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.

The Ten Days of Christmas in Belize

 

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10 Festive Reasons to Celebrate Christmas at Chabil Mar in Placencia Belize

1. You know you’ll be freezing cold in December and that just the thought of leaving your coat, hat, gloves and boots in the closet and trading all this gear for a bathing suit and flip flops is the best gift you could give yourself.

2. Belize is so close to major southern U.S. airports, you can hop a plane, even at the last minute, and spend your holiday amid the pageantry, festivities and laid-back adventures at Chabil Mar without suffering a minute of jet lag.

3. You’ve always wanted to spend Christmas in paradise. While friends plow through snow and traffic getting to Grandma’s for the holiday, you’re focused on identifying over 600 species of birds flying overhead in Belize. Don’t tease your mates by confiding that you’re perpetually surrounded by fragrant flora and fauna during your Chabil Mar stay.

4. Discover how it feels to lie in a hammock on Christmas day without a care in the world. Temperatures in Belize range between 71°F (22°C) and 80°F (27°C), averaging 75°F (24°C) in December. It’s not too cold. It’s not too hot. Perfect.

5. Spend Christmas exploring the past. Head for an ancient Maya ruin where you examine relics, artifacts and perhaps skeletal remains of those who lived in Belize before Christ was even born.

6. Book a Christmas Vacation that exposes you to the best Mother Nature has to offer: Visits to both a lush rainforest and the second longest barrier reef on the planet. These all inclusive Belize vacation packages are affordably priced so you could return home in less debt than family members who are broke from too much holiday gift shopping.

7. Let Chabil Mar staff treat you like a visiting dignitary. You already know the story of The Three Wise Men who followed a star to find Baby Jesus. Think of yourself as a wise traveler minus the camels when you arrive at Chabil Mar to find luxe rooms, special holiday menus and enough festivities in Placencia to give you plenty of Christmas spirit.

8. Surprise the one you love with a Christmas trip to Belize instead of buying him more “stuff.” Whether you choose to say “Happy Anniversary,” “Marry me!” or “Let’s renew our vows at this magical time of year,” you’ll find that Chabil Mar Resort is dressed in holiday finery to welcome you.

9. Start a tradition. Leave the snow, sleet and blizzards behind to start a scuba diving or snorkeling tradition in Belize. Remarkable spots off Placencia will thrill you even more than unwrapping gifts of sweaters and fruit cakes! Spending Christmas beneath the sea at the Great Barrier Reef makes an unforgettable holiday even better.

10. Do something daring. Get a head start on New Year’s by making resolutions that get you out of your comfort zone. Go cave tubing, zip lining, kayaking or canoeing. Be forewarned: Chabil Mar Staff will tempt you with so many choices, your head could spin. Or perhaps that’s just a vision of what awaits as you imagine yourself drinking champagne on the beach while contemplating the night sky on a typical Belize Christmas Eve!

Interested in a Belize Christmas vacation? Email 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.

15 Rare and Wonderful Treasures from Belize

The word “treasures” usually refers to riches, precious metals and in some cases, your kids, but if you’re a frequent visitor to Belize, you know that the land is filled with natural treasures that have no equal. Belize is home to unspoiled rainforests, endangered species, ancient Mayan cities and lush beaches, so if these criteria don’t describe a nation rich in treasures, nothing will! We recommend the following 15 to begin your journey.

Silk Cayes

Silk_Caye,_Stann_Creek,_BelizeSilk Cayes: Just off the coast of Placencia Village, divers and snorkelers discover underwater jewels clinging to the Belize Barrier Reef in the vicinity of the Silk Cayes. Known for excellent water quality and modest waves, dive year round in this marine paradise.

Laughing Bird Caye

placencia belizeLaughing Bird Caye: Get away from crowds in nearby Placencia Village to kayak, snorkel, dive, scuba and picnic. When you’ve had your fill of ocean depths, spot another of the nation’s treasures: exotic birds that make this island their home.

Placencia Village

where to travel for summer vacation in belizePlacencia Village: Why is this colorful epicenter of fun and good times a treasure? Because it has everything a vacationer seeks in close proximity—water sports, Mayan ruins, nightlife and luxurious resorts like Chabil Mar.

