Fodor’s Recommends Chabil Mar Resort in Belize

Fodor’s, the world’s leading publisher of travel information and guidebooks, recently recommended that its readers stay at the luxury resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize.Highlighting the fact that the name of Chabil Mar Resort is Maya for “beautiful sea,” the Fodor recommendation lavished praise for the resort’s 400 feet of private beach just steps from the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The Placencia Peninsula is a narrow, 16-mile long peninsula in southeastern Belize with a mangrove-lined lagoon on the western side and the Caribbean Sea on the eastern side.

The Fodor’s report also included ample praise for Chabil Mar’s luxurious villas, each one furnished and decorated differently. The resort’s grounds were described as “indeed gorgeous,” and the resort received recognition for its lovely grounds that include topiary figures, tropical plants, and two freshwater swimming pools.

Chabil Mar was also recommended due to the delicious food available on site that can be enjoyed at the gourmet restaurant, on the verandah of a villa, poolside, or even by candlelight on the resort’s private sea pier. Chabil Mar was also recommended for being just a short distance from Placencia Village, the gateway to the popular diving, snorkeling, sailing, and fishing activities on the offshore cayes of the Belize Barrier Reef.

“We are truly delighted to have earned such a tremendously positive write-up by Fodor’s,” said Larry France, marketing manager at Chabil Mar. “At our resort, we welcome visitors to Belize with a taste of luxury and comfort just steps from the Caribbean Sea. We look forward to receiving readers of Fodor’s excellent travel publications and encouraging them to explore all the beauty that this country has to offer.”

According to Fodor’s, Chabil Mar was highlighted for its superior customer service, describing their stay at the resort as having “every comfort and convenience at hand.” Chabil Mar was also recommended by Fodor’s because of the resort’s substantial portfolio of Belize vacation packages that include snorkeling, diving, fishing, and adventure tours.

Fodor’s also recently published their famous “Go List” for 2018, and Belize came in at number 10. Belize was described as the ultimate getaway for travelers seeking to unplug from the modern world as the country’s prime attractions are its fantastic weather, the lush, natural scenery, an abundance of adventure activities, and its density of ancient Maya sites to explore. The eclectic cultures and long history were also recommended by Fodor’s as a reason to visit Belize in 2018.

To learn more about Belize and to book an unforgettable luxury vacation in Belize, contact the Chabil Mar Reservations office.

Fodor’s Recommends Visiting Belize in 2018

World-renowned guidebook and travel information publisher Fodor’s recently announced its “Go” list for 2018. The report includes Fodor’s recommendations for which countries to visit in the upcoming year and why, and Belize made the top 10 list for 2018.

According to Fodor’s, Belize is the ideal gateway between Central America and the Caribbean, its lush nature and unspoiled landscapes making it the perfect place to “unplug” and enjoy a true getaway from the stresses of the modern world.

Fodor’s also highlighted the large number of exciting activities available to travelers in Belize, including spelunking through palatial caves, learning more about the ancient Maya by visiting a historical site, and enjoying a beach vacation in a country that enjoys balmy weather every month of the year.

“Fodor’s is the gold standard in travel guidebooks, and we are delighted to see Belize make their top 10 list for places to visit in 2018,” said Larry France, marketing manager at Chabil Mar. “We heartily welcome travelers who learned about Belize from Fodor’s, and we look forward to showing them the many beautiful wonders of our country.”

Chabil Mar is an award-winning resort located on the Placencia Peninsula, a 16-mile-long stretch of golden beaches on the Caribbean coast of Belize. With  luxurious villas, a gourmet restaurant, tropical garden, and freshwater swimming pools, Chabil Mar is the perfect place to relax and unwind on a Belize vacation.

Chabil Mar is also conveniently located to all the top attractions in the country, including snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, and sailing on the reef, hiking through national parks such as the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (home to the world’s only jaguar conservation program), touring ancient Maya sites, Garifuna cultural centers, and boat expeditions along the pristine Monkey River.

Belize is located on the Caribbean coast of Central America just south of Mexico. Belize also has hundreds of offshore islands along the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Its lush natural landscapes and seas teeming with fish and marine wildlife have earned Belize the nickname of “The Jewel.”

All six of the biggest airlines in the United States and Canada now offer non-stop flights to Belize, with flight times ranging from just 2-5 hours, making it easier to enjoy a Belize vacation in 2018 than ever before.

To learn more about the country and to book an unforgettable luxury vacation in Belize, contact the Chabil Mar Reservations office.

A Tribute to Belize Outhouses on World Toilet Day

The planet celebrated World Toilet Day on November 19, and many people in Belize decided to contribute pictures, stories, and information on social media about the restroom facilities found throughout the country.

