Hamanasi Guest Book – February 2011

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

“Honestly, I don’t know what would have made our stay more enjoyable, since I can’t think of a team better than PERFECT or FLAWLESS.  We search for an eco-friendly vacation and Hamanasi exceeded our expectations.  Hamanasi lives by their mission statement and every employee showed they truly believed in the mission statement.”

Paul Jacobs,  Brunswick,  ME

“Service was great, we were taken care of.  Good eco-friendly examples, more should follow.”

Cindy McGowin and Family, Sag Harbor, NY

“I really think Hamanasi is outstanding! We can’t fault you, and we travel a lot.  Your service and the atmosphere really made the experience.  Your staff are the best ever!!”

Brent and Barbara Callaghan, Mountain View, CA

“Keep it as it is!!!”

Chris and Cara Kirkwood, Manlius, NY

“Continue what you are doing.  Absolutely wonderful place to visit.”

Karen and Stephen Dale, Roseville, CA

“Just keep doing what your doing!  You’re saving the world.”

Richard Hitchcock and Family, Attleboro, MA

“Overall ~ just an excellent stay!”

Andrea and Dana Paff, Madison, WI

“Kidnap us ~ some can stay longer!  Loved it!!! Wonderful, quiet and relaxing place to stay.”

Kathy and Ralph Blanco, Wheaton, IL

” Service is excellent, very well organized – no suggestions.”

Theresa and Bob Doble, Alberta, Canada

“All experience here was just about perfect.  It’s hard to imagine a better resort, or a better vacation.  Very  happy to know the resort is so eco-friendly”

Ryan and Heather Levin, Los Angeles, CA

“Everyone went out of their way to see that our stay was remarkable.”

Waymond and Cindy Gauntt, Denton, TX

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“All staff went the extra mile to provide the best service.”

Nancy Moore and Shannon Stanford, Apex, NC

“Keep it up ~ all prior guest comments about guest service were totally validated!”

Jason and Laura Glickman, Chicago, IL

“Hamanasi is the best ~ we felt like royalty!”

Betty Jacobs and Family, Brunswick, Maine

“Everyone as wonderful.  Resort and hotels tend to be wasteful, it was refreshing to see Hamanasi take the time to be eco-friendly.”

Haley and Darren Duquette, Jericho, VT

“All were very impressive and personable!”

John and Tim Dipietropolo, West Palm Beach, FL

“Keep on smiling!”

Laura and Kreyne Sato, Lafayette, CA

“We would recommend Hamanasi to anyone we know.  Overall ~ 1st rate experience.”

Julia and Denis Erlich, Orient, NY

“Everyone is excellent. Impressed with their knowing of names and friendliness!”

Joanne Dearth and Family, London

“Everyone who we met was very helpful.  You couldn’t have done better!”

Melinda and Sally Pullen, Chandler, AZ

“Great job on the eco-friendly efforts.  They are very worthwhile… such a beautiful and peaceful place.”

Kathy Brant and family, Cumberland, MD

“The staff was very organized and very knowledgeable about all the aspects of the resort!”

Thomas and Cathy Gibbs, Glen Ellyn, IL

Friday Happy Hour Drink Special: Twisted Old Fashioned Limeade

Mark spruced up this Evening’s Happy Hour Drink Special from a simple Lime Juice to a Twisted Old Fashion Limeade.

We started with Lime juice,

a shot of Lemon Light  Rum,

a shot of Lite rum,

a touch of Blue Curacau for some color,

and some Sprite to fizz things up.

Its all shaken and served in a Martini glass with a slice of lime and a cherry.

“Evening time Folklore by Mercy Sabal”

“The month of November is now gone and with it the legends of Las Animas or the spirits of the deceased. But these are not all the ghost stories. Still there is the ever-popular El Sisimito, who was very common twenty-five years ago.

El Sisimito was characterized as a very short but very strong man that was hairy and looked like a gorilla. El Sisimito was said to have his feet backwards. In other words, his heels were at the front and the toes at the back. Therefore whenever you saw his footprints, if it looked like they were going north or away from you, indeed he was heading south and towards you. His feet were quite large for his size and his toes were spread out. Neither did he have a knee, so his movements were quite awkward.

El Sisimito
(Illustration from Characters and
Caricatures in Belizean Folklore)

The Sisimito ate fruits and leaves, but his preference was meat. When he feasted on human beings, he tore the body into several small pieces and devoured it hungrily. The Sisimito was not at all friendly with humans so humans were very much afraid of him. There were only two things the Sisimito was afraid of- water and dogs. And there was the trick. Whenever in the bush, 25 years ago, people made sure they were close enough to the river so that if the Sisimito surprised them, they would quickly jump into the water and the Sisimito would not dare get in to catch them. Others made sure they always carried a dog with them into the bush and the dog’s barking would scare the Sisimito.

