Situated on 21 acres of coastal forest, the Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is a couple's dream for a destination wedding or honeymoon centered on eco-friendly initiatives. This boutique resort hotel in Hopkins, Belize also offers adventure travelers a relaxing vacation destination set in a lofty treehouse or beachfront room.
The eco-resort follows green initiatives that focus on wasting nothing if they can help it. For instance, vegetable and fruit scraps are composted to produce rich soil for their gardens. Papaya seeds and the tops of pineapples are collected to replenish the gardens with fresh fruit. In the garden, workers have reduced their use of pesticides and chemical based fertilizers.
To reduce energy usage, large windows allow rooms to take full advantage of natural light. Instead of using air conditioners, louvered windows and ceiling fans cool rooms. Linens are changed on every third day in rooms (unless requested otherwise) with old linens being repurposed as cleaning rags. Leftover soap is used by staff or given to the community. Excess soap also makes an effective spray solution to protect plants from aphids.
Other eco-friendly measures of the Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort include reusing jars, containers, and paper, as well as crushing cans to save space and reduce landfill trips.
Romantic Getaway Details
A wedding or honeymoon planned for the Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort means instant access to the natural beauty of Belize. The vibrant colors and energy of the reef and rainforest are at your fingertips, and the resort provides a variety of accommodation options for travelers. Situated in the southern part of Belize, guests enjoy secluded surroundings – perfect for playful adventures under the cover of romantic natural settings. Adventure awaits your arrival. Relaxation is calling your name. By day, you'll be luxuriating in the 50-foot freshwater pool and by night, sipping a glass of champagne by the moonlit beach.
With the honeymoon packages, take pleasure in sleeping under a deluxe king canopy bed with plush cotton linens, snuggling in His and Hers cotton embroidered robes, enjoying complimentary coffee and tea service, and access to a private terrace with hammock, and IPOD docking station in the Honeymoon Suites. On the night of arrival, guests are welcomed with a bottle of champagne and floral turndown.
Daily meals start with a continental breakfast, lunch appetizer or entrée for midday sustenance, and ends with a 3-course dinner. Depending on the number of nights you stay, choose between a host of organized adventures, including the Magical Mayan History Tour, Mayflower Waterfall Hike, Barrier Reef Snorkeling, Jungle River Kayaking or Canoeing, or a trip to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve – just to name a few.
The package also includes roundtrip air transfers from Belize City to Dangriga, and roundtrip ground transfers from Dangriga to Hamanasi Resort. Upgrades for meals, rooms, and other details are also available with any package for an extra fee.
Base Package Prices
You're probably wondering how much it costs to enjoy an unforgettable eco-getaway to Belize. During the high season (between Christmastime and New Year's, and again between February 14 and April 9), expect a rate of $2,599. Between June 5 and December 17, which is called the low season, prices are around $2,177. The above prices are for a stay at the Honeymoon Suite or Treehouse. The Honeymoon Seaside Romance Package costs between $2,375 and $2,809 – depending on the season.
The Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort has earned recognition throughout the green travel world – named the Travelers' Choice Winner 2009 and called the #1 Top Eco-Friendly Hotel in the World (2009) by TripAdvisor. And, the unique travel destination shows no signs of slowing. Future eco-friendly plans for the resort include collecting rainwater and reusing gray water for gardens, switching to fluorescent bulbs, opting for more environmentally friendly cleansers, and phasing out disposable plates and cups.
For more information on booking a honeymoon getaway at Hamanasi, request information directly from their website.
By Yona Williams
Photo Credit: Hamanasi