Chabil Mar: The Guest Exclusive Resort of Placencia, Belize

by Carolee Chanona

After a prolonged closure preparing for enhanced health and safety standards, Chabil Mar reopened in November 2020 as a Gold Standard resort with extra iteration of its guest-exclusive experience. After all, the resort is taking coronavirus as seriously as it takes its reputation. Guest exclusive resorts offer the amenities and services of a hotel and the privacy and control of a vacation rental. Anchored by a charming and historic seaside village, Chabil Mar Guest Exclusive Resort is designed to be just like a home away from home for travelers in pursuit of “togetherness.” The self-contained, all-inclusive villa-only resort destination offers more than privacy; it offers recluse after a particularly stressful year: a beautiful, elegant, discrete property with warm, high touch service.

A new way to stay at Chabil Mar

Chabil Mar is often well recognized in the world of hospitality, taking home TripSavvy’s “Best Overall in Belize’s All-Inclusive Resorts of 2019.” But even in a difficult situation, the team rose to the level. Not to mention, it also took TripAdvisor’s fourth place slot for its 25 Best Small Hotels in Central America, and 12th place in its Top 25 Hotels for Service in Central America. With guest-exclusive resorts becoming increasingly popular for travelers in the Covid-19 era, guests can expect the same really unique experience.


After all, size matters when it comes to guest comfort levels, especially when it comes to resort square footage and distance all to yourself.

“This is an all-villa resort where every room faces the sea, with an air-conditioned living space and a personal veranda.”

All in all, Chabil Mar is a full-service resort near the quaint Placencia Village on the 18-mile Placencia Peninsula. On arrival, guests are warmly welcomed with a tropical cocktail (rum optional) and fresh flowers. Twenty-two spacious villas mend comfort and luxury, each equipped with family-friendly amenities: open kitchens, washers/dryers, closet space, and one to two bedrooms.

Staying COVID Safe


Rest assured, you’ve got plenty of space to stay COVID-friendly. Whether you’re visiting the nearby Placencia or Hopkins Village, with guest-exclusive transportation, or by simply sitting on your private balcony with a glass of wine. It is an all-villa resort where every room faces the sea, with categories ranging from 950 square feet to 2000 square feet of air-conditioned living space with a personal veranda. Some villas have lofts and two bathrooms.

Guests can access the village by walking down the beach, by bike or kayak. Or, can even paddle board to the traditional village to enjoy shopping or other local restaurants. Afterwards, cool down in one of the two infinity pools. There is Chef Daniel’s Café Mar, “Restaurant at the Sea”; however, the resort can also arrange a private candlelit dinner either on the pier or the beach.

All photos courtesy Chabil Mar Guest Exclusive Resort.

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