Thursday, 06 June 2013 08:32
Placencia, Belize - The Adventure Vacation Beach Destination
". . . it's the adventures to be had that make this a top 100 beach destination"
Placencia (#47) and Laughing Bird Caye (#71), off our coast, named to the world's top 100 beaches by CNN. What makes us so special? We should know. With 400 feet of private Placencia Beachfront and the closest full service luxury resort to the Village of Placencia, Chabil Mar is uniquely located to provide our guests with access to the Village and the Cayes at their leisure and on their own time.
What an honor for Placencia, and well deserved, we know.
Placencia - The Peninsula and The Village
Sixteen miles of natural sandy beach, a virgin mangrove-fringed lagoon, a wonderland of coral-studded cayes, nearby jungle rivers and pristine rainforest Garifuna, Creole and Mayan cultures and ancient Mayan ruins make Placencia the ideal location for the adventure traveler!
Laughing Bird Caye National Park - Belize
Laughing Bird Caye is a beautiful Belizean isle situated on the western side of Victoria Channel, only 11 miles off the coast from Placencia Village in the Stann Creek District of Belize. Laughing Bird Caye is probably the single most popular day trip from Placencia. The island is what many consider the perfect tropical paradise - sand, palm trees, free of flies and surrounded by shallow coral reef perfect for snorkeling or diving.
About Placencia by CNN -
Placencia has great beaches, but it's the adventures to be had that make this a top 100 beach destination. Jungle rivers, Mayan ruins and fantastic wildlife make this one a beach trip with various purposes.
Highlight: Monkeys, iguanas and the chance to kayak in a lagoon with manatees.
About Laughing Bird Caye by CNN -
Reaching barely a meter above sea level, this protected isle is less than a hectare in size, but offers one of the best day trips off the Belize coast. A huge amount of coral, bird and marine life call this place home, which is why so many visitors call it perfect.
Highlight: The laughing gulls after which the isle is named have moved on, but herons, blackbirds and pelicans can often be seen.
Contact Us to discuss your Placencia, Belize Vacation and enjoy your very own 400 feet of private Placencia beachfront at Chabil Mar. See the entire list here.
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:24
There’s more to Belize than fun and sun.
Just ask the Heyer family from Chicago, Ill. Certainly they were looking for warm weather, even a beach, but what they discovered was an amazing array of adventure and learning opportunities. “Our kids, Zack and Abby are 9 and 12, and we decided that rather than another beach trip where we just relaxed around a pool and on the sand, we’d find something more adventurous,” says mom JoAnne and dad Chris. They wanted to experience another culture and a different geographic area. They opted for Central America.
“We looked at Costa Rica, but ultimately decided on Belize. We wanted jungle and beach and the two resorts that looked best to us on the internet were Chabil Mar on the Caribbean and The Lodge at Chaa Creek in the rainforest,” she said.
The Heyers not only had luxurious quarters at Chabil Mar, the resort situated amidst abundant gardens on the Caribbean, but is conveniently located near Placencia Village and the offshore islands for fantastic snorkeling, as well.
”We saw so much in the water,” she said. “We were up close and personal with octopus, eel, stingrays, sea turtles and all sorts of colorful fish in this little gem of a country that’s renowned for diving and snorkeling.” In addition to discovering a whole new world under water, they learned about the land and its people on this narrow peninsula framed by the mint green waters of the Caribbean. They enjoyed meeting and learning about the Garifuna culture in the Placencia area of Belize. “In addition to being such great fun, we all had educational experiences here, over and above just another beach trip,” she said.
And that was just the beginning of their family adventure.
From the charming little Village of Placencia, perched at water’s edge and filled with fishermen, colorful shops and eateries, they headed inland, via Chaa Creek transport, to Belize’s Cayo District. The journey by road took them through scenic lush mountainous terrain. On the western side of the country, Cayo is the largest district and nudges up against the Guatemala border.
Embedded in towering trees filled with birds and howler monkeys, the Lodge at Chaa Creek sprawls alongside a gentle flowing river. Thatch roof cottages dot the landscape. Their son had just completed a project in school on the rainforest, so this was study come to life. In addition to experiencing the rainforest firsthand, they explored incredible mystical Mayan ruins and thanks to experienced guides, learned about the centuries old Mayan civilization.
