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!
“We really appreciate that customer service was very important to Hamanasi!”
David Wilkie & Family, Saintpaul, MD
“It was a pleasure to interact with all your staff – in the office or in the garden. All seem happy, thus friendly. Keep doing what you are doing. You truly stand out from the other guys. Your green efforts to be commended on all fronts. This is a real drawing card for many tourists today.”
Susan and Gord Harper, Alberta, Canada
“You guys ROCK!”
Caitlin Bailey and Boyd Williamson, Colombia, MO
“You have ABSOLUTELY the best staff in the whole wide world. They truly exemplify excellent customer service!”
Jean and Jimmy Drummond, Bowie, MD
“We love the genuine friendliness shown to us. Doing eco-friendly luxury is a challenging balance. Nicely done! We understand sustainability as living wages for staff and smart growth for the community of Hopkins.”
Josh and Stacie Bornstein, Ithaca, NY
“Doing a fantastic job – keep up the great work.”
K.C and Cathy Shea, Colchester, CT
Duane Natvig & Family, Northfield, VT
“Everyone was just lovely; this experience would be hard to improve.”
Connie and Jeff Irish, Loveland, CO
“Everything was perfect! I have never met such friendly people. There is such a pride in Belize. Thank you!”
Rosi Sekerak, Charlotte, NC
Young Andrew Herring upon arrival discovered a bougainvillea plant next to their beachfront room broke a branch, placed in a cup with water and decided that he will let his plant grow. He kept it in water for its roots to grow as he was determined to ensure that his plant did not die. On his departure we offered him to go and replant in our greenhouse which he was excited to do.
Mr. Desmond, one of our gardeners assisted Andrew in accomplishing his goal. It was a pleasure to have had Mr. Clarke Herring and family with us and we are all very proud of Andrew, that at his young age he is already thinking how to nurture a living organism. Our promise to Andrew is to ensure that his plant gets all the nutrients and water it needs to grow and keep him updated with his plant growth!
Our Organic Garden and Current Production
What is an organic garden? An area where plants are produced by obeying the laws of nature — Industrial pesticide and fertilizer use is disallowed in our garden – Naturally produced fertilizers such as ash, compost, manure and organically produced pesticides and herbicides are encouraged – Integrated pest management systems (IMPS) practices are applied to prevent and combat pests and diseases.
What are we producing? A small scale fruit and vegetable productions is now at full swing in our newly established organic garden. Healthier fruits, vegetables and herbs are now available for guests and staff in the restaurant and staff kitchen. Watermelon, cantaloupe, pine apple, papaya, carrots, passion fruit, green onions, peppermint and basil, just to name a few, are now in production.
We continue to have a fantastic 2012 for the animals in Hopkins, Sittee River and nearby villages. The Carroll County Vets Without Borders from Berryville, Arkansas, returned for their 5th visit to Hopkins! Dr. Tina Cone, Ramona Hambrick and Anita Beeson had a fantastically fun… and incredibly busy… trip to Belize. Over the course of four days of surgery (including one day when the air conditioning went out), the team was able to complete 18 spays, 17 neuters, a limb amputation, a femoral head ostectomy, dentals, a tumor removal, and entropion (eye surgery), several lacerations and over 80 exams! Amazing!
Tina, Ramona and Anita also made it by Saturday puppy class to help clean up the park, help hand out dog food (one of our best HBHS programs) and hand a few kids treats they had brought along with them. Hamanasi contributed once again to the HBHS program with accomodations, lunches and allowed the vets to take some time off from their busy schedule and go on one of our snorkeling trips to the Southern Barrier Reef.
Every time the Carroll County Vet team visits Hopkins, things go well. Old friends are reacquainted, and new ones made. As always, we look forward to their next visit.
On behalf of Hamanasi Staff and Management, we want to thank everyone that visited us for the month of February. We hope that you all have a great vacation experience with us and we can’t wait to have you back!
“Keep doing what you’re doing and stay true to your vision and the Belizean culture.”
Michele Carroll, Dallas, TX
“Keep up the great work. Staff could not be nicer. ”
Gail and Frank Julie, Larchmont, NY
“Our vacation was perfect above and beyond our expectations; thanks to Hamanasi ~ we wouldn’t change a thing!”
Cindy and Bruce, Calgary, AB
“Most friendly and welcoming staff we have ever experienced – Thank you!”
John and Jane Pope, Greensboro, NC
“Exceptional, professional and friendly. First class all the way.”
James and Martha Hannon, Colorado Springs, CO
“Staff was probably the friendliest and most eager to help of any resort I have visited – Five Stars!”
Sean and Linda Quinn, Ontario, Cananda
“Keep up the high standards.”
Ned Hickey Family, Marlborough, CT
“Absolutely excellent – friendly, accommodating, remembered names this sets resort apart from others.”
Jeff and Kristi Carius, Boulder, CO
“Overall lovedBelize, the resort and the exceptional staff.”
Barry and Maryl Featherstone, Pendleton, OR
”Staff was helpful, energetic, enthusiastic and always happy and available. The most impressive group I’ve ever encountered.”
Adolf and Kelli Maas, Bothell, WA
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort was awarded 2nd for Top 25 Hotels for “Best Service” in the World and 3rd for Top 25 Hotels in the World. Julie Cassitini-TripAdvisor says “In total, 3,943 properties globally have been recognized this year with dedicated lists featured for 30 countries and eight regions worldwide. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.”
Many other properties in Belize such as The Phoenix Resort, Xanadu Resort and Coco Plum Resort were also awarded by Travelers’ Choice 2012.
Your Hamanasi family sincerely thank you for choosing us as your vacation destination and took time to write and share your Hamanasi experience with the world.
Heidi and Chuck Pittman stayed with us at Hamanasi Resort on November 2011, and they took one full day out of their busy adventure schedule to do Dental Hygienic Presentation to all the children from the Holy Family Hopkins School.
Heidi is a Registered Dental Hygienist from beautiful Colorado. Chuck, her husband accompanied and assisted Heidi on her dental presentations, and had the children smiling and expressing positive examples on what they do to keep their teeth healthy and clean. Each child was given a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss as a motivation to continue to take care of their teeth.
Principal, teachers and smiling children were all very thankful for this generous gesture. We are all very appreciative and welcome to all our guest that want to participate in helping our community especially where the children are concern as they are our future.
From the Hamanasi Staff & Management to all of our guests that visited this past month, thank you for coming. We hope you had a great time, and we can’t wait to have you back! Below is a selection of comments from real guests at Hamanasi this November.
“Keep up the great work – the way ALL employees interact with the guest (remembering names, asking how we are doing) is amazing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Sara and Curtis Smith, Onancock, VA
“Best service we’ve ever had – great job!”
Greg and Jalyn Brungardt, Houston, TX
“Every0ne was friendly, professional and open. Indeed it is the staff that makes this a 5 recommendation. There is such a warm, friendly atmosphere at Hamanasi. Getting my Open Water certification was a big and important step, thanks for this big success.”
Deirdre Lavrakas, Alexandria, VA
“Excellent! Literally the beset I’ve experienced anywhere.”
Robert Lieb, Hopewell Junction, NY
“Just about perfect! Clearly this is a very well managed and process driven business highly trained and motivated staff. Great job!”
Charles and Molly Carey, Palm Coast, FL
“Thank you for doing your bit towards saving the planet. Wish more were like this place. Stay as you are.”
Rebecca and John Sanders, Dursley, England
“Really could not ask for better staff. All so wonderful.”
A. Black and C. Swain, Pacifica, CA
“Y’all did a great job. We loved how we were “Becca and Kurt” and not room 6 or credit card #.”
Kurt and Becca Jostes, New Orleans, LA
“We say improvements each day. I am rethinking how to be even more eco-friendly myself. Great job!”
Johnathan & CJ Noe, Pikeville, KY
“Entire staff was exceptional and made us feel very welcome.”
Andrew and Fawn Curran, Cohasset, MA
In November, the Hopkins Belize Humane Society had free spay/neuter and treatment clinics with vet sisters, Dr. Linda Leavell and Dr. Lisa Kelly. In three days, the two vets performed just over 70 procedures, including spays/neuters, tumor removals, tooth extractions, and other much needed surgeries. Plus, over 40 exams and treatments. Including house calls done by HBHS representatives, over 130 animals were cared for in the November clinics.
HBHS is a very active organization. Vets from several countries have been to Hopkins to donate their services to Belize. In 2012, HBHS will have their busiest year of free vet clinics ever, hosting several new teams to the area, and many returning to Belize for second, third, and even fourth visits!
Hamanasi is proud to be a big supporter of HBHS! Through donating room and board, tours, jewelry sales, vehicle maintenance, and many other behind the scene assistance, Hamanasi is able to provide support for the people and animals of Hopkins, and surrounding villages. We invite our guests to bring donations for HBHS when you come to visit Hopkins, or make a donation while you are here to directly benefit HBHS.