“2013 Back To School Fest”

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Over 200 kids participated in the ‘Back to School’ Fest!

 The Green Team welcomed over 200 students of Hopkins village, parents and teachers to the first ever ‘Back to School’ Fest hosted by the Green Team members of Hamanasi Resort on Saturday August 24, 2013 at the Catholic Church compound.

Joining Mr. Walton Rodriquez and the rest of the Green Team for the opening ceremony was the principal of the Holy Family RC School, Mrs. Seferina Castillo, who kindly agreed to present the backpacks.

The Fest was abuzz with activities, excitement, competitive spirits of the young ones, free snacks and lively music provide by a member of the community.

The purpose of the fest was to donate backpacks filled with an assortment of school supplies and other educational tools to 30 economically disadvantage/less fortunate kids as well as involving other kids in the community to participate in the different fun activities. The Green Team members also took advantage of the event by getting the kids to make easy eco-friendly mosquito traps to be used in homes and creating awareness of recycle, reduce and reuse practices.

Each kid had a chance to win cool prizes of a variety of school supplies which helped students, teachers and parents get prepared for the new school year.

We gave thanks to all our members and contributors that make this event a success!


“Mark is 2013 Traveller’s Rum Mixologist Champion”

Drinks2Our mixologist Mark Jacobs is officially the WINNER of the annual Belize Traveller’s Rum Bartending competition.  The competition featured over 20 participants country wide which consisted Traveller’s rum exclusively infused with tropical fruits and a secret basket of ingredients where creativity, taste and showmanship winners were chosen from each district.  Mark Jacobs was one of the finalist for Southern Belize.   On October 25th Traveller’s Rum had the semi final competition in Belize City and Mark stellar performance and creativity stole the crowd’s  and judges taste buds.  Mark winning rewards was BZ$2000 courtesy of Traveller’s Rum and a touch screen telephone courtesy of Smart Belize.

Way to go Mark….Hamanasi is very proud to have you on our team!

“Janice and Pete Henderson Contribution to the HBHS”


Volunteering at Hopkins Belize Humane Society was the best part of our trip to Hamanasi!   My 15-year-old, Pete, and I helped Dr. Baptist and Joseph during one of the monthly spay/neuter clinics.   We helped prep the dogs for surgery, wash surgical instruments, and organize supplies.  Our favorite part was returning the dogs to their families in Hopkins and San Ramon the next day.   The village children swarmed our truck when we drove up.  It was fun to hand out the dog food, leashes and collars along with their pet.   The children (and adults) were eager for information on how to take care of their pet and it was rewarding to teach them how to be good owners.     Because of HBHS, getting your dog spayed/neutered is becoming the cultural norm.  As we drove by, families would stop us to ask us to take their dog for surgery (“Next time!!  We’ll be back!!”)  It was a remarkable experience!


“Lopez Donation To Mrs. Bertie Hopkins Community Library”

Miss Bertie’s Hopkins Community Library was established in 2008 by U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Bertie Lee Murphy. She became a Peace Corps Volunteer in June 2007, following a distinguished career in both the corporate world and in public service. Bertie was a vivacious and dedicated member of the Peace Corps family and served with distinction as an Education Volunteer in Belize, where she was an elementary education teacher-trainer in the southern village of Hopkins. Universally loved and respected, Bertie had recently repurposed a local building into a library filled with personal and donated books.

Donald Lopez an American citizen from California has been diving with Hopkins Divers for the past seven years and calls Hopkins his second home.  Every year Lopez donates to the community and this year was no exception.  He brought with him a custom built single speed bicycle, this was his only mode of transport for the few months that he stayed in Hopkins – he generously auctioned it off and all proceeds went to Mrs. Bertie Library.  It was a good turnout and BZ$205  was the final offer by Pam owner of Windschief.

Thanks to everyone that enthusiastically and generously participated and congrats to Pam on her new bike!O


“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ June 2013″

“Everything was special and perfect!”

Gabby Jean and David Stein, Boston, MA

“Keep your staff!  They made the experience.  I am very proud and happy to see your eco-friendly efforts.  So good of you to  keep nature and real world issues in mind.”

