“Grand Opening Of Singanga Restaurant”

Grand Opening 20On April 25th Hamanasi celebrated the Gran Opening of the Singanga Restaurant and 15 years anniversary.  We had the special presence of The Minister of Tourism Honorable Manuel Heredia  and other Belizean VIPs, as well as performances from Lirahuna Satuye Dance Club – Garifuna drumming & dancings, music by Omolewa Osain – steel band and Emilio a local Garifuna artist with his acoustic guitar singing paranda. The Minister praised Hamanasi as a perfect example of sustainable tourism that they wish to promote in Belize. Belize Channel 5 News Cast and Love FM were there, as well as the representatives from Belize Tourism Board and Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA).Drummers 2

The Cocktail reception started at 4pm and delicious hor d’oeuvres, rum punch, beer and wine were being served complimentary.  A caricature artist was present and drawing for all guests and staff so they had a fun souvenir.   At 6pm we hosted a private sunset wine and cheese reception on the viewing deck where floating biodegradable “wishing lanterns” were released.Lantern
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All guests received a Mayan gift basket filled with organic Belizean chocolate truffles made in Hopkins, a Hamanasi canoe keychain and a slate coaster with a Singanga (dragonfly) carved in it.  Mrs. Dana Krauskoph one of Hamanasi founders gave a speech highlighting the accomplishment of the Great House, as well as thanking our key stakeholders  who helped us through the years by connecting it to our 3 Core Values: Community, Staff & Guest. Dana called out several staff members including Marcia Nunez (Executive Chef), Thomas Morgan (Grounds), Sam Noralez (PADI Dive Instructor) who have been with us since we opened 15 years ago.

““Hamanasi Guest Book ~ March 2015″

“You exceeded our expectations!”

Kristi Shaffer and Family, Arvada, CO

“Everyone was really wonderful. We loved that staff members knew our names. This was truly an amazing adventure. We are so sad to leave and are trying to figure out when we can come visit again.”

Berkoff Family, Flowertown, PA

“We could not believe the efficiency of the total operation!”

John and Trixie Miller, Cape Charles, VA

“Whole trip was excellent – many thanks for everything!”

Alex Bradley, New York, NY

“We have never met anyone here that wasn’t super friendly and accommodating. Have traveled a lot to many places and you are still our very favorite.”

The Dunhams, San Carlos, CA

“Everyone we came into contact with made our stay enjoyable. Every single person was friendly, helpful and courteous. Staff was always willing to take care of whatever we needed.”

Becky and Jim Bryan, Amarillo, TX

“Keep up the great work! Staff was extremely friendly and helpful all week.”

Matt Owen, Canandaigua, NY

“Hamanasi staff have set the bar for world class service standards while maintaining an intimate communication and style – please keep that strong combination.”

Tina Olfson, Valrico, FL

“We appreciate that Hamanasi is able to provide exceptional experience for visitors while working to maintain the wonder of Belize.”

David & Cindi Bougher, Moundsville, WV

“Everything is fantastic – just keep doing what you’re doing. We love Hamanasi!”

Brian and Jessica Gray, Pflugerville, TX

“Everyone was so very friendly and helpful! Everyone excels at their job! Everything was perfect.”

Lissie Girard, North Chester Field, VA

“It’s perfect! Just the right touch, warm and friendly and not obsequious.”

Betsy Pugh, New York, NY

 

“Natural Cleaning”

images (2) (2)With the current awareness about our environment and how it is changing due to the ever growing impact of the human population, many people are looking to use more natural and less chemical based products in their lives. Many people choose to eat organic products, or purchase products that are produced locally, and among many other things it is becoming easier and easier to find less environmentally harmful cleaning products for your house. This is a fantastic direction to be heading, but the people who use these products will tell you that they are generally more expensive than the chemical filled alternative.
At Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort here in Belize, we are doing everything that we can to minimize the impact that we are having on the environment that we are blessed to be living in. Our housekeeping department uses all environmentally friendly cleaners to clean our rooms and environmentally friendly laundry soaps to wash our linens and towels. We wanted to share a few environmentally friendly cleaning products that won’t break the bank and that you make with just a few ingredients that we will bet you already have in your cupboards.

To clean windows to a shine
When you clean your windows, use 25% vinegar mixed with 75% warm water. Put on your rubber gloves and immerse an old cotton towel in the water. Heavily rub on the windows and then scrunch up a piece of newspaper and use to buff up the windows. If there are any streaks left use a dry cloth to finish off.

To remove limescale
You might already know this one, but it is possible to remove limescale from your showerhead or taps by simply using white vinegar. You can improve the effectiveness of this trick by heating your vinegar in a saucepan before using it. You can put it into a small container and tape it to any pieces that cannot be removed, or wrap a presoaked cloth around the base of taps. Allow your showerhead to soak, but for no longer than 1 hour. Afterwards just use and old toothbrush to brush the showerhead removing any remaining limescale, and run the water to remove any remaining vinegar. Be careful, this method will not work on plated showers and taps.

To clean your oven
This is everyone’s least favorite area to clean, but it really doesn’t need to be difficult. You simply spray the inside of the oven with water using a spritz bottle, then liberally cover the inside of the oven with baking soda. The baking soda and water should form a paste, and all you have to do is to leave the paste for a couple of hours, then wipe off when ready (you may need to repeat this for really baked on grime). Simple.

To remove red wine
This one is always a question for debate. Try using soda water on the spill and just keep dabbing with paper towels until there is no color showing on the paper towel.

To freshen up your furniture
This one is a good one. Mix 1/8 of a cup of 100 proof vodka (yes, vodka) into a 16ox spray bottle with water. You can add some essential oils if you would like a fragrance, but this mix makes an amazing fabric freshener. The alcohol will kill any bacteria in the fabric before evaporating away.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ February 2015″

“Keep up the high level of service – Wonderful vacation!”

Thomas and Patricia Cotter, Chathan, NJ

“Thank you for all you do and provide in your efforts to preserve and foster this beautiful country. The Hamanasi family rocks!”

Belinda Brown, Encinitos CA

“Hamanasi surpassed our high expectations as a location and accommodation but the staff was beyond even that. We travel a lot and stay 5* this is the best staff ever. Friendly, attentive, courteous, excellent! I cannot say enough good things about the staff and every single person.”

Michael Johnston, Menco Park, CA

“Service was superb, maintain what you have built.”

John and Kathryn Ford, Arlington, VA

“Every staff member was excellent. Service is the best I have had in any of my travels. Keep doing what you are doing.”

Kirk McClain, Canada

“Congratulations Hamanasi staff on exceeding our expectations. You gave us paradise!”

Moira Green, Lynden, WA

“This is one of the most wonderful places I have ever stayed. I honestly cannot think of anything to suggest. Many resorts claim to be Eco-friendly but most do a poor job at it. You really live it and it is very refreshing. Excellent effort. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable week.”

Sandy Haller, Underville, VT

“You’re doing an amazing job!”

Shannon Epler, Pullman, WA

“Your staff is amazing! Nearly all greeted us whenever they saw us during our stay. How do they remember all of our names? We did not choose you for the adventures and had a great time.”

Patti and Phil Beutel, West Nyack, NY

“Very impressive what Hamanasi does to make this an Eco-resort. Also like how you give back to the local community.”

Sharon Mann, Bloomfield, CN

“Hamanasi was a joy. I had lots of fun. Thanks for a great vacation.”

Cherry Baker, Las Vegas, NY

“Enjoyed how the staff makes an effort to learn your names, make the resort more personable.”

Ryan Rupp, St. Milwaukee, WI

“All was wonderful, I know you work very hard to make us comfortable and smile all the way. Thanks so much and job well done.”

David Goldberg and Family, Nashville, TN

“Doing a wonderful job, we love Hamanasi and the staff. Made us feel like part of the Hamanasi family.”

Kim and Jacob Bozeman, Seattle, WA

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ January 2015″

“Keep being awesome! Everyone just went so far above and beyond for us”

Callan Griffiths, Bourbonnaise, IL

“Thank you ~ we are having a difficult time leaving here. We love the small/homey feel of the resort. Many thanks!”

Terry and Laureen Safron, Eckville Alberta, Canada

“Everything was amazing! It’s a beautiful location with amazing staff who go above and beyond.”

Kim and Greg Nadeau, Ontario, Canada

“Everything is great. I don’t see any need for change, the staff is just amazing. Good job!”

Deneeb Ruiz and Philippe Soares, Watertown, MA

“This resort exceeds excellence in every way! It is perfection, everything is more than one could hope for. Keep up the exact system of service. It is perfect!”

Janelle Freiman, Temple, AZ

“Continue what you are doing! Thoroughly impressed with the level of Eco-consciousness you bring to every aspect of the resort.”

Jonathan and Andrea Krueger, St. Charles, MO

“Everything was lovely and greatly enhanced our stay in Belize. To anyone considering a Belizean vacation, Hamanasi is a no-brainer. WE will miss this piece of paradise!”

Kiki and Ross Carpenter, Denver, CO

“Please don’t change a thing! Huge efforts made by everyone! Very little waste even noticed in the garden tour.”

Annabelle & Seth Barton, Garden City, MI

“Great to see the emphasis on Eco and sustainability – love your garden and the delicious fruits and veggies coming from it. Great job!”

Bruce and Barbara Berger, Princeton, NJ

“Hard to improve on perfection…..Without doubt, the best overall vacation experience I have ever had.”

Thomas Wisener and Heather Hynes, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

‘Great experience, we want to come back next year!”

Beth and Dale Matherly, Oklahoma, City, OK

Flowers of Belize: Flor de Pato “Duck Flower”

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The biggest flower found in Belize A.grandiflora in full bloom in the Hamanasi garden.

The “Duck Flower (A.grandiflora) is the largest flower found around Belize and the Hamanasi garden.  Due to their large size and brilliant colors they make a stunning addition to the Hamanasi grounds.  There are 10 unique species found throughout Belize and many are often locally referred to as the “Contribo” or “Guaco” as well as the “Duck Flower”.  Many of these species are highly regarded as for their traditional medical use.  The flower can often be seen soaking in a bottle of rum at saloons.  Taken by the shot for everything from hangovers and flu to flatulence, late menstrual periods, and irregular heartbeat. But users beware, the A.grandiflora species contain Aristolochic acid which the American FDA has announced as a known carcinogen so their consumption is not without danger.  Best to look but don’t eat.

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The Duck Flower closed just a few days away from blooming.

For the aspiring gardener, several juvenile butterflies such as the swallowtail and cattleheart butterflies use the Duck Flower as a food source while in the larval stages, so adding the Duck Flower to the garden increases our likeliness to spot these beautiful butterflies.  During your visit to Belize ask a Hamanasi garden team member like Nathan to share with you this amazing flower.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ August 2014″

“Every single staff member that crossed my path truly made my stay the best that if could be.  I really felt that I was part of a family.”

Bianca Brehen, Astoria, NY

“Great job! Very nice and relaxing.  Very responsive staff.  Thanks so much.”

Anne Robertson and Family, Marion, MA

“Everything was amazing.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  I loved all the eco efforts being made with the local food system.”

Jennifer and Damon Miller, Denver, CO

“Your service was outstanding!”

Emily and Chris Walker, Odessa, TX

“Love, Love, Love your Eco-friendly efforts!  One of the reasons I chose this resort for our first trip to Belize.  Everything was unbelizable!”

Amanda and Walter Evans, Eugene, OR

“Continue to invest in and develop your people – focused culture of excellence.  Well done and thanks!”

Charles and Branda Reed, Warm Springs, VA

“The service is perfect – keep doing exactly what you’re doing!”

Fredrick & Carolyn Stewart, Charlston, SC

“Service was top-notch!  Joy to stay at a resort that understands people are here to see nature and takes efforts to preserve it.”

Kerri Crawford, Saint Louis, MO

“Staying here was a dream! The rooms/grounds are gorgeous and the staff was eager to make our stay the best experience possible.”

Katie and Robert Bursley, Shreveport, LA

“Stay green! Live Sustainable! Their passion for what they do, their love of their country and their love for nature, that fever was contagious.”

Joseph Reeder, Colombia, MI

“More Donations For The Hopkins Health Center”

IMG_1516We give big Thanks to George Bolton and Sheri Bronfin for the medical supplies donated IMG_1517 IMG_1519 to the Hopkins Health Center.  George and Sheri stayed with us for a week in July 2014.  Melonie Flores a member for our #greenteam presented the donations to Dr. Valentine, the doctor in-charge here in Hopkins village.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ June 2014″

“Everyone was so kind and personable!  Great Customer Service!”

Pam Swaney, St.Louis, MO

“We are impressed with the eco-friendly efforts and strongly support the mission.  Every single person made our honeymoon the trip of a lifetime! Very personal attention and attention to detail throughout resort.”

Luke & Carolyn Head, Charleston, WV

“Keep as is – perfection cannot be messed it.”

Bonnie & Randy  Curry, Mision Viejo, CA

“You all are doing a fantastic job.  We like very much the personal attentiveness and small groups on tours.  Really makes a huge difference.”

Don & Judy Cates, Brunswick, GA

“Can’t improve on perfection!”

Irene Burns, Nokomis, FL

“The staff was very accommodating.  Every request was met with the response, “No problem”.  Every staff we came in contact with was always smiling and helpful.”

Courtney and John Tatum, St. Palm, CA

“Everything was fantastic!  I can’t wait to come back.”

Sam & Christian Johnson, Chicago, IL

“What a beautifully run resort.  Very efficient, professional and friendly.  Great job to all.”

Tessa Novak and Family,

“Don’t change a thing!”

Sara Hanner, Springfield, OR

“Everyone went out of their way to make our time here enjoyable.  We have travelled a lot over the past 30 years and have never had the attention given to us that Hamanasi has done – it is also evident that you give back to the community which means a lot.”

Diane & Henry Ansley, St Simon Island, GR

‘Everyone was fantastic!  Super friendly and helpful!  Everything was perfect.”

Amanda Schwinkendarf, Val Paraiso, IN

“You guys are the best!  You truly made us feel at home away from home!”

Karen Herrington and Family,

“Thanks you for a perfect honeymoon!”

Jennifer & Allista Howlett, Indianapolis, IN

 

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ May 2014″

“We had such a wonderful time.  Thank you for making the trip of a lifetime!  We hope to be back soon.”

Ben & Stephanie Miller, Leawood, KS

“Thank you for the awesome experience. Hamanasi made our annual “sisters-friends” get together a vacation we will never forget.  Continue to involve your guests in eco-friendly deeds and efforts to support the community.”

Brenda Richie,  Spring Brandy, TX

“If there is any aspect of service that Hamanasi has not thought of – and nearly perfected, I certainly can’t think of it.  This has been the trip of a lifetime!  Your respect for the environment really shows – BRAVO!”

Charles Huffman, Astoria, NY

“We thoroughly enjoyed our holidays at Hamanasi.”

Susanne & Peter Ditscheid, Germany

“Everyone on staff was very accommodating and friendly.  We really could not have asked for a better honeymoon!”

Nick & Andrea McKay, New Gloucester, ME

“This place is amazing!”

Randy & Cheryl Foreman, Las Vegas, NV

“From the composting to the use of wine bottles and toilet paper rolls.  It seems like you’ve thought of everything.  It’s nice to comet o a resort that is so conscious of water & the environment. It’s rare to find that, but we believe it’s so very important.  The entire staff is incredible. Everyone works so hard and it shows.”

Chris Mecklenburg, Fort Collin, CO

“Entire staff/property was outstanding.  We really enjoyed out stay.  I cannot think of anywhere we’ve received better attention to our every need.”

Wayne & Millie Bechtel, Ridgercrest, CA

“We can’t imagine anyway to improve the service we received at Hamanasi.  It was extremely professional and exceeded our expectations.”

Jennifer & Brandon Brown, Austin, TX

“We have been to many resorts from 1975 thur 2014, Hamanasi is the best!

Rich  & Dee Thomas, Mayrose, WI