“Hamanasi Guest Book – June 2011″

Thanks to our entire guest that visit us on June 2011.  We hope that you all had an amazing Hamanasi experience! Below are some of the comments from guest that visited in June.  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.

“This was the best service of any place that we have every stayed at.  Fantastic!!!”

Karen and Gerry Huitt, Louisville, CO

“I like Hamanasi’s commitment to the local community.  Hamanasi eco friendly efforts is an aspect of the resort that I thought was important.”

Sabrina and Ralph Midkiff, Houston, TX

“Everything was way above our expectations.”

Brett Albright and Kathleen Jensen, Oceanside, CA

“Don’t let down what you have already established!  THE WORLD could learn eco friendly here.”

Chet and Louisa Howard, Orem, UT

“Have no idea how service here could by any better! We have vacationed at some top resorts and have NEVER experienced this level of customer service!.

Adam Arevalo and Family, Novi, MI

“We enjoyed the minimal technology.  Don’t change it!”

Amy and Daniel Cantelmi, Bakersfield, CA

‘This place felt like home – everyone knew our names.  We cannot find an area in need of improvement.”

Sandra and Jeff Drew, Saginaw, MI

“We both had a very enjoyable time and will remember Hamanasi fondly for year to come. Great to see such a variety of trees, flowers and plants.”

Mike and Shirley Castillo, Laurel, MD

“Truly impressed with the level of service and attention, an all the constant smiling.”

John and April Green, Aurora, IL

“We really applaud your ongoing efforts.  It is evident not only into he service and facilities, but in the staff actions. It’s in your culture and you guys make it look easy!”

Travis and Amy Zimmer, Montgomery, Alabama

“Everyone was wonderful!  The staff treated my kids and me like family!”

Laurie Cuttino and family, Richmond, VA

“Hamanasi Guest Book – May 2011″

A warm “Thank You” to all our May 2011 guest!  We hope that you all had an amazing Hamanasi experience!  Below are some of the comments from guest that visited  in May.  We hope to see each and everyone of you yet again.  All the best from Hamanasi Staff and Management.

“Everyone was great!  Excellent service and personable, so friendly! Loved every minute of it.”

Lindsay Jones and Mark Edmonds, Birmingham, AL

“Keep the folks you have and keep the great + friendly attitude!”

Leo and Pat Dioguardi, Apollo Beach, FL

“It was perfect.  We had a wonderful time, fantastic staff, good food and great beer (Beliken)!”

Aimee and Alex Jungman, Peaks Island, ME

“Every staff member we encountered went out of his/her way to inquiry about how we were doing and what we needed – it was remarkable, really!”

Elizabeth and Ken Coswell, Tampa, FL

“Really appreciated the “green” emphasis, we are happy to be able to lessen our travel footprints.”

Tiffany and William Dietrich, San Luis Obispo, CA

“Everyone was very dedicated to making sure we were enjoying everything. Thank you Hamanasi for a 20 year anniversary that we will never forget.”

Kimberly and Jacob Bozeman, Seattle, WA

“All have been very lovely – service has been outstanding.  We are impressed, could not be more pleased.”

Heather Hazelwood and Becci Menhini, Madison, WI

“Hamanasi is truly and Oasis.  We thank you for making our wedding magical, intimate and memorable!”

Ken and Sabrina Washington, Berkeley, CA

“You guys have a wonderful staff.  This place is magic and very beautiful.  Pleasant staying!  Loved it!”

Gigi and Todd Fontenot, Lafayette, LA

“Recycling is a passion for me and love what is happening here.  Really special customer service, keep doing what you’re all doing, its brilliant!”

Steve and Naomi Arnold, Missoula, MT

“All staff seems to be giving 100% effort and enjoy working at the same time – everyone was fantastic! Thank you!”

Daniela and Kevin Dawson, London

 

“Hamanasi Resort Mother’s Day Dinner Menu 2011″

Photo by Sylvie Marrese

Photo by Sylvie Marrese

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 9th, 2011

Bread

Roasted Pumpkin Bread

Soup

Corn and Potato Chowder with Crispy Bacon

Special Salad

Mango-Arugula Salad with Orange Citrus Dressing

Entrees

Chiya and vegetable tamales wrapped in fresh banana leaves

 

Bacon wrapped lamb chops topped with chunky salsa verde sprinkled with crumbled bleu cheese served with mint couscous

 

Linguinne tossed with succulent shrimp, white wine, broccoli, carrots and red chili flakes

 

Marinated grilled chicken breast with mango-watermelon-jalapeno salsa served with spinach and plantain frittata

Special Dessert

Strawberry Cheesecake Dream

 

“Hamanasi Easter Menu 2011″

Hamanasi Easter Menu

April 24th, 2011

Bread:

Belizean hot cross bun

Soup:

Spicy curry noodle soup with chicken and sweet potato

Salad Special:

Sliced pear wrap shrimp salad with fresh mint

Entrées:

Risotto folded with button mushrooms, heavy cream, shaved parmesan and topped with julienne orange glazed shoestring carrots

Rainforest honey baked ham with roasted garlic-butter chicken quarters served with sautéed assorted vegetables, candied yams, creamy whipped mashed potato and gravy

Baked banana leaf wrapped yellow tail snapper fillet rubbed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh cilantro, onions, and lime juice paired with pineapple-tomato tartare and petite sage dressing tart

Dessert Special:

Mango crème brulee

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

Hamanasi Guest Book – January 2011

“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.

mercy

“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.

mercy

“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