The Thomas Family, Ephrata, WA

“We come here because we like to support the local community; Hamanasi really does its part with respect to local sustainability.”

Greg & Tammy Clifton, Telluride, CO

“Keep doing what you’re doing.”

Melissa and Seth Denison, Miami, FL

“Everyone was so friendly, positive, smiling and that was the best part of the vacation.  Felt very safe too!”

Lisa and Nicole Vaneered, Ontario, Canada

“I love the concept of Hamanasi and was very happy we were able to experience it and support the local community.”

Anicka Rodgers and Family, Nokomis, FL

“It was 5 out of 5 – SUBERB!  So personal – so relaxing!”

John and Cindy Griffin, Virginia Beach, VA

“Great Honeymoon!  We loved everyone and everything!  Attention to detail is outstanding!  We will miss being here.”

Paul and Tanya Massey, Gilbert, AZ

“Continue what you are doing, it is working!”

Charla McEachin, Santa Fe, NM

“Everyone was awesome  – loved the personal service.”

Pam Kettering and Family, Redlands, CA

“Impressive!  My main concern is that the business model contributes to the local economy as well as the owners.”

Rachel Alete, Geneva, Switzerland

“You blew our minds with amazingness!”

Jared Weekly, Ideyld Park, OR




“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ February 2013″

Below are some of the comments from guest that visited us during the month February 2013.  Thanks to everyone you choose Hamanasi as your vacation destination. We hope that you all had an amazing Hamanasi experience!  We do hope to see each and every one of you again sometime in the near future. All the best from The Hamanasi Team!

“All of the staff we came in contact with was great.  So I must congratulate Management.  All of your staff has been oriented to all aspects of the organization and are helpful and knowledgeable.”

Bob and Elaine Hiatt, Topeka, KS

“Can’t imagine any better service!  Beautiful touches everywhere.”

Laura, Dennis and Tess Renfro, West Hartford, CT

“You are doing an incredible job!”

Ron and Dana Teitler, Middleton, MA

“Everything was absolutely wonderful.  We really enjoyed the beach setup. Really enjoyed the fresh produce and local focus; local products, local people and environmentally friendly is why we choose you”

Amanda and Cody White Lake, MI

“Keep up the excellent work!  Your eco friendly efforts were one of the best aspects for us, especially the vegetable garden, fruit trees.”

Steven Curtis and Family, Ontario, Canada

“We had a wonderful time, and Hamanasi made our honeymoon absolutely perfect!”

Kate Willcox and Andrew Deeringer, Sacramento, CA

“Done to perfection! Showed great respect for heritage and environment.”

Carol Robinson and Family, Sioux City, IA

“You have a magic atmosphere here already.  Whatever you are doing is working perfectly.”

Zachary and Shelly Cihak, Denver, CO

World Spay Day 2013 a success!

February was the month for World Spay Day.   For the third year in a row, HBHS hosted World Spay Day clinics to spread the message of spaying and neutering pets for the betterment of the world’s health.  HBHS has recently extended their coverage area to the south, servicing the smaller villages of Redbank and San Roman. Taking on these new villages in addition to the five we have currently been servicing has been a joy. The need is so great, and the desire for pet health care is huge.

With Dr. Orlando Baptist taking the lead, the HBHS team spayed and neutered 42 animals over the four day event, while also performing several tumor removals, eye surgery, beef worm removal, treating skin conditions, and many other things that present themselves during HBHS free clinics.  HBHS is so incredibly proud of out team of workers, volunteers and supporters.  Because of you, the animals AND people of Belize are healthier.


