The Academy Awards. Nobel Prize. The Pulitzers. You probably know these names because they’re awards given to the best of the best every year, and it would be difficult to find people from around the globe who weren’t familiar with at least one of them.
But did you know that there are also prestigious honors awarded to destinations that are internationally recognized for excellence by industry peers? