We found the Hamanasi resort to be very friendly and accomodating. We spent several days in the Cayo district beforehand visiting Mayan ruins and participating in other activities like cave tubing. We would highly recommend this arrangement so that the time at Hamanasi can be spent relaxing. Its location is not the best for these Mayan site adventures (a long 3 hr drive on bad roads each way). The snorkeling and diving are top notch at Hamanasi! We are not divers but would suggest that you consider getting certified beforehand or at the hotel (if you are at all inclined). The guides are amazing...snorkeling along with you and pointing out all sorts of wonders you would never see on your own. The snorkeling trip consists of 2 or 3 explorations before heading back to shore (20min boat ride - they have 2 of their own boats onsite). The pool area is gorgeous but this is not really the place for relaxing by the pool all day and ordering food/drinks (like at a big resort). Hamanasi life is more geared to daily activities that usually finish by 1pm, just in time for lunch on the porch. The afternoon can be spent by the pool, riding bikes into Hopkins or perhaps a canoe trip up the river. Happy Hour (try the Belizean Sunset!) is fun but you do have to make some effort to meet other guests. The guests range in age from mid-20s to mid-60s...some are on their honeymoon, others are in groups of married couples. Not very many kids. Dinner is served with reservations every 1/2 hour. The food is good (choice of 3 or 4 main courses) but not the most amazing part of the hotel. The treehouses are very nice...almost too large (with an entire kitchen that you will never use). There are no TVs or phones. US cell phones do not work here. The locals are very friendly and eager to please...we felt completely safe (Hopkins has no crime). The beach area is clean, but again, this resort is more of a place to spend your day out on the gorgeous water!
- 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