“Lionfish 2015 Report”

lionfish t-shirt (3)Lion Fish in full splendor (2)We had a fantastic lionfish catch for 2015  Thanks to all the guest and staff that helped to achieve our goal.  Total lionfish slaughtered 5056 lionfish.  We set an ambitious goal of 5000 and achieved it more than doubling the total killed in 2014.

Since Hamanasi started keeping records of the lionfish culling we have increased our numbers every year.

2012 = 875

2013 = 1214

2014 = 2447

2015 = 5056

As you can see in 2014 we more than doubled out total from 2013 and in 2015 we more than doubled 2014. New Goal for 2016 is 10,000 in an attempt to double 2015 but we am confident we can reach another historical number, 6500!

On a fun side note when we reach 408 fish killed this year it will be our 10,000 recorded lionfish kill.  When we reach 5408 this year it will be our 15,000 recorded lionfish killed.

 

 

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ December 2015″

“You have made our stay amazing in so many ways! Every detail from friendly service to a warm smile. Perfect!”

Kevin and Brenda Walker, Boynton Beach, FL

“This place is top notch. Wonderful people, accommodations and beautiful scenery.  This ranks at the top of my vacations – just keep up the great work, I will return.”

Jon and Marissa Palmer, San Antonio TX

“Felt like we were at the Ritz Carlton. Every need was anticipated and taken care of before we even asked.”

Kathryn and Mitch Drew, Rye, NH

“What a perfect experience. Perfect balance of reef and jungle.”

Laura and John Little, Cambridge, MA

“LOVE that you are eco-friendly, that was a big reason we booked here. Great that you are expanding to solar, water collection, etc.

Jennifer and Scott Bullard, Truckee, CA

“You guys have a wonderful resort with the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Tyler and Kendal McCarty, West End, NC

“We loved how everything was! Keep doing what you are doing!

Riley and Catherine Weaver, Glenn Allen, MS

“You guys do an awesome job greeting people and knowing their names. Love their efforts and programs in place for composting and recycling.”

Jacob Hardi and Family, Camarillo, CA

“Everyone was friendly, all made me feel at home.”

Judy Cowan, Boynton Beach, FL

“I didn’t realize all the eco-friendly efforts of Hamanasi but loved reading and hearing about. The gardens all impressive, you have inspired me to be more eco-friendly. I love the water bottle concept.  The citrus basil water was so yummy.”

Krista Laperle, Worthington, OH

“Keep getting feedback from your guests and holding yourself to the highest standard. There is a reason your resort is the best!  Great service all around.”

Ariel and Jamie Dalton, Hunting Beach, CA

“You have done a great job. You mastered the resort/excursion/relaxation vacation experience. We were extremely impressed how everyone made efforts to know our names.  How special you exceed expectations!”

Amy Bender, Forthworth, TX

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ November 2015″

“Everything was perfect!”

Jim Blairs & Jenny Weyler, Shrewsburg, MA

“We were constantly amazed by the green efforts around the grounds and loved every moment.”

Anna Robinson & Nico Ager, Brooklyn. NY

“Awesome to see a resort doing everything they can to conserve this beautiful place.”

Cathy Heshmat

“We thoroughly enjoyed out visit. We were able to relax, rest and unplug.  Thank You!”

Melissa & Tom Skiavo, Alexandria, VA

“Amazing Service!”

Travis and Sina Pelleymounter, Tampa, FL

“Continue your excellent service to guests and community. We loved it here J.”

Vince Colunga, Austin, TX

“Your staff is special – it was so wonderful to be recognized by name and have our preferences remembered.”

Janet & Boyce Fender, Hockessin, DE

“Everyone is always smiling and greeting made us feel at home. Gave personal service.  Had a wonderful vacation!  Thank you Hamanasi!”

Sanjiv & Hema Bhakta, Biloxi, MS

“Quite amazing! Everything was perfect!

Margaret Kerr, United Kingdom

“Your doing such an amazing job.”

Brad & Chelsea Gruters, Flagstaff, AZ

“Lovely to know they are doing so much to promote preservation of this beautiful country and tis natural resources.”

Steve & Julia Liska, Chicago, IL

 

“Happy Hour Drink Special: Christmas Breeze”

Ambro’s Happy Hour Drink special for today is ~ Christmas breeze!

1 ounce hyper vodka,

1 ounce 1 barrel dark rum,

ambro drink3/4 ounce lime juice

shake well together with mint leaves and 3 ounce sprite with a dash of grenadine syrup.

Serve on ice, sit back, relax and enjoy!

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ October 2015″

“There was nothing we would have changed. Hamanasi made our honeymoon the best we could have imagined.  Thank you!

Megan & Steven Reese, Rio Osso, CA

“Hard to improve on perfection. We are in the travel and service industry and we know how difficult it is to achieve what you have here at Hamanasi!”

Blane & Stephanie Henderson, Elmhurst, IL

“We were totally impressed by this resort but the eco-friendliness of this resort took it to the highest. You are doing the best, keep on doing it.”

Zahra Boostani, Moraga, CA

“It is nice to see the resort taking steps to protect the environment. It is definitely the most eco-friendly resort/hotel we have every stayed at.”

Ed and Casey Steinmetz,

“Keep doing what you are doing! We don’t want to go home.”

Stephanie Price, Philadelphia, PA

“I believe other resorts can learn from Hamanasi’s management and over all style.”

Ken and Kelly Miller, Lufkin, TX

“I honestly could not think of any way you could improve the service. I always appreciate a facility that someway encourages water conservation.”

Mark Richardson, Austin, TX

“Love it like it is. Wonderful to involve staff in community service.”

Robbie & Ronnie McGill, Queen Creek, AZ

“Thanks for a great time. I love Hamanasi!  Love all the “green” touches.  I learned how to green at home in many ways.”

Greg & Kathie Horman, Poway, CA

“You guys are super! We felt such wonderful hospitality.”

Bill & Tammy Woods, Stillwater, OK

“Everything perfect!”

Pascal & Caroline Fragniere, Switzerland

“We loved our stay and Hamanasi’s little touches that make it feel extra special. The private dinner, the massage package, the adorable ways the napkins are folded.  Wonderful service and a beautiful resort!”

Ann & Grant Fraistat, College Park, MD

“Keep doing what you’re doing! Thank you for a wonderful trip.  I really applaud all your attention to detail on the green efforts and education.  Really makes the resort stand out and puts you at the trip of the list for a return trip.”

Shelly & Miguel Gorordo, Saint Petersburg, FL

“Community Love”

pic1This last year as been an amazing year for Hamanasi, we have met many new people and made many new friends. We have grown as a company and as a family, with a few new faces joining our wonderful team.

Hamanasi is built on our love for the beautiful environment that surrounds us, and we passionately try to be as sustainable as possible every day. Many of our guests will come to visit us with an understanding of the importance of preserving our natural environment, but they also come with an understanding that without our community, we would not exist. Each year we support the continued education of the children from Hopkins, but also from the surrounding communities of Silk Grass, Sittee River and Maya Center. Our education fund helps to provide financial assistance for families for schooling, but the generous donations of school supplies, crayons, pens, pencils, writing books, arts supplies, backpacks, means that the children can go to school with all the things they will need to start the school year right.

 

We have also supported the continued efforts of the Hopkins Belize Humane Society for many years, and will continue for many into the future. The clinics, supported by volunteer veterinarians both local and international has provided the communities of Stann Creek with free spay and neuter clinics as well as low cost clinics for other surgeries. The HBHS work tirelessly within the community providing education for people with pets on how best to care for them, with very few resources. This is why the donations that we receive from guests such as leashes and collars, flea treatments, pet treats, toys, all items that seem so small, mean so much to our communities.

