When you want to feel like you’ve escaped from the world, this is where you go. With rooms overlooking both the ocean and barrier reef and rooms facing the rainforest, you can find your little slice of heaven on earth no matter where your room is.
Best way to get there
The best & fastest way to get there is by plane. Typically you will fly into Belize City. From there, you would take a Tropic Air or Maya Airlines flight to Dangriga which is about a 15 minute flight. Once you’ve landed your Hamanasi shuttle will be waiting on you to take you on about a 40 minute drive to the resort. Honestly, while you’re looking out at the ocean, homes, art and learning about the history of the area, the time flies.
Personally, I felt extremely safe on the property and in Belize as a whole. In the states were often given a certain narrative about other countries. My suggestion is to visit the places you’ve always dreamed of and make your own opinions.
I can only image the gorgeous smiles of the friendly staff at Hamanasi because they always had a mask on. They were very diligent about their role in your safety here and it shows. You are able to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the main lodge that has the bar, check-in office, restaurant & small shop. Masks and hand sanitizer are placed throughout the property so you’re always prepared.
Hamanasi offers testing on site for $75 USD/person. The process to organize my testing, get tested and get my results may have been the absolute easiest it’s been for me since the mandate was put in place in January 2021. It truly was seamless, quick, efficient and stress free.
The restaurant is thoroughly cleaned. I never even saw a leaf miss placed on the balcony. Each table is sanitized and cleaned between each party and they were properly spaced for social distancing as well.
I regularly saw staff members cleaning the grounds of the property as well. Hamanasi as a whole was emaculate.
A Luxury Stay:
We were fortunate enough to be able to experience both rooms types. In my opinion, nothing beats that luxury deluxe treehouse. Between the balcony, all the space, the amazing bed and the privacy, it just can’t be beat. You truly felt like you were in luxury. Four people can easily stay in this treehouse, have plenty of space and feel comfortable.
We all deserve a little luxury, especially on vaca. There’s plenty that I LOVE about the Deluxe Treehouse but what’s great is the price breakdown. If you’re traveling with a group, it’s plenty of space and the price is right (even in high season).
Ocean Front Rooms
Being able to wake up in the morning and walk out to your balcony to a view of the ocean is pure bliss. This room fits four but I would suggest no more than three to fit comfortably.
The best part about this resort is that is combines what I love most about an all inclusive with the feeling of being in the center of the culture. What I mean is, if you never want to leave the property - you don’t have to. They are able to curate the perfect trip specifically for you.
How long to stay:
I only stayed for 3 days and I’m itching to go back! Hamanasi is great for a 5-10 day trip. If you’re looking to truly disconnect, relax and see everything this property has to offer, the sweet spot would be about 7 days.
If you have the luxury of staying longer than we did, I would highly suggest doing one activity a day, sometimes two. We packed 2 activities into our only full day and it was so worth it.
Garifuna Cooking Class
I can not recommend this enough! If you care about history and culture when traveling this is a MUST. I would do it every time just for the lunch we make during the tour. From the history, to the cooking, the drum lessons and just the pure joy of the people there, you truly have to go.
Snorkeling in the Barrier Reef
For all of my water lovers, you can’t leave here without a day of diving or snorkeling. No joke, this was one of my top 2 snorkeling experiences I’ve EVER been on. The water is so clear and the staff is so fun and reassuring. The aquatic life is thriving and you truly get a phenomenal underwater adventure.
Personally if I were to go back (which I absolutely would) I think I I would stay in the treehouse the entire time. The amount of space, privacy and luxury you get from that room really can’t be beat.
This post is in partnership with Hamanasi Resort & Adventure.
Until Next time, Stay Safe & Stay Trippin’