Monkey River Village

rp_Elizabeth_Monkey_River_Welcome_650_Sign_Chabil_Mar_Belize_Resort.jpgMonkey River Village: This must-see trip balances howler monkeys with cool birds, butterflies and assorted lizards that inhabit this region. The gem-like colors of birds and butterflies will amaze you–and you’ll fall in love with those monkeys.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

cockscomb-basin-wildlife-sanctuary-belizeCockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: The world’s first jaguar preserve isn’t the only reason you’ll find this location a treasure: it’s home to Belize’s highest point, Victoria Peak, and so many colorful insects, mammals, birds and reptiles, you won’t want to put your camera away.

Chabil Mar Resort

summer in belizeChabil Mar Resort: There’s a reason travelers pick Chabil Mar over other Placencia Village lodgings when they visit: Hosts tuck guests into sea-facing villas offering the ultimate in privacy. Tropical gardens, infinity pools and al fresco dining are steps away, so you couldn’t avoid relaxing if you tried!

Blue Hole

The-Great-Blue-Hole-1Blue Hole: The famous Great Blue Hole is a one-of-a-kind diving destination that challenges even veteran divers thanks to its unique configuration of collapsed caves at the ocean floor. Celebrity Jacques-Yves Cousteau couldn’t stop talking about the geological wonders at this spot in the Caribbean. You’ll agree.

Belize Barrier Reef

belize reefBelize Barrier Reef: Charles Darwin called it remarkable and deep sea divers from around the planet find no fault with his assessment! Add this section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System to your list of not-to-be-missed jewels or your Belize itinerary won’t be complete.

Placencia Lagoon

belize manateesPlacencia Lagoon: This rich, bio-diverse wonderland remains so pristine, Jabiru Storks, Morelet’s crocodiles and some dolphin species swim amid mangrove swamps within this verdant, protected lagoon. Pair a visit here with one to neighboring Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve.

Half Moon Caye

rp_Half_Moon_Caye_Chabil_Mar_-_Belize_Resort.jpgHalf Moon Caye: If you’ve never experienced “a wall dive,” it’s time to jump in. Once you settle into the tight space and discover a world filled with turtles, rays, eels, barracuda and other marine wildlife through crystal waters, you’ll be glad you took the risk.

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

ATM-CAVEActun Tunichil Muknal Cave: Plunging into the depths of this karstic limestone cave could take your breath away. Included among the Mayan treasures found at this rare site are stelae, pottery and even skeletal remains of former inhabitants.

Belize Whale Sharks

scuba diving in belizeBelize Whale Sharks: The largest fish in the world uses the Gladden Spit off Belize’s Placencia coast as a playground at certain times of the year. Your best chance of spotting one is to visit during full moons in the months of April and May!

Xunantunich Maya Ruins

xunantunichXunantunich Maya Ruins: Ascend to the ridge above the Mopan River in the San Jose Succotz vicinity to find a Mayan ceremonial center unlike any other. The largest pyramid in Belize (El Castillo) is found here, so that alone is worth your journey.

Caracol Maya Ruins

caracol maya city belizeCaracol Maya Ruins: Caracol is a classic example of what archaeologists have unearthed in the Cayo District. Allow plenty of time to explore this huge compound, the former home of about 120,000 people!

Barton Creek Cave

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Barton Creek Cave: No list of Belize treasures would be complete without this impressive site, continuously inhabited by Mayans between 200 and 900 AD. Ten ledges near the mouth of the cave display artifacts that run the gamut from pottery shards to skeletons.

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.

Exploring Southern Belize

Because the international airport is located in the northern part of the country, many visitors overlook the majestic beauty and exciting attractions in southern Belize.

Belize is a small country, so the southern region can be reached in just a short drive of two to three hours. Whether it’s gorgeous Caribbean beaches, vast wildlife refuges, fragrant citrus plantations, or the softly rolling slopes of the Maya Mountains, southern Belize has a lot to offer.

Some of the top southern Belize attractions include the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS). Just a short distance from the Placencia Peninsula, the CBWS measures more than 150 square miles (400 square km) of trackless wilderness, including mountains, jungles, savannahs, beaches, and waterfalls. Although rarely spotted in the daytime, the CWBS is also home to hundreds of jaguars which are continuously monitored by conservation scientists.