 

Throughout the year we have been able to give out these donations to the HBHS, and to the children, especially at events such as the Kite Fest, the Easter Fest and the Hopkins Day Fest. Our big end of year celebration was to take over 100 backpacks, each over flowing with school supplies, to the schools to be able to help the children of less fortunate families.

pic3Our donations this year totaled just over 510lbs, which is nearly 100lbs more than last year, and this is all because of the generosity of our guests. We cannot thank everyone enough for what they have given to Hopkins and the surrounding communities.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ July 2015″

“Stay Small! This feels like the perfect size place!”

Nicole Morani and Alan Stewart, St. Louis, MO

“You’ve exceeded my expectations in every way possible! Can literally not thank you enough for this trip.”

Myriam Bara, Winnipeg, MA

“Great personalized and friendly service!”

Judie and Glen Tomaszewski, Farmington Hills, MI

“Everyone was fantastic! This place is magical. Don’t stop caring about the details.”

Susanh Hannon, Lawreceville, NJ

“You guys clearly already know what you’re doing, keep following your instincts because everything was top-notch.”

Chloe and Troy Luczynski, Concord, CA

“Hold on to your outstanding employees”

Hasina and Monty Kronenberg, Pompano Beach, FL

“The best resort we have EVER been too! Made our honeymoon dreams come true. Thank you!”

Mallory and Josh Dyer, Coolidge, AZ

‘The service couldn’t be better!”

Susan Walker and Family, Wilmington, DE

“We have never experienced this level of service, knowledge and adventure. Well done, Hamanasi!

Mr. & Mrs. Stace & B. Shanes, Whichita Falls, TX

“Best vacation we have ever had. All staff go above and beyond to make our stay the best it could be!”

Michael and Tory Edwards, Whitby, ON

“Everything was fantastic! This was THE BEST honeymoon vacation we could have ever asked for. Thank you for making it our favourite trip!”

Brooke & Kyle Smith, New York, NY

“You guys are 5 star plus, can’t be beat. You’re the best.”

Alec Gotthard, Rock Island, IL

‘Everything was absolutely divine! We loved our stay.”

Nicole and Chris Ioset, San Antonio, TX

“Excellent job! Staff well trained and obviously on board with culture of Hamanasi hospitality.”

Jonathan Lindman, Augusta, GA

“Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Your attention to your guest is truly what makes the experience very enjoyable.

“Chris Colucci and Family, Golden, CO

“Our stay exceeded my expectations!”

Eric and Clare Lyerly, Hoover, AL

“Lovely! A five star place all the way!”

Alicia Keckler, Rock Island, IL

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ April 2015″

“FLAWLESS!  Have never felt so well taken care of at any price.  Ritz Carlton could learn from you.”

Abby Holland and Family, Orinda, CA

“Your service from all staff was very impressive.  This was by far the best service we have received anywhere.  Our return to Hamansi will be largly due to the staff.”

Lory and Mike Selleck,  Land O Lakes, FL

“The whole staff was very professional and personable.”

Dan and Teri Plaso, Street Bureau, OH

“You Have a handle on everything.”

Rich & Dee Thomas, Brookfield, WI

“It was the perfect honeymoon!  Thank you Hamanasi Staff.”

Haley and Ty Trontel, Salt Lake City, UT

“All went above and beyond.  Exceptional service from everyone.”

Austin Hammar, Brookfield, CT

“Everyone is practiced at having an open heart and a ready smile.  How do you find so many happy people?  The level of detail! Nothing goes untouched.”

David and Gennara Moore, Reston, VA

“Never stayed any place where staff was so friendly.  Really felt welcome and like family.  Everyone very accommodating.”

Joseph Garner, Cheshire, CT

 “The entire staff went out of their way to make our vacation great in a beautiful place.  It was fantastic!  Great Staff.”

Laura Dec, Montville, NJ

“Everyone was friendly and never viewed a request as a burden or impossible to do.  I wouldn’t change anything.”

Kevin and Hillary Skinner, Melisa, TX

 

“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