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What We Love

  • Rate includes free resort-wide WiFi, plus bicycle and kayak use
  • A luxurious yet casual way to experience local white sand beaches
  • Charming Placencia Village is just a short beach walk away
  • Each villa has a veranda with views of the Caribbean
  • Delicious Belizean cuisine at on-site Café Mar, or prepare meals in your villa’s fully equipped kitchen
  • The second-largest barrier reef in the world is less than a 30-minute boat ride away
  • Guest-only exclusivity means no crowds on the 400-foot beach
  • Romantic private dining on the pier is limited to one per night, so reserve early

What To Know

  • A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
  • Placencia is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Belize City; there are flights to Placencia several times a day on two national airlines
  • Food, drinks, golf cart rental and some activities are not included
  • Second-floor rooms have better views and breezes
  • The on-site restaurant is your only dining option, though Placencia is a short walk away
  • Villas are privately owned and rented out by a management company
  • The resort sprays for no-see-ums and rakes its beach, but bug spray is essential
  • The property is closed annually in October for routine maintenance and renovations
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Overview

The Review

Chabil Mar takes advantage of its location at the end of southern Belize’s Placencia Peninsula to show off a very different side of the Caribbean coastline. A short, 30-minute flight from Belize City, the resort is inspired by its little-explored tropical setting, infusing it in every aspect of the 22-villa property. The friendly staff is there to welcome you at Placencia Airport, just as cool towels and sweet icy drinks greet you on arrival at the hotel — perfect aids for the transition to beachside relaxation.

The 22 one- and two-bedroom villas are uniformly spacious at 850 and 950 square feet, respectively, and all are individually decorated in a sunny tropical style with bright local artwork and Belizean wood. {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2930/prop-97802-1339096649-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”The on-site Cafe Mar restaurant serves delicious Belizean cuisine in a breezy setting.”}All the modern amenities are present, including kitchens with dark wood cabinets, separate living areas, free WiFi and laundry facilities. Best of all, the villas have private verandas overlooking the grounds or the Caribbean Sea.

Sun-seekers and romancing couples make up the majority of the guests here, and most are content to spend their time by the pool or on lounge chairs along the private 400-foot stretch of sand. The beautiful sea is impossible to resist for too long, however, and kayaks are available for guests. Head out along the beach to the mangrove lagoon in search of the resident manatees, who appear as laid-back as you’ll feel while paddling past the shoreline.

Back on dry land, the on-site restaurant offers both an extensive menu and multiple dining options. I enjoyed a breakfast of golden fry jacks on my private deck and lunch of shrimp ceviche near the pool. Any evening meal, whether it’s simple seafood chowder or grilled fresh lobster, is romantic when it’s specially prepared out on the pier.

The remote setting, at the end of Placencia’s skinny peninsula, can feel as though you’re at the end of the world, but Placencia village is just a short stroll or bike ride along the beach. Once a quiet fishing village, today it has eclectic art galleries, souvenir shops and a few options for sampling sweet gelato. If you’re spotted by an off-duty staffer from Chabil Mar, as I was, don’t be surprised if you’re greeted like an old friend and offered a lift back to your new favorite beachfront hideaway.

How to Get There

Chabil Mar
Placencia Road
Placencia, 00000 Belize