Employees and frequent guests of Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia Belize have begun joking that the popular resort is going to have to build an extra room with walls enough to display a growing number of awards and honors that have been heaped on the luxury hideaway over time.
The most recent, a coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015, has everyone at Chabil Mar abuzz with excitement because, according to previously honoured guest and reservations managers Natalie Ranguy and Althea Schable, “We want the world to know exactly how special this boutique hotel is!”
According to Google Analytics, TripAdvisor is “the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique visitors,” so when their evaluation team chooses one resort to honour over all others within its class, travelers know that they can expect excellence and signature service on all levels if they choose a destination receiving TripAdvisor kudos.
From location, sequestered within the 18-mile of Placencia Peninsula, to a finite number of cloistered villas offering travelers the ultimate in privacy within a lush tropical sanctuary–plus fine dining and myriad amenities–Chabil Mar is frequently chosen by media (television producers and magazine editors) for its picturesque environs, accomodations and proximity to Belize attractions active guests crave.
In fact, Chabil Mar is a perennial winner of TripAdvisor laudits (http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g291977-d600573-Reviews-Chabil_Mar-Placencia_Stann_Creek.html), but the awarding of such accolades never gets old, say resort personnel and management. Chabil Mar is known throughout the country and tourism community for its “Guest Exclusive Resort Policy,” where personalization and pampering are prioritized.
“We are both proud and delighted to be a leading resort in the categories of Luxury, Romance, Family, Service and Small Hotels for Central America and Belize,” enthused Chabil Mar’s marketing manager Larry France, “and we can’t thank our staff enough for their astounding work and personal attention. This is, once again, their award!”
Chabil Mar is a privately owned and held resort located in the Stann Creek District of Belize. It opened its doors in 2005 and has built an international reputation over time. Chabil Mar—Mayan for “Beautiful Sea”—is nestled between a Garifuna settlement and the former Creole fishing village of Placencia and in close proximity to ancient Mayan ruins, rainforests, jungles and some of the best scuba and deep-water diving in the Eastern Hemisphere. For more information about the resort and this year’s TripAdvisor award, visit the website (http://www.chabilmarvillas.com/) or call 011 501- 523 – 3606. If calling from the U.S. or Canada, use Chabil Mar’s toll-free number: 1-866-417-2377.
The purpose of the event is to teach children how to sail and race and is organized by the Placencia Sailing Club (PSC), the 4th sailing association in Belize.
“Placencia Youths will recognize that not only is sailing a part of their rich culture. The skills and learning involved in such a fun and exciting sport will strengthen them mentally and physically and improve their self-esteem, self-confidence, and leadership skills,” reads the description on PSC’s Facebook page.
The Placencia Sailing Club was founded in January 2012 by Alan Usher and Shelly Bradley from the Belize Sailing Association, and Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Cabral Jr., owners of South Waters Resort and Belize Sailing Adventures in Placencia.
This year’s race will start on the piece of beach between Cozy Corner and Tipsy Tuna and attendees are asked to bring their binoculars to watch the exciting action that will unfold during the race.
Come out and support all the young sailors competing from optimist clubs around Belize.
For more information on the Regatta, please visit PSC’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PlacenciaSailingClub.
If you’re fed up with crowds in touristy places like Cancun and your budget shouts “No!” when you price Bali honeymoons–yet you long for a serene, tropical environment that’s so private, humanity is sparse–you can stop searching now. Belize, a premier honeymoon destination, solves your dilemma for many more reasons than the 12 listed below.
1. You’ll fall in love. Again. With the people you encounter in Belize. Put-upon staff at hotels, restaurants and attractions are simply not permitted in Belize. You’ll be struck by the friendliness, kindness and laid-back attitudes of everyone you meet, so don’t be surprised if find yourself responding in kind.
2. Belize is manageable. Does this sound familiar: You visit a large country, travel hither and yon to sightsee and exhaust yourself daily. Why pay to add more stress to your life? Belize is so navigable, you can walk from one end most islands to the other without getting winded. Drive the entire country in 3.5 hours if you wish!
3. You’ll feel safe. If previous trips to tropical destinations left you distressed because you were beset by street vendors, suspicious characters and you were fearful of going out at night, you can relax in Belize because you won’t be hassled by anyone–unless your new spouse takes issue with something you said over dinner.
