Belize to play Canada in World Cup qualifying

Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2015

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Belize will face Canada in the next round of World Cup qualifying.

The first leg of the game will be played on September 4th at the BMO Field in Toronto, Canada, and the second leg will be played on September 8th at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan, Belize.

“We can say Belize is a team that has made positive and continuous progress. That’s good for us because it won’t be easy to pass this eliminatory round. We need to focus on these first two games with a lot of intensity,” Canadian coach Benito Floro said in a statement.

Belize is currently the highest it has ever been in the FIFA rankings and has vaulted 37 spots in the latest numbers.

Canada started their journey with a 6-0 domination of Dominica in Round 2, while Belize entered uncharted territory after seeing off the Dominican Republic 5-1 after two legs.

If Belize makes it to the fourth round, they will face the likes of Mexico, a regional powerhouse that has never failed to qualify for the World Cup and walloped a young Jaguars team 9-0 over two legs in 2008 in the second round of 2010 World Cup qualifying.

The 2018 World Cup kicks off on June 14 and the final is on July 15th and is being hosted in Russia.

On behalf of Chabil Mar Management and Staff, we wish the best of luck to the Belize National Team in the World Cup qualifying tournament.

5 Terrific Reasons to Visit Belize in September

Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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In the interest of transparency, we must tell you that there are about 500 reasons to visit Belize in September, but we want to invite you here in a gentle, non-frightening way because the thought of having that many reasons to come could make you feel faint. We’d prefer that your spinning head result from rock-bottom discounts, too much local beer and so many unforgettable memories, you’ll wonder why you never thought to visit here in September before now.

1. Visit Belize in September if the idea of a non-stop party that spans all 30 days of the month is something you’ve always wanted to experience. Even the Christmas and New Year’s holidays pale in comparison. Belize finally gained its independence on September 21st, thus that date serves as an annual anniversary party that triggers fireworks, bands, parades and pageants. You’re invited to attend as many of these celebrations as your energy level permits if you visit in September.

2. September in Belize has especially nice weather, with temperatures running between 77- and 86-degrees F. Sure, Belize remains temperate and beautiful nearly 365 days a year, but September is the tail end of the green season, when Mother Nature grows weary of dispensing life-sustaining rain. In September, showers typically arrive late at night or in the early morning hours—before anyone in their right mind gets up after partying late into the night before.

belize summer vacation3. Skip the crowds in September. For some reason, this has become the one month of the year that crowds don’t flock to Belize, and we’re convinced that this is because frequent September vacationers want to keep the secret that there’s lots of room to spread out because Belize tourism in September is at a low point. If over-crowded tours, bars and hard-to-find accommodations sound like a great time, by all means wait until December when prices rise and humanity arrives in force.

4. September accommodations, attractions and other amenities are less expensive than comparable rates offered during the other 11 months, so your U.S. dollar will stretch like taffy. Consider the strikingly affordable rates offered by Belize’s top lodging choice, Chabil Mar Villas in Placencia, for example. You’ll find deep discounts on everything from luxury suites to adventure tours. All-inclusive Belize vacation packages are particularly economical. Few travelers realize that September is on the cusp of tourism season, so visitors enjoy the same experience, but with less cash outlay.

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5. The kids are back in school! Parents desperate for an indulgent vacation that reminds them of what life was like before lunch boxes, report cards and sulky teens set the family barometer can rediscover each other at reduced prices. Time to ring Granny to babysit so you can vacation with the person with whom you fell in love. Environs at Chabil Mar Villas are so lush, private and intimate, even if you can’t recall a time when the two of you couldn’t get enough of each other, you’ll recapture it. Sure, there’s one long party going on in Placencia during September, but Chabil Mar accommodations are tucked away so exquisitely into the landscape, you might never even know it!

Visit our website www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize and Placencia, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation for the month of September.

Why Settle for One Central American Country When Travelers Can Afford to Visit Two?

Posted on Monday, July 20th, 2015

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In an unprecedented move, Chabil Mar Marketing Director Larry France announced the introduction of a travel package that gives couples a mini-tour of Central America at such an affordable price—and with so many perks—anyone eager to explore more than one nation in the region is sure to jump on the opportunity fast.

“We’re inviting travellers to sample the richness of our region by pairing a seven-night Guatemala and Belize vacation package that includes stays at two world-class resorts–Chabil Mar Resort in Belize and Bolontiku Hotel Boutique in Guatemala.”

“Included in the package are in-country flights between the two exotic destinations, all transfers, taxes, service charges and plenty of other extras,” said France. “We’re keeping the price of this package under wraps so we don’t start a stampede! Our staff stands ready to quote prices when inquiries are made,” he added.

Because this package includes so many options customized to suit travel preferences, it’s impossible to list them all here, but these should whet travelers’ appetites…

-Guests are treated to luxury accommodations at Chabil Mar and Bolontiku where cool breezes and lush environs are unsurpassed,
-Travelers visit sites like Mystic Lake Peten Itza, Tikal, Mayan ruins, jungles and the world’s only Jaguar preserve,
-Optional excursions to national parks in both countries can be mixed and matched to suit guests, particularly on days that are reserved for leisure,
-Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included with stays at both resorts and delicious meals are provided when guests go on tours and outings,
-Exciting activities like horseback riding, zip lining, snorkeling, scuba diving and strolling local markets are all available during this two-country sojourn,
-Complimentary extras like fruit baskets, light refreshments, cocktails, tropical flowers and Belize chocolates are provided, and
-Couples are invited to use the pedal boats, kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles and golf carts gratis at both resorts.

Is it possible to describe every option included in this Chabil Mar/Bolontiku vacation bonanza in full detail? Not in this press release.

But we’re as delighted to go into detail with media as we are to surprise travelers looking for one-of-a-kind vacations to two countries at affordable pricing based on a minimum of two persons.

That stated, this unique package is not available during peak season and neither international airfares nor alcohol are included.

You can book this package here: http://www.chabilmarvillas.com/belize-vacation-packages/7-nights-guatemala-tikal-belize-adventure.html or contact us at reservations[@]chabilmarvillas.com if you have any questions or need additional information on travelling to Belize or Guatemala.

The ten days of Christmas in Belize

Posted on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

 

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10 Festive Reasons to Celebrate Christmas at Chabil Mar in Placencia Belize

1. You know you’ll be freezing cold in December and that just the thought of leaving your coat, hat, gloves and boots in the closet and trading all this gear for a bathing suit and flip flops is the best gift you could give yourself.

2. Belize is so close to major southern U.S. airports, you can hop a plane, even at the last minute, and spend your holiday amid the pageantry, festivities and laid-back adventures at Chabil Mar without suffering a minute of jet lag.

3. You’ve always wanted to spend Christmas in paradise. While friends plow through snow and traffic getting to Grandma’s for the holiday, you’re focused on identifying over 600 species of birds flying overhead in Belize. Don’t tease your mates by confiding that you’re perpetually surrounded by fragrant flora and fauna during your Chabil Mar stay.

4. Discover how it feels to lie in a hammock on Christmas day without a care in the world. Temperatures in Belize range between 71°F (22°C) and 80°F (27°C), averaging 75°F (24°C) in December. It’s not too cold. It’s not too hot. Perfect.

5. Spend Christmas exploring the past. Head for an ancient Maya ruin where you examine relics, artifacts and perhaps skeletal remains of those who lived in Belize before Christ was even born.

6. Book a Christmas Vacation that exposes you to the best Mother Nature has to offer: Visits to both a lush rainforest and the second longest barrier reef on the planet. These all inclusive Belize vacation packages are affordably priced so you could return home in less debt than family members who are broke from too much holiday gift shopping.

7. Let Chabil Mar staff treat you like a visiting dignitary. You already know the story of The Three Wise Men who followed a star to find Baby Jesus. Think of yourself as a wise traveler minus the camels when you arrive at Chabil Mar to find luxe rooms, special holiday menus and enough festivities in Placencia to give you plenty of Christmas spirit.

