Chabil Mar Villas: Boutique Resort Makes Big Impression

Looking for the perfect spot for a romantic holiday or destination wedding? Think small!

That’s the advice offered by Larry France, Marketing Coordinator for Chabil Mar Villas, a boutique property in southern Belize. Chabil Mar consists of 19 luxury villas situated on a pristine Caribbean beach, blending natural beauty with impeccable personal service.

The resort was named by Trip Advisor as the Best Resort in Central America for both Luxury and Service and also earned their 2009 & 2010 Travelers’ Choice awards. In an interview with, Mr. France explains why Chabil Mar provides such a romantic holiday.

Can you tell us about Chabil Mar, especially as it appeals to romantic travelers?

Mayan for “beautiful sea,” Chabil Mar is a Caribbean haven. We adopted the phrase “Beauty by Belize – Luxury by Design” to describe the resort property since the elegance of Chabil Mar comes both from what nature has provided in the tropical elements and the intertwining of that which is man made. Hence we have been tagged by the tourism industry as “barefoot luxury,” which is just fine with us.

Chabil Mar is located on the Caribbean in Placencia, Belize, and is referred to as a Boutique Resort because it is small and elegant in size, intimate and private in its design, lush and relaxing, by nature a romantic destination. And, each of our 21 Villas and Honeymoon Suite has a private entrance and individual verandah. Any of these options is available for weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries or the romantic occasion of your choice.

An added benefit for the guests of Chabil Mar, especially for romance, is privacy. We are an Exclusive Resort. That is, all of the amenities of our resort are reserved for the exclusive use of our guests. Our restaurant, our tour operations, guest services, bar, pools, pier and are not open to the public. Our staff has one focus, our guests. This resort policy, when combined with the intimate size of the property, assures our guests that they can be as laid back as they desire or as adventuresome as they prefer to be. We will make it happen.

How would Chabil Mar be described in one phrase? Luxury Caribbean Boutique Private Resort in Placencia, Belize!

Chabil Mar is a boutique resort. For couples who have previously traveled at large resorts, how will they find a boutique resort different?

Personal attention, service and customization. Due to our size and guest exclusive policy we have the unique capacity to be personal, to customize our couples’ visit to Belize and Placencia. It is the reason we have won traveler awards as Best Luxury and Best Service for 2009 and 2010. We are now celebrating our seventh year of operation. Our resort is a combination of both Belizean flare and modern amenities. And, while so many guests take advantage of our romantic beach and/or pier dining options, others leave and rave about being served their meals at any location on the resort property, from the privacy of their villa verandah to the palapas, poolside or at the private bar. Nothing is quite so personal as a boutique resort with impeccable service. It’s called barefoot luxury!

What suggestions do you have for romantic travelers looking for day trips and activities near Chabil Mar?

Belize is a world renowned eco destination. Most visitors, even those most focused on romance, choose Belize also for the added benefits of the adventure and culture that is at every turn. Placencia’s terrific mainland location on the Caribbean provides easy access to a myriad of tours and service.

Working with your personal Chabil Mar trip planner, our Guest Services Manager, you can choose from an array of activities to suit your interests:

  • Fishing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Jungle Tours
  • Monkey River Tour
  • Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve
  • Maya Archaeological Sites
  • Cave and River Tubing
  • Island Exploration
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Birding
  • Horseback Riding

Our premier Placencia Village location, just a short stroll along the beach, bike ride, kayak row or golf cart to the Village, let’s you bask in the culture of a traditional fishing village atmosphere with its restaurants, shops and people at your leisure. Chabil Mar is the closest full service luxury resort to the village of Placencia!

Can you tell us about your destination wedding offerings?

Our pleasure in hosting a wedding couple or their entire party is to plan along with them, to ensure that they have the experience that most satisfies them while we have the pleasure of being at their service during their brief visit with us. The variety of activities that include adventure experiences of the sea and jungle, and cultural and historical tours are world renowned. Chabil Mar is located in Placencia Village, a paradise for the nature lover, known to Belizeans as “Barefoot Perfect”. While pre-packaged wedding options are available, what pleases us most is the opportunity to individually design and create a wedding event and experience like no other.

