Chabil Mar’s Concierge Supervisor to Further her Education

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Congratulations are due to Nikita Young, who is proud to serve as the Concierge Supervisor at Chabil Mar Resort.

Ms. Young was the recipient of the 2018 Belize Tourism Board’s Frontline Person of the Year Honor and now she has been accepted to the University of Belize’s Management Program. Since all of the classes are currently being offered online, she will be able to continue in her position as Concierge while furthering her education.

We are so pleased that she will be able to continue to assist guests while she masters new skills. We are certain that she has a bright future ahead of her, and our guests concur. She has consistently earned praise for her excellent attitude and helpful suggestions so that guests can enjoy their ultimate Belize vacation.

In this, she fits in with the rest of our staff at Chabil Mar. Our boutique beach property is the closest full-service resort to Placencia Village. This year, Chabil Mar was named among the best resorts in Central America by TripAdvisor  and with 13 years of award-winning service under our belt, we take pride in providing the very best experience for visitors.

The pampering starts when you arrive, as you will be greeted with a tropical fruit cocktail and fresh flowers before being escorted to your lovely sea-front villa. Here, you’ll be able to rest amidst local art and Belizean hardwoods, surrounded by the lovely landscaping.

Placencia Village is an easy stroll away. It’s a great place for shopping, sight-seeing, nightlife, and dining. However, with the fabulous creations served by Chef Daniel at our on-site restaurant, Café Mar, you may never want to leave the resort!

Should you decide to explore ancient Maya ruins, visit mysterious caves, go on a jungle adventure, or dive Belize’s barrier reef, Ms. Young and our other staff can set you up with the best adventure packages and tours that will cater to your every desire. We will make sure that your Belize vacation is a memorable one.

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.

Get Close to Nature and Wildlife in Belize

If you long to breathe fresh air and get close to nature, start planning your trip to Belize. This small country gives you many big reasons to spend time outdoors.

Belize Recognizes the Importance of Conservation

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Belize has taken conservation seriously. About 40% of the country is in a nature preserve, marine reserve, national park or wildlife sanctuary.

This has paid off in several ways. Sustainable farming and fishing have allowed these trades to flourish without depleting the land or water. Belize’s first marine reserve, Hol Chan, began as a community effort to preserve fishing stocks around the Belize Barrier Reef.

It’s a Magnet for Eco-Tourism

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The emphasis on conservation has made Belize a magnet for eco-tourism, which is the biggest travel trend. People interested in sustainable tourism and agricultural tourism find Belize the perfect destination.

Belizeans are proud of the beauty of their country. They recognize the importance of its delicate land and marine ecosystems. When you visit Belize, show the same respect by using sustainable practices, wearing reef-safe sunscreen and using eco-friendly bug spray.

Belize Is a Birder’s Paradise

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Birders have long known that Belize is the perfect place to spot rare, colorful birds. There are over 600 bird species in Belize. With a diverse mix of ecosystems, you can spot every type of bird here.

Tropical birds include the keel-billed toucan, Belize’s national bird, and scarlet macaws, who have safe nesting sites in Belize. Birders have spotted hundreds of hummingbird species all over Belize. Belize has created safe havens for birds that are endangered elsewhere, including the red-footed booby, jabiru stork and golden-cheeked warbler.

Belize has shorebirds, raptors, owls, fish-eating birds, cuckoos, pigeons, geese, doves and dozens of hummingbird species.

Marine Life and Mammals

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Belize is home to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar preserve. A community monkey sanctuary helps preserve its impressive howler monkeys. Another community effort helps preserve iguanas.

It’s also home to unusual mammals like the mountain tapir, Belize’s national animal, the gibnut and the coatimundi. Fish, sea turtles, manatees and sharks are abundant in Belize’s pristine waters.

Get Away From It All In Belize

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If you want a magical destination where you can see rare, colorful animals in an unspoiled natural setting, head for Belize. Walk on the beach. Hike up an ancient Maya temple. Spot jaguar tracks while you’re hiking. You can do all that and more in this wonderful country.

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.

8 Reasons to Make it a December to Remember in Placencia, Belize

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Have you declared 2021 the year you shake things up and end routines? Launch your mission by trading that December Florida or Arizona trip for Belize—and for all of the right reasons.

North America is awash in moody holiday shoppers by the time December 1st rolls around each year, which is why it’s not surprising to see more and more tourists grab their resort togs and flip flops and flee south.

While Florida and Arizona are traditional destinations for many, there’s been a sea change in December travel: These days, Belize is the idyllic solution to winter blues. It’s gorgeous, nearby, affordable and very therapeutic for those desperate for a respite once Thanksgiving leftovers are nothing but memories.

For tourists craving an extreme party scene, Ambergris Caye beckons. For those eager to have a blast, go adventuring, relax and avoid crowds, there is no better destination than Placencia, the destination that is fast becoming the trendiest place in Belize.

This 16-mile-long finger of land has the unique distinction of offering something for everyone, regardless of their vacation style, which is why you’ll hear it mentioned regularly when travel writers survey solo travelers, families, couples, honeymooners and groups eager to spend quality time far from obligations back home.

Consider these 8 incentives, each of which is compelling on its own.

1. Pile on the sunscreen. Daytime temperatures average 83; it’s a comfy 70-degrees F at night.

2. Flights to Belize from the U.S. and Canada are so frequent use your frequent flyer miles, fly last minute or take advantage of “deals” aggregators like Kayak offer.

3. The beaches along the Placencia coastline are pristine. Whether you are into sunbathing, kayaking, picnicking or finally getting that book read, take to the beach (and don’t forget sunglasses).

