We don't get many vacations with our work schedule (even fewer now with a 2-year old!) so we research our trips diligently ahead of time...and Hamanasi lived up to our high expectations, and then some. As the name suggests, this is really a place for people who enjoy being active. The resort is well positioned to enjoy both water and jungle/inland activities. We found the excursions to be top-notch.
A few details of the ones we went on:
River Kayaking - an easy and great way to see a lazy jungle river, as it winds its way towards the sea. It is not physically challenging, just a laid back way to spend a few hours and see the beautiful tree-lined river, as well as lots of birds, iguanas and other wildlife.
Snorkeling - we loved this...the best snorkeling you could ask for. We saw a spotted eagle ray, nurse sharks, barracuda, sting ray and thousands of reef fish...all punctuated by a fun stop-over on a beautiful island.
Jaguar Reserve hike - this was really more of a birding tour - that is really the main thing to see here in the daytime, it seems. The hiking is mostly flat, with some elevation change as you near an amazing waterfall. Taking a dip in this secluded pool and swimming behind a pristine waterfall was the highlight of our trip.
Besides excursions, this is a great place to relax. If you have a day with no activity planned, you really have the resort to yourself. It was amazing - like having your own private pool and beach during the day since there is almost no one else around. The service, as noted in other reviews, is excellent. The food is good but I would not say you come here for the food. There is some construction going on as they expand the main house, but we didn't seem to notice it since it was discreet, and most people are on excursions during the hours there would be work.
One of my favorite memories was strolling down the beach and settling in to one of the several hammocks stretched between two palm trees - with nothing to hear besides the waves and the breeze. If you go to Hamanasi, do this and you won't regret it.
We stayed in a beachside unit and didn't wish to be anywhere else.
- 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