Chabil Mar Wins 2016 TripAdvisor Travel Award

Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016

When the staff of Chabil Mar in Placencia was informed that prestigious travel authority, TripAdvisor, awarded the resort a Travelers’ Choice Award, Marketing Director Larry France found himself momentarily speechless.

“I recovered quickly,” he recalls, “but you have to admit that yet another year of receiving kudos from this important rating service was a lot to take in. I felt as excited as I did the first time TripAdvisor honored us. It doesn’t get old! We’re sure that our unwavering commitment to exceptional service is the reason we received this honor once again and we’re so grateful.”tripadvisor travelers choice award

Many awards have been bestowed upon this Placencia-based resort, but you would never know it by the degree of modesty exhibited by staff when they’re reminded of the list of accomplishments this popular accommodation has amassed. Included are an industry Top 25 “Best Hotels in Central America for Luxury and Service” award in 2015 plus “Fodor’s” 2014 “Choice for Luxury” in Southern Belize.

“I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m pretty sure that being recognized by so many noted travel authorities is the reason our beautiful resort has graced the pages and screens of high-profile media,” France explains. “When guests tell us that they learn of Chabil Mar by reading magazines like “International Living”(Chabil Mar was the cover story), “Destinations Travel Magazine” (June 2014 and April 2015 Luxury Edition), “American Airlines Magazine,” “TravelAge West Magazine” and “Belize Guide Places to Stay,” we’re flattered and delighted.”

“Even “US News and World Report” named us a top place to stay,” France adds, and “TV viewers have learned about us on the AOL Travel Channel and broadcasts like “Wheel of Fortune,” “The Price is Right” and “The Doctor’s TV Show”.”

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France is convinced that the resort’s success is a direct result of the consistency of service guests enjoy while lodging at Chabil Mar—-no easy feat since this luxury resort manages to be all things to all guests. “As both a romantic rendezvous for newlyweds and couples and a family-oriented destination that’s equally vibrant, we manage a harmonious balance between the two, without either world infringing upon the other.”

“Even our staff earns accolades,” says France. “The Belize Tourism Board bestowed Frontline Person of the Year honors on Natalie Ranguy and Althea Schable. When staff gathers honors, you know that our commitment to excellence reflects the very essence of our mission statement—a commitment that tells the world we’re more than bricks, mortar, wood, glass and décor. In fact, we’re a haven for traveler’s sensibilities. When guests place themselves in our care, we take this responsibility quite seriously.”

“Our staff does more than put heads in beds, which is likely why we were given the most recent TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award,” says France. “While we’re not driven by such honors, we’re grateful for them because they remind us that we’re upholding the high standards we set from the day we opened. This is particularly important as Belize continues to establish itself as the premier Caribbean destination of the future.”

For information about Chabil Mar’s awards, accommodations, packages, programs and unique experiences, visit the resort website:

Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge; Belize brings adventure to the world

Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016


For adventure enthusiasts all around the world, an event worthy of hype and excitement is finally here. The 2016 Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge in Belize is back and the epic competition will be as fierce as the Belizean jungles in which the race will take place.

Belize provides the perfect setting for an action adventure race. Set in the Maya mountains in the lush tropical jungles of Belize, co-ed groups of four compete for 3 days and 3 nights traversing more than 220 miles of the Maya mountains.

Competitors will spend the three days mountain biking, trekking, orienteering, canoeing, rappelling and spelunking. The epic race starts and ends in the beautiful town of San Ignacio, nestled in the foothills of the Maya mountains which serves as the gateway to adventure.

The competition showcases the very best of what Belize has to offer nature and adventure enthusiasts all over the world. Sprawling valleys, exotic wildlife, fresh pure rivers, breath-taking scenery, ancient Mayan cities, off-beaten trails and untouched cave systems become the backdrop for the epic race from start to finish.

Speaking about the race, executive director  of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), Rafael Manzanero, said that there is another part of Belize that is rarely seen, the Maya mountains, and the FCD challenges people to come and see what this country is really all about.

“The Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge has taken on a life of its own. What started as a typical adventure race production has developed into a testament of one of the last truly unspoiled corners of the world,” Julia Pollock, director of the competition said.

The 2016 race begins on February 20th.

After experiencing Belize’s vast and unspoiled countryside, participants of the Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge are invited to relax and rejuvenate at Chabil Mar on the beautiful Placencia peninsula in southern Belize.

The resort offers a plethora of Belize vacation packages including a premium 7-night package to scuba dive at the site the famous explorer, Jacques Cousteau, made popular: the Great Blue Hole.

Placencia Belize, which was recently selected as one of Travel and Leisure’s best places to visit in 2016, is one of the most unique destinations on earth; with immaculate, pristine beaches, world class cuisine and fine local dining, fun night-life, romantic sunrise and sunsets.

For more information about the Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge Race and visiting Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: or contact our Reservations Manager Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Best Spring Break Value Travel Destinations: Belize

Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016


There is a lot more to Belize than beautiful beaches, perfect sunny weather, and many exciting attractions. Belize was the home of the ancient Mayan empire, and today the country has dozens of amazing Maya temples and pyramids to explore and climb. With a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and welcoming, English-speaking natives, Belize makes every visitor instantly feel right at home.

Spring breakers can snorkel the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, ride a zipline high up in the canopy of a tropical rainforest, or marvel at jaguars, monkeys, and manatees in their native habitat. More exotic and welcoming than the crowded resorts of Cancun or Playa del Carmen in Mexico, Belize is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for students, families and couples to enjoy their spring break.

