“March – Green Team Newsletter”

Our Organic Garden and Current Production

What is an organic garden?  An area where plants are produced by obeying the laws of nature — Industrial pesticide and fertilizer use is disallowed in our garden – Naturally produced fertilizers such as ash, compost, manure and organically produced pesticides and herbicides are encouraged – Integrated pest management systems (IMPS) practices are applied to prevent and combat pests and diseases. 

What are we producing?  A small scale fruit and vegetable productions is now at full swing in our newly established organic garden.  Healthier fruits, vegetables and herbs are now available for guests and staff in the restaurant and staff kitchen.  Watermelon, cantaloupe, pine apple, papaya, carrots, passion fruit, green onions, peppermint and basil, just to name a few, are now in production.

We invite you to come and get a tour of our organic garden! 


“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.


  • 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


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.





“Hamanasi Caye Lime Pie”

Our home-made Caye Lime pie is one of our guests favorite desserts, and we are happy to share the recipe with you!



Mix together all at once:

  • 2 cans                        Condensed Milk
  • 2                                    Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp.                           Vanilla Extract
  • 1 c.                                Lime Juice


  • Mix all of the above ingredients together with a paddle and pour into a graham cracker pie shell and bake for about 25 minutes on 350°F. 
  • The pie should be more firm than lose when shaken to check for doneness. 
  • Chill for 2 hours in the freezer to firm up pie prior to serving.


Garnish by caramelizing thinly sliced Lime wheels with White Sugar in a skillet.  Cook until the sugar and lime becomes dark.  Remove from heat and allow to cool down before using.  Slice generous portions of the pie and place the lime on top.

Happy Baking & Eating


Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff

“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.

“Hamanasi’s Cho Cho Soup”

Hamanasi’s Cho Cho Soup

Serves about 6-8 people


  • Cho Cho – 3 lbs, peeled, seeded, rough chop   (called Christophene or Chayote  in   the U.S.A.)
  • Canola Oil – 2 Tbsp.
  • White Onion – 1, rough chop
  • Celery – 2 stalks, rough chop
  • Stock or Water  – 12 cups (vegetable or chicken stock)
  • Salt and White Pepper to taste


  • In deep hot pot add canola oil, onions and celery to sauté lightly for 2 minutes.
  • Add in cho cho and sauté for another 2 minutes then add in your water or flavored stock.
  • Allow to boil until cho cho is soft then let cool before pureeing in blender.
  • Once pureed, season with salt and pepper to your desired flavor.
  • Serve hot.

Happy Cooking & Eating


Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff

“Hamanasi Guest Book – October 2011″

Below is a selection of comments from guests at Hamanasi this October.  From the Hamanasi staff to all our guests this last month, thanks for coming, we hope you had a great time and we can’t wait to have you back!

“Amazing resort and staff!”

Leanne and Andrew Kozel, Edmondton, Canada

A phenomenal job! Love the eco policy, the engagement with guest and building of awareness about local community.  Also the way you invite guest to get involved.”

Charmaine Sealey, Barbados

“The hospitality was excellent.  Thank you for making our time here so magical!”

Denyce and KarMulflur, Portland, OR

“We loved the remoteness and not dealing with big crowds.”

Jon and Teresa Larson, Ephraim, UT

“Love it! As Canadians, we really value the extra effort you take to recycle, compost, grow your own veggies and minimize the footprint…and love the soap dishes!”

Sunil and Kamini Mistry, Montreal, Canada

“Thank you for helping me escape the world for a week.  It was not just service with a smile but with joy and kindness.”

Heather and Iner Colley, Atlanta, GA

“Everything was great – keep it up!”

A.B, Escondido, CA

“It was wonderful to have such an eco friendly atmosphere.  Everyone who works here has an appreciation for the nature here in Belize and that was wonderful to see.”

Maeve and Ben Hodes, Kansas City, MO

“The service was exceptional.  The staff was friendly and our family enjoyed the peaceful environment.”

Solangel Vasquez, Belize City

“Your staff was so kind and helpful.  They genuinely care about us and really went out of their way to make sure our stay was great.  We really appreciated all that they did for us- we will recommend you to all our friends, family and we will definitely be back!”

Ryan and Fadra McPhee, Brooklyn, NY

“It was 5 star all the way.  Thanks for everything!”

Dean and Joanne Demers,  Lake Forest, CA


“Happy Garifuna Settlement Day”

Today November 19th we celebrate Garifuna Settlement day. This day was founded as early as 1941 by Thomas Vincent Ramos and the first Garinagu settlers arrived the village of Hopkins in 1845.  After 166 years, the people of Hopkins still live the Garifuna culture and tradition to the fullest.

Garifuna Settlement day  is celebrated throughout Belize and  re-tells the story of hardship, freedom and a new beginning for the first Garinagu settlers in Belize. The Garifuna Culture adds a very unique blend of African & Caribbean flavors to our beautiful country.  Today we thank them for everything from the flavors and delicious food dishes to the contagious fast beat drumming which is a very addictive rhythm. 

Guest Favorite Recipe – Hamanasi’s Caye Lime Pie

Hamanasi’s Caye Lime Pie

Makes 1


Pie Crust:

Graham Cookie Crust


2 cans Sweetened Condensed Milk

About ½ cup lime juice

3 Egg Yolks


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare crust following packaging instructions.   Press into pie pan.

2. To make filling, pour milk into mixing bowl, add egg yolks and stir. Add lime juice a little at a time and stir. Taste and add more to achieve desired tartness. Set aside to thicken (lime juice will achieve this).

3. To assemble, pour milk filling into prepared pie shell. Put into oven and bake until milk filling is firm.

4. Cool pie on rack before slicing.

5. Garnish with thinly sliced fresh or caramelized limes.

Happy Cooking & Eating


Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff