Hamanasi Green Team In emphasizing our commitment to Eco Tourism, Hamanasi continues to implement environmentally friendly practices. Such practices range from the conservation of water and energy, finding natural cleaning solutions that are cost efficient and protecting our natural surroundings without compromising quality service and accommodations. In addition to these efforts, we are committed in raising awareness by properly educating our staff and our guests about what it means to be ecofriendly. In so doing we have gone as far as hiring qualified personnel to provide such education. In this months’ issue of our newsletter we are featuring Mr. Juan Pedro Tun, an organic farmer and educator. Mr. Tun is originally from the village of Santa Familia in the Cayo District, located in the western part of Belize. Due to his qualifications and expertise he has been hired as a consultant in the development of our Greenhouse efforts and environmental sustainability projects. Mr. Tun is of Yucatan Mayan, Hispanic and Creole Descent. Before 1998 during the years of his young adulthood Mr. Juan Pedro Tun left his native Belize to adventure and travel throughout South and Central America and reached as far as North America , during which time he sustained himself and afford his travels by working many odd jobs in each place he settled. Juan Pedro inherited his father’s farm land and livestock after his father passed away. Throughout the years that followed he started experimenting ways he could reduce the use of chemicals and to eventually produce completely organic fruits and vegetables. We are very enthusiastic about this new addition to our Hamanasi Family! Mr. Tun is an asset to our country and to this company that with his knowledge and background together we will be able to accomplish much more.
This weekend in Hopkins is a festive and fun place to be. The intense beating of drums followed by singing and dancing will welcome you as you enter the sleepy fishing village of Hopkins. It makes the 71st year of the arrival of the Garifuna to Hopkins, and Hopkins Day has been celebrated since 1990. It is a festival that grows every year. and aside from the villages more and more Belizean people from other parts of the country are coming to be a part of this cultural festival.
There will be lots of fun games and drumming entertainment with a variety of cultural and Belizean food for everyone during the day. Saturday night will come alive with the Punta fest where many bands from around the country will be participating.
Join us and let’s all celebrate in one of Belize growing tourist destination.
“We loved everything and we are going home relaxed with many memories!”
Jeannette Bustos and Gerome Segarra, Daly City, CA
“Hamanasi is not inexpensive but the value we received for our dollar was more than fair and i don’t begrudge a single cent we spent. You are more than a first class organization and all of you should be very proud of your product.”
Bob Amick and Family, Simpsonville, SC
“Keep doing what y’all are doing. I’ve never stayed at a hotel with friendlier or more hospitable employees.”
Juliet and Brandy Pierce, Colorado Springs, CO
“Everything was perfect! We had a dream wedding and my father-in-law said it was the best wedding he has ever been to!”
Sandy and Scott Fischer, Chicago, IL
“We thoroughly enjoyed all services and greatly appreciated the hospitality. Thank you Hamanasi staff!”
Daniel and Jamie Schaetz, Austin, TX
“My expectations were high to begin with given all the amazing reviews. Exceeding those expectations was truly a wonderful experience.”
Aaron Duncan, Pittsburg, TX
“Everything was excellent, so much attention to detail.”
Darcy and Brian Walsh, McLean, VA
“Hamanasi is a tropical paradise where everyone knows your name.”
Ed and Sue, Cary, NC
“Everything really was amazing even down to the smallest details. We will be back!”
Kristin and Ruth Phillips, Belmar, NJ
“Each staff member went above and beyond. Excellent staff and we love them all. Keep it the way it is – keep it small and do not expand to large. Do not want to lose the personal touch.”
Anita Roy and Harold Jenkins, Bronx, NY
“You are all beyond perfection!”
Lynne Patin and Irene Payne, Reno, NV
“Every staff member we met made us feel welcome and cared for. Thank you for caring about our planet.”
Kevin and Lucy Norwood, Rawlins, WY
“Continue doing what you’re doing because you are getting it right. This is our favorite destination and coming here feels like coming home. you are to be commended for your work in promoting and implementing sound eco-tourism. Hamanasi should be held up as a model to other resorts on how to get it right.”
Hector and Pam Gomez, New Orleans, LA
“Do not ever change. This is the best vacation I have ever had!”
Ronda Mears, Rochester, WA
“Keep the resort small and intimate.”
Kim & Dave Corbin-Lewis, Moab, UT
“Your Eco friendly effort is what brought us here and what you do is very impressive. We are happy you contribute to the community.”
Dorothy Giersch and Family, Ridgefield, CT
“Service was absolutely perfect! Wonderful honeymoon destination.”
Jena & Alston Rush, Edmond, OK
“Service is impeccable – top notch!”
Susanna & Colin Moriarty, Athens, GA
“Everything was wonderful. I was really impressed by the green house and the efforts to keep a low impact.”
“Excellent room and tremendous service! We will definitely stay here again.”
Mark Meese and family, Jenks, OK
David Yablick and Hannah Carmack, Fairdealing, MO
“All I can say is thank you and all was fabulous + brilliant. Lots of love and see you soon!”
Bhavni Bhakoo, Winnepeg, Canada
We would like to thank Marie and Lee from Cherry Hill New Jersey for their generous time spend in collecting monetary and school supplies donations for the school children of Hopkins and Sittee River Village. Marie and Lee visited Hamanasi on March, 2012 and shared with the children a very cheerful afternoon.. Over 25 school bags with school supplies with given out to the young kids from the Holy Family Hopkins School and Ms. Bertie Hopkins Library.
Lee and Marie then travelled to Sittee River Methodist School were a vast amount of school supplies include, stick glue, crayons, pencils. etc were donated. Preparing our children for a better future and helping them develop and become professionals is our main priority.
