Hamanasi is a special place. It is very small (23 rooms) and intimate, but exceptionally well run. If you are a diver or love the outdoors and are looking for a place with elegant, comfortable rooms, great local cuisine, exceptional service and a real commitment to excellence, this is your place.
Before going into the main review, I would like to say a word or two about the dive operations. They are wonderful. The staff is the most professional staff I have ever had a chance to dive with in about 200 dives. The sites are very good and the critters were cool. There is an outstanding commitment to service AND safety and I felt that everyone was under an extremely watchful eye, while maintaining an atmosphere of informality and fun.
The resort is located in Hopkins, Belize. Belize is a short flight from Miami and surprisingly easy to access (1:30). Hopkins is a 20 minute flight on a small plane, which the hotel arranges. Everything ran on time and flawlessly.
On arrival, we walked through a beautiful garden and were greeted with a welcome drink and briefed thoroughly and professionally on the resort. We were taken to our "Treehouse" room, which was large, elegant, immaculate and private. The flowers on the bed were an elegant and intimate touch. After settling in, we went to the bar for happy hour (don't miss). By your second visit, King (bartender) will know your name and what you want. It seemed that everyone at Hamanasi knew our names by the end of the first day and the staff is excellent and highly trained. They have a wonderful service ethic.
We changed rooms and stayed in the beachfront area (previously arranged - no problem), as well. These rooms were spacious, elegant and tastefully furnished. It's a matter of taste as to which is better. They are both great. Note that the rooms were invariably immaculate. Housekeeping does a superb job.
Meals are homemade of local, organic ingredients. The menus are elegant and imaginative. It is great to sit on the porch, with silver and white tablecloths for a meal at Hamansi.
An unexpected pleasure at Hamansi is the other guests. We met some genuinely amazing people. Warm, smart and interesting, from around the country and the world. I would not be surprised if we develop lifelong friendships from this visit.
I have mentioned the diving, which is outstanding, but there is more to do than that. We did one caving expedition and some guests did other things (there is a variety) and some did nothing but enjoy the property and the beach. It all works.
There are so many places in the world to visit that I typically don't plan to return anywhere, no matter how good it is. I'll make an exception for Hamanasi. It is so good that I plan to return many times over the years.
- 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