“Originally, this trip was about fun and adventure but the educational aspects were a fantastic bonus,” she said. The Heyers said the family loved both resorts as well as the luxury of having experienced and knowledgeable drivers provide transportation to each of the two resorts, Chabil Mar and The Lodge at Chaa Creek, which even made the transportation portions of the trip very educational.
They say they had the best of both worlds----jungle and sea--- all in one magical Belize family vacation. Contact Us to create your Belize Adventure Family Vacation.
Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:35
We are so proud to have Placencia nearly sweep the awards at this year's event. And, are especially proud of Natalie Ranguy, our Guest Services Manager, on being honored with the award of "Frontline Person of the Year".
Winners were announced in the following Categories. Congratulations to all of Placencia on a great year!
- Destination of the Year: Placencia
- Hotel of the Year: San Ignacio Resort Hotel
- Small Hotel of the Year: Singing Sands Inn | Maya Beach | Placencia Peninsula
- Frontline Person of the Year: Natalie Ranguy of Chabil Mar | Placencia Village - A frontline employee who has great interpersonal skills, welcomes guests with outstanding Belizean hospitality, is knowledgeable about Belize, and goes above and beyond the everyday duties and responsibilities to ensure that guests' needs are fulfilled. This individual makes an impressive first and last impression of her work place.
- Tour Guide of the Year: Jerome Williams of Huracan Diving
- Hospitality Award: Placencia Tourism Center | Placencia Village
- Major Festival & Event: Placencia Lobsterfest | Placencia Village
- Tour Operator of the Year: Splash Dive Center | Placencia Village
- Restaurant of the Year: Maya Beach Bistro - Maya Beach | Placencia Peninsula
Plan your Belize Adventure Vacation at Chabil Mar in Placencia . . . Click Here!
Minister of Tourism & Culture, Hon. Manuel Heredia, presented two special awards for the night. The Minister's Award was bestowed on David Heredia, owner of Anchorage Hotel in Caye Caulker, for his work and interest in the tourism industry which are grounded in community improvement and activism. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jessie Young, President of the Community Baboon Sanctuary Women's Group in Bermudian Landing, for dedicating her life to grow and develop Belize's tourism industry. This awardee's contributions are significant and have positively impacted Belize and the lives of countless Belizeans. Despite challenges, this tourism industry lifetime achiever persevered.
The Minister of Tourism & Culture, Board of Directors, Management & Staff of the Belize Tourism Board salute all winners on their outstanding achievements!
Monday, 20 May 2013 10:51
Many of our guests have mentioned how "at home" they feel within hours of visiting with us. Perhaps a major contributor to the wonderfully comfortable relaxation that comes over you at Chabil Mar is created by our beautifully designed and maintained tropical gardens and displays!
Alberto Arias is the Gardens and Landscape Manager and responsible for creating the more than 20 topiaries, his personal artistry, that grace the property.
In June of 2004, during construction, just four coconut palm trees graced the landscape. They are here today forming the frame of the beach-side restaurant, Café Mar, brilliantly lit in the evening for our guests dining and lounging pleasure. The plants and landscape of Chabil Mar are unique not only to the Placencia Peninsula in particular, but to all of Belize as well, in that they are a blend of species and varieties from the natural seaside ‘scapes of Belize as well as the jungle ‘scapes. Many of our plants are “imported” from the Maya mountain range and jungles of the Cayo District to form an all encompassing Belizean tropical paradise.
Why is it that everyone arrives at Chabil Mar and give a collective sigh of peacefulness and relaxation? Perhaps it's the lush tropical gardens, that envelope the infinity swimming pools, lay the background to the private beach and greet you as you gaze in any direction from your personal veranda every day and night!
Conact our Reservations Manager to discuss your Placencia, Belize Adventure Vacation
Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:55
Placencia Lobsterfest 2013
With just one more month to go before the most anticipated event in Placencia Village each year, we are readying ourselves for one of the best ever! To compliment the start of the weekend activities, Chabil Mar will be providing beach-side entertainment at Cafe Mar with our Friday night grill and garifuna drummers performing from 6PM to 8:00PM. Then take advantage of our fantastic Placencia Village location and stroll down the beach or hop on our free shuttle and join in on the fun in the Village on the beach.
The 15th Annual Lobsterfest is on June 28-29-30 this year.
Another grand celebration of the opening of Lobster season in Belize and has long been a traditional mainstay of Placencia's economy. What to expect in Lobsterfest 2013?
