HOPKINS, Belize – Imagine walking down a winding pathway imprinted with leaves, through tropical vegetation, past chattering parrots and fragrant orchids to find a set of wooden stairs. Now look up. Sitting on stilts 12+ feet above the earth is a private cabana, set amidst the trees awaiting its guests. Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort has created a magical, intimate place where travelers can escape and enjoy the lush jungle of Belize in their secret hideaway, yet be a minute’s walk away from the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Hamanasi introduced the treehouses in its opening year – the first resort in Belize to offer these innovative accommodations – and is currently the only one to build them beachside.
Today, the award-winning boutique resort offers 13 secluded treehouses nestled in the dense coastal forest, surrounded by tall trees, lush gardens and a plethora of birdlife. The best part? These private cabanas are freestanding structures so there are no other guests above, below or beside to detract from the peaceful environment.
As the first beach resort in Belize to be Green Globe Certified by the Belize Tourism Board, Hamanasi is committed to protecting the surrounding ecosystems and removes as few trees from their property as possible. Because of this, guests get to experience “nature’s air conditioners” and connect up close with the flora and fauna – including chachalacas, trogans, iguanas, agoutis, cocoplums and more – that call those trees home.
Eight treehouse units boast eight-foot long verandas and nearly 500 square feet of interior space, with either one king-size bed made from tropical hardwood trees or two mahogany queen beds. Lovebirds may opt for one of the five Deluxe Treehouses, which feature a wrap-around veranda with a private Jacuzzi. All units include air conditioning, ceiling fans, plush linens, louvered windows and full-size futon couches.
In late 2014, Hamanasi completed 10,000 square feet of additions and renovations in the Great House, the main building onsite and the heart of the resort. Local craftsmen built heavy timber trusses – a rarity in Belizean architecture – for the new second floor, and handcrafted most of the furniture located throughout the building. A distinctive and breathtaking feature of this new structure is the rooftop terrace lookout, allowing guests to see far-off islands in the Caribbean Sea to the dense rainforest and majestic Maya Mountains.
The kitchen staff at Hamanasi believes in serving fresh, local fare prepared in a healthy, balanced and flavorful way. The “Fresh Meets Fusion” culinary philosophy utilized traditional and fresh ingredients from the property’s organic garden and other local sources. Daily menus are created based on the best ingredients available, and meals can be prepared with guests’ individual needs in mind. The resort also offers a special Belizean Night every Thursday, offering pre-dinner entertainment and a menu featuring dishes from the four major cultures represented in Belize.
Hamanasi is a convenient home base for exploring the Best of Belize on and offshore – from climbing Mayan ruins and the hiking in the Jaguar Preserve to diving Glover’s Reef Atoll and snorkeling the reefs of the second longest barrier reef in the world. Even so, travelers may decide the best part is actually the haven they call home while in paradise. For more information on the resort and their treehouse accommodations, please visit www.hamanasi.com. For more about Hamanasi’s awards, sustainability initiatives and other information, please contact Stephanie Norby at 254-423-2568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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YouTube Video of treehouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y5-VGu8XQ0