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1) Take 5 minutes and read my lengthy (and likely boring) review and then book your trip.
2) Save some time and just book your trip.
You will not regret it...
We are just back from our first visit to Belize and the Hamanasi, and I have been struggling to find the just the right words to describe our experience. Unfortunately, I have realized that it is near impossible to describe the most magical, peaceful and rejuvenating vacation of our lives!
I will preface by saying that the resort is not for everyone. There are no TVs, no late-night entertainment, no all-day buffets or over processed food, no lines at the bar. There is just a tiny slice of heaven. A slice that I am eager to protect and preserve, although I know it is only fair of me to SHARE with the world, and ensure that Hamanasi continues to be greeted by many special guests.
I will echo what every review here says: the staff. It is the unbelievably genuine and endearing staff who make this place shine. From the moment you arrive they will know your name, anticipate your every want and desire, and truly take it upon themselves, individually, to ensure they provide you with the best possible experience. They are filled with great pride for the resort and Belize, and it makes you feel honored to just be a part of it.
We stayed in the Honyemoon Suite #10 and it was perfect. You could see and hear the ocean from the hammock on the porch! I am sure the tree houses are amazing as well, but we found being close to the main building, pool, and dive boat suited us best.
We got the Reef and Rainforest package and ended up diving the majority of the time but also went on the Mayan Ruins tour. Our Ruins guide, Pedro, was exceptional--professional, knowledgeable, funny and flexible! He allowed us to veer off course on the way back to visit Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce factory--a must if you are a spice fanatic. Diving was extraordinary! You never touch or think about your gear--it is waiting on the boat each morning, and is taken off each night. The dive staff--especially Martin Carr, C-Dog, and Charles, are all phenomenal. They are very knowledgeable and great at pointing out different sea life. The highlight of our entire trip happened underwater on our last dive the day before we left. At 40 feet we saw 2 dolphins swim up to the group pause for a while and swim on. We also saw nurse sharks, brown-spotted eagle rays, sea turtle, lobsters, eels, trumpet fish, baracuda, spotted drum fish, and more! Even with less than perfect visibility (it had rained a lot prior to our trip) the diving was unbelievable. During your surface interval they take you to a remote island and serve cookies, juice, fresh cut pineapple and watermelon. Who knew being adventurous could be so luxurious!
The best part about Hamanasi is their commitment to the environment and their community. They make every effort to ensure we are treading lightly upon this earth--even while having a GREAT time. Reusable containers were used for toiletries, water bottles were provided for your use during your stay, versus plastic water bottles, food was grown locally and in some cases even on site. They partner with a local Humane Society and other community organizations, and I have already tried to convince my husband that our next pet will come from Belize. Regardless, I will be shipping a box of supplies their way!
And here's the thing...if you go on your honeymoon and come back excited to ship pet supplies to a foreign country, you KNOW that there has been a huge impact. That's what Hamanasi does, it makes a huge impact. Bonus--they also make killer pina coladas (thanks Mark!) and other tropical drinks.
If you are still reading, please stop and go book your trip...
- 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