On the 7th March 2015, the sun was shining and the wind was blowing just the perfect amount for the 11th annual Hopkins Kite Fest. Over 100 children from Hopkins village came out to spend the day at the beach, making and flying kites. The all-day event allowed the children to take part in kite making and decorating workshops, getting to practice flying their kites, and tweaking them ever so if needed, before the final event started. The climax of the day was the kite flying competition, where prizes were given out for the best kite, the highest flying kite and many other categories. Prizes had been so wonderfully donated by business in and around Hopkins, including Hamanasi. It was a fantastic day, and we cannot wait until next year! Thanks to the Hamanasi #Greenteam for all the help.
“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
On Wednesday 23rd July the Green Team also were able to go to Silk Grass School and hand out 14 backpacks again filled with school supplies and also go to Sittee River School and hand out 15 backpacks filled with school supplies.
The children at Sittee River School very kindly sung for us and showed us their craft projects that use all recycled materials so a great project that fits perfectly into what the Green Team do! Maybe we have a few future Green Team members currently at Sittee River School!
Hamanasi would like to thank our very generous guests for donating some many backpacks and school supplies, we could not keep having these Back To School Fests without all of you. Thank you again.
On Sunday 20th July 2014 Hamanasi’s Green Team held the 2nd Annual Back To School Fest in Hopkins Village. This year we started off by having Ms. Charlotte Garnet very kindly lead all the kids in singing the Belize national anthem to formally open the Fest. Then we had educational talks by special guest speakers.
Ms. Celeshia Guy, Manager of Belize Bird Rescue and Ms. Lauren Whitfield, an intern gave a very informative talk about keeping birds and information about the 9 different parrots that are found in Belize. They made it fun for all and even got audience participation by getting the kids to read out the different types of parrots.
Then Mr. Jamal Galves, a Manatee Research Associate at Sea 2 Shore Alliance/Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute spoke about Manatees that are found in the waters in Belize especially around Hopkins and introduced the kids to a prize wheel where if they answered a question correctly about the information they had just been taught they had a chance to spin the wheel to win a whole host of different prizes.
There was then a safety talk by PC Claudious Cardinez regarding curfew times, reminding kids to not just jump in anyone’s car and also that double ride is actually against the law. After talks from our guest speakers we had 2 talks by our very own Green Team members!
First off we had a CPR demonstration by our newly qualified Emergency First Response Instructor Mr. Martin Carr who taught the kids what to do if they see an accident and how to do CPR until the emergency medical service arrives.
Then Mr. Juan Tun, Hamanasi’s very own green fingered organic gardener, explained to all the kids and parents that growing plants at home is neither hard nor expensive. You can create simple compost using left over food scraps, garden waste and old seaweed washed up on the beach. Also you don’t need to buy expensive plant pots, simply use the inside of a toilet roll to plant seeds and then when the seed has sprouted you can use the remains of a coconut for the plants to continue to grow.
Great information from all our special guest speakers!
After the speakers Hopkins School Principal Ms. Seferina Castillo handed out the backpacks stuffed to the brim with school supplies for the neediest children in Hopkins Village.
In the afternoon all the kids joined in with many games that were held on the beach to win school supply prizes including, three legged race, running race, marble and spoon race and sack race. For those that weren’t feeling so energetic we had a colouring in table for the kids to complete the activity sheet kindly given to all of them by Belize Bird Rescue. At the end of the day all the kids had a great time and every single attendee went home with lots of school supplies donated by Hamanasi’s very kind guests.
“Everyone was so kind and personable! Great Customer Service!”
Pam Swaney, St.Louis, MO
“We are impressed with the eco-friendly efforts and strongly support the mission. Every single person made our honeymoon the trip of a lifetime! Very personal attention and attention to detail throughout resort.”
Luke & Carolyn Head, Charleston, WV
“Keep as is – perfection cannot be messed it.”
Bonnie & Randy Curry, Mision Viejo, CA
“You all are doing a fantastic job. We like very much the personal attentiveness and small groups on tours. Really makes a huge difference.”
Don & Judy Cates, Brunswick, GA
“Can’t improve on perfection!”
Irene Burns, Nokomis, FL
“The staff was very accommodating. Every request was met with the response, “No problem”. Every staff we came in contact with was always smiling and helpful.”
Courtney and John Tatum, St. Palm, CA
“Everything was fantastic! I can’t wait to come back.”
Sam & Christian Johnson, Chicago, IL
“What a beautifully run resort. Very efficient, professional and friendly. Great job to all.”
Tessa Novak and Family,
“Don’t change a thing!”
Sara Hanner, Springfield, OR
“Everyone went out of their way to make our time here enjoyable. We have travelled a lot over the past 30 years and have never had the attention given to us that Hamanasi has done – it is also evident that you give back to the community which means a lot.”
Diane & Henry Ansley, St Simon Island, GR
‘Everyone was fantastic! Super friendly and helpful! Everything was perfect.”
Amanda Schwinkendarf, Val Paraiso, IN
“You guys are the best! You truly made us feel at home away from home!”
Karen Herrington and Family,
“Thanks you for a perfect honeymoon!”
Jennifer & Allista Howlett, Indianapolis, IN
“We had such a wonderful time. Thank you for making the trip of a lifetime! We hope to be back soon.”
Ben & Stephanie Miller, Leawood, KS
“Thank you for the awesome experience. Hamanasi made our annual “sisters-friends” get together a vacation we will never forget. Continue to involve your guests in eco-friendly deeds and efforts to support the community.”