At Chabil Mar, we believe the details make all the difference. As a boutique resort, we are uniquely positioned to create exactly the destination wedding or honeymoon you’ve dreamed of. Work with your own personal wedding or honeymoon planner to create the perfect backdrop-including flowers, music, food and festivities-for your big day. From intimate ceremonies on our private palapa on the water to making the entire resort yours for a week-the options are endless. And we’ll be with you every step of the way!

Make Chabil Mar your resort for the week? That’s right-depending on the size of your party, we can arrange for you and your guests to be the only people staying at the resort for your special day. Whatever your passion, we’ll make it happen at Chabil Mar.

Start by immersing yourself in the beauty of the abundance of plants and flowers, birds, butterflies and geckos at Chabil Mar. We are so proud of the beautiful tropical landscapes we have created, nestled among two infinity style swimming pools. It’s a delight for all of your senses and the reason we have selected the slogan “Beauty by Belize – Luxury by Design” as our own.

If exploration and adventure are among your wishes to compliment your romantic wedding in Belize, the options are endless. Kayak the mangroves in our tranquil lagoon and perhaps you will be lucky enough to spot the manatees that live there. You can even kayak to nearby islands known as cayes (pronounced ‘keys’) in Belize, or just to breakfast or lunch in the village, from your Chabil Mar home in Placencia. We will hire a boat for you and pick you up on our private pier on the Caribbean for your trip to Monkey River, where you will see our famous Howler Monkeys, iguanas and maybe even a Crocodile or two along the river shore.

If your pleasure is a more leisurely trip around the uncrowded waters, there are sailing options from catamarans available with or without a crew, to private sailboats for day sailing or overnights, complete with captain and catering.

A trip to Placencia is not complete without a boat ride out to the incredibly diverse cayes that lie between Placencia and Belize’s Barrier Reef – second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Whether your desire is to snorkel the many small reefs and flats, dive our uncrowded pristine barrier reef, fish the world-renowned salt-water flats or just relax on our white sandy beach, its an experience you won’t forget.

Placencia boasts one of the best geographical locations in Belize. From this one location, Placencia and Chabil Mar, most guests take advantage of one of the many day long guided land tours offered with pickup at our Registration Office. Destinations to the nearby Mayan Ruins of Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit, cave tours, or jungle trails through the Cockscomb Jaguar Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first Jaguar Reserve, where several trails lead to pristine pools at the base of a beautiful waterfall for you to swim into, under and around, or hop on a tube and float along the river – just to name a few.

Let’s not forget that the Village of Placencia itself is a cultural experience in and of itself. Chabil Mar is conveniently located a short beach walk, bike ride or golf cart trip from the Village center, where the world’s narrowest road (Guiness Book of World Records) is located, lined with gift shops, restaurants and taverns. When you are through for the day and want to relax in privacy, Chabil Mar is your peaceful hideaway.

As a recent guest, MERuppert, from Alexandria, Virginia wrote in a review on October 24, 2010:

Unparalleled Service in a Serene Tropical Location”

We spent five nights of our honeymoon at Chabil Mar and it was magnificent! . . . Every aspect of the suite was great. But what was really special about Chabil Mar were the people and the service they provide. Each person was sincerely interested in us having a perfect visit and it showed. The ability to eat and drink anywhere at any time was just the thing for us. Since we weren’t restricted to a dining room, we could have dinner on the pier, on our porch, in our suite, on the beach or poolside… Our day-long sail with snorkeling was fantastic and the Thai massages we received were among the best we’ve ever experienced anywhere. We immediately booked another for the next day! . . .  We would be very quick to return to Chabil Mar to enjoy all it has to offer.

Come visit Chabil Mar to “Know the Difference.”

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