My husband and I could not have found a more perfect location for our honeymoon. We wanted a place that offered both relaxation (for me) and plenty of activities (for him). Hamanasi had both, and with all the great reviews on Trip Advisor we made our reservations. And what a great choice we made!
We live in the DC Metro area, so a flight to Belize only took us 4 hours and then a 20 minute flight to Hopkins (which was much better than what it would have taken us to get to Hawaii as we originally considered). From there, Golden was waiting there for us and it was a quick 30 minute drive to the resort. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by Stephanie and had a drink in our hand from King. It was instant relaxation and the people and service are better than anywhere you will ever go. Not only do they know you by name, but you will know them too. I don’t think I can even put in words how phenomenal the service and staff are.
We spent 10 days at the resort and got a plenty of relaxation as well as activities in. And the weather was absolutely gorgeous-hot and sunny! (we were there at the end of May). The pool is awesome and a great place to have a drink, read, and relax. And you can’t ask for a better view looking out to the ocean. My husband liked spending time down on the pier where there is a nice breeze. As for activities, we went snorkeling and my husband did the Discovery Scuba for his first time diving, the ATM cave (this is a MUST and probably the best adventure out of all them), zip-lining and caving at Back-a-bush, kayaking, went to Tikal to see the Mayan ruins (makes for a long day of traveling but totally worth it), couples massage, and the waterfall hike (a tough climb but worth it just to swim in the natural pull and for the view up top). All of the guides we had were great as well and it’s amazing how much they know. As for nightlife, there really isn’t much of one, but that was not a problem. For the most part, we hung out by the bar after dinner and hung out with King. One night we did head into Hopkins for a night out with the locals and that was a great time as well.
We chose to stay in the tree house, which was amazing. The room was clean and spacious. It has a great deck with a hammock to relax in. Shower is nice and big. Bed is comfortable. We also got a floral turn-down every night. There is no TV or internet available (however, there is a community computer in the main resort area) but you won't even miss it at all. We did request to have an IPOD docking station in our room and that was nice as we were getting ready for dinner. The food is great and such a good variety. There was enough breakfast selection, and the fresh fruit and orange juice is amazing. Lunches are good and a perfect portion. And dinner was fantastic and great selections every night, including the seafood. My husband is the pickiest person I know (a meat and potatoes type of guy). But the Hamanasi staff did everything to accommodate him. Even if there was something he did not like on the menu, they went out of their way to either whip him up a pasta dish or a steak for the night.
This by far was our best vacation ever and we are definitely going to plan a trip back there once we get our scuba license! Everything from the service, the accommodations, the food, the activities are all top notch. And like everyone else, the only downfall to this area are the bugs-take bug spray! You will not have any regrets with this place.
ps. Take a few good books with you and relax!
- 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