The motto, “Beauty by Belize, Luxury by Design,” is an apt way to describe the Chabil Mar Resort, an awe-inspiring, boutique, luxury villa property in the beautiful country of Belize. And it doesn’t take long to understand why it has been featured in numerous A-List travel publications and television shows and has garnered top awards by TripAdvisor.
Nestled at the far southern end of the 18-mile stretch of the Placencia Penninsula, Chabil Mar (Maya for “Beautiful Sea”) encompasses 22, absolutely gorgeous one-bedroom, one-bathroom, two-bedroom, two-bathroom (some with lofts) villas built with such great attention to detail throughout that it makes them feel nothing short of being in someone’s home.
The kitchens are highlighted by beautiful granite countertops with barstool seating, multi-colored tile backsplashes, Belizean hardwood cabinetry with arched glass insets, stainless steel appliances (frig, stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher), a blender, mixer and coffee maker, and they are fully stocked with premium dish sets, glassware, silverware, serving plates and utensils, plastic containers, a cheese grater…everything one would have purchased for their own home, including a stackable washer and dryer in the hall closet.
The stylish, upscale décor throughout is a seamless yet eclectic combination of original Mayan, Belizean and Caribbean artwork, pottery, decorative bowls, vases, sconces, table lamps, local artifacts and furniture, while the spectacular bathrooms feature expressive Mexican tile along the walls, in the his and hers sinks and backsplashes, and in the open, step-down showers with rain showerheads.
The spacious 1,000 square–foot living rooms have a flat screen TV and DVD player, a dining table for four with leather high-back chairs, a couch and side chair with oversized cushions and pillows, and a large area rug under a handcrafted coffee table, plus numerous ceiling fans plus a multi-zone air conditioning system.
The bedrooms all have king-sized beds with luxury 400 thread-count sheets, handsome side tables, ample closet space, and in each room the windows and doors have rattan shades accented by striking 8-foot long draperies.
Outside, each villa has its own a private verandah with a wrought iron table, chairs and a canvas umbrella, some also with an inviting hammock.
Your own Private Paradise
As you stroll around the resort, you’ll be impressed at how every member of the staff upon seeing a guest, immediately stops what they are doing, comes over to personally greet you, and proudly states their name and title. It’s a genuine personal touch that goes above and beyond.
Verdant palms and trees dotted around the property include coconut, dracaeba, royal, bread, lime and mango fruit, ficus, and an approximately 40-foot tall Ceiba tree which the Maya believe to be a sacred connection to the three layers (death, life and paradise) of the world.
You’ll also marvel at the property’s lush tropical gardens and almost two dozen topiary animals created by their self-taught topiary artist and resort Gardens and Landscape Manager, while also tip-toeing along a stone pathway leading to an ensconced massage cabana facing the Caribbean sea beyond.
One of the things that makes Chabil Mar so unique, is that it does not have any indoor facilities, rather everything is open and inviting to experience and enjoy the natural al fresco ambiance.
This includes 400 feet of private beachfront with a private pier from which you can swim, two infinity pools, a Kaleidoscope Bar & Lounge, and oodles of comfy chairs and chaise lounges with plush multi-colored pillows throughout. For adventurous pursuits you have full access to sea kayaks, bicycles, fishing gear and golf carts to ride into town.
The dining options here are designed to suit your particular desires as well. Just order something for breakfast, lunch or dinner from the menus in the villa book that suits your fancy, and they will prepare and set the table for you in your villa, on your verandah, poolside, at the beachside dining area, or for a special occasion, at the end of the pier.
If you’ve bought groceries in town (only a five minute complimentary shuttle ride, 10 minute bike ride, or 20 minute walk along the main road or the beach into the hub of Placencia Village) you have the option of cooking in your villa kitchen or on one of their gas grills by the Kaleidoscope Bar.
The resort also offers “You Catch It - We Cook It,” just $20 per person with accompanying vegetables, for whatever fresh fish or seafood you purchased or caught on a fishing excursion, transforming it, in only 20 minutes into an incredible culinary feast!
One of the most popular meals is at their once a week Grill Night featuring a wide variety of fish and seafood entrees, sides and desserts cooked al fresco to order, and set against a backdrop of live music and dancing from a local Garifuna Band.
Feels like Home
Given all that Chabil Mar has to offer, you’d expect the price to be something only available to the rich and famous, but it’s quite the opposite is and what makes it a fantastic accommodation option for single travelers, couples, families with children and groups.
Yet it’s the hospitality and the feeling of home that really takes it over the top.
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