Chabil Mar Featured in Destination Travel Magazine

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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Destinations Travel Magazine recently featured the resort of Chabil Mar in Belize in their October 2016 edition. Describing the multiple award-winning resort as a “hidden gem”, the feature article lavished praise on Chabil Mar, noting that their tagline of “Beauty by Belize, Luxury by Design” was quite apt indeed. Destinations Travel Magazine described Chabil Mar as a “slice of paradise” where superior hospitality and service go hand in hand with a carefully-crafted, intimate property situated on the lovely Placencia Peninsula.

“We are very happy to have been featured by Destinations Travel Magazine,” said Larry France, Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar. “Year after year, we have striven to create an oasis of luxury and relaxation for visitors in one of the most beautiful places in Belize. We look forward to welcoming readers of Destinations Travel and getting a chance to share our hospitality, fine dining, and beautiful resort with them.”


Destinations Travel Magazine highlighted the fact that Chabil Mar is an idyllic balance of contemplative quiet and modern amenities just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village, the shopping, dining, and entertainment hub of the peninsula. The magazine also made special mention of the many attractions close to the resort, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef with its world-class snorkeling, diving, and fishing as well as the rainforests, jungles, and animal sanctuaries on the mainland where the “sheer variety of plants, flowers, trees, and foliage literally drench Belize in color.”

The article in the October 2016 of Destinations Travel Magazine is replete with numerous full-color photographs featuring the luxury villas on the property, each decorated with furnishings crafted from the colorful artwork of local artisans and locally-grown hardwoods that allow guests to “slip into a Belize state of mind” the moment that they arrive.


The magazine article also complimented the discretion and high level of service provided by the staff at the resort. The article lavished the staff with high praise, complimenting them on their excellent command of English and their attention to detail while always keeping the guest’s privacy in mind.

Destinations Travel Magazine is one of the world’s premiere publications featuring glamorous, luxurious, and bespoke destinations around the world. With a focus on rich travel, leisure, and entertainment, Destinations Magazine has positioned itself as an informative, go-to resource for discriminating travelers and tourism professionals.



Chabil Mar welcomes Westjet to Belize

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Canadians Can Now Fly Non-Stop to Belize

Americans have enjoyed non-stop service to Belize for years, but Canadians wanting to visit the tropical gem of a nation were forced to endure long flights with multiple connections. Now Canadians can enjoy the same benefits as their cousins in the United States as WestJet announced that it will begin operating non-stop flights from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Belize City starting in October 2016. All flights will land at the Philip Goldson International Airport outside of Belize City, and the duration of the flight is around seven hours.

Once in Belize, there are plenty of exciting things to do and see for Canadians. Belize and its hundreds of offshore islands is a premiere destination for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing as the waters in and around the Belize Barrier Reef are bursting with a rainbow of marine flora and fauna.

Other exciting activities in Belize include exploring ancient Maya cities. Belize was once the heart of the ancient Maya Empire, but when it collapsed around five centuries ago, the magnificent pyramids, temples, and buildings were lost to the jungle. Today, visitors can visit reclaimed ruins like Lamanai, Altun Ha, Caracol, and Xunantunich, the latter home to the largest Maya royal tomb ever discovered.

For nature lovers, there’s plenty to do and see on the mainland. Enjoy a day hike or a multi-day adventure in the pristine wilderness of the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, the only jaguar reserve in the world. Or take a leisurely boat ride up the Monkey River to see traditional villages interspersed in a beautiful jungle setting.

belize resortsThe award-winning luxury resort of Chabil Mar is situated on the Placencia Peninsula on Belize’s southeastern coast. Ideally situated close to both the Belize Barrier Reef and popular attractions on the mainland, Chabil Mar is an oasis of comfort, featuring a seaside restaurant, lush tropical garden, and elegantly-appointed villas. With their motto of Beauty by Belize, Luxury by Design, the resort of Chabil Mar is offering 20% off accommodations from November 1 to December 15, 2016 for visitors coming to Belize in November and December. Chabil Mar can also arrange for complete Belize vacation packages to see and experience the top attractions in the country.

With WestJet now offering Canadians the chance to fly directly from Toronto to Belize, now is a perfect chance to experience the unspoiled natural beauty and enjoy the exciting adventures that has made this Central American country one of the hottest visitor destinations in the world.

Visit our website for more information on Belize, 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.

Visit Belize in 2017 says Stride Travel

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

belize-in-2017Stride Travel, one of the largest and most respected travel review sites on the internet, has selected Belize as a top adventure tour destination to visit in 2017. Stride Travel selected Belize for its world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, highlighting top sites like Lighthouse Reef atoll and the Belize Blue Hole.

Stride Travel also recommended that adventure vacationers take advantage of guided tours popular sites in Belize like the Maya ruins of Caracol and Xunantunich in order to learn more about the local insights and historical context of the country. Stride Travel included Belize along with Cuba, Greece, Iceland, Peru, Romania, and Thailand as adventure sites to see in 2017.

Based in San Francisco, California, Stride Travel provides first-hand reviews for guided tours, adventure travel packages, and cruises in order to make authentic world travel more possible.

Located on the beautiful Placencia Peninsula, the award-winning luxury resort of Chabil Mar features luxury villas, beachfront dining, and some of the finest customer service anywhere in the country. Chabil Mar is only minutes away from top sites on the mainland like the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve as well as the beautiful Belize Barrier Reef, home to world-class diving, snorkeling, sailing, and fishing opportunities.

Chabil Mar offers guests complete jungle and sea vacation packages in order to experience the very best that the country has to offer, including the scuba diving, snorkeling, and exploration of ancient Maya sites that were highlighted by Stride Travel.

Chabil Mar, Luxury by Design, Beauty by Belize.

Visit our website for more information on Belize, 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.



Belize Garifuna Settlement Day Celebration 2016

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016

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The National Garifuna Council have announced the theme for this year’s Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations. This year’s theme will be Isiti, Pantati, Gabafuti, Iunrahowa, or “Rich, Proud and Powerful, Let Us Work to Preserve It” in English.

Every year on November 19, Belize commemorates Garifuna Settlement Day in remembrance of the epic journey of the Garifuna people to the shores of Belize. Originally descended from imported African slaves who intermarried with local Carib and Arawak peoples in the Caribbean, primarily on the island of St. Vincent, the Garifuna rose up against the British at the end of the 18th century. Britain, after winning several wars against France, began putting down the Garifuna rebellion, only succeeding in 1796.

Hounded by the British, the Garifuna made their way westward through the Caribbean Sea, stopping on the island of Roatan in what is now Honduras. Using dugout canoes, the Garifuna pushed on to avoid British maritime forces, ventually arriving in Belize on November 19, 1802. Their contributions to Belizean society were formally recognized in 1975 when Garifuna Settlement Day first became a national holiday.

Garifuna Settlement Day is a chance for visitors and locals throughout the country to taste Garifuna food favorites like cassava bread, hudut (a fish stew made with bananas) and darasa (similar to tamales but with green bananas and coconut milk), watch traditional dances like the Jankanu Dance, and listen to both traditional and Garifuna music.

See also: 6 Things to Know about the Garifuna people of Belize

The Garifuna have made substantial contributions to the musical scene in Belize, creating and shaping popular genres like punta and punta rock. Garifuna drumming, using instruments made from locally-sourced hardwoods and animal skins, is one of the most iconic features with its steady percussion of African rhythms and beats. In 2001, UNESCO proclaimed that the dance, music, and language of the Garifuna was a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

In towns with a significant Garifuna population, the holiday begins at dawn with a re-enactment of the epic voyage across the water in dugout canoes, followed by dancing, music, drumming, parades, games, and lots and lots of food. Look for the Garifuna flag with black, white, and yellow horizontal stripes that represent the sun, peace, and pride.

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Chabil Mar is an award-winning luxury resort located on the Placencia Peninsula and is near some of the best Garifuna towns to celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day like Seine Bight, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, and Hopkins. With elegantly appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and Cafe Mar, one of the country’s finest restaurants, on site, Chabil Mar is the epitome of Beauty by Belize, Luxury by Design.



Belizean Patriots Honored

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

belize-flagGovernor General Sir Colville Young, Belize’s head of state, was on hand at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts in Belize City on September 15, 2016, to award 21 outstanding individuals for their contribution to Belize’s national development.

Every year, the Tribute to Belizean Patriots conveys honors to individuals in Belize, both past and present, as part of the run-up to Independence Day on September 21. Sir Colville Young was joined on stage by Diana Locke, the Director of Immigration, the Police Press Officer, Raphael Martinez, and several members of the Belize Defence Force.

Daniel “Danny” Conorquie, who was killed in the line of duty in 2014, was awarded along with 18 other individuals with Belize’s Meritorious Service Award. Conorquie, who served as a special police constable, was murdered on September 25, 2014, at the police post at the Caracol Archeological Reserve in Belize’s western Cayo District. Conorquie was honored for giving his life to defend the lives of tourists who were at the popular site.

At the Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremony, two individuals were awarded the Order of Distinction. Benjamin Ho, the Taiwanese ambassador to Belize, and Dr. Jane Usher, matriarch of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union were awarded this prestigious honor for their long service to the country. Ambassador Ho began his career in Belize in 1994 when he served as the Senior First Secretary for the Republic of China and was later promoted to Ambassador.

Dr. Jane Usher, born in 1917, was on hand at the ceremony to accept her award for serving two consecutive terms as a local politician, a cabinet minister, and President of the Senate. Dr. Usher holds the unique distinction of being the individual who embroidered the first flag of Belize. Dr. Usher may be best known for her work in championing women’s rights, serving as the President of the National Women’s Commission. Dr. Usher founded the Holy Redeemer Credit Union in 1944 to offer affordable and accessible financing opportunities for Belizeans.

The staff and management of Chabil Mar extend their warmest congratulations to all of the Belize Patriots, and wish a wonderful and happy Independence Day to all Belizeans at home or abroad on September 21, 2016.

After several centuries of British colonial rule, Belize finally achieved full independence on September 21, 1981. Independent Belize is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and a parliamentary democracy with a proud record of high voter participation and free and fair elections.