Belize, Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret

Submitted by Guest Blogger from Travel Media

Are you imagining a romantic, hassle-free wedding where you can have barefoot nuptials on a white-sand beach? A place where the azure Caribbean is your backdrop and all you have to worry about is being on time? If so, Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort in Belize will help you choose the perfect setting for your big day–whether on the sand or near Mayan ruins–and the resort’s wedding coordinator will create the destination wedding of your dreams. This eco-friendly venue and honeymoon escape offers the unparalleled, off-the-beaten-path experience that adventurous couples seek.

Exotic Venue
This boutique resort hotel was built on 30 acres of dense beachfront forest and was designed to protect the local ecosystems and their biodiversity. Hamanasi was the first beachfront resort in Belize to receive Green Globe certification. In addition, it recently became the first resort in the country to earn the rigorous STEP certification by Sustainable Travel International and is dedicated to being a premier provider of sustainable lodging and eco-tourism in Central America.

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The resort built stunning tree house accommodations amidst the trees–another first for Belize–and set aside more than 10 acres as a private nature preserve. The heart of this award-winning resort, the Great House, was recently renovated following “green” guidelines as well. During this renovation they doubled the square footage–including a spacious second floor–to house reception, a bar, and lounge area; new library/work room; and expanded restaurant, opening up the floor plan to allow for more natural light and better airflow.

Get ready to take advantage of diverse reef and rainforest adventures, then relax in a comfy hammock or cool off in the 50-foot freshwater pool. Hamanasi is a magical, intimate place where newlyweds can escape and enjoy the lush jungle of Belize, yet be a minute’s walk from the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

Seaside Ceremony
With Hamanasi’s Tropical Dreams Wedding Package, brides can choose to walk down a conch shell aisle with the sand between their toes or delight in a view of historic Mayan ruins. You can incorporate local, cultural elements into the ceremony, like Garifuna drummers playing traditional music in the background and sharing your first matrimonial kiss under a traditional Belizean wedding arch. Prior to the nuptials, the Hamanasi staff can arrange a private, guided hike to the Mayflower Waterfall and romantic picnic lunch or schedule a private sunset cruise along coastal waters for some stress-free alone time.

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Fresh, Organic Fare
At mealtime, you and your wedding guests will delight in the chef’s “Fresh meets Fusion” cuisine, with different items served each day. Breakfast is a buffet of eggs–think vegetable scrambles and spinach omelets–with local meats, fresh fruit yogurts, cereals, and freshly squeezed juices, accompanied by a plate of tropical fruit and homemade baked breads. Lunch and dinner options consist of American classics as well as exotic, local dishes created using traditional ingredients such as cocoa, cassava, and yampie, as well as fresh produce from the on-site organic garden. The chef offers a new menu each night that includes a Catch of the Day, daily ceviche, and a trio of starters among other delicious dishes. You may dine inside beneath the spectacular mahogany trusses, on the veranda amidst the trees, or al fresco on the lower deck. Sip a glass of wine and savor your meal then wander up to the new widow’s walk, or “Stargazer’s Deck,” providing daytime views from the forest to the sea and nighttime stargazing enjoyment.

Honeymoon Hideaway
Turn your celebration into a honeymoon getaway with Hamanasi’s Seaside Romance Package. Couples can imbibe their celebratory champagne in one of the honeymoon suites, private tree houses, or deluxe tree houses with private jacuzzi. This eight-day, seven-night package includes accommodations, three meals per day, five couple adventures, and some air and ground transfers, as well as a romantic, candlelit dinner with private server beachside, poolside, in-room, or on a private terrace. As a bonus, all rooms come standard with Type B electrical outlets, hair dryer, basic toiletries (including locally made soap), and a shoe cleaning kit.

Adventures Abound
Your wedding party and guests can discover the best of Belize through a variety of tours offered by the Hamanasi Adventure Center. The resort has access to unspoiled habitats and is close to everything from caves to jungle rivers. They offer excursions like hiking Mayan ruins, scuba diving, and deep sea fishing. All Hamanasi guides are fully licensed Belizeans who ensure plenty of excitement on their daily adventures while being mindful of the exposed natural environment.

Start planning your “I dos” on a warm beach amid cerulean waters. Hamanasi is sure to give you a casually elegant, eco-chic, white wedding to remember. Call 1-877-552-3483 or visit www.hamanasi.com for more information about wedding and honeymoon packages.

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Additional information: Hamanasi recently received accolades from TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice® Awards and Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards. This eco-friendly resort earned its position as #2 hotel in the World for exceptional service and #1 hotel in Central America and Belize in the same category. Additionally, Hamanasi was awarded #1 small hotel in Central America & Belize, and #1 in Belize and #2 in Central America for Romance. Hamanasi also made the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, a listing of the world’s best properties as voted by readers

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About Donna Beasley

Donna is a romantic travel expert who encourages couples to create memorable romantic moments, honeymoons, vow renewals and other special romance occasions in travel locations throughout the world. She is the founder and publisher of Romance Travel Magazine. A romantic at heart , she hopes to inspire everyone to find love in their own special place.

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