Hamanasi Eco resort in exotic Belize is in a prime location on the picture perfect sandy beach of the Hopkins village area, half way down the country’s coastline.
The hotel, although owned by Americans, is all about preserving the environment of this paradise destination. Celebrating its 16th birthday this year, this beautiful high end resort is still expanding with plans for new deluxe rooms to be built. The gorgeous two bedroom suite we stayed in had a beach and pool view, and a hammock on the porch shaded by the jungle trees.
|Beach house bunk up|
The rooms are luxurious with tiled bathrooms, eco products and colourful artwork. There were flowers petals on the bed and a personal welcome message written on a tree leaf – perfectly charming!
|Tropical dreams await!|
Although the hotel is a peaceful tropical haven, guests are encouraged to explore all the wonders of the coast, countryside and culture this little gem of a country has to offer.
|Welcome to Hamanasi|
Hamanasi has its own Adventure Centre and caters for guests wanting to dive or snorkel off the stunning barrier reef teeming with colourful fish, corals, turtles and rays. If water sports aren’t your thing you can go bird watching, horse riding, try zip wiring through the jungle canopy or visit the nearby Mayan ruins.
This special hotel even has its own sustainability manager Seleem Chan.
|Healthy eating at Hamanasi!|
Seleem showed us the organic garden which grows vegetables for the hotel restaurant, the extensive composting scheme and the recycled bottles which are used to line the edges of the paths and are also crushed up and mixed into cement to make the flagstones through the gardens and around the grounds.
Seleem also works with every department of the hotel to set sustainability targets for each part of the business and staff are encouraged to come forward with ideas.
The hotel also supports other schemes such as pack with a purpose where travellers save some space in their luggage to bring supplies needed for local community projects. Hamanasi supports the local school where supplies are distributed to the children once a month.
|Caribbean colour show|
The hotel has its own small pier where divers head out on the ‘Big Dipper’ Boat and we headed out in a group on the ‘Adventure Belize’, to go snorkeling on the South water Caye marine reserve.
Friendly staff look after the guests extremely well from start to finish and make sure everyone has the best experience possible.
|Sail out to sea with the Hamansai team|
The water is myriad shades of blue and green and clear as glass. Colourful fish and sea life abound here because of the extensive reef system and, unlike the great barrier reef in Australia where a lot of the coral has been damaged or has died, most of this coral wonderland is still pristine.
Back at the hotel, the elegant restaurant and reception area have handcrafted hardwood furnishings and quirky central American folk art. You can chill here or on the veranda with some snacks and a cocktail while checking out the free Wifi before dinner. If you want somewhere a little different to sleep at this lovely resort nestled between the Mayan mountains and the Caribbean sea, there is the option of some private tree houses as well as the ones on the beach.
|Hang out at Hamansai|
Here, the sea meets the skyline in a seamless stripe of clearest blue – it reminded me of the end of the Truman Show where Jim Carrey sails off into an infinity that isn’t actually there and it turns out to be just a film set! Here at Hamansi Eco Resort, its not a film set, it’s real and that infinity sea to skyline, is one of the most beautiful views in the world to wake up to.
|Fall in love with Belize|
If you live in the US it’s only a short flight from Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Miami or New York and you can easily swap your hectic life for the laid back pace of beautiful Belize. If you live further afield I can assure you – it’s worth the trip
|The end of the pier show|