Hamanasi

Hamanasi, Sittee River Rd., Hopkins, Stann Creek, Belize

With beautifully landscaped grounds, top-notch accommodations, and an excellent dive program, Hamanasi (Garífuna for "almond") is among Belize's very best beach and dive resorts. Upon your arrival, you'll notice that the grounds are manicured and the lobby is filled with local artwork, including paintings by Benjamin Nicholas. The "zero effect" pool seems to stretch to infinity. Choose from regular rooms, gorgeous suites with king-size four-poster beds of barba jolote wood, and regular and deluxe "tree houses" on stilts, which are the most popular accommodations (and the most expensive). Many people come here for the diving opportunities, but you won't feel out of place if you want to snorkel or just laze around the pool. The restaurant has a romantic outdoor dining area with sea views and serves excellent seafood and other dishes. Dinner is pricey. Hamanasi's onsite managers are from Botswana, where they ran upscale safari tours. Plans are underway for a new rooftop wine bar.

PROS

  • Well-run resort
  • deluxe lodging in beautiful beachside setting
  • high-quality dive trips and inland tours

CONS

  • Expensive restaurant
  • pricey accommodations (but worth it)
  • diving requires a long boat trip to the reef or atolls

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 533-7073 | 877-552–3483-in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

10 beachfront rooms, 2 suites, 8 treehouses, 5 deluxe treehouses
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted Breakfast

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