Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort in Belize welcomes in the New Year with the launch of the newly renovated Great House and Singanga restaurant.
Nestled in 21 acres of rare coastal forest with the Caribbean Sea at its doorstep, the resort’s main priority was to minimize its impact on the environment during the renovations. As a result, all surrounding foliage was left untouched during the build. And to conserve resources, in-house carpenters used locally sourced wood during construction and in making new furniture.
The new second floor of the Guest House now features an expansive balcony and is home to Hamanasi’s Singanga restaurant. Downstairs the old kitchen has been converted into a large bakery and a new bar with ocean views awaits guests.
With sustainability in mind, an upstairs library has been insulated to not only buffer outside noise but also to keep the room at a constant cool temperature with minimal energy usage. The library has a collection of books on Mayan history and native flora and fauna.
The Widows Walk is perhaps the most beautiful addition to the renovations. A set of stairs leads guests to the highest point in the Great House, which offers a 360-degree view of the ocean and mountain ranges behind the eco retreat.
Commitment to biodiversity has seen resort staff and guests participate in campaigns to control the invasion of lionfish on the Caribbean reefs. Lionfish pose a threat to the ecosystem by devouring small fish and marine creatures. Over 2,400 lionfish have been caught during Lionfish Spearing Dives. For seafood aficionados, the crew then clean and fillet the fish and chefs prepare and serve them at the dinner table.
Visitors to the resort also take part in social initiatives such as Pack for a Purpose. Through this program guests keep a small space in their luggage for much needed supplies that are then distributed to local schools. Through the generosity of guests, all of the schools in the nearby village of Hopkins and the surrounding community received packages. Last year, a total of 38 Christmas packages were given to the children of the Holy Family Pre-school including stickers, colouring pencils and crayons, backpacks, educational posters and small Christmas gifts.
This year Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort also welcomes their new Sustainability Manager, Victoria Liles. As well as becoming an active member of the Green Team, Victoria will be responsible for all of the eco-initiatives around Hamanasi. Originally from the North East of England Victoria started in the diving industry nearly 10 years ago before moving into resort operations. After a few years in the Bahamas and then Fiji, she is happy to be in Belize and is ready to get her hands dirty in the resort’s organic garden.
About Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort
Hamanasi is located on a 12-mile stretch of beautiful beach near the village of Hopkins, Belize from which you can explore more reef and more inland attractions than any other place in Belize. There is no better place in Belize to experience the culture and access more of the country from one location!
Hamanasi is the largest and best dive operation in Southern Belize and carries the distinction of being a PADI 5-star Gold Palm Resort. The resort is very safety conscious and offers access to more pristine Belize scuba diving than any other location in the country! Visit: www.hamanasi.com