4. Placencia resorts are fast becoming known as Belize’s most beautiful properties and if you choose Chabil Mar, expect top-draw service, lush surroundings and movie set-worthy accommodations that can be hard to leave!

 

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5. Express your wildest wishes to your Chabil Mar host and you’ll be accommodated. The resort’s adventure menu is a smorgasbord of treats: rainforests, jungles, caves, Maya ruins, scuba diving, wildlife refuges and cultural experiences. Shopping Placencia Village is an adventure unto itself if this is your passion!

6. Belize food is an amalgam of exotic cuisines with deep roots in Creole, Garifuna and European culinary traditions. Chabil Mar chefs are skilled at preparing fusions that take advantage of locally-grown produce and freshly-caught seafood. Yes, you could gain a few pounds.

7. Enjoy an amazing Christmas or New Year’s Eve holiday if you come at the end of the month. From sacred services to fun activities, you won’t miss the traditions of either holiday and there’s a good chance you’ll spend less than you would back home, too.

8. Yes, we saved the best for last! Book immediately and as long as your reservation is on the books by October 31st, get a deal that could be too irresistible to ignore.

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 December Vacation.

The Music of Belize

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Often described as a true melting pot, the modern-day nation of Belize is a rich blend of different cultures, including the Maya, Garifuna, Creole, and Mestizo people.

During its earliest history, Belize was briefly under the dominion of Spain but then became Britain’s only mainland colony in the area. Later emigration of Mennonites from Germany and Switzerland added to the many European influences in Belizean music, including polkas, quadrilles, schottisches, and polkas.

Primarily from the Garifuna culture, local styles feature musical instruments like drums, banjo, accordion, guitar, and a donkey’s jaw bone (played like a saw or zither). The Mestizos, immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico, brought the marimba, double bass, and drum sets.

These various influences have created a number of distinct styles of musical expression in Belize. Cumbia, related to salsa and merengue, is a popular type of music played by troupes in areas where Mestizos live. Probably the most famous musical Creole style is known as “brukdown” (breakdown), a melodic mix of calypso featuring percussion and rhythms from a donkey’s jawbone, drums and banjos. Newer forms of brukdown are called “boom and chime” and feature the use of electric guitars, congas, and bass guitars.

Two related genres of music created in Belize are known as punta and punta rock. Developed by Garifuna musicians, punta and punta rock mix traditional rhythms and dance steps from African melodies and add modern lyrics to create a style somewhat similar to reggae. Punta and punta rock were developed for parties and social events where dancing is just as important a component as the music and singing.

Probably the most iconic component of Belizean music is Garifuna drumming. Whether as an accompaniment to other instruments or played solely, Garifuna drums are traditionally made from local hardwoods covered with a skin from peccaries (a kind of wild pig) or deer. Garifuna drumming preserves the flavor and intensity of its African origins, and is often played along with “siseras”, a kind of maraca.

The award-winning luxury resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula is an excellent place to stay in order to experience all of the rich musical heritage of Belize. With close access to Dangriga, the culture capital of Belize, and other towns and villages with a rich heritage of Maya, Creole, and Garifuna music, Chabil Mar features well-appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and its own gourmet restaurant featuring elegant beachfront dining, with live garifuna drummers and dancers during our Friday night beach-side grill nights (in-season), where our chefs prepare your dinner for you on open grills adjacent to the dining area, outside.

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.

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Doyle’s Delight, The Highest Peak in Belize

Although it’s mostly a technicality, Doyle’s Delight in the Toledo District is the highest point in Belize. Measuring some 3,687 feet (1,124 meters) high, Doyle’s Delight is a peak in the Maya Mountain range that span much of Belize.

Because Doyle’s Delight is just a spur that is slightly higher than the surrounding mountain range rather than a true peak, it had no official name for most of Belize’s history. The current name was coined by the legendary animal rights activist and founder of the Belize Zoo Sharon Matola in 1989. Referencing a quote from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the author of the Sherlock Holmes books) book “The Lost World” that refers to Belize as a “wild and wonderful country,” Matola named the area Doyle’s Delight.

Although recent scientific measurements have revealed that it is actually eight feet (two and a half meters) shorter, Victoria’s Peak was long considered the highest point in Belize. Victoria’s Peak is a National Monument located in the eastern part of the Maya Mountains inside of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Hiking to Doyle’s Delight is relatively easy due to the shallow slope of that part of the Maya Mountains, but reaching Victoria’s Peak requires difficult hiking, and for much of the year, the trail is impassable. For hikers interested in visiting Doyle’s Delight, there is a small survey marker placed at the point by the British military in 1970.

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is an enormous protected conservation area in southern Belize and the world’s very first jaguar preserve. More than 200 jaguars roam the 150-square mile (400-square km) CBWS, although they are nocturnal creatures rarely seen by visitors. Most people visit the CBWS in order to enjoy the fantastically diverse environment which includes gorgeous tropical flowers, hundreds of bird species, and exotic wildlife, including monkeys and all five of Belize’s big cat species. The CWBS is also home to several lovely waterfalls, deep pools, river rapids, and an unexcavated ancient Maya site that was abandoned more than 1,000 years ago.

If you’d like to attempt to visit Victoria’s Peak or simply admire the view from the surrounding mountains and valleys inside the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the best place to stay is Chabil Mar. Located on the stunning shores of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, Chabil Mar is a luxury beachfront resort with lovely villas, a tropical garden, two infinity swimming pools, and a gourmet restaurant and bar.

For more information about Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

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