4. Everyone speaks English. Belize was once a British colony, hence charming accents burst from all of those smiling faces. Replace the dictionary you usually pack when you travel abroad with an extra bikini, because the only non-English languages you can expect to overhear will be those spoken by international tourists.
5. No jetlag, thanks. Landing at a honeymoon destination too wiped out to—well, lift a fork—is no way to start your life as husband and wife. Canada and the U.S. are so close to Belize, spend less time getting here than you would flying from New York to California. Southwest Air is even adding nonstop service in October 2015.
6. Belize is affordable. Because the world has yet to discover this honeymoon paradise, lodgings, travel, food and entertainments are surprisingly reasonable year round, but if you book your honeymoon over the summer months, not only are there are fewer tourists, but your spending cash can last longer.
7. See amazing wonders. The sheer variety of things to do and see during a Belize honeymoon has been known to stun even seasoned travelers. From Mayan ruins to caves, diving and snorkeling to jungles, wildlife and quaint villages, your choices are limited only by the length of your honeymoon.
8. Eat up! Have you heard honeymoon horror stories about couples getting sick from eating raw food or drinking local water? No worries in Belize. The tap water is so safe, it’s used to wash produce at luxury Belize restaurants. C’mon. You skimped on calories to fit into your wedding attire. Don’t you deserve to eat everything that’s not nailed down without getting sick?
9. It’s gorgeous. Choose any time of the year for your honeymoon and lush jungles, rainforests, animal preserves, lagoons, beaches and waterfalls await your camera lens, turning even amateur photographers into artists. Get your best shots during Belize’s green season (June to November) when everything bursts into life.
10. Belize is responsible. Who isn’t impacted by changing weather patterns around the globe? Honeymoon in this conservation-minded nation and witness examples of wildlife preservation efforts, responsible energy use and planet-pleasing resource programs that put wealthier nations to shame.
11. This nation is a mini-United Nations. Love, friendship and acceptance could be the slogan splashed across the Belize flag; diversity isn’t just a fact of life but a reason to celebrate in Belize. A nation of diverse cultures, Belize is the quintessential definition of a harmonious, blended community.
12. It’s private. So private, honeymooners say they feel like they’re in Eden at resorts like Chabil Mar where newlyweds stay in ultra-private quarters so close to the shore, waves turn into lullabies. Chabil Mar’s all-inclusive honeymoon packages may be the best reason of all to come to Belize if your idea of Nirvana is letting somebody else make all of your arrangements.
You’re a trend setter, right? You launch fashion styles, throw unusual soirees, hang out with fascinating people and you’ve earned a reputation for sleuthing out vacation destinations that aren’t just off the beaten track but downright extraordinary. Continue to grow your reputation by heading to Belize during the Green Season—between June and November. When rains come, the world bursts into life and those privileged to witness this annual phenomenon say there’s nothing that compares, so your reputation as a trendsetter will remain secure in perpetuity!
1. Luxuriate in green space. Because the world has yet to discover the wonder of the green season in Belize, you’re going to have plenty of room to spread out, stay at the best accommodations and take advantage of the lack of crowds, thereby enjoying more privacy and choices than at any other time of the year. For example, resorts like Chabil Mar offer green season accommodation discounts that thrifty Scotsmen would applaud.
2. Spend less green. Your dollar stretches into infinity during Belize’s green season when rates dip as much as 30-percent at resorts and hotels. Airfares? We hesitate to use the word plummet when discussing air travel, but during green season, airlines reduce ticket prices giving travelers more green to spend at their destinations. There’s a reason Southwest Airlines begins offering nonstop service to Belize in October! Take advantage of route introductory rates and make your friends green with envy.
3. Yellow trumps green. If you’ve heard rumors about nonstop rain in Belize, you’ve been listening to people who want to keep the secret of this season to themselves. Sure, there are nourishing showers, but mornings tend to be sunny and bright, lots of rain falls at night when tourists are winding down from busy days and even when showers break, they can disappear in such short order, you might not have time to open your umbrella. Days are cooled by rain and on some days, there’s not a cloud in the sky.
4. The green explosion. When the rains come to Belize, day trips to jungles, rainforests and gardens are enhanced by an explosion of vibrant colors. From succulent fruit to vivid flowers, it’s as though God grabbed a paint brush and coated every butterfly, leaf and bloom with shiny lacquer. Rains coincide with the birth of some types of marine animals in Belize, so if you’re looking to witness a few miracles, plan to be around when darling baby turtles come into the world.
