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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Hopkins
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 20, 2008

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.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 13, 2008

My wife and I spent a week at Hamanasi and were absolutely delighted with the experience. The quality of the room and the food was excellent. The staff was unfailingly helpful and friendly without ever hovering. The snorkeling trips were excellent -- lots to see. We especially ernjoyed being able to independently take bicycles and explore the local area as well as launch kayaks from the beach and explore up and down the coast on our own. We also did a one day trip into the interior to the ATM cave. The ATM cave was used by the Maya for human sacrifice and the conbination of natural beauty and rare artifacts is amazing. Its a strenuous day but an unforgettable experience.

We also took a couple of days off and did nothing -- Hamansi is a great place for reading a book.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2008

What a wonderful experience! We're a couple with a 15 year old son and 12 year old daughter from the suburbs of NY and extremely fastidious. We were very pleasantly surprised. Upon arriving at the resort, we were immediately struck by the beauty of the grounds, replete with orchids and other local flora. It was breathtaking. Our treehouse was spacious, comfortable and immaculate. The resort offered something for everyone: there were hammocks galore for relaxation and reading; a beautiful and refreshing swimming pool, particularly inviting at night with dim lights under a clear sky and stars; invigorating jungle and waterfall hikes arranged by the resort; and fun and informative snorkeing expeditions. The food was excellent - the continental breakfast was far more extensive than is typical in the states - not only freshly baked breads (what a variety of breads - banana, carrot, zucchini), but also fruits, meats, eggs were included. We often skipped lunch or ate outside the resort. Dinner choices were creative and delicious. We were close enough to walk/bike-ride/golf-cart to town for a half day mini-adventure of souvenir shopping/lunch. We highly recommend off-site ATVing and cave tubing tours provided by CAVE-TUBING.COM, and zip-lining, all of which the resort kindly arranged. All of the staff members were incredibly polite, knowledgeable, helpful, professional and accommodating without being ingratiating - clearly 5-star caliber. The only drawback, asour family enjoys many sports, is that we would have liked to have some sports or evening activities such as volleyball, basketball, tennis, ping-pong, or billards available. Management has indicated it will consider this suggestion. Overall, however, Hamanasi was a terrific resort we would highly recommend without reservation.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 8, 2008

Great adventures. Daily dinner menu changes. Specials. Terrific staff: Stephanie, Patricia, Golden, Heartfield, Sea Dog, Mags, Oliver, Lionel, King, etc. etc. etc.

Rooms were very comfortable. Meals were excellent. Great variety. Excellent deserts and specials. Emphasis is on diving which was terrific but land adventures were great too.

We couldn't be happier. Complimentary internet and computer for emails, etc.

Best part: we met terrific fellow adventurers from all over the states and Canada. Many we will be adventuring again with.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank SantaCruzTom
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Reviewed September 8, 2008

The 5 star service, fun, and food never stopped 8 days wasnt enough. You really cant make it any better.



katie and ron

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank captbella
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Reviewed September 6, 2008

If you want to see Belize- see it through the eyes of Hamanasi. There's not going to be another experience to even compare it to I can guarantee it. Believe me when I say that you will not meet a more friendly or accommodating staff anywhere else. Hamanasi has the edge and style of a five star hotel with the comfort and hospitality of a southern bed and breakfast.

The list goes on. The tours they provide are endless. They make it simple and quaint. There is no feeling of overstuffed tourists in a bus or difficulty getting anywhere you want to go. Adventure seems to be Hamanasi's middle name. I went to the ATM caves, night walk in the cockscombs, monkey river, cave tubing... Truly some of the best experiences of my life. I have traveled all over the world and never had experiences so interesting or beautiful.

Lastly, get ready to be happy if you are vegetarian or vegan. I am vegan and could not go on enough about how impressed I was. I am talking fresh baked bread, soups, numerous appetizers daily, many dinner selections, homemade veggie burgers for lunch, desserts, breakfast cakes... ALL VEGAN. I planned on getting by with rice and beans for a week and left totally amazed. When I said hospitable, I was not joking. Hamanasi goes above and beyond to please their guests.

You will not be disappointed.

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed September 5, 2008

Wow, what a delightful resort in such a beautiful setting. My husband and I have traveled the world and I must say this resort is one of the tops in our favorite places to stay. The staff was warm and welcoming remembering our first name from the moment we checked in. The beach room we had was much larger than expected and very comfortable. The view from our porch was fantastic and the sound of the waves at night extremely relaxing.

The resort offers a great variety of activites for every level of interest including just lounging by the pool or on the beach with beverage service.

We had the continental breakfast each morning and the selection of foods offered was incredible. Everything from fresh fruit and juices to meats, cheeses, eggs and breads. We did not eat all meals at the restaurant but those that we had were supurb. The different menu each night was a refreshing change from the usual fare of most eating establishments.

We are already looking forward to our next trip to Belize and our vacation at the lovely Hamanasi Resort.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

Address: Hopkins/Sittee River Road | Hopkins Village, Hopkins, Belize
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Location: 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 On the Beach Hotel in Hopkins
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Hopkins
#1 Family Hotel in Hopkins
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hopkins
#1 Green Hotel in Hopkins
Price Range: $170 - $320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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