Why This Hopkins Resort Has 5 Stars on TripAdvisor

by Carolee Chanona

The old adage that adventure is worthwhile is certainly true but in this modern age, every internet review helps us to determine how worthwhile. That’s why we’re taking a closer look at Hamanasi Dive & Adventure Resort sitting number one in a list of 8 hotels in Hopkins on TripAdvisor, with an impressive 2,760 “excellent” reviews from guests and a 100% “would recommend” rate. Found on the beachfront of Hopkins Village, it’s hard to imagine Hamanasi wouldn’t make the cut; the premier resort south of Hopkins, Hamanasi (Garifuna for ‘almond tree’) combines the amenities of a top-class dive resort with an array of inland tours and activities, all on a gorgeous 900ft private beachfront. Besides being Green Globe certified, Hamanasi is also one of the founding members of Regenerative Resorts.


Reviewers praised the “private and lush” location directly on the beach of Hopkins, attentive staff, and meticulous details at the resort for both guests and the environment. Although ratings have seen Hamanasi rise through the ranks, even as high as 17th Best Hotel In The World, a clutch of rave reviews from customers on Tripadvisor has seen it soar to the top of the best-rated venues in Belize, too.

Indulge in a private treehouse. Photo via Jaron Johns/Hamanasi

“We have been to A LOT of resorts around the world and Hamanasi is the best!”

– Dan R., April 2022

The 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.

At Hamanasi Resort, standard beachfront rooms start at $292, while the Deluxe Treehouse starts at US$534. They’re often to be the highlight of the Hopkins resort on TripAdvisor, but Hamanasi also offers a fifth option: the Beachfront Plus.

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.

Onsite, head to the adventure hub to plan a tour, bike into the nearby Hopkins Village on complimentary bikes, lounge in a beachside hammock with a good book, or waste away the day at the freshwater infinity pool. And of course, the warm waters of the Caribbean are just steps away from your beach-facing lodging.


This locally-run, exclusively-priced resort also has its own PADI dive facility; besides, divers have prime access to a spectacular underwater world home to whale sharks, eagle rays, and manatees.

“The whole diving trip was “UnBelizeable”! I have been to at least a dozen other Dive Resorts in the Caribbean and none can touch this place.” 

– Michael W., April 2022

diving shark belize Hamanasi guest- Lorenzo Ballarin

Hamanasi guest Lorenzo Ballarin dives with a nurse shark in Belize.

In fact, you can even get PADI certified as a scuba diver in Belize with Hamanasi Resort, all the way up to the PADI Divemaster⁠—the highest certification course available with PADI. Gear can be rented, even specialty lights and enriched Nitrox tanks since Hamanasi compresses its own air.

“I want to especially recognize the dive team. They always had several dive masters on the boat with us. I did several days with my own private divemaster and I was never in a group larger than 4 the whole week. First-class operation.” 

– Michael P., March 2022

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Bioluminescence tour in Hopkins. Photo by Hamanasi Guest Austin Schmitt

As a PADI 5-Star Resort, experience Belize’s best diving with Hamanasi’s personal service touch to the pristine southern tip of the Belize Barrier Reef as well as three of the Caribbean’s four atolls.


Hamanasi believes in responsible nature and cultural-based eco-tourism, which shows through their staff too.

“The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff were beyond anything I’ve experienced. This is probably one of the best vacations I’ve been on. I was so sad to be leaving Hamanasi.” 

– Renee S., April 2022

Notably, the tour guide to guest ratio is kept intentionally low for maximum VIP treatment. At Hamanasi, all tours are guided by Belize Tourism Board-certified guides who take the time to inform guests about all flora and fauna that they will encounter on their tours – on land and underwater. Guests also learn how to minimize their impact during tours, such as following maintained trails, not touching coral or other animals, and not taking anything that they may see during their excursion.

“From the moment we arrived, we received what seemed like VIP treatment. Monique arrived at our room once she was off the clock, as a special request, to do my hair as I wanted fresh box braids prior to going snorkeling! If you aren’t aware, this is a 6-hour hairdo! Where will you ever find such a service???? Absolutely nowhere, but Hamanasi Resort. Melonie, the manager at the front desk, coordinated ALL of these special requests for us. We literally trusted them with our lives and I’m so glad we did!

– Kendra R., February 2022

Interestingly, the Hopkins resort was one of the first hotels in Belize to roll out a wellness program for their staff, too. In 2016, the program was signed off by the International Labor Organization, National Aids Commission, and the Belize Labour Department.

“We wanted to improve the overall well-being of our employees by creating a health-conscious work environment and providing practical and accessible programs.”

– Kirsty Roberts, General Manager 

From the moment the Hopkins resort opened its doors in 2000, it has worked to mold happy, proud, and skilled employees, and that’s obvious on TripAdvisor. “Add healthy to the list!” their blog reads. 


The service is really amazing. We thought they had all been sent to charm school. We’ve recommended this place to our friends and even our enemies.

Singanga prides itself on farm-to-table dining using organic produce from on-site gardens for a variety of fresh vegetables including tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, onions, broccoli, and spinach. Guests can try it for themselves in the “Quiche of the Day” or any other special requests with seasonal veggies.

Food, drink, staff all get an A++! When you stay at this resort, the three meals a day are included, and all delectable. Dinner is a three-course meal. 

– Jennan840

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Enjoy fine dining, beachside. Photo via Leah Flores/Hamanasi

Not to worry, you’ll be asked for any allergies or special requests upon check-in that are quickly committed to memory by staff. Inside the restaurant itself, you’ll find Belizean hardwood furniture alongside locally crafted art and Caribbean fusion cuisine.

 “We take pride in all of our departments’ practice of the 3 R’s: Reuse, Recycle, Reduce. This reaches especially to the restaurant where scraps are composted along with coffee grounds and garden trimming.” 

– Dana Krauskopf, Owner 

hamanasi mojito

Mojito me, please!

Even the restaurant has all five-star reviews: 523 people name Singanga as excellent, making it the #1 restaurant of 56 restaurants in Hopkins. Order a classic, like a gin + tonic as your pre-dinner aperitif; all cocktails even come with a locally-sourced bamboo straw. But don’t take it from us: all 2, 760 reviews on TripAdvisor give Hamanasi Resort in Hopkins five stars. Learn more here.

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