As a rural country, many homes in Belize are very simple, and that includes the bathrooms of their houses. While the word “outhouse” often conveys a sense of horror to some people, they are quite prevalent in certain areas of Belize, including on beautiful offshore islands.

In areas where there are no municipal sewer networks, outhouses are often a viable choice. And while they conjure up images of insect-infested, smelly, and uncomfortable toilets, outhouses can often be a very “green” and pleasant way to dispose of human waste.

Many villagers in Belize live in simple homes and their lifestyle has changed little over the centuries, including their restroom facilities. But when constructed and executed properly, the simple outhouse can efficiently recycle human waste in a sustainable way.

For outhouses that serve the public, mixing waste with organic material renders everything odor-free. Furthermore, the mixture can then be composted and returned to the soil, a very “green” alternative to relying on toxic chemicals and expensive portable toilets that are often used in wealthier countries when municipal sewage connections are not available.

Of course, not every home or business or resort in Belize uses outhouses. Many homes, hotels, lodges, and resorts have ordinary, modern flush toilets just like you’d find in the United States or Canada. And while these offer visitors an accustomed comfort, waste disposal is an integral part of protecting and conserving nature.

Since gaining independence in 1981, Belize has made tremendous strides in improving infrastructure, including sewage lines, flush toilets, and water treatment plants. But in rural, isolated, or offshore locations, sometimes the best option can be a simple outhouse, relying on nature’s bounty to do the recycling and composting in a way that has functioned well for thousands of years.

Visitors to Belize can expect adventure, and part of that experience is seeing and using different kinds of bathrooms, including outhouses. But instead of fearing what it might entail, visitors should keep an open mind and realize that sometimes, an outhouse is safer, cleaner, and more efficient than a modern flush toilet.

Chabil Mar resort is located on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Chabil Mar has luxuriously appointed beachfront villas, all of which come with modern bathroom facilities.

Placencia, The Ultimate Beach Destination in Belize

Placencia, Best Beach Destination to visit in Belize 

With more than 400 offshore islands and 200 miles of Caribbean coastline, it can be difficult agreeing on which beach in Belize is the most beautiful.

Much of the country is pristine and untouched, brimming with wildlife and gorgeous flowering plants, so finding the ultimate beach destination in Belize isn’t easy. Add in the fact that the islands have their own inescapable charm, many of the beaches front gorgeous mangrove-lined lagoons, and stretches of white sand are common, making crowning one beach the best an extremely difficult task.

But after carefully reviewing all of its features, benefits, and location, the beaches that reign supreme in Belize are found on the Placencia Peninsula.

The Island You Can Walk To

In Belize, islands are known as “cayes” (pronounced “keys”), and Placencia is often called “The caye you can walk to.” Except for a narrow strip of land measuring just half a mile wide, the Placencia Peninsula is separated from the rest of the mainland in the southeastern part of the country.

Placencia was given its name by the Spaniards, who called this lovely 16-mile long strip of land “Punta Placencia” or “Pleasant Point,” an apt name. Less than a mile wide, the western edge of Placencia is a pristine, mangrove-lined lagoon teeming with fish, birds, and wildlife. On the eastern shore, Placencia fronts the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

Only around 1,500 people live full-time in Placencia, so the peninsula has retained much of its idyllic charm. Most locals are employed in traditional occupations of fishing or farming. There are two villages in Placencia, Seine Beight, a community primarily inhabited by the Garifuna people, and Placencia Village at the southern tip.

Placencia Village serves as the unofficial capital of the peninsula and is the holder of the Guinness Book of World Records title for the smallest main street on the planet, a 4,000 foot-long pedestrian-only sidewalk renowned for its lovely shops, boutique coffee houses, and colorful street murals.

Placencia Village also serves as the gateway to the Belize Barrier Reef.

Adventures Abound

Placencia is a great place to stroll along the beach or enjoy a swim, but it’s also famous for being the access point to the islands of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many protected national parks and marine reserves. The reef abounds with spectacular places to scuba dive, snorkel, fish, and sail.

Placencia’s beaches are formed of pure white sand and offer enough space that you can easily find a secluded spot to relax and unwind or simply admire the stunning views.

Chabil Mar

 

Chabil Mar is an award-winning resort located on the Caribbean coast of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. Chabil Mar features elegantly appointed villas, a gourmet restaurant, a lush tropical garden, and a seafront pier ideal for enjoying meals under the stars.

The resort is conveniently located just a few miles from the Belize Barrier Reef and offer guests Belize vacation packages that include scuba diving and snorkeling on the reef. Chabil Mar also organizes diving and snorkeling tours during the springtime to see migrating whale sharks that visit Belize each year near Gladden Spit on the reef.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.