Other attractions in southern Belize include boat tours along the very well-named Monkey River. Heading upstream from the coast, the Monkey River passes through some of the wildest, most unspoiled jungle terrain in Belize, a great place to see exotic birds and animals in their native habitats, including, of course, troops of black howler monkeys.

And not to be outdone are the world-class scuba diving and snorkeling sites located on the southern end of the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the Americas. There are several protected marine areas in the reef, making it an ideal place to see huge schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, rays, sharks, manatees, and even dolphins.

If you’re interested in touring southern Belize, you should definitely stay at Chabil Mar. An oasis of luxury, this southern Belize resort features elegant villas fully equipped with all modern conveniences, two freshwater infinity swimming pools, a lush tropical garden, and a gourmet restaurant.

Chabil Mar is located on the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, often called “the island you can drive to” because of its golden sand beaches and narrow connection to the mainland. In the Mayan tongue, “Chabil Mar” means “Beautiful Sea,” a very apt description for the turquoise Caribbean Sea that borders Placencia’s eastern shore.

Chabil Mar regularly organizes tours to top activities in the region, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the reef, expeditions to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey River, visits to Mayflower Bocawina National Park, and explorations of ancient Maya sites like Nim Li Punit and Lubaantum.

On your vacation to southern Belize, stay at Chabil Mar.

Placencia Belize: A Beautiful Tropical Family Vacation Destination

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When you consider what you want in a family vacation, your list probably includes lots of fun outdoor activities, opportunities to see animals, great food and a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. You can get all that and more when you choose Placencia, Belize, as your tropical family vacation spot.

Where Is Placencia?

When Belizeans talk about Placencia, they’re referring to the 18-mile coastline of the Placencia Peninsula. Belizeans have long known that Placencia has Belize’s most beautiful beaches. These include the quiet, secluded stretches of Maya Beach in the north, the sleepy fishing village of Seine Bight and the beaches of Placencia Village in the south.

Placencia Village is the main hub of the peninsula. It’s a laid-back, colorful village where you’ll find shopping, dining, nightclubs, adventure outfitters art galleries, and world-class luxury resorts like Chabil Mar.

Things to Do in Placencia

In addition to the wonderful beaches, Placencia has family-friendly outings that all ages will enjoy.

Get On the Water

Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve

Belize offers world-class snorkeling, scuba diving and sea kayaking in the waters around the Belize Barrier Reef. Placencia is a short boat trip across the water to the reef or the many uninhabited islands. Spend a day surrounded by an amazing array of fish and sea mammals including sea turtles, whale sharks, stingrays, and manatees.

If you like fishing or want to charter a boat to tour the islands, you can find many great charter services with experienced guides. Take a scenic daytime tour under the tropical sun or a romantic evening cruise.

Get Close to Nature

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As a largely untouched expanse of jungle, rainforest and savannah, Belize has rich biodiversity and an abundance of exotic flora and fauna. Almost half the country is protected by a national park, marine reserve or wildlife sanctuary.

Placencia is close to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a spectacularly scenic jaguar preserve that is home to jaguars, ocelots, coatimundi, tropical birds, monkeys, deer, foxes and Belize’s national animal, the mountain tapir.

If you’re into bird watching, Belize will fill your days with sightings. Belize is a nesting and breeding sanctuary for dozens of tropical bird species including scarlet macaws, hummingbirds, herons, and keel-billed toucans.

Learn About History and Culture

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For a small country, Belize enjoys incredible cultural diversity.

Spend a day at Hopkins or Dangriga to discover the history of the Garifuna. Take a cooking class or a class in drumming to experience their traditions first-hand.

Visit a Maya village to tour a cacao plantation where you’ll watch how cacao beans are harvested, roasted and processed into world-renowned Maya chocolate.

Belize boasts some of the most important Maya ruins and temples in Central America. Visiting these impressive remnants of a once powerful empire is like a living history lesson.

Stay at the Family-Friendly Chabil Mar Resort

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If you want a great Placencia location and all-inclusive family vacation packages, stay at the award-winning, family-friendly Chabil Mar Resort. Our beachfront location and top-ranked tours will help your whole family experience the wonders of Belize.

For more information about family vacation packages, tours, and excursions available to our guests from Placencia and Chabil Mar, chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

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