100+ Weddings Later, Here’s Why Chabil Mar Is Placencia’s Romantic Resort

by Carolee Chanona

Destinations like Belize are romantic by just existing, intrinsically, with its beauty of surroundings tied with opulence and quality of a guest’s experience. Is it the gin-clear Caribbean Sea that gently kisses the coastline that closely resembles grainy brown sugar? Or is it the tropical gardens of colorful wildflowers, reminiscent of the lush rainforest that blankets almost 60% of Belize’s landmass? In either case, destinations that can blend and deliver are the most romantic atmosphere of all—which is why we’re taking a closer look at Chabil Mar Guest Exclusive Villas on the Placencia Peninsula in Southern Belize. After all, they’ve got over a hundred destination weddings under their belt for a reason.

The Beauty Of Romance


A Chabil Mar destination wedding in Placencia, Belize. Photo Courtesy Monica Gallardo Photography

With well over 100 weddings celebrated to date, choosing a resort like Chabil Mar is romantic because it’s also stress-free. Think less planning, more choosing: your wedding planner, which comes attached to most elopement and destination packages at a resort, lets you decide all the details you’ve always pictured, from bouquet to menu to sand-colored napkins and Caribbean-blue table runners. Because if you’ve always dreamed of having a beachfront ceremony barefoot down a shell-lined aisle, why compromise now? Belize is only 5 hours by flight from NYC or a short 2 hours from MIA, which means it’s also closer than you think to “trash the dress” in the Caribbean Sea. 

“My husband and I just spent 5 glorious days at Chabil Mar for a magical wedding. It was absolute perfection from start to end. Well-appointed villas, gorgeous grounds, inviting pools but mostly the exceptional service from ALL staff. They are so friendly, kind, and hospitable. The food and beverage service was one of a kind. Chris, the GM, was always around to ensure everything was going smoothly. We truly had the best time and an unforgettable memory we will cherish. We know we will be back to Placencia and look no further than this amazing resort.”

Moira + Dan

A resort buyout for your guests is even more doable when you think of the 400 feet of private beach the all-villa property comes with. After all, each villa covers 925 sq. ft. to 2000 sq. ft of Living Space. In addition to a personal veranda, an outdoor personal dining area, and a hammock. Lofts are optional, but travelers can choose from one- and two-bedroom options for that perfect Placencia sunrise; each villa at Chabil Mar faces the sea, regardless of which you choose. Lonely Planet calls Placencia’s beaches “perfect for peace and quiet,” for a reason!


A newlywed couple proudly displays their rings at Chabil Mar’s garden. Image via @madsss_fiore

All meals are prepared for you onsite at its “roaming” restaurant with butler service, which means you can dine wherever you choose, or somewhere different for every meal. A personal concierge organizes all the fine details, and all you need to do is simply show up and fall in love with Chabil Mar.

All images via Chabil Mar.

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