“Hamanasi Mango Salsa”

mango salsaFrom our kitchen to you..

A fresh snack that takes 5 minutes to prepare …1 turn mango, 2 tablespoon lime juice, 1/2 onion, 2 tablespoon red belle peppers, 2 to 3 tablespoon cilantro,  salt to taste… option of Habanero maybe added.  Served with corn chips

“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

 

“Garifuna Cooking Class”

Garifuna Cooking Class  

Our Garifuna Culture has been proclaimed as an intangible heritage of humanity! Join us as we introduce to you the full Garifuna cultural experience from dressing in a Garifuna traditional outfit to exploring the foods through this cooking lesson.

Hudut is the popular Garifuna dish which you will learn to cook from scratch.  It is comprised of green and ripe mashed plantains called “Fu Fu” and a coconut fish stew.

While the food is cooking you will tour a Garifuna Gallery and your host will explain and describe some of the Garinagu artifacts that have been collected throughout these years.

In addition to the Garifuna culinary wonders, enjoy the pulsating rhythm of the Garifuna Drums.  Be one with Belize while learning how to drum, dance and sing with friendly & professional indigenous people.  drumming

This tour will introduce you to the culture, history and traditions of this unique Garifuna fishing village.

“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 ~ 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 ~ 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

“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