Placencia is one of the country’s top tourism destinations. Placencia is synonymous with both the 16-mile peninsula as a whole and the fun and funky little village at its very southernmost tip. The village is like the equivalent of a scaled-down Key West; populated with a number of beach bars, cheerful gift shops, and colorful characters. Live music competes with the hum of golf carts and children’s laughter and dog’s barking. Most visitors love the quaint and quirky characteristics of the village but choose accommodations in the greater Placencia area instead of staying in the hub of activity. Private Villa rentals on the peninsula are a wonderful option for peace and solitude while still being within easy striking distance to the tours and nightlife the village offers. If all vacation villas were created equal, I wouldn’t have my favorites; but they aren’t and I do! This is why I think Chabil Mar is the ideal location for your Placencia vacation.
The Best of Both Worlds
The best of both worlds: the exclusivity of a private villa rental paired with all the services and amenities of a full-scale resort. Chabil Mar is the only guest-exclusive resort on the peninsula so privacy and security are paramount and it is only a stone’s throw from the action of the village. A boutique luxury resort, Chabil Mar pampers guests with the personalized attention and opulent amenities you would expect, and some that you wouldn’t. Choose from 1 and 2-bedroom villas with spacious living rooms and loads of veranda space. Furnishings are carefully curated for both beauty and comfort; local art work and even artifacts decorate guest’s rooms. The beachfront property has 2 infinity pools, on-site restaurant, over-the-water bar, roving butlers, and an activity concierge – all for the sole use of resort guests, a rarity in Belize. You could pick from a number of vacation packages, including an all-inclusive option, or create your own.
The lushly landscaped property with its 400 feet of white-sand beach and private pier is beyond lovely, and you could easily spend hours sun-bathing by the pool, lounging on the sandy beach, or skimming across the placid Caribbean Sea on the complimentary paddleboards and kayaks, but what I like most about Chabil Mar is its proximity to Placencia Village. Take a 10-minute stroll down the beach or borrow their bicycles to reach the famous Sidewalk, where you’ll be spoiled for choices of distractions. Backyard BBQ joints, handicraft and souvenir shops, beach bars and taco stands all vie for your attention. When you’ve had your fill of exploring the busy little avenues of colorful houses, store, and restaurants you can easily escape back to the solitude of your villa’s veranda and enjoy a quiet siesta in your hammock. Night-time shuttle service is included for village forays after dark.
I love the choices that Chabil Mar gives me in making my vacation perfect for me. I can pick an all-inclusive package and relax in the solitary luxury of the resort, allowing their professional chefs and creative bartenders to pamper me with pool-side cocktails and dinner under the stars. Or I can choose to make my own discoveries at the local grocery and produce stands and put the villas’ fully-equipped kitchens to use. I can let the concierge schedule adventures for me each day such as diving, fishing, snorkeling, Maya ruins, zip-lining, or cave tubing tours or I can wander off on my own exploration of the peninsula and its different communities. Each option affords me the opportunity on any given day to experience Belize how I want to which makes for an ideal vacation.