8. Surprise the one you love with a Christmas trip to Belize instead of buying him more “stuff.” Whether you choose to say “Happy Anniversary,” “Marry me!” or “Let’s renew our vows at this magical time of year,” you’ll find that Chabil Mar Resort is dressed in holiday finery to welcome you.

9. Start a tradition. Leave the snow, sleet and blizzards behind to start a scuba diving or snorkeling tradition in Belize. Remarkable spots off Placencia will thrill you even more than unwrapping gifts of sweaters and fruit cakes! Spending Christmas beneath the sea at the Great Barrier Reef makes an unforgettable holiday even better.

10. Do something daring. Get a head start on New Year’s by making resolutions that get you out of your comfort zone. Go cave tubing, zip lining, kayaking or canoeing. Be forewarned: Chabil Mar Staff will tempt you with so many choices, your head could spin. Or perhaps that’s just a vision of what awaits as you imagine yourself drinking champagne on the beach while contemplating the night sky on a typical Belize Christmas Eve!

Interested in a Belize Christmas vacation? Email our Concierge at: concierge{@}chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at:reservations{@}chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

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You’re Invited to Spend Thanksgiving in Belize

 

You’re Invited to Spend Thanksgiving in Belize

Posted on Thursday, July 9th, 2015
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The first North American Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts was a model of diversity. Pilgrims, Native Americans and early settlers came together for a turkey dinner, and while there were no TV shows broadcasting sporting matches that day, there was plenty of talk, kids’ games, fun and gratitude for the new world’s bounty.

Given these North American roots, some travelers are surprised to learn that Thanksgiving is celebrated with great gusto in Belize—likely a result of the arrival of Pilgrims–known as ex-pats–who brought the holiday to Central America along with their furniture and desire for a more leisurely lifestyle.

Ex-pats were also surprised to learn that they didn’t have to import their birds to celebrate Thanksgiving in proper style. Mayans hunted and raised turkeys on this land thousands of years ago and served them at ceremonial occasions, as well.

Never thought about spending this holiday away from home? It’s time you re-thought the notion. Frequent November visitors agree: Thanksgiving in Belize is like nothing they have ever experienced, particularly holidays staged at Chabil Mar Villas where all of the tradition is imported but none of the chilly November North American weather!

“Each year our Thanksgiving celebration gets bigger and livelier,” says Chabil Mar’s Marketing Manager Larry France. “It’s become so popular here, we offer special packages just for visitors in late November when travelers want all of the celebration but none of the work. Thanksgiving in Belize is our tradition now, which is why our dinner table figuratively and literally grows larger each year!”thanksgiving in belize

The word’s gotten out–and we don’t think turkeys are talking—that if you think about spending your Thanksgiving holiday in Belize, Chabil Mar is your holiday headquarters. The resort not only hosts a lavish traditional meal but offers beautiful accommodations and amenities that are included in affordable packages for which you’ll be truly thankful.

“At Chabil Mar, the traditional cranberries, sweet potatoes, stuffing and pie guests enjoy back home are always on the menu, but our side dishes include tours of nearby attractions that make Thanksgiving in Belize a one-of-a-kind experience, surpassing even North America’s parades and football games,” adds France.

Tours include travel to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife and Jaguar Preserve, Monkey River Howler tour, birding outings, cave and river tubing. Guests requiring more activity to work off those tasty dishes count on Chabil Mar’s large inventory of bicycles, paddle boards and kayaks to make quick work of their Thanksgiving meals.

“Every year, as we host more and more tourists, Chabil Mar’s Thanksgiving feast becomes a more heavily booked affair,” France says. “Reservations come in faster and earlier these days, which is why we urge travelers eager to spend Thanksgiving with us to book early so there are enough places at our table for their entire family.”

If holidays are known to sneak up on you, a new tradition is in order: Thanksgiving at Chabil Mar. Just thinking about the sun, fun and the turkey you didn’t have to cook could make you doubly grateful for your decision to make your own pilgrimage to Belize.