It was said that if a man looked straight into the Sisimito’s eyes, he usually died within a month. However, if a woman looked into his eyes her life was prolonged as a result of that.

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“So,  you cannot say that you were not warned.” says Mercy.  She had a very attentive audience that were thrilled to hear the Belizean Folklore.  Her poise and mannerism made for a good show with the children.  Ms. Mercy,  although not from Hopkins is a traditional Garifuna woman with  a talent to tell Belizean Folklore whether in Spanish, Creole or Garifuna with a lasting expression that will dwell in your  minds.

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“2010 Christmas Eve Cookie Buffet”

cookie cookie Hamanasi indulged all guests in a galore of sweet treats this evening on our Christmas Cookie Buffet.  We had scrumptious treats like  Glazed Holiday Sprinkle Doughnuts, Gingerbread Man Cookies, Toasted Sesame Seed Fudge, Coconut Cupcake w/cream cheese frosting, Pumpkin Spice Cupcake w/pumpkin butter cream and Chocolate Ganache Filled Cupcake.   To top it all off we had Hamanasi very own dulcet eggnog receipt on the buffet table chilled and ready to serve.

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Hamanasi Guest Book – November 2010

“Thank you” to all our guests that visited us in November, 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 November.  We hope to see each and everyone of you yet again.

All the best from the Management and staff of Hamanasi ~

“I love eco-friendly efforts. It makes us feel like we aren’t just sucking down resources, but being aware of our impact on the local environment.  Don’t change anything!  Even with the hurricane scare, things were so great and we don’t want to go home.”

Stephanie and Kenny Capps,  Fairfax, VA

“All awesome!!!  Everything was perfect!”

Josh and Melissa Stewart, Van Nuys, CA

“The entire staff was great! Kid friendly, patient and knowledgeable!”

Kristina and Tim Coleman, Herndon, VA

“Knowing our names is GREAT!  Very personal.”

David and Michelle Smith, Quinton, VA

“Everyone was a joy to know.  I will never forget their kindness.  Wonderful, wonderful staff!!!  The reason we come to stay – we like Eco-Friendly resort.”

Donna  Peger and Thomas Ballman, Neptune, NJ

“Everyone was great!  Thanks for a great time.”

Matt and Bethany Brosicus,  Fort Myers, FL

“Every single member of Hamanasi staff was so nice and friendly! Having your own compose and garden is efficient.”

Kevin Cook and Amanda Miller, Oakland, CA

“As an activist, I really appreciate businesses making an effort to conserve and reuse. This is very refreshing.”

Emily Pederson, Minneapolis, MN

“Everyone was great.  LOVE the customer service.”

Jason and Michelle Pierce, Upland, CA

“Over-all a very attentive staff, warm and friendly!”

John Bardash and Liz Alquist, Denver, CO

“Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.”

Michelle and Dan Alderman, Carlsbad, CA

“We appreciate not only that Hamanasi is Eco-friendly, but encouraged and guided us on easy ways we could also help be Eco-friendly.”

Mitch and Zhanna Elkins, Selma, CA

“Continue the friendly and genuine customer service and guest interactions – this made our stay.”

Bella and Jon Obergefell, Lumberton, NC

“You’re doing great!”

Joan and Skip Wolfe, Vienna, VA

“Everyone was very friendly, kind, helpful and gracious.”

Bobby Best, Richardson, TX

“October’s Hopkins Humane Society Clinic”

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October  spay/neuter clinic for the Hopkins Belize Humane Society was a “doozy.”  It unfortunately started with one of the Mississippi Jungle Vet Team veterinary surgeon, Kathy Kvam, getting very ill the day they were scheduled to leave. She had a twisted bowel that required surgery, and was hospitalized for over a week! In a last minute scramble, the team called Dr. Linda Leavell, part of the Georgia Triplets Team, and she was able to drop everything and head to Belize for a week to help.  Dr. Leavell went straight from the airport to the clinic.  Surgery schedules were juggled and extended. Saturday the 23rd was a scheduled day off, but that was the day that  Hurricane Richard was heading to Belize. The next day…with the hurricane on the horizon…. they did half a day of surgery! Shortly after surgery ended, the power went out  and there was no clinic for 2 days due to power outage in the village.

Normally, the  clinics are so well organized and scheduled…. but this trip because of the weather and rescheduling of vets, it seemed like they had clinic almost every day.

All in all, a lot of work was done, despite the set backs. 26 surgeries were performed, and dozens of animals were treated and medications dispensed.  Thanks to the guests that offered some of their time to clinic and big thanks to Clara Lee and her team for the continued support  and interest in the Hopkins Belize Humane Society.  They all did a fantastic job even with hurricane Richard passover!

