Awards & Accolades – Chabil Mar Resort, Placencia, Belize

Chabil Mar: A Boutique Caribbean Front Luxury Resort in Belize

Named by Trip Advisor Travelers among the Best Resorts in Belize and Central America for both Luxury, Service, Romance,  Small Hotels and Family as well as earning 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Travelers’

Choice for Excellence Awards. Blending the natural beauty of Belize with luxury and impeccable service, combined with an enviable location on mainland Belize, Chabil Mar offers guests a one-of-kind experience.

Awards & Accolades

Chabil Mar is currently the highest rated luxury resort in Placencia, Belize by Trip Advisor Readers and for two years in a row has been named one of the top Luxury resorts in Central/Latin America (Luxury only for 2 years; first year for Service; best family). Our resort has been featured on the cover of International Living, Destinations Travel Magazine (June, 2014 and April, 2015 Luxury Edition) and American Airlines Magazine. It has also been applauded in GQ, Fodor’s and on the AOL travel channel, Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right, Doctor’s TV Show and TravelAge West Magazine Belize Guide Places to Stay and in June 2012, named as one of the Top Resorts in Belize by US News and World Report.


Congratulations Althea Schable, Chabil Mar’s Reservations Manager, for being awarded

“Frontline Person of the Year” in 2011 and Natalie Ranguy as the 2012 “Frontline Person of the Year” by the Belize Tourism Board.

Althea Schable and Natalie Ranguy

Here’s a sampling of recent accolades:

Trip Advisor 2015 Winner – Traveler’s Choice Award

Trip Advisor 2014 Winner – Certificate of Excellence


Trip Advisor 2014 Traveler’s Choice Award

Foder’s Southern Belize 2014

Trip Advisor 2013 Traveler’s Choice Award

Best Service and Best Small Hotels

Natalie Ranguy - BTB 2012 Frontline Person of the Year Award

2012 Frontline Person of the Year!
Congratulations to Natalie Ranguy, our Guest Services Manager, on being awarded the 2012 “Frontline Person of the Year” by the Belize Tourism Board!

International Hotel Awards Americas

International Hotel Awards Americas
Highly Commended Small Hotel Belize

Fox News Travel Best Eco Resorts

Fox News Travel
Best of Belize Eco Resorts

US News & World Report

2012 Best Belize Resorts

Travel Age West Magazine

Belize Guide – Where to Stay – Placencia Choice

Trip Advisor 2012 Certificate Of Excellence Award

Trip Advisor 2012 Traveler’s Choice Award:
“Winner 2012 Traveler’s Choice Best Family Resort – Central America”

Althea Schable - BTB 2011 Frontline Person Award

2011 Frontline Person of the Year!
Congratulations! Althea Schable, our Reservations Manager, has been awarded the Frontline Person of the Year by The Belize Tourism Board at the 11th Annual National Tourism Awards. The Frontline Person has the ability to welcome guests with great Belizean hospitality, and is well versed about the Belize product.

Trip Advisor 2010 Traveler’s Choice Award:
Best Luxury Hotel, Central America
Best Service, Central America

Trip Advisor 2009 Traveler’s Choice Award:
Best Luxury Hotel, Central America
Best Service, Central America

Featured in Gordon’s Guide
“Top 10 List” of Destinations

Foder’s Belize 2012
“Villas are tastefully designed and luxuriously furnished… all upscale… gorgeous beach… Highly Recommended.”

GQ Magazine March, 2009
“While no one would blame you for wanting to hole up at the luxurious Chabil Mar Villas…you’d be missing out on the village [of Placencia] itself.”

American Way (Official Magazine of American Airlines) June, 2009
“Of course, you can find anything you want around the country, including many places to power down and relax,” says Kim Simplis Barrow, the First Lady of Belize, who joins us in Placencia. “But this is where I like to come for my vacation.” The posh Chabil Mar Villas resort…oceanfront setting and secluded villas perpetuate a laissez–faire approach to vacationing. ” The First Lady of Belize, the wife of the Prime Minister, graces the cover of this issue and is pictured lounging on the beach of Chabil Mar, with the Village seen in the background.

Owner, Larry Smith, Seafront Inn, Punta Gorda, Belize – February, 2010
“What a wonderful place you have. The details were bountiful and a feast to my eyes. It is by far the best Private Resort I have ever seen here in Belize.” Rating: 5 Star Rating

ByKirsten Hubbard, Guide

“The Chabil Mar Villas Resort in Placencia, Belize is one of the Caribbean country’s most luxurious beach resorts, enticingly set on one of the best beaches in Belize — if not the best beach in Belize. . . Chabil Mar Villas Resort is a visual treat, inside and out. The Placencia resort’s blue-roofed villas cradle two bright blue infinity pools, and the dynamically landscaped grounds overflow with bougainvilleas and other tropical plants. Look out for iguanas lunching on fallen flowers! Enjoy a row of lounge chairs, free kayaks, and seating on a private dock. Just beyond, the Caribbean beckons.” January 27, 2011

“My first wedding for 2011 was in January, 07, and was absolutely fabulous!

Jacqueline & Travis I loved your intimate wedding!!! The location, Chabil Mar Villas – amazing resort, amazing staff… everything was all about pampering! Bride & groom…. told me that they feel like a queen and a king. And this is the right way to be…. special for your wedding day and honeymoon!

Fantastic experience! Only + and I’m extremely picky. I have to say that Chabil Mar Villas, located in Placencia, is one of my favorites resorts from the country!

Chabil Mar Villas is every photographer’s dream.”

Luxury Living International

Top Resorts in Belize

By LLI StaffPublished: November 5, 2009

On the Placencia Peninsula is the Chablis Mar Villas Resort, our pick for the place to stay in Placencia. This place is just very tastefully done, including beautiful landscaping from the front gate to the beach. Great place to stay whether your a couple or an entire family.

Tropical Opportunity – Belize is Primed

by Skip Knowles: September, 2009

There is luxury to be found. Purple flowers lined the walkway to my luxury villas at Chabil Mar, an intimate-sized upscale vacation lifestyle development widely regarded as the most luxurious in the small fishing village of Placencia.

Hotel Picks in Belize

For Views of the Caribbean

by Megan Wood: May 26, 2011

Chabil Mar literally means beautiful sea in Kekchi Mayan and is one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen in Placencia, with a white sandy beach and clear blue water. You know when you see ad copy for a hotel, and you think it’s too good to be true? Chabil Mar honestly looks like a magazine ad for tropical paradise.

by: Larry Waight, Marketing Advisor, The Lodge at Chaa Creek, San Ignacio, Belize

Chabil Mar Resort – I stayed at Chabil Mar Resort and Villas. In the Mayan dialect Chabil Mar means “beautiful sea” and yes the sea is beautiful. This resort is one of the best places I ever stayed in Belize . . .