5. Green beans. Not the veggie, silly. Rains play a huge role in Belize’s thriving cacao bean growing season, bringing nutrients and moisture to the crop that helps satisfy the chocolate cravings of people around the world. Rains nurture and push cacao beans to maturity, so the next time you bite into a bar of dark chocolate, you can thank Belize’s green season for that mouth-watering treat.
6. Green streams. When Belize’s green season arrives, sporty types, eager to tackle extreme aquatic adventures, show up in Belize to take advantage of rising rivers, lagoons, lakes and waterways fed by downpours that can make water activities so much more exciting. Tourists visiting at other times of the year may not get opportunities to experience the rush that comes when water levels are at their highest. Dare you fib about “the one that got away”? Of course. The rain won’t share your secret.
Do you crave a destination wedding but the distance issue is scary? No worries. Belize is fast becoming the destination wedding capital of Central America and resorts like Chabil Mar have a talent for turning even small celebrations into extravaganzas. From basic arrangements to all-inclusive packages customized to suit your taste and budget, why go elsewhere?
Here are 21 great reasons to get married in Belize:
1. You don’t have to feed the multitudes, including Aunt Mary who ruins most weddings anyway. Enjoy a lavish wedding for less cash because your wedding party is likely to be small enough to make the day both lavish and affordable.
2. Your photos will be perfect–especially if taken late in the day when golden rays of the sun make everybody look gorgeous, even mothers-in-law!
3. Find out who your real friends are. Invite your nearest and dearest; if they can’t get to your Belize affair, you know where you stand.
4. Make other newlywed connections. Since Belize is fast-becoming Central America’s wedding destination, you could bond with other newlyweds and stay in touch over the years.
5. Save money. According to The Knot, today’s average 150-guest wedding averages $29,000 USD. Compare that to a full-blown Chabil Mar affair. If your party is big enough, reserve the entire resort just for your big day.
6. Everyone speaks English in Belize. Forget struggling with a second language as you put together your wedding celebration using skilled Chabil Mar event planners.
7. Beach? Jungle? Waterfall? All things are possible in this wonderland, so whether you want your wedding on a beach, in a cave, at a Mayan ruin or at a quaint local church, your choices are unlimited.
8. Save a bundle on your honeymoon. You’re already in Belize. Voila! Instant honeymoon.
9. The food is delish. Treat your guests to gourmet meals prepared by Chabil Mar chefs skilled in European cookery and ethnically-rich plates that reflect Belize’s diverse cultures.
10. Your host does all the work. Included in Chabil Mar’s basic wedding package are the honeymoon suite, bouquets, beach or pier deck ceremony, help with your license and tropical reception, all at one price.
11. Chabil Mar offers a wide range of extras, like reception planning, couples massages, in-country airfare, photographer, videographer and even clergy.
12. It’s easy to get a marriage license. Show up three days before the big day. Present your passport with photo as proof of the day you arrived in Belize and you’re done.
13. Your marriage will be recognized everywhere, so it’s just as official in Belize as it would be if you exchanged vows in Ottawa, Detroit or Los Angeles.
14. The weather is divine. Year-round. Seriously.
15. Wear what you like. White gown. Floral sarong. Bedazzled pedal pushers. Swimsuit. Bridal Fashion Police officials avoid Belize, so don anything you fancy.
16. No clothing restrictions for guests, either. Inform guests that your ceremony and/or reception is to be held on a boat, on the beach or at Chabil Mar Resort so they can wear whatever they consider appropriate.
17. It’s easy to get to Belize. Anyone wishing to attend your wedding can find lots of flights from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Adventurous guests may wish to make your event the object of a long and relaxing road trip!
18. Stress-free planning. Use your phone or the Internet to do all of your planning with Chabil Mar staff. Since no grumpy, frazzled couples are permitted in Belize, you fly down and hit the beach to get the tan other couples pay for at tanning beds back home.
19. Save on pricey décor because Mother Nature is another of your wedding planners. Brides lament that their floral bill is as daunting as a student loan, but in Belize, everything is perpetually in bloom.
20. Take advantage of rate drops during low season at Chabil Mar and save even more on airfares and accommodations so you can spend it on the reception instead.
21. Make exceptional memories. This reason to marry in Belize is strictly up to you!