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Hamanasi Guest Book – October 2010

Thanks to all of our the guest that visited in October especially to those who were here throughout the unexpected weather conditions.  Thanks again for being so understanding and cooperative about it.  It indeed was an Adventure in itself.  We look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

“Such a low profile place with a small footprint.  Love the use of local people, local food, energy conservation – kudos.   It’s apparent that hospitality is the culture amongst the Hamanasi staff.  We felt like family.  Everyone know our names.”

Mike & Dorothy Ewener,  Sarnia,  Cananda

“All staff were friendly, happy, perfect – extra great!”

Katenna Jones & Brett Elfstrom,  Cumberland,  RI

“Service was wonderful.  It was a highlight of our stay.”

Sue & Fred Nolke,  Portland,  OR

“Everyone was friendly and welcomi.  We loved everything. Not even a hurricane could make this trip less than amazing.  Everyone kept us feeling relaxed and catered to.”

Jenna & Caleb Lyons,  Boxford,  MA

“Everybody was super friendly and made our stay here superb + one of a kind.”

Vicky Hoe & Paul Cesar,  New York,  NY

“The entire staff was wonderful. They all really shined and made our trip even more fantastic!”

Patricia & Randy Mora, Washington, DC

“We really appreciate the eco friendly efforts.  Please keep it up – it’s the natural wild beauty of Belize that makes it so appealing! Keep doing what you are doing.”

Patrick & Eliza Murphy,  Mebane,  NC

“We love Hamanasi!  Keep doing what you are doing.  The staff at Hamanasi are the most beautiful part about his resort.  They make us feel like family!”

Chelsea & Kekoa Renaud, Encinitas, CA

“I love how the resort is build around nature – we really felt we had and authentic wilderness adventure.  Everyone was incredible helpful and friendly and knowledgeable.  Whatever we needed, staff was more than willing to provide.”

Dave & Katie Milford,  Princeton,  NJ

“The entire staff was great! Thanks for treating us like we were the only couple around even during preparations for a hurricane.  Do not change your style of service!  A+! “

Justin Costa & Stephanie Piquette, Tiverton,  RI

“All the staff were friendly and very professional.”

Vanessa & Mark DeVary,  Lavon,  TX

“All the staff rocked!”

Molly Hellmuth & Patrick Convery,  Chappaqua,  NY

“This was an amazing trip -outstanding customer service.  The staff is the best.  Everyone was truly remarkable,  outgoing, friendly, much attention to detail.

Nancy and Mike Novotny,  Woodland,  CA

” Wonderful ideas for conserving.  Great!

James & Ellin Jaffe,  Philadelphia,  PA

“We love that the resort is so eco-friendly!  It’s refreshing to have a place like Hamanasi care so much about the environment.  Everyone here was awesome!  They all made us feel like a part of the Hamanasi family.  It was wonderful. ”

Dwain & Cathy Little,  Louisville,  GA



Kristy Boyd Pen Pal Project

This past week the standard one class at the Hopkins Village Primary School, received a school bag each. This was the first initiative to the Kristy Bold Pen Pal project.

Carolyn King who is one of our future guests, arriving in January to stay with us has been corresponding with us. Her correspondence with Karina has now turned in to a project. Carolyn King’s daughter Kristy Boyd, a 1st grade teacher at the Groves Elementary school in Wylie, Texas, has come up with this project to create pen pals between her class and a class here at the Hopkins Village Primary School.

Kristy and her students gathered school bags and sent them down to us. This pass Wednesday Karina, the Reservations/Guest Services Manger went down to the school to distribute the bags. School was almost over and she was happy to meet Ms. Johnson the Standard 1 teacher. Karina explained her and to the class that they were to write a letter each to send back for the people that send the bags.

Each child is to hand in the letter as an assignment. In this letter each child will write about him or her self and were they live. For those who wish to they can send a picture of them selves. The letters will be collected and sent through Hamansi to Kristy’s class. The remainder of the bags will be given to another class at the school.

This project is a fun way for the children to make friends and to lean to write letters as well as developing vocabulary and spelling skills since Ms Johnson and their parents will be helping them with the letter.

Hamanasi continues to support the local community and is open to more ideas and assistance such as this one.


Aveda and Adele Wechsler Present Eco Couture Bridal Events

Adele Wechsler Eco Couture Collection

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 may enter to WIN the national grand prizes: an Adele Wechsler Eco Couture wedding gown, a honeymoon vacation at the eco-friendly Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, or a gift basket courtesy of Aveda!

Watch for places, dates and times on www.Facebook.com/HamanasiResort