HOPKINS, Belize -- Located off the beaten path in southern Belize, Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort offers guests an opportunity to experience unique local cultures and their deeply-rooted traditions. The resort and nearby town of Hopkins are a stronghold for the Garifuna (properly called Garinagu) as well as people from the Mayan, Creole and Mestizo communities. More than 95 percent of Hamanasi’s staff is Belizean, making the resort a wonderful blend of backgrounds and beliefs.
Hamanasi is dedicated to preserving the disappearing Garifuna culture and customs, which is why the resort has labeled Thursdays as “Belizean Night”. Local Garifuna drummers and dancers come to the resort in their traditional dress to entertain guests prior to a freshly prepared meal at Singanga Restaurant in Hamanasi’s Great House. The award-winning chefs use staple ingredients – like cassava, organic vegetables, fresh coconut milk, plantains, fresh fish and local oregano – to create Fresh Meets Fusion dishes from all four cultures represented. In 2012, Sous Chef Marcia Nunez was chosen to serve local dishes to visiting British Royal, Prince Harry.
Singanga Restaurant: Hamanasi chefs use fresh, organic produce from the onsite garden and local meats to create new menus for every meal based on the best and most flavorful ingredients available.