clean up the park, help hand out dog food (one of our best HBHS programs) and hand a few kids treats they had brought along with them.   Hamanasi contributed once again to the HBHS program with accomodations, lunches and allowed the vets to take some time off from their busy schedule and go on one of our snorkeling trips to the Southern Barrier Reef.

Every time the Carroll County Vet team visits Hopkins, things go well. Old friends are reacquainted, and new ones made.  As always, we look forward to their next visit.

“Hamanasi Guest Book – February 2012″

On behalf of Hamanasi Staff and Management, we want to thank everyone that visited us for the month of February.  We hope that you all have a great vacation experience with us and we can’t wait to have you back!

“Keep doing what you’re doing and stay true to your vision and the Belizean culture.”

Michele Carroll, Dallas, TX

“Keep up the great work.  Staff could not be nicer. ”

Gail and Frank Julie, Larchmont, NY

“Our vacation was perfect above and beyond our expectations; thanks to Hamanasi ~ we wouldn’t change a thing!”

Cindy and Bruce, Calgary, AB

“Most friendly and welcoming staff we have ever experienced – Thank  you!”

John and Jane Pope, Greensboro, NC

“Exceptional, professional and friendly.   First class all the way.”

James and Martha Hannon, Colorado Springs, CO

“Staff was probably the friendliest and most eager to help of any resort I have visited – Five Stars!”

Sean and Linda Quinn, Ontario, Cananda

“Keep up the high standards.”

Ned Hickey Family, Marlborough, CT

“Absolutely excellent – friendly, accommodating, remembered names this sets resort apart from others.”

Jeff and Kristi Carius, Boulder, CO

“Overall lovedBelize, the resort and the exceptional staff.”

Barry and Maryl Featherstone, Pendleton, OR

 ”Staff was helpful, energetic, enthusiastic and always happy and available.  The most impressive group I’ve ever encountered.”

Adolf and Kelli Maas, Bothell, WA

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ January 2012″

A big “Thank You” to all our guest that visit us on January 2012. Because of you all we started the year 2012 with a bang!!! We hope that you all had an amazing Hamanasi experience! We do hope to see each and every one of you again sometime in the near future.  All the best from Hamanasi staff and Management.

“Everyone was so friendly.  Wonderful place to come to relax and get away from it all.  Thanks for making our stay an unforgettable experience!”

John & Cynthia Haynes, Magnolia, TX

“Hamanasi is perfect! Everybody we dealt with at the resort was exceptional. Thank you!”

Dylan Harrop and Brianna Israel, Ontario, Canada

“We really appreciate staying at a resort where there are efforts not only to have a small foot print but to make Belize even more beautiful.”

McPeake Family, Providence, RI

“The service here is the very best I have encountered anywhere!”

Phillip Von Mucke, New York, NY

“We love this place and will return, I can’t imagine anything being better than the experience here.”

David and Rebecca Kosmitis, Magnolia, TX

“The treehouse are built in a way that is very considerate of the surrounding nature. Very friendly and accommodating.”

Debra Brandwein and Raymond Muro, Los Angeles, CA

“Fantastic~ very friendly and great hospitality. Keep up the great work!”

Rob and Lisa Heiar, Albuquerque, NM

“Applaud your efforts to keep the environment pristine. Keep it low key and peaceful just like it is.”

Brenda and Dennis Conaway, Worthington, IN

“We enjoyed the educational experiences while being on vacation! A great time!”

Kari Sapris and Family, Decatur, GA

“Hamanasi really gives a good impression of Belize and its wonderful, safe, friendly variety of people and activates. I will encourage others to visit.”

Donna White, Bridgeport, CT

“All service personal was excellent ~ best service we’ve ever had in years of travel!”

Dean and Susi Mitchell, Leakey, TX

 

 

“Hamanasi Chimichanga”

Are you ready for another one of our delicious recipes? The Chimichanga is among our guest favorite desserts. Let us know which one was your favorite!

Hamanasi’s Chimichanga

Ingredients:              For 1 filled Chimichanga Flour Tortilla

Flour Tortilla                 1, large

Bananas, large              3, peeled and sliced medium thick

Almonds, sliced            2 Tbsp.

Brown Sugar                  ½ cup

Butter                               1 Tbsp.

Cinnamon Powder        ½  tsp.

Raisins                              2 Tbsp.

Vanilla Extract                 ¼ tsp.

      Preparation

  • Place all ingredients in a small pot and allow to simmer  or  cook down for about 15 minutes until ingredients appear caramelized, brown and soft.
  •  Allow to cool on stove top then take one Flour Tortilla and fill.
  •  Secure tortilla closed with frilled toothpicks.
  •  Deep fry the Chimichanga in a deep pot of how oil or a deep-fryer until tortilla is golden in cooler all around.
  •  Remove from fryer and allow to drain for about a minute.
  •  Carefully cut off crunchy ends (optional), you should have 4 servings from one Chimichanga burrito.
  •  Top with vanilla ice-cream and drizzle with caramel sauce, enjoy!