“Hamanasi Takes Home The Taste of Belize Cake Decorator & Master Chef 2012 Awards”

December 1st was a big night for Hamanasi as 3 of our staff members competed in the Belize Tourism Board’s “Taste of Belize” event held in the Cayo District. This competition determines the best chef, cake decorator and bartender in Belize. Hamanasi’s chefs took home 2 of the coveted prizes and our bartender came in second! The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hon. Manuel Heredia opened the event, which consisted of 3 different competitions, Cake Decorating, Bartending and Master Chef for 2012. The evening kicked off with Hamanasi’s very own Executive Chef Sheridan Polanco creating an absolute masterpiece. The cake, which had a Mayan theme in honor of Maya 2012, took her just under 3 hours to decorate and won her the title of Belize’s Cake Decorator of the Year. Her inspiration was the Mayan chocolate fruit also known as “Black Sapote” which she tied into the whole story of the Mayan calendar and the history of the Mayan traditions here in Belize. Yum!! (Chef Sheridan image courtesy of San Ignacio Hotel)

The second event featured three bartenders competing for the title of Belize’s Top Bartender. Hamanasi’s “mixologist” Mark Jacobs invented 3 outstanding cocktails. The first was a Belizean Beauty, second was The Energizer and finally he wowed the crowd with his Monkey Business Creation. The final challenge was a mystery box in which he only had a few minutes to create a drink with Craboo Cream and Traveller Bitters. The result was the tangy Belizean Stinger. Mark earned second place in the competition!

The third and final event saw chefs countrywide going head to head for the title of Master Chef. The challenge: cook three meals with four mystery ingredients in one hour. After preparing a full meal made with all the mystery ingredients the panel of four judges chose Hamanasi Chef Marcia Nuñez as Belize’s Master Chef for 2012! The first elimination round was an appetizer, where Chef Marcia made a Zucchini & Sardine fritter sprinkled with a watermelon salsa. The second challenge was the main entrée. This time she created a delicious pan-fried pork chop and hibiscus cilantro potatoes drizzled with a papaya, cashew & white wine sauce. This put her into the top two ending the final challenge with dessert. This time Chef Marcia made a bacon, peanut & cream cheese wrap served with a stout reduction. Chef Marcia exclaimed, “I was so happy to win! I enjoy cooking and love to experiment with food and create new dishes filled with flavour.” And we love to eat your food, Marcia! Well done. (Chef Marcia and Bartender Mark images courtesy of The San Pedro Sun)

Hamanasi congratulates Chef Marcia, Chef Sheridan and Bartender Mark for competing well in Taste of Belize 2012. We hope to share their delicious creations with you!

“Hamanasi Guest Book – October 2012″

Thanks to our entire guest that visit us on October 2012. We hope that you all had an amazing Hamanasi experience! Below are some of the comments from guest that visited us during the month of October. We do hope to see each and every one of you again sometime in the near future. All the best from Hamanasi staff and Management.

“We had our perfect “UNBELIZEABLE and beyond our expectations” 10th year anniversary. Thank you! Hamanasi, you were al amazing.”

Chris and Elissa Langeuegger, Austin, TX

“We’re happy that the eco friendly efforts is such a strong part of Hamanasi’s culture and that the guides stress it.”

Scott and Keri Agin, Chicago, IL

“The personal attention and hospitality of the entire staff was excellent. The food was first class. I am happy to see the commitment of the resort.”

Bobby and Paul Vargo, Lancaster, CA

“We can’t say enough about the wonderful atmosphere at Hamanasi. Please stay small! It makes it so much more welcoming. Your staff is what absolutely makes this place attractive. Very family feel here, totally pampered us. Thank you so much!”

Dorothy and Mike Ewenel, Ontario, Canada

“Everything was so wonderful! We loved every minute of our stay and are so sorry to leave. We had a wonderful and beautiful honeymoon. The staff is unbelievable! We will miss them.”

Shannon Atkins and Robert Schulenberg, Herndon, VA

“What a magical way to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We’ll be back again for sure! Thank you Hamanasi and Hopkins for being such lovely hosts during our stay. ”

Allison and Wade Sisson, Knightdale, NC

“Keep doing what you are doing. First class place!”

Collin and Jenny Steward, Harlingen, TX

“We can’t imagine better service. The staff obviously happy and proud to be here, we want to take them home with us!”

Caryn Wolf and Ford Frazier, Oakland, CA



“Back To School Project Sucess”

A BIG thank you to all our Hamanasi guests that somehow contributed towards the Back to School Project 2012, we could not have done this without you all.

From a pack of pencils, story books, crayons up to school bags, all these donations were given to the needed school children from Hopkins, Maya Center and Silk Grass which brought big smiles to their faces.