Hamanasi’s Great House Sets New Bar for Architecture in Belize

Hamanasi’s Great House Sets New Bar for Architecture in Belize

This boutique eco-resort will welcome guests to a bigger, brighter space, with more creature comforts and the same exceptional service

HOPKINS, Belize – Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is pleased to announce that the official grand re-opening of the resort will take place in mid-April 2015. The boutique resort closed to the public in late 2014 in order to accomplish 10,000 square feet of additions and renovations in the Great House, the main building onsite and the heart of this award-winning resort. Once completed, the Great House will provide additional space for work and play, and offer guests a 360-degree view of their stunning, tropical setting.

Since opening in 2000, Hamanasi has set the bar for responsible ecotourism and conservation, and is dedicated to being a premier provider of sustainable accommodations in Central America. Hamanasi was the first beachfront resort in Belize to receive Green Globe certification and recently earned a Bronze Certification from Sustainable Travel International’s Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP). The resort is committed to protecting the surrounding ecosystems and their biodiversity by taking continual steps to be more environmentally friendly and aware.

The Great House renovation came out of a need to expand the available public space to better accommodate the increase in guests as well as a desire to elevate comfort and design. However, staying committed to sustainability and limiting the carbon footprint were fundamental parts of the process.

Heavy timber truss construction is common in the Caribbean’s traditional colonial architecture but rare in Belize, making this building design unlike any other in the country. Local craftsmen built the second-floor trusses with international input in the architecture and design by PE Flurry Designs and Vermont Timberworks. Most of the furniture – including tables, sofas, buffets, bar stools, chairs and sconces – was built by Belizeans in Hamanasi's carpentry shop using local hardwoods like Mahogany and Cabbage Bark. A distinctive and breathtaking feature of this new structure is the widow’s walk, or “Stargazer’s Deck”, allowing guests to see far-off islands in the Caribbean Sea to the dense rainforest and majestic Maya Mountains.

On the first floor, guests will enjoy a large veranda with cozy seating, plus a considerable amount of interior lounge space surrounding a gorgeous new bar. A second floor was added during the renovation – doubling the building’s available space – where the new dining area, an expanded bar, professional kitchen and intimate library are located. Guests can refill their glasses at the coffee and wine bar, sit down for fresh Caribbean fare in the Singanga Restaurant, or head over to the library to read, work or relax.

The eco-chic design achieves an old world ambience with modern comforts. The second story addition is flooded with natural light, minimizing the need for daytime lighting. In the Great Hall, the main indoor dining space, folding doors open to the veranda and the widow's walk transom windows allow for natural light to filter through the trusses. This arrangement, along with two Big Ass Fans with 10-foot blades, provides natural ventilation, eliminating the need for air conditioning in the restaurant. Every detail aligns with the resort’s commitment to conservation, including: faucets with aerators to minimize water flow, LED and CFL lighting, Energy Star appliances with improved insulation, plus the ability to use natural light and cooling to keep costs low.

Ceremony details will be announced in the weeks prior to the grand re-opening. For more information about Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort and the new Great House, visit www.hamanasi.com or call 877-552-3483.


About Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort:
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is nestled between sandy beaches and lush rainforest on Belize’s central coast, just outside a traditional Garifuna village off the major tourism route. The boutique resort embodies casual elegance with displays of Belizean hardwood furniture, locally crafted art, fresh Caribbean fusion cuisine, and a warm, welcoming staff. Customer service is a high priority at Hamanasi; employees undergo an extensive training program and share a true sense of pride and ownership in the resort.

Hamanasi has received high accolades and numerous certifications including: TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice® Awards No. 1 Small Hotel in Central America, No. 1 Hotel in Central America for Service, No. 2 Hotel in Belize for Romance, and No. 5 in the world for Service. Hamanasi made the Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Gold List, received the CTO-TravelMole Award for Sustainable Accommodations, and recently earned a Bronze Certification from Sustainable Travel International’s Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP), illustrating full compliance with global sustainable tourism best practices, the first hotel in Belize to earn this esteemed certification.


Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

CONTACT: Dana Krauskopf
TEL: 1-571-405-7664
EMAIL: Dana@hamanasi.com
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