Best Places To Stay In The World Revealed: Belize’s Hamanasi Resort in Top 10 Global Resorts

by Carolee Chanona

Named as one of the best places to stay in the world, Southern Belize’s very own Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort takes home a spot on Tripadvisor’s Top 10 Hotels In The World! From Greece to Switzerland to Indonesia, this year’s top 10 Hotels span the globe and include seaside hideaways, restored historical caves, castles, family-owned B&Bs, remote jungle lodges, and sophisticated urban oases. Nonetheless, thanks to thousands of first-hand reviews from Tripadvisor users, each hotel’s top-notch service, premier locations, and over-the-top amenities connect the winners and ensure they rise above the rest.

Tucked away in a tropical oasis just steps from the beach in the spellbinding Hopkins Village, it’s hard to imagine Hamanasi Resort wouldn’t make the cut; the premier eco-resort, whose name translated to ‘almond tree’ in Garifuna, combines the amenities of a top-class dive resort with an array of inland adventures, all on a gorgeous 900-foot private beachfront. Besides being Green Globe certified, Hamanasi is also one of the founding members of Regenerative Resorts.

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort in Belize is the bronze medal winner in the ‘Hotels on the Water’ category. It also finishes eighth in the overall ‘Top Hotels’ ranking.

“Winners [for this year’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2022] span six continents and 90 countries…Browse through for a dose of wanderlust along with recommendations from the best guides in the world: other travelers.”

– Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer of TripAdvisor

With millions of hotels around the world listed on Tripadvisor, the competition is extremely stiff. Soni continues, “In general, only the cream of the crop less than 1% is awarded as the Best of the Best.” Congratulations to Belize’s Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort for achieving such a prestigious award from Tripadvisor!

The Top 10 Hotels In The World, according to Tripadvisor

This year’s top 10 hotels are scattered around the world, with Turkey being the only nation to snag two spots. They are:

1. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Travelers' Choice2. Hotel Colline de France: Gramado, Brazil
3. Ikos Aria: Kefalos, Kos island, Greece
4. Romance Istanbul Hotel: Istanbul, Turkey
5. THE OMNIA: Zermatt, Switzerland
6. Kayakapi Premium Caves: Cappadocia; Urgup, Turkey
7. Six Senses Laamu: Olhuveli Island, Maldives
8. Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort: Hopkins, Belize
9. Padma Resort Ubud: Payangan, Indonesia
10. BLESS Hotel Madrid: Madrid, Spain

The Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards includes 11 subcategories of accommodations to reflect the tastes and needs of a broad range of travelers. This year, there are three new additions travelers can delve into: Out of the Ordinary, Hotels on the Water, and Mountain Lodges & Resorts.

About Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

No stranger to travel awards and accolades, Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort has incredibly risen through the ranks on Tripadvisor alone. With this year’s Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards 2022, Hamanasi has jumped from 17th Best Hotel in the World to its current spot, as 8th Best Hotel in the World. Secluded and service-oriented are the adjectives that best describe Hamanasi, which opened in 2000 by Dana & David Krauskopf and now employs over 170 staff in Belize.

Excitedly celebrating the prestigious announcement, Hamanasi’s General Manager Launce Roberts shares, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award and greatly appreciative of our guests. Our team works hard to deliver, in a regenerative way, vacation experiences of a lifetime.”

At 45 acres, the resort is expansive, with deluxe treehouses snuggled inside its (regenerated) littoral forest; this sense of privacy is reinforced by special en suite features, including private jacuzzis and sundecks.

The boutique hotel and 5-star Padi Resort boasts 30 rooms including two romantic beachfront suites and ten spectacular deluxe treehouses. The deluxe treehouse features a king bed, a stunning jungle-facing terrace, and a private jacuzzi. Online, over 2,764 reviews praised Hamanasi’s “private and lush” location directly on the beach of Hopkins, attentive staff, and meticulous details at the resort for both guests and the environment.

Kickback in the ocean air on the veranda of the Great House, which acts as the heart of all activity. Downstairs, you’ll find the lobby, gift shop, and bar, while upstairs hosts the Singanga Restaurant for al fresco dining beside a quiet and quaint library or on an expansive veranda. If you’re hoping to catch the sunset with a sundowner, head to the Lookout—a rooftop space with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and the Maya Mountains.

More Belize Resorts Take Home Tripadvisor Awards

For those looking for an award-winning staycation this summer, a total of three Belizean resorts were named in the Top 10 World Categories in the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards 2022. Aside from Hamanasi in Southern Belize, the island idyll of Coco Plum Island Resort placed #3 on ‘Best Small Stays’, #5 on ‘Best Hotels On The Water’, and #2 on ‘Top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts’.

Meanwhile, The Phoenix represents Ambergris Caye in a big way with its #23 spot on ‘Best Small Stays’ and #18 on ‘Top 25 Luxury Hotels’.

Newcomer Manta Island Resort, found offshore of Dangriga inside Belize’s Glovers Reef Atoll, took home #8 on ‘Hottest New Hotels’.

How the hotels were chosen

Hamanasi is a founding member of Regenerative Travel. Image via Hamanasi/Kevin Quischan Photography

Every year, Tripadvisor asks users to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards is determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings specific to each subcategory posted on Tripadvisor from January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021.

Click here to see all the 2022 winners. All images courtesy of respective properties.

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