“Bigger and brighter smiles”

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.

 

“2011 Christmas Eve Cookie Buffet”

The traditional Hamanasi Cookie Buffet was a slam with guest sating their sweet pallets with the popular Ginger Bread Men, Almond Bars, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Pineapple Filled Cut-outs, Sugar Cookies, Lime Drop Cookies, Chocolate Chews and last but not least our Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies.   To quench their thirst we had Shiraz Punch and the not to be forgotten our Hamanasi Eggnog.

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book – November 2011″

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

“Happy animals, thanks to the HBHS”

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.



“Hamanasi’s Cho Cho Soup”

Hamanasi’s Cho Cho Soup

Serves about 6-8 people

Ingredients:

  • Cho Cho – 3 lbs, peeled, seeded, rough chop   (called Christophene or Chayote  in   the U.S.A.)
  • Canola Oil – 2 Tbsp.
  • White Onion – 1, rough chop
  • Celery – 2 stalks, rough chop
  • Stock or Water  – 12 cups (vegetable or chicken stock)
  • Salt and White Pepper to taste

Method:

  • In deep hot pot add canola oil, onions and celery to sauté lightly for 2 minutes.
  • Add in cho cho and sauté for another 2 minutes then add in your water or flavored stock.
  • Allow to boil until cho cho is soft then let cool before pureeing in blender.
  • Once pureed, season with salt and pepper to your desired flavor.
  • Serve hot.

Happy Cooking & Eating

From

Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff

“Backpack Project – Another wonderful success”

Hamanasi Backpack Project Continues… Thanks to all our guest that made a contribution whether big or small towards our Pack Back Project. More than seven dozen of back packs filled with school supplies were distributed to the less fortunate children of the Hopkins Holy Family Primary School.

From kinder to eight grade, the students that received a backpack were very happy and thankful for these thoughtful gifts.  A helpful hand goes a long way in a child’s learning and education!

Thank again to all the loving contributors who helped this project to be a success!

“Marcia Nunez CIA Pro Chef Level 11 Graduate”

Marcia Nunez

Congratulations to Marcia Nunez for completing the Culinary Institute of America “Pro Chef” Level 11 in Belize City.  This course was offered by the Belize Tourism Board.  In a span of two years, Marcia traveled from Hopkins to Belize two days a week to attend the classes in Belize City. The objective of this  course was for the culinary student to better understand the nature of food, menu structure and fuse Local, Mediterranean and International cuisines.   Marcia has been a member of the Hamanasi family from the beginning and she now holds the title of Chef.  Marcia has set the bar for the other kitchen staff to follow her foot steps an  marry their culinary skills with the “Pro Chef” level education which Hamanasi funds free of charge in support of their employees.  Marcia Nunez, we raise our glass to you!

Hamanasi Named in Top 10 Hotels in the World for Service!

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We are proud to announce that Hamanasi has gotten some very high praise in the 2011 edition of the TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® awards.  We were named as one of the Top Ten Hotels Worldwide and the #2 Hotel in Central & South America for quality of service.  In addition, we’ve maintained our #1 overall TripAdvisor rating among all hotels in Belize and Central America.

Now in its ninth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. The Travelers’ Choice® winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions about hotels on tripadvisor.com™. “With the help of millions of travelers around the globe, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels for the ninth year of the Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.

At Hamanasi we push ourselves everyday to make sure that each and every guest gets a level of service that surpasses their every expectation, and it is extremely gratifying to know that these awards reflect reviews from real guests. Our guests’ satisfaction is always the greatest reward of all – check out our Guest Book for feedback from our most recent guests, and if you’ve been to Hamanasi, we’d love to hear from you, here on our blog or on our Facebook page.

 

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“Hamanasi Guest gives life-changing gift”

“Hamanasi together with Hopkins School introducing children to Belizean History.”

On January, 27th 2011, Hamanasi sponsored a field trip to the Serpon Sugar Mill Reserve for the standard one class at Holy Family Primary school from Hopkins. “Field Trip! Woo hoo!”  was the reaction of Ms Johnson’s 22 students when she announced that they were going to go on a Class Trip. The excitement in their voices yet cannot be imitated. This is the same class which we have been working with for Christy Boyd Pen Pal Project.

Golden and Emiliano along with Mr. Woodeye, the ranger from Serpon Reserve conducted the tour where we all learnt about the sugar mill and it’s history. It is Belize’s first historical reserve established by the National Institute for Architecture and History.  Hidden in the jungle, one mile in on the access road to the village of Sittee River, is the important landmark in Belize’s colonial history.  It is the remnants of the steam powered Serpon Sugar Mill which was established in 1865, and marked the start of Belize’s industrial era.  The mill was bought by William Bowman and it, along with the Regalia, bought and owned by an American, fueled Belize’s economy for about thirty years.

Estimates are that at its peak, the Serpon Sugar Mill was producing and shipping 1,700 pounds of sugar a month.  In the late 19th century, Serpon was a technological marvel with its main crusher, boiler, beam engine, furnace, and hot air exchanger – all powered by steam.  That was a breakthrough when compared to the manual process used previously by the Mestizos and Mayans.

We also learnt about the medicinal trees and plants within the reserve and how they can locally be used.  Many birds were seen, including the Vermilion Fly Catcher and 4 Keeled-billed Toucan, our national bird of Belize.  The school children were all much exited to also see many of the Spiny Tailed iguanas from a very close range.

Once again we are happy and thankful to be working with the young students from the Holy Family Hopkins School and being able to introduce the young generation to the wonders that we have to offer in this beautiful country of ours.