Best Lobstah' Dish Competition.
Creole, Mayan, Garifuna, Caribbean, European, Asian and North American culinary delights.
Local Rums and Liquors
Popular Local DJs
Headlining Belizean Bands
PLACENCIA LOBSTERFEST RAFFLE
Win a catarmaran trip; A Two-Night stay at a luxury resort; A Snorkeling trip; Roundtrip international and domestic flights, and more!
For adults and kids alike
BEER DRINKING CONTEST
What esle do we say?
BIGGEST LOBSTAH' COMPETITION
Help protect our reefs - Catch and Eat
MR & MRS PHYSIQUE
Strut your stuff for the crowds!
TIPSY TUNA TOSS
SPICY HOT WINGS EATING CONTEST
- Throw the cast net
- Reel in the kayak
- Fly fishing on the beach
DON'T FORGET YOU VERY OWN 2013 LOBSTERFEST T-SHIRT!
Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:47
Chabil Mar gives new meaning to "Table with a view, please!"
This is al fresco dining and room service re-defined. Our entire property is your kindgom; you choose where you will dine, all open-air, no walls, no roofs except for the palm tree waving in the wind, on the serenity of your personal villa veranda or a private dinner on the pier. As priceless as this innovative dining experience is, it comes at no extra cost over and above the meals you select. This is a Belize Resort the Chabil Mar way . . . personalized and perfected.
Your breakfast, lunch and dinner dining options on site at Chabil Mar are:
- Cafe Mar Beach-Side
- Your Personal Villa Veranda
- On the Pier Under the Stars
- On a Lounge on the Beach
But, didn't you come to Belize to explore, find adventure and a new cultural experience? In addition to the exquiste, al fresco dining options at Chabil Mar, you can take advantage of our exceptional beach location in Placencia Village and visit the multiple restaurants, cafes, bars and local roadside vendors on your own, by a stroll along the beach, by bike or kayak or golf cart in five minutes, or even hop on our free hourly evening shuttle.
Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:14
A Luxurious Springtime Caribbean Belize Vacation All Year Through - Special Package Pricing for May, 2013 - 10% Discount
Time is running out to take advantage of this 10% May discount on the Chabil Mar and Chaa Creek "Swim Suits and Hiking Boots" Belize vacation for couple, families and friends.
Enjoy a 7-night Belize Jungle and sea Vacation Package at two award winning resorts: The Lodge at Chaa Creek (Inland at Cayo, Belize) and Chabil Mar (Seaside at Placencia, Belize). This all-inclusive package, available throughout the year, offers our guests a seamless yet diverse Belizean holiday that includes everything in one set price.
The Chabil Mar portion includes:
- Welcome drink and resort tour
- Accommodations in a Luxury Villa
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners (including a dinner in Placencia Village at a select restaurant)
- Bottle of Champagne
- Complimentary use of bicycles and kayaks
- 2 Full days of Golf Cart to explore Placencia Village at your leisure
- Two fresh water infinity pools
- Full day snorkeling
- Hiking tour of Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve OR Boat to Monkey River for the Howler Monkey Tour (your choice of either one)
- Flights Roundtrip between Belize City International Airport and Placencia
- Roundtrip airport transfer Placencia Airport and Chabil Mar
The Chaa Creek portion includes:
- Cottage accommodations
- Full Meal Plan - All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Excursions to the Maya temples of Tikal and Barton Creek Cave
- Guided tours of the Natural History Center and Butterfly Farm
- Canoeing and nature walks
- Round trip transfers with a stop at the Belize Zoo and Xunantunich Maya Temple Sites (Transfers are from the Philip Goldson International Airport to Chaa Creek and Chaa Creek to Chabil Mar)
To reserve your Jungle and Sea Belize Vacation:
- Contact Us via the Chabil Mar web site
- Call Us Toll Free US/CAN: 1-866-417-2377 - Local 011-501-523-3606
- Email our Reservations Manager, Althea Schable:
Ask about the May 10% Discount!
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:21
Placencia Calendar of Events - 2013
Dec. 31 – Jan. 1 … New Year’s Eve Party: A local village affair, and all are welcome. Look forward to a fireworks show at midnight, small food vendors on site, stocked bar with domestic beer and rum and a live band playing Belizean favorites.
