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“Absolutely Fantastic Experience!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Hopkins
Certificate of Excellence
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los angeles
1 review
“Absolutely Fantastic Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2007

My husband and I spent our honeymoon touring Belize. We went everywhere! Corazol and Ambergris Caye in the North. San Ignacio in the Cayo.Belize City and then Placenciasin the south and of course Hopkins Village and Hamanasi...Without a doubt- Hamanasi was the highlight of our trip. We had found a bit of heaven in Belize. The music that they play in the lobby and resteraunt always perfect.- We loved it-The infinity pool is fabulous The best diving and snorkeling hands down was down through the Hamanasi dive shop. The food, ambiance in the resteraunt- lovely. Yummiest continental breakfasts ever! Rooms georgous and comfortable. The beach at Hamanasi was the most beautiful we saw in Belize- sandy beach and turqouise water. But the best part of the Hamanasi experience was THE STAFF! We never in all our travels have experienced people like this. We felt like we were royalty and close family friends all at the same time. We were called by our first names by a staff that seemed to make it their job to please us and make our stay unforgettable and you know what..they suceeded! Thanks Hamanasi we'll be back!

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Monroe, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2007

Belize: Hamanasi Resort, Stann Creek, Belize: Magnificent Resort!
Date: June 2007
Reviewer: A TripAdvisor , Monroe, New York
My daughter and myself traveled to Belize to visit my older daughter, who was doing research in nearby Cockscomb at the Jaguar Wildlife Sanctuary. We were looking for a resort that was convenient to this area and read the many reviews on this resort, as well as others. We chose Hamanasi because of the traveler reviews, and I am so happy we did! The resort is located right on the carribean sea with an incredibly friendly, helpful and courteous staff. The rooms are very spacious and nicely decorated. The food is excellent. There are so many different daily excursions you can book through this hotel that even if you are not a scuba diver, which my daughters and myself are not, you will truly have a great vacation. Your requests are handled by the front desk as if you had your own personal concierge. I will definitely return to Hamanasi on my next visit to Belize.

  • Liked — Layout of the resort
  • Disliked — The mosquitoes (Bring deet)
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank laetus
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WI
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2007

My husband and I stayed at Hamanasi at the end of July 2007. We not only stayed here, but also had our wedding and honeymoon and it was perfect. We stayed in the treehouse....wow. The resort exceded even our highest expectations. The staff was extremely friendly. They had the wedding set up on the beach and it was beautiful. The staff set up all of our activities for us. We went cave tubing and ziplining one day and the mayflower waterfall hike another. The activities were everything we expected and more. The activities were sometimes a long drive to get to, but it didn't matter because the drivers for the resort knew everything about the area and pointed out interesting things the whole drive....it was a beautiful drive and beautiful scenery in general. The room was great. We had stayed in a resort on Ambergris Caye the week before and that was ok, but Hamanasi was...WOW. Very Nice. The food was great. Every night we came back from dinner, our room had been cleaned up and we had fresh flowers on the bed.
I wouldn't hesitate to suggest Hamanasi to anyone. If you want a nice laid back experience...I HIGHLY suggest Hamanasi.

  • Liked — Very friendly staff.
  • Disliked — I loved it all.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WiBedhead
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atlanta georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2007

Hamanasi was a wonderful place to stay. It was very beautiful and very clean. The staff is wonderful and more than willing to help with anything you need. The food was great and changed every day. There are lots of things to do from scuba diving to jungle hikes, truly a trip for the whole family or just a get away from your normal life for a while. I would recomend this spot to anyone and hope to revisit sometime in the future.

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed July 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 911gt198
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Salem, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2007

