This review is a little late...We traveled to Belize in December and went for the diving. I had seen the ads for Hamanasi in all the dive magazines and the "Reef and Rainforest" Pacakge caught my attention. Some great, some mediocre reviews...
Great- rooms- very pretty, each with own deck, clean, large, georgeous 4poster mahagony bed, a safe is in the room, too.
Dining- spectacular- alwasy a treat- never boring dinners- lunches got old- but they were still good- I guess we just got spoiled getting to look at a new meun every night for dinner! I hope they haven't taken the orange pound cake off the menu! It's simple but perfect.
At the end of the boat dock there are 2 hammocks- perfect for just being...
Staff- great- very polite- learned names, which at first I thought strange but heck, it's small and you're spending a week with these people- it's fun to get to know them!
Dive Staff- very helpful- you didn't have to lift a finger getting your gear to/from the boat.
Giftshop- who would think this is somethign to write home about but it is...they had a lot of handicrafts- pottery, wood carvings, art work..we bought it all! Be sure to get the "bar game"...just ask.
Notes for divers: The house reef gets old, real quick. They say they'll take out dive boats to Glovers, Blue Hole, etc. but we had to convice all the other divers there to sign up (extra $100pp) so we could go dive the good stuff. It's about an hour and 20 minutes out to Glovers but it is SO worth the extra money and time. I wish we had been able to go to Blue Hole but apparently there were not as many avid divers there to warrant the trips. Oh well, another time.
Location: remember this is a 3rd world country....so venturing away from the resort into town, well there is not much. Plan to stay put unless on one of the guided trips.
Noseeums: Bring lots of bug spray- better safe than sorry. Weather changed on us one day, and the noseeums just about ate me alive. Seriously. Of course if you forget it, the gift shop has some deep-woodsOff and some cortizone...we bought that too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the best of Belize on and offshore! Hamanasi is a secluded, casually elegant eco-resort. Unwind in spacious tree houses, beach front rooms and suites with AC, private porches and gorgeous hardwood furnishings. On property has a full service restaurant, bar, pool, lush gardens and a Gold Palm 5 star PADI dive facility. Onshore, explore Mayan ruins, Jaguar Preserve, caves, jungle rivers and rain forest waterfalls. All inclusive packages, Honeymoon and romance packages available. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hamanasi Adventure And Dive Hotel Hopkins
- Hamanasi Adventure And Dive Resort Belize/Hopkins