Brenda Richie, Spring Brandy, TX
“If there is any aspect of service that Hamanasi has not thought of – and nearly perfected, I certainly can’t think of it. This has been the trip of a lifetime! Your respect for the environment really shows – BRAVO!”
Charles Huffman, Astoria, NY
“We thoroughly enjoyed our holidays at Hamanasi.”
Susanne & Peter Ditscheid, Germany
“Everyone on staff was very accommodating and friendly. We really could not have asked for a better honeymoon!”
Nick & Andrea McKay, New Gloucester, ME
“This place is amazing!”
Randy & Cheryl Foreman, Las Vegas, NV
“From the composting to the use of wine bottles and toilet paper rolls. It seems like you’ve thought of everything. It’s nice to comet o a resort that is so conscious of water & the environment. It’s rare to find that, but we believe it’s so very important. The entire staff is incredible. Everyone works so hard and it shows.”
Chris Mecklenburg, Fort Collin, CO
“Entire staff/property was outstanding. We really enjoyed out stay. I cannot think of anywhere we’ve received better attention to our every need.”
Wayne & Millie Bechtel, Ridgercrest, CA
“We can’t imagine anyway to improve the service we received at Hamanasi. It was extremely professional and exceeded our expectations.”
Jennifer & Brandon Brown, Austin, TX
“We have been to many resorts from 1975 thur 2014, Hamanasi is the best!
Rich & Dee Thomas, Mayrose, WI
Lee Mann did her third trip to Hamanasi on May and this time she brought some missionary friends along with her. They collected and brought donations for Mrs. Bertie Library and for the Hopkins Health Center. Donation for the library was 24 packbacks with school supplies. The Health Center materials for preventing infection, drapes, gowns, caps, gloves ,antiseptic, suture kits, bandages, tape , IV set up kits. Dr. Valentine, the person in charge was very excited with this donation.
Lee commented “I am happy to be of service to your community. Not only does this fulfill my vows to serve but I feel as if I have a real family at Hamanasi and Hopkins”
“Your commitment to eco-friendly practice is one of the main reasons we decided to come here. Continue to be happy, smile and care about and for each other as team members. Your guests enjoyment, quotient can only keep rising!”
George & Susan Yuhasz, Hot Springs, AR
“The exceptional service was a very big part of what made our honeymoon so special. We can’t imagine any possible way it could be better!”
Kevin & Megan Olson, Eau Claire, WI
“We really had a great time. Sad to leave and can’t wait to come back. Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation!”
Laurie Tyler, Niskayuna, NY
‘This resort is top notch, the customer service is outstanding!”
Grisel & Justin Dennis, Hawaii
“Continue your wonderful hospitality. We don’t want to go home. Our thanks to the wonderful people of Belize!”
Jim & Carson Beckemeyer, Walnut Creek, CA
“It was a vacation of a lifetime.”
Sheri & William Burlingame, Longview, TX
“Keep everything the same! It was perfect.”
Chris Makowski, Coconut Creek, FL
“Somehow continue what you are doing. Somehow all your staff greeted us and mostly by name. This may be the friendliest service experience ever!”
Jon & Nancy Gayle, Caramel Valley, CA
“You did a brilliant job of staff training. We loved the c0nverstaoinal friendliness of all!”
Larry & Laurie Goldman, Irvington, NY
“Don’t change a thing! Will make sure the beauty continue in Belize. Your efforts will surely be embraced by other resorts.”
Trixy & Scott Burgress, Sioux Falls, SD
“It was a great part of this resort! Loved all the effort put into conserving and helping the environment.
Michele Bilodeau and Family, Canada
“We think the service has been outstanding. Every person from top to bottom has gone out of their way to attend to us, check if all is OK, etc. Tip top service.”
Jacqueline & Raul Ardito-Barlettta, Costa de las Perlas, Panama
“Maintain your “family” atmosphere. It is sincere and appreciated and what makes Hamanasi stand apart from other resorts.”
Cherylee Summersides, Ontario, Canada
“Hamanasi has a wonderful staff. They were very friendly and always wanted to assist.”
Victoria & John Anderson, The Woodlands, TX
“All the staff go above and beyond. Very friendly and hospitable creates an awesome atmosphere of hospitality like we have never experienced before. Thank you very much!”
Walter and Joanne Richart, Monatoba, Canada
“Keep up the good work! We love Hamanasi! See you again soon!”
David and Pat Sakowski
“We thought all the staff was professional, courteous, kind, fun, interest and supper efficient.”
Kristin Schardt, Brookline, MA
“Keep the resort small, all staff were so welcoming, knowledgeable and kind.”
Cosimo & Alyssa Pagano, Syracuse, NY
On March 29th, 2014 we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Hopkins Kite Fest. The event start at 10am and there was a kite making workshop for the kids with all school supplies donated by local businesses and community. In the afternoon everyone was flying their home made and shop bought kites. The judging took place between 4-5pm and prizes were given out around 6pm. There were 3 adults prizes, prize for the highest kite and 10 junior prizes. All kids that were there lined up and got school supplies at the end of the day donated by the local businesses and community
Hamanasi Green Team lionfish ceviche went down a storm so much so that we sold out completely, also had organic garden produce, coconuts and fruit squash for sale. We raised over BZ$200 towards our Green Projects. Kudos to the Hamanasi Green Team that donated time out to help at the booth.