Getting to Belize Is Now More Affordable Than Ever

southwest airlines to start flying to belizeSouthwest Airlines recently entered the competitive US-Belize market, making airfare from the United States more affordable than ever. Flights from a variety of cities, including Atlanta, Houston, and Miami, arrive in Belize in just three or four hours. All international flights land in Belize City, located in the center of the country with easy access by ground, water or domestic air connection to any destination in Belize.

What You Can Do on Your Spring Break in Belize

  • Swim in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean
  • Soak in the rays on a pristine white beach
  • Dive or snorkel off the amazing Belize Barrier Reef
  • Relax in a hammock underneath palm trees
  • Savor delicious local cuisine, including seafood, Mexican, and Caribbean-themed dishes
  • Dance all night to the sounds of a local band
  • Spelunk the amazing ATM cave, once the home for sacred Mayan religious rites
  • Explore the ruins of a Mayan city
  • Go tubing down a jungle river, passing through a series of caves
  • Visit one of the wilderness refuges and spot rare birds or jaguars in their natural habitat
  • Paddle a kayak through one of the dozens of gorgeous islands
  • Go deep-sea fishing for big gamefish like marlin and swordfish
  • Enjoy a relaxing vacation at a luxurious tropical resort

Chabil Mar

Belize green globe certified resortsOne of the hotspots to visit is Placencia Village located in Southern Belize. With eighteen miles of pristine beaches and the beautiful Caribbean Sea, there’s plenty of room to gather, snorkel, canoe, scuba dive the great barrier reef, kayak, zip-line, and sunbathe. Hiking in the rainforests or deep-sea fishing is also readily available.

There are private  shuttles that can transfer you from Belize’s International Airport to Placencia Village, rental cars are available, or short flights via Tropic Air or Maya Island Air can connect you easily to the peninsula.

Chabil Mar is the place to stay in Placencia! Not only is it a luxury resort but also an award winning establishment with all the amenities of a five star resort. With its close proximity to the village of Placencia, it’s the perfect resort to stay for your spring break! If you were to ask anyone in the world where the best beaches in Belize are, they would tell you Placencia!

Chabil Mar offers an unbelievable variety of Jungle and Sea Belize Vacation packages so you’ll get the best of both worlds! Spend three or four nights inland enjoying adventures like the jaw-dropping ATM Cave, ancient Maya city of Caracol, canoeing in jungle rivers and hiking in rainforest trails.

Then spend the other three or four nights at the first-class resort of Chabil Mar where your package includes: a Monkey River tour,  snorkeling in the great Belize barrier reef, golf cart rental for two days, massage, and round trip transfers. You’ll also receive water, coffee, and soft drinks, along with all your meals. Oh, and did we forget to mention that Chabil Mar has two infinity pools with its own private pier?

Why not have a Belize spring break you’ll always remember? Belize luxury vacations are affordable and filled with fun for everyone! Why consider going to anywhere else but fabulous Belize?

For more information about visiting Belize and Chabil Mar, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: or contact our Reservations Manager Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Start Your Adventure: Your Perfect Summer in Belize

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Scenes 2nd Floor Seaview Chabil Mar Belize ResortSummer officially begins on May 1 in the lovely Central American nation of Belize. Whether you’re interested in exploring the jungle ruins of the Maya or enjoying swimming, snorkeling and diving in the warm waters of the Caribbean, Belize has it all. With a friendly, English-speaking population and warm sunny days, Belize is the perfect place to spend your summer vacation.

Chabil Mar

A beach lounge awaits you at Chabil Mar, the Guest Exclusive Luxury Resort of the Placencia Peninsula.

Located just a short walk down the beach from the picturesque Placencia Village, Chabil Mar is the ideal place to relax and unwind on your vacation to Belize. For nine consecutive years, Chabil Mar has been awarded with the Travelers Award for the Best of Belize and Central America. Chabil Mar offers al fresco dining throughout, giving diners an unforgettable experience as they savor gourmet food in full view of the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

The Best Food Anywhere in Belize

Rated by Fodor as the “Choice for Luxury” in Southern Belize, Chabil Mar features a team of top-quality chefs. With a wide variety of fresh-caught seafood, local delicacies, and gourmet fare, Chabil Mar serves up some of the most delicious food found anywhere in the country.

Belize Adventures

Imagine the perfect day in Belize…

  • Snorkeling in the pristine waters of the Caribbean…
  • Diving the great Belize Barrier Reef…
  • Sailing the turquoise seas…
  • Enjoying a sunset cruise…
  • Savoring a cocktail on the beach…
  • Spending the day exploring the pristine jungle…
  • Relaxing in a hammock underneath the shade of a palm tree…
  • Fishing for snapper, grouper, and many other gamefish…
  • Enjoying your fresh-caught fish prepared by one of our chefs…
  • Climbing to the top of an ancient Mayan pyramid…
  • Spending happy hour out on the lagoon…
  • Strolling down the beach to enjoy lunch at Placencia Village…

…and so much more!

Book Early and Save

Summer rates run from May 1 to December 15. Book early and save.

A few winter dates are still available. Act now to get the best accommodations anywhere in Belize.

Contact Us Today

To take advantage of these special rates while they’re still available, contact us today.

Toll Free US/CAN Telephone: 1-866-417-2377
Local Telephone: 011-501-523-3606

Chabil Mar features an on-site concierge with a full range of services, as well as a wedding and honeymoon planner for couples wanting to experience the ultimate romantic vacation in a tropical paradise.

10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Placencia Lobsterfest

Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016

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For more information about the Placencia Lobsterfest, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge{@} or contact our Reservations Manager at:reservations{@} Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.