 Happy Cooking & Eating

From

The Hamanasi Kitchen!

“2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’s Choice Awards”

Trip Advisor ~ World’s most trusted travel advise announced the winners of  its 2012 Travelers’ Choice® awards.

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort was awarded 2nd for Top 25 Hotels for “Best Service” in the World and 3rd for Top 25 Hotels in the World.  Julie Cassitini-TripAdvisor says “In total, 3,943 properties globally have been recognized this year with dedicated lists featured for 30 countries and eight regions worldwide. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.”

Many other properties in Belize such as The Phoenix Resort, Xanadu Resort and Coco Plum Resort were also awarded by Travelers’ Choice 2012.

Your Hamanasi family sincerely thank you for choosing us as your vacation destination and took time to write and share your Hamanasi experience with the world.

 

 

 

 

“2011 Christmas Eve Cookie Buffet”

The traditional Hamanasi Cookie Buffet was a slam with guest sating their sweet pallets with the popular Ginger Bread Men, Almond Bars, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Pineapple Filled Cut-outs, Sugar Cookies, Lime Drop Cookies, Chocolate Chews and last but not least our Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies.   To quench their thirst we had Shiraz Punch and the not to be forgotten our Hamanasi Eggnog.

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book – November 2011″

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

“Happy animals, thanks to the HBHS”

In November, the Hopkins Belize Humane Society had free spay/neuter and treatment clinics with vet sisters, Dr. Linda Leavell and Dr. Lisa Kelly. In three days, the two vets performed just over 70 procedures, including spays/neuters, tumor removals, tooth extractions, and other much needed surgeries.  Plus, over 40 exams and treatments. Including house calls done by HBHS representatives, over 130 animals were cared for in the November clinics.

HBHS is a very active organization. Vets from several countries have been to Hopkins to donate their services to Belize. In 2012, HBHS will have their busiest year of free vet clinics ever, hosting several new teams to the area, and many returning to Belize for second, third, and even fourth visits!

Hamanasi is proud to be a big supporter of HBHS! Through donating room and board, tours, jewelry sales, vehicle maintenance, and many other behind the scene assistance, Hamanasi is able to provide support for the people and animals of Hopkins, and surrounding villages. We invite our guests to bring donations for HBHS when you come to visit Hopkins, or make a donation while you are here to directly benefit HBHS.



“Dis Da Fi We” Doughnuts

doughnuts

“ Dis da fi we” DONUTS hot off the Hamanasi oven by Chef Sheridan.  Try our “Family” recipe below:


Quick Rise Yeast                                            5 tsp.

Warm Water                                                      ½ cup

All Purpose Flour                                          6 cups

Cinnamon Powder                                       ¼ tsp.

Low Fat Milk(lukewarm)                        1 ½ cups

Light Brown Sugar                                       ½ cup

Kosher Salt                                                        1 tsp.

Eggs                                                                        2

Vegetable Shortening (melt)    1/3 cup, shortening should be warm not hot

  1. 1. In small bowl mix together the yeast and warm water and allow to  sit for about 5 minutes.
  2. 2. In mixing bowl with dough hook add in the flour, milk, sugar, salt, cinnamon powder, eggs and shortening immediately followed by the yeast and water mixture.
  3. 3. Mix on low speed until dough comes together, add more flour if necessary to form dough that is soft and not sticky but not dry.
  4. 4. Place dough on lightly greased surface, cover with the same mixing bowl but lightly grease the inside of the mixing bowl in order to prevent the dough from sticking before you cover the dough.
  5. 5. Allow dough to at least double in side then roll to at least ½ inch thick on lightly greased surface.
  6. 6. With the standard hollowed out soup can, cut doughnut circles and with your index finger punch a ring in the center of the doughnut and swing it out until the ring is the size of a large marble, use both index fingers together for this process.
  7. 7. Place doughnuts on lightly greased baking sheet to rest until double in size.
  8. 8. While doughnuts rise, in a medium size deep pot add in vegetable oil half way to heat but not too high or else when frying the doughnuts they will brown too fast and not allow for the inside to completely cook evenly.
  9. 9. While oil is heating take            4 Tbsp of Butter, about 1 ½ cups of Icing Sugar, ½ tsp of Vanilla Extract and about 3 Tbsp of Hot Water then mix all together with a hand held whisk to form a Creamy Glaze.  Add more icing sugar if glaze is too thin, and add a little more hot water if glaze is too thick.
  10. 10. Add your double in size doughnuts to the pot of hot oil and allow to brown for a few seconds on one side, then flip doughnut with a fork to brown on the other side, this is a fast process.
  11. 11. Place doughnuts on a wire rack or a plate lined with parchment paper once removed from oil, immediately drizzle the Creamy Glaze on to the doughnuts and you are now done.
  12. 12. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

Hamanasi Promotes Ongoing Training for Guides

Hamanasi ~ Green Globe Certified

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: jan@hamanasi.com

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