Placencia Sidewalk Arts & Music Festival
: Have fun at the fastest growing event in the Southern region. Visual and performing artists from Placencia and across Belize showcase their best along Placencia’s historic sidewalk. Shop for Belizean art and explore Belize’s vibrant music scene.
Proposed 2014 Date: Feb. 15 & 16
The Taste of the Peninsula: Sample a wide range of cuisine contributed by participating Peninsula restaurants and home cooks; dance the night away to live music and participate in fun raffles and more.
2013 Date: Saturday, March 9
Summer begins in Placencia: Kick off the summer early by taking advantage of continuing great weather and price reductions on accommodations throughout the area.
The Placencia Lobsterfest is a mega beach party like no other in Belize organized by the Placencia BTIA and Placencia Village Council. Celebrate Placencia and its bounty of good food and people. Enjoy live musical performances, games and take a chance in the legendary Placencia Lobsterfest Raffle.
2013 Date: June 28, 28 & 30
Celebrations held throughout the month leading up to Sept. 10 celebrating the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day and Sept. 21, Independence Day. Enjoy small festivities like patriotic pageants and parades, to large celebrations and the Placencia BTIA’s Saltwater Fishing Tournament where anglers can win large cash prizes.
Barefoot Bar’s Halloween Party … Join Halloween enthusiasts from Placencia and all over Belize at the biggest Halloween party in the area. Costume prizes, drink specials and visiting DJ.
Garifuna Settlement Day on Nov. 19 in Seine Bight Village. Enjoy cultural pageants conducted in the Garifuna language and watch reenactments of the Garifuna people arriving on Belizean shores followed by parades, punta dancing, live drumming and more. About Belize
2013 Date: November 19
Placencia Mistletoe Ball: Glam up and celebrate the year at this formal affair. Eat, drink and dance the night away to a headlining party band, playing Belizean favorites.
Visit: www.runbelize.org for more info.
2013 Date: Dec. 8
Monday, 08 April 2013 00:00
Chabil Mar is The Guest Exclusive Resort of Placencia, Belize. A boutique resort of 19 Villas and a Honeymoon Suite, Chabil Mar is situated on over 400 feet of gorgeous oceanfront and a stroll along the beach from Placencia Village Center, where our guests can partake of the Village restaurants, shops and nightlife at their leisure.
The Village of Placencia sits at the tip of a 16–mile peninsula of the same name in southern Belize, locally known as "Barefoot Perfect". The unique setting of Placencia and Chabil Mar provides the perfect blend of activities, all from one central location:
- Exploring Placencia Village on one’s own schedule and at your leisure. (We are the closest full service resort to Placencia Village on the entire 16 mile long Placencia Peninsula)
- Afternoon or overnight private island parties
- Flats and deep water fishing
- Exploring Maya archaeological sites
- World–class diving and snorkeling at the World’s Second Largest Barrier Reef
- Howler Monkey Jungle Tours
- Hiking in the World’s only Jaguar Preserve
- You dream adventure, We create experience, including “You Catch It . . . We Cook It” for our fishermen and women
At Chabil Mar each villa on this lushly landscaped property is uniquely designed and furnished, appointed with original artwork, and feature excellent views of the Caribbean from personal verandas. In addition, two infinity beach-side pools grace the property.
Intimate open-air beach-side dining at Café Mar or on the private pier is a hallmark of the Chabil Mar experience. Chabil Mar gives new meaning to "Table with a View". You choose: Is that table on the beach? Your veranda? The pier? Beneath lush breeze-ruffled palms? Nestled within our gardens of brilliant colored blooms? Or a candlelit table beneath a black velvet star scattered sky? You set the stage for your dining experience and our four star kitchen sets the table!
This is room service and al fresco dining re-defined! Our entire property is your kingdom; you choose where and when you will dine.
Privacy, luxury accommodations, access to all of Belize's adventures, and our premier location, result in a one-of-a-kind “Barefoot Luxury” Resort adventure vacation.
The winner of multiple years of Service Awards and Recognitions as well as accolades from GQ Magazine, Fox News, US News and World Report, TripAdvisor, Travel Age West, Wheel of Fortune and Destinations Travel Magazine, are testaments to the Chabil Mar Resort Experience.
Guest-Centric exclusive service in barefoot luxury, all just five minutes from Placencia Village in the World's Best Kept Secret, Belize.
This is Chabil Mar!