“Andrew’s Growing Bud”

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!

“2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’s Choice Awards”

Trip Advisor ~ World’s most trusted travel advise announced the winners of  its 2012 Travelers’ Choice® awards.

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.

 

 

 

 

“Gift given to the Hopkins Softball team”

Thanks to all our guests that continue to support and make donations for the people of Hopkins.

Sr. Don Lopez is part of the Hamanasi family and has been diving with us for the past 6 years.  He was here with us in June 2011 and stayed at All Seasons Guest house for over a month and he dove with us every day.  He would not miss out a chance to go diving for anything in this world.

On his last visit he brought some softball sport equipment and donated it to the Hopkins softball team and surely took some time off to give the girls from the team some few helpful tips.    Lopez charisma and good sense of humor always brings a smile to your face and the people of Hopkins have come to love him and do look forward to his yearly visits.

Don, we miss you and we can’t wait to have you back with us in 2012!  

 

“Hamanasi Resort Father’s Day Dinner Menu 2011″

Flamboyant flowers

Photo by John and Addy Bourne

Happy Father’s Day

Sunday, June 19th 2011

 

Appetizers Choice of

Mango Bread

Half & Half Soup

Of beets and baby pumpkin kissed with sour cream served with grilled crostini

Pitaya Tartare Salad

Made of in season pitahi, pineapple and crisp cucumbers folded with cilantro vinaigrette

Fish Cakes

With roasted sweet pepper mayonnaise

Entrees

Green Plantain Tapas

Fried mashed green plantain topped with diced vegetables and bleu cheese, served with a black bean sweet corn chutney

 

Curry Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin rubbed with curry spices, oven roasted and deglazed with guava jelly topped with pineapple salsa served along side gratin herbed coco

 

Blackened Lime Chicken

Tender blackened lime chicken breast pan cooked and served with sun-dried-tomato-basil pesto linguini

 

White Wine & Capers Grilled Snapper

Grilled fillet of red snapper drizzled with white wine-capers-butter sauce, served with a fruity petite green salad

 

Land & Sea

Grilled beef tenderloin steak spiked with garlic-orange reduction served with grilled lobster tail with roasted herbed potato and sautéed vegetable

 

 

Dessert Special

Banana cupcakes topped with fluffy peanut butter buttercream, caramelized bananas and garnished with crispy bacon

 

“With new water bottles, Hamanasi Resort uses less plastic”

John McConnell, founder of International Earth Day stated, “Let every individual and institution now think and act as responsible trustees of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure.”  Consider:

¨     Nearly 90 % of plastic bottles go un-recycled and end up in the sea.

¨     Plastics are purely synthetic.  They are not found in nature.

¨     Avid recyclers can still go greener by giving up plastic bottles entirely.

In its quest to be ever more sustainable, Hamanasi is starting the month of April 2011 on a greener foot.  Each Hamanasi guest will be given a refillable stainless steel water bottle to use during his stay and take home as a souvenir. Throughout the resort, in every room and on tours purified water is available to refill water bottles.  Please be sure to bring your bottle with you on tours! Pedro and Toby ready to go on the Mayflower hike with new stainless steel Hamanasi water bottles

We hope you will enjoy using your Hamanasi water bottle while in Belize and at home.  All of us at Hamansi– including you! — are working together for a better, eco-friendly environment!

“Inspiring experience for our future Hopkins kids”

One of the most popular inventors of the United States, and a frequent guest of Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort; Eric Knight visited the Holy Family school in Hopkins on February 1st, 2011 to talk about inventions with the students of Standard XI.

Mr. Knight displayed a variety of his inventions.  He also talked with the students about rockets, as well as his latest book:  The New Race to Space.

“The students were amazing,” Mr. Knight said. “They were quite knowledgeable about scientific breakthroughs around the world.  We even talked about high-speed trains, electric cars, even a newly developed flying car.  We also discussed the Space Shuttle and the future of space travel.”

Mr. Knight continued, “These mostly 12-year-old students were talented and engaging.  It’s clear that many of the leaders of Belize tomorrow are right here in Hopkins today.”

Hamanasi would like to thank Eric and his wife Elsie for taking time out of their vacation to share their passion for inventions with our children.  We look forward to hearing all updates on their new inventions and having them back with us again in 2012.

“Evening time Folklore by Mercy Sabal”

“The month of November is now gone and with it the legends of Las Animas or the spirits of the deceased. But these are not all the ghost stories. Still there is the ever-popular El Sisimito, who was very common twenty-five years ago.

El Sisimito was characterized as a very short but very strong man that was hairy and looked like a gorilla. El Sisimito was said to have his feet backwards. In other words, his heels were at the front and the toes at the back. Therefore whenever you saw his footprints, if it looked like they were going north or away from you, indeed he was heading south and towards you. His feet were quite large for his size and his toes were spread out. Neither did he have a knee, so his movements were quite awkward.

El Sisimito
(Illustration from Characters and
Caricatures in Belizean Folklore)

The Sisimito ate fruits and leaves, but his preference was meat. When he feasted on human beings, he tore the body into several small pieces and devoured it hungrily. The Sisimito was not at all friendly with humans so humans were very much afraid of him. There were only two things the Sisimito was afraid of- water and dogs. And there was the trick. Whenever in the bush, 25 years ago, people made sure they were close enough to the river so that if the Sisimito surprised them, they would quickly jump into the water and the Sisimito would not dare get in to catch them. Others made sure they always carried a dog with them into the bush and the dog’s barking would scare the Sisimito.

It was said that if a man looked straight into the Sisimito’s eyes, he usually died within a month. However, if a woman looked into his eyes her life was prolonged as a result of that.

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“So,  you cannot say that you were not warned.” says Mercy.  She had a very attentive audience that were thrilled to hear the Belizean Folklore.  Her poise and mannerism made for a good show with the children.  Ms. Mercy,  although not from Hopkins is a traditional Garifuna woman with  a talent to tell Belizean Folklore whether in Spanish, Creole or Garifuna with a lasting expression that will dwell in your  minds.

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“2010 Christmas Eve Cookie Buffet”

cookie cookie Hamanasi indulged all guests in a galore of sweet treats this evening on our Christmas Cookie Buffet.  We had scrumptious treats like  Glazed Holiday Sprinkle Doughnuts, Gingerbread Man Cookies, Toasted Sesame Seed Fudge, Coconut Cupcake w/cream cheese frosting, Pumpkin Spice Cupcake w/pumpkin butter cream and Chocolate Ganache Filled Cupcake.   To top it all off we had Hamanasi very own dulcet eggnog receipt on the buffet table chilled and ready to serve.

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“Hamanasi Garifuna Dinner Specials”

Garifuna Specials of the Night

Bread: Coconut Milk Bread

Darasa: Green banana mashed and steamed in plantain leaf, served with spicy tomato sauce

Conch Fritters: Fresh local conch morsels lightly pounded and folded in seasoned flour batter with fresh herbs served with house tartar sauce

Main Course: “Sere with Hudut”

Rich coconut milk base soup cooked with snapper fillet & served with mashed green plantain

Dessert: ‘Cassava Plastic Cake’

Rich flourless cassava plastic cake made with cassava root, coconut milk, brown sugar and spices

“Hamanasi assists in Hurricane Richard relief efforts”

In an effort to help those most affected by Hurricane Richard,  Hamanasi Resort sent clothing, cleaning supplies, school supplies and basic food needs for over 70 people  of Hattiville village and Belize City.  Hamanasi was fortunate to have been unaffected by the hurricane, so helping our fellow communities in a time of need was a wonderful mission.  Special thanks to Mrs.  Audrey MaCauley from our accounts department and Ms.  Gilda Eligio from our reservation department and everyone else who contributed to the restoration efforts.