“Deirdre Drama Classes”


Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas, one of our repeat guests visited us for the second time in October 2012.  Deirdre volunteered time from her Hamanasi vacation to mentor the Grade V school children of The Holy Family Hopkins School with Drama classes. Deirdre is presently Production Operations Manager and a Teaching Artist with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Deirdre has directed over 75 plays, musicals and operas for both adults and young people.

The children were exited throughout the sessions along with their Language Arts teacher Mr. Troy Coleman.   The participation of the class was incredible, filled with lots questions and laughter.   At the end of the 3 days session, the children were given a certificate of participation and some yummy snacks for the Hamanasi kitchen.



“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. 

“Giant Stride For C-Dog”

While we were closed in September for yearly renovations, Dive Master Shawn Lozano better known as “C-Dog” took time out of his vacation to go to Honduras and attend the PADI Instructor Development Course with Utila Divers. The course is run by Andy Phillips and it took two weeks to complete. It  entailed long days of class and water works culminating  in a two day exam which he sailed thru. C-Dog has now join the ranks of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and he is very enthusiastic for this coming season as a Hamanasi Instructor. He is looking forward to creating fantastic new divers and impart his knowledge of the marine environment with his new students.  Hamanasi is very proud of his efforts and wishes him the best of luck!

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ September 2012″

Below is a selection of comments from guests at Hamanasi this September. From the Hamanasi staff to all of our guests this past month, Thank you for coming. We hope you had a great time, and we can’t wait to have you back!

“I have travelled many places in my life and this is by far one of the most fabulous boutique resorts I have stayed at.”

Maureen Evaskevich, Alberta, Canada

“Our stay has been absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for all your eco friendly efforts.”

Marsha McArthur, Parker, CO

“Don’t grow too much and too fast to lose that venture one on one service attitude, that personal by name friendship your staff builds is perfect. We’ve spend many vacations in the tropics over the years and I wish we’d have found Hamanasi sooner.”

David & Pam Metzger, Amherst, OH

“What a welcome change to stay with a family who cares so much about leaving as little negative impact as possible.”

Jana & William Sprayberry, Boerne, TX

“Continue doing what you do. You’ve got it down right!”

William Roell and Family, Waynesville, MO



“Belize National Service Day”

“Beautification Project in Hopkins Village for National Service Day”                  

To commemorate the life, work, dedication and service of late Hon George Cadle Price, the Hamanasi Green Team (HGT) was involved in a beautification project at Holy Family RC School in Hopkins Village on September 19, 2012.

In reference, the Right Honorable George Cadle Price, was born on January 15, 1919 at the Price Family Home at number 3 Pickstock Street in Belize City which was to remain his home until his death on 19 September 2011 – three day’s short of the 30th Anniversary of Belize’s Independence – his crowning achievement. Mr. Price is one of the founders of the People’s United Party and the architect of the country’s independence, and is referred to as the Father of the Nation (Dr. John Waight, George Price Eulogy).

Before noon, the HGT planted over 225 plants which included 177 coconuts, 6 palms, 6 Hamans and 36 crotons around the library, old school ground, park and Holly Family School. The zealous, determined, nature loving and community centered team was able to attain success with the assistance of the principal, students and volunteers from the village, including the village chairman.

“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


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!