We wanted to book a dive trip to Belize for the start of summer vacation. We had booked well in advance to another resort but one month before we were to leave our reservations were cancelled due to an unforeseen event at the resort. We madly scrambled to find another resort that had availability and luckily stumbled upon Hamanasi.
We flew into Dangriga Airport one day after some low lying flooding. The fact that some of the roads to the resort still were underwater resulted in the resort not being able to send their driver or van out to pick us up. Instead we were met at the airport by a local taxi driver. He was there waiting for us, we did not have to wait for him.
We were greeted warmly upon our arrival at the resort by Jan Neel. She personally showed us to our rooms and made sure we were comfortable.
My sister and her husband had a beachfront room. It was clean and nicely decorated. It was in a nice location to the pool and dining area. Our room was the newest tree house. We had to walk a nice lighted path through the "jungle" to get to it. It was constructed of beautiful hardwoods and had a territorial view of the tree tops. Extremely clean and beautifully decorated.
The sign ups for our excursions were at the front desk. Here we met Stephanie and Lionel. They are both very friendly and helpful. Stephanie has such a wonderful sense of humor and made sure things happened for us.
The dive crew were also very friendly and helpful. Sea Dog in particular was a fantastic dive guide, making sure that we saw as much sea life as he could find. The water was pretty rough while we were there but the visibility was still good.
If you get a chance while there, take in the ATM cave. It's a bit of an effort to hike it but well worth it.
Also, try and get into Hopkins Village and watch the drummers. Wow! They are amazing. The locals are friendly and gladly return a smile.
Overall, the food was good, staff was pleasant and helpful, grounds were well maintained. We look forward to going back someday.
- 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