Hamanasi Resort believes and practices environmental sustainability, and in its ecofriendly quest, it has empowered and motivated its Dive crew to participate in the reduction of lionfish population through its spear fishing adventures. They saw a desperate need to minimize the numbers of Lionfish that poses a serious threat to our reef. This is a means of eliminating the rapid increase in the numbers of lionfish spotted along the entire coast of Belize and around the world; therefore, the Hamanasi Dive crew aims to double their lion fish hunt to 4 trips weekly for the month of March. Martin Carr, the Green team ambassador for the department records their daily catch.
From data gathered, marine guides and guests are doing a great job in their lionfish spearing efforts. In total the guides have speared over 200 Lionfish since February. Sam Noralez speared the most Lion fish followed by Martin Carr. We acknowledge Mr. Espinosa, Elvis, John, Roy and Terrill for their hard work and consistency in increasing the number of catches. Thanks to our guests for participating in this adventure.
After guests have completed this adventure for the day, they can have their catch sent to the main Kitchen so that Chef Sheridan Polanco prepares delicious Lion fish cuisines for lunch or dinner.
The Dive crew and Hamanasi Green Team Steering Committee (HGTSC) are doing their best to sustain this adventure by organizing hunts and providing guests with the relevant information about the danger that these invasive species of lionfish post to our reef. If anyone is interested in Lionfish hunting with our dynamic dive crew call or sign up at front desk, and they will willingly assist in every means possible to arrange a Lionfish Adventure that suits your needs.
Do you your part in conserving our reef and make a difference!
Everyone so friendly and knowledgeable about all services, information about Belize. Great culture. Everything is perfect in paradise!
Lee and Sandra Gregoire, Colorado Springs, CO
‘The little touches speak well of the care and thought placed into the environment, but with very elegant touches and display. It would be difficult to improve on something so flawless and perfect.
David and Shauna Norton, Altadena, CO
“I will come back for many reasons, but the most important one is the quiet environment.”
Mike Sturm and Family, Brookfield, WI
“I think it’s the amazing service that makes Hamanasi #1 Hotel in Central America.”
Regan Pritzker and Family, San Francisco, CA
“I applaud Hamanasi’s effort in protecting our earth when so many resorts do not have a desire to do so! In this regards alone, Hamanasi is light years ahead of any other place I’ve been to! Absolutely perfect! Only suggestion – please put a Hamanasi in my town so I can go there more often.”
Andrew and Jen Cirigliano, Allenwood, NJ
“The service and staff are wonderful; they are so kind and helpful in every way. We had a wonderful vacation.”
Paul and Marsha Story, Washoe Valley, NV
“I stay at 4 and 5 star hotels around the world and this is the best!
John and Amanda Tobler, San Jose, CA
“Hamanasi never uses the words “no”, “can’t”, “not possible”. Everything is accommodated. Great place to stay!
Tracy Madden and Tom Throop, Durham, NH
“We really enjoyed all our interactions at the resort, very friendly and personal atmosphere. We had fun and relaxed at the same time. Great Honeymoon!
Sara Snow and Allan Pett, Farmington, MI
“We have stayed at 10+ lodges in Belize and Costa Rica over the last 6 years. Hamanasi trip ranks as one of the best ever. Best service hands down. Great staff! Thanks for a great week.”
Jesse & Elaine Satterwhite, Raleigh, NC
“Everyone was friendly, professional and helpful. We felt cared for, liked and special! Exactly the right combination of pampering and adventure!”
Sue and Peter Gibbons, Block Island, RI
“Everything was perfect!”
Lisa Raffael and Family, Burlington, VT
“Amazing service and thoughtful resort touches were everywhere.”
Peter Danis, Ballwin, MO
“Keep doing everything that you’ve been doing. We couldn’t have asked for more. I find it wonderful when business take the time and make the effort to conserve the environment around them.”
Matt and Alicia Matuszewski, Buffalo, NY
Hamanasi joins Earth Day 2012! Our Hamanasi team is dedicated to the environment. Everyone on the Hamanasi team has been inspired to plant a tree somewhere in Belize today. We in Belize are so blessed with a fabulous eco-system and we have a commitment to maintain our environment as mother earth intended. We wish all our friends every success with their individual efforts for Earth Day!
Hamanasi Migratory and Native Bird Population
Figure 1: Plain Chachalaca
Hamanasi has kept and embraced its reputation as an eco-friendly resort in Belize’s Tourism Industry, and in its assurance in sustaining a unique image by preserving the environment and its biodiversity, the company’s rainforest guides have been conducting a migratory and native bird population study for a period of six (6) months. In the facilitation of the study, an onsite birding has been scheduled, and is ongoing for at least once every week, by three (3) inland guides who are Pedro, Lorenzo and Golden. The guides been have conducting the studies around the property from March 21, 2012 to April 4, 2012, and they have recorded 32 species of birds. Most of the bird species were sighted in more than two (2) occasions, in which the sighting frequency was 2.19. Our guests, especially those who are bird lovers, are welcomed to participate in the studies along with our gregarious and enthusiastic inland guides.
Hamanasi’s Napolean Shrimp Salad
Shrimps~10 Sautéed (seasoned w/salt & pepper)
Romaine Lettuce~1/3 small chop
Flour Tortilla~ 1, cut in quarters and fried
Ranch Dressing~as desired
Cucumbers, medium~¼, small dice
Tomato, medium~ 1/3 wedge, small dice
- Place 1 tsp. of dressing in center of plate.
- Place one ¼ of the fried flour tortilla on top of the dressing.
- Layer tortilla with lettuce and shrimps and repeat until complete.
- Top with a sprinkle of the diced cucumbers, tomatoes, shrimps and a good drizzle of dressing.