“Chabil Mar will go down in history as the place where I got the best damn massage of my life,” gushes Elle contributor Meg Donohue as she recounts why Belize is a destination to experience. Chabil Mar Guest Exclusive Villas is listed among the prestigious publication’s list of places to stay alongside just two more resorts in this recent Elle article. “Located on the east coast of Central America, nestled against the Caribbean Sea, you’ll find the sparsely populated country—the only one without a coastline on the Pacific Ocean,” Donohue continues. But beyond beautiful scenery, digs like Chabil Mar Guest Exclusive Villas make the ELLE Escapes column for their exceptional service and hospitality—one that must be experienced first-hand in Belize.
Lemonade in hand after a private transfer from the airport, you’ll be escorted to your private beachfront villa for an orientation tour of the grounds; your luggage, vases of fresh tropical flowers, and a personalized welcome card already awaits inside. Feel free to spike that complimentary welcome drink with either of the three complimentary local rum samples from Travellers Liquors, though if it’s been a long day, bottomless coffee also awaits.
Two infinity beachside swimming pools split the property, which ranges from 925 sq. ft. to 2000 sq. ft. of living space—a loft can even be requested instead. And although there are no restaurants onsite, you have roaming butler service and alfresco dining wherever you like instead, including Café Chabil’s floating eatery down the private pier.
“The staff at Chabil Mar takes it to new heights—I ordered a strawberry daiquiri before taking a dip, and a delightful staffer waded into the ocean waters to deliver it.”
Doings & More
There are complimentary kayaks, bikes, and paddle boards, plus an evening shuttle into Placencia Village, among other amenities. Or, you could stick to the private 400 feet of Caribbean beach, complete with lounges, beach umbrellas, and shading palm trees. A total of 16 miles of gold sand meets emerald waters on the Placencia Peninsula culminating with its Village at the pointe—a convenient 5-minute walk to art locals and small bite bistros just ¾ miles away.
Scuba dive and snorkel at the Laughing Bird Caye National Park which lies nearby and allows you to experience the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Plus, enjoy trekking to the summit of Ben’s Bluff in the world’s first jaguar preserve, or zipping through the treetops at Mayflower Bocawina National Park. Not to mention, southern sites like Lubantuun and Nim Li Punit are an hour and a half away but hold secrets of the ancient Mayan civilization—where Belize stood as the once-thriving heartland.