The ten days of Christmas in Belize

Posted on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015



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{@} 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.

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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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Chabil Mar, Placencia Belize

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.

Belize Beach Wedding at Chabil Mar in Placencia Village

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Watch Chris & Amanda’s Beach Wedding in Placencia Belize:

See also: 21 reasons to get married in Belize and A fantastic Belize wedding review

5 Green Ways to Experience Belize

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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Photo by Tony Rath

Experience the Green Side of Belize’s Personality at Chabil Mar

There’s a reason travelers are enamoured of destinations showcasing our planet’s fragile state: Given global warming, industrial pollution, vanishing rainforests and climate change, green initiatives have never been more critical if we’re to protect the environment for future generations. Belize is committed to sustainable living, so in the spirit of the green movement, visit Chabil Mar Resort to get a bird’s eye view of natural treasures that abound in and around Placencia.

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See the ATM Cave. Archaeologists call it an epicenter of spirituality for the ancient Mayas. Visitors call it wondrous. Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave is that unique. Exotic rituals took place on this sacred ground in the past; from celebrations to ritual sacrifice, this was a holy place. Only small groups are permitted to visit at any given time, but Chabil Mar staff can arrange yours. Be forewarned that traveling to ATM includes a daunting trek through water, so forget wearing nice clothing.

Howler Monkey Chabil Mar Belize Resort
Take a Monkey River Eco-tour. The howler monkeys won’t care what you wear, but if you opt for a day trip here, you’ll learn amazing things about an area that’s retained its ecological balance despite the incursion of humanity and construction. Trained guides arranged by Chabil Mar staff point out wildlife scurrying on and around riverbanks, including Manatees, Dolphins, tropical birds and reptiles. The stars of this tour? Aptly-named Howler Monkeys. They’re so loud, you may have to ask guides to repeat information on flora and fauna twice.

Visit Laughing Bird Caye. Explore a sliver of an island 11 miles from Placencia that’s so rich in coral and marine life, it’s a protected area under Belize’s National Parks System Act and was proclaimed a UN World Heritage site. Named for an endangered species—the Laughing Gull—this caye was once a crowded breeding ground but gulls moved to more remote atolls as a result of humans visiting too often. Chabil Mar-organized tours to this caye give travelers a unique perspective on our planet’s fragility.

scuba diving in belize

Scuba dive and snorkel off Placencia. The sheer number of diving and snorkeling packages offered by Chabil Mar is impressive. Partnering with village dive center professionals, select from multiple packages that include equipment, guidance and instruction. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced diver, take this opportunity to witness ecological wonders beneath the Caribbean Sea that harken back to Earth’s origins. Specialized dives include an annual Whale Shark dive experience, so if that’s your cup of tea, do inquire.

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Chabil Mar Resort. It’s a delicate balance to maintain a luxury resort while respecting the environment, but Chabil Mar Resort contributes consciously to Belize’s green living mission. Architects used hardwoods from self-renewing forested areas to construct the resort and craft furnishings within accommodations. Energy-saving practices are prioritized by resort staff. Lush gardens of natural plantings are everywhere and guests are encouraged to borrow bicycles and golf carts to get around to keep air pollution in check. Chabil Mar has been honoured by notable organizations for undertaking so many green efforts. Come see what it’s like to stay in a green lap of luxury!


USA Today recommends Belize as a prime location for a destination wedding

Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Cake & Fruit Wedding Chabil Mar Resort BelizeThe popular website is recommending Belize as a prime location for a destination wedding on a budget.

Here is what Jane Reynolds, the author of the article says about Belize:

Belize offers visitors more diversity than your run-of-the-mill beach destination, and flight prices are about the same as those you’d find to popular wedding locales such as Mexico. Not only does Belize boast beautiful sandy beaches, but it’s also home to lush rainforests, Mayan ruins and the second-largest barrier reef in the world. And once you’re there, it’s easy enough to save some green — and go green, for that matter. Belize has very few expensive mega-resorts and instead is dotted by eco-lodges and inns where room and board can be found cheap — if you’re willing to give up some “luxuries” such as air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Another perk? With lobster being a local specialty, it comes much cheaper here than stateside, so you can impress wedding guests with a lobster dinner for a lot less.

See also: 21 reasons to get married in Belize and A fantastic Belize wedding review

Destin Florida, Vermont, Sedona Arizona, Dominican Republic, Savannah Georgia, Jamaica, and Lake Tahoe California were the other destinations that made it on the list.

Interested in getting married in Belize? Email 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.