My husband and I traveled to Hamanasi to celebrate his 4oth birthday. What a perfect spot! Hamanasi has mastered the art of understated elegance. Everything from the grounds and rooms to the food and service. Everything was absolutely gorgeous, yet so laid back, friendly and comfortable.
Hamanasi is a small, quiet resort with the most friendly staff we've encountered. No matter what area they worked in, the staff made an effort to learn our names, and then use them! Whether we were eating breakfast, out diving, having a drink at the bar, or just walking through, there was always a smiling face to greet us and ask how we were doing. We sincerely felt we had Belizean friends by the time we left.
We stayed in one of the beautiful treehouses, and couldn't believe the privacy - we had our own path through the jungle which made every walk back feel like an adventure.
We did a reef/jungle package which included 3 meals each day. The food was amazing. Breakfast was continental, and for Lunch and Dinner you ordered off a menu. We found the dishes to be interesting, flavorful and completely filling. There was a carrot- ginger soup one night that blew us away.
With our package we went diving almost every day, and to the Mayan ruins one day. The diving was incredibly convenient - all we had to do was walk straight out from breakfast to the dock where the boats were waiting. We saw tons of eagle rays, turtles, eels, lobster and great healthy reefs. The dive masters were fun, informed, and felt very safe. We can't wait to plan a trip back when the whale sharks are around!
Our inland adventure to the ruins was another great day. The van was comfortable with a great guide giving us information along the way. When we got there, there was a 2nd guide that knew all about the ruins and was very informative. A fun thing about the resort being so small, you also get to know the other guests. You see them at the resort, and then get to know them on all of the different adventures - we met very fun, interesting people from all over the world.
We were a little nervous about it being the rainy season, but it was lovely. We had some heavy rain at night, but beautiful sunny weather during the day. A nice breeze made the temperature perfect.
Hamanasi felt like the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. The excursions typically took place in the morning, and we would come back, have lunch and then lounge with books on the beach or by the pool. It was absolute paradise and we can't wait to return!
Thank you!
Meika and Vince Koletar

  • Liked — Beautiful accomodations, friendly staff, great diving.
  • Disliked — We loved it all!
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Maggie1234
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Atlanta
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2007

My wife and I went to the Hamanasi with my parents and sister as a family vacation. We had an absolutely wonderful time there. We were stunned by how nice and helpful everyone there was! All staff were very friendly and made a point to remember your names. They were always genuinely willing to help.

We were a bit concerned before leaving as my wife was 3 months pregnant at the time of the trip. She couldn't do a lot of the adventures and was worried the trip may not be so fun. Once we got there that worry was put to rest. She had a great trip and had plenty to do (or nothing, and just relax!). All the water is filtered, even the ice cubes! They even put a water cooler in the rooms with filtered water. The food was excellent, and there was a new menu every night. There was always a choice to satisfy everyone. 1-2 meat entrees, a vegetarian entree, and usually 1-2 seafood entres. Deserts were great as well.

All in all, this is one of the best resorts we've ever stayed at. The staff really go above and beyond to make sure your trip is just how you want it.

  • Liked — The people!
  • Disliked — No shore diving like some other Caribbean resorts.
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank DanT_GT
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Virginia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2007

Hamanasi is a very beautiful resort that is well maintained, and has plenty of staff. Unfortunately for us, the staff was not very helpful. They did not give out information very easily, you had to ask for it. So, if you didn't know the correct questions to ask, you were out of luck. My wife is a vegetarian, and the options for food for her to eat were slim and none. I eat meat, and I was disappointed with the food they had to offer. We walked down the beach to "Belizean Dreams", and had two wonderful meals.

There were a lot of problems with Hamansi itself. Their tours are wonderful, as well as their facilities. But outside of that, I would avoid it, and go to Belizean Dreams or Jaguar Reef.

  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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15 Thank blockthatkick
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HamanasiTeam, Owner at Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, responded to this review, 8 February 2008
We were very dismayed to read this review and would like to apologize to blockthatkick and his wife for the poor service they received. All staff, including our guest services manager, that interacted with this couple was interviewed about their interaction with them and none of them recall (or admit to) the couple explaining any problems or having special requests. We pride ourselves on delivering on special requests! We had three other vegetarians in house during the same week and they all reported on their guest comment forms that we did great job of providing them excellent vegetarian food and options. We take feedback very seriously and really can not figure out how we did such a poor job of satisfying this guests needs. This couple received a personal apology from our staff and were offered compensation on the meals they purchased from us. If you are a future guest of Hamanasi please do not hesitate to ask us ahead of time about any requests you might have and let us know when you visit how we are doing during your stay!

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Property: Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort
Address: Hopkins/Sittee River Road | Hopkins Village, Hopkins, Belize
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Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Hopkins
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hopkins
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Hopkins
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Hopkins
#1 Green Hotel in Hopkins
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 23
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 
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Hamanasi Adventure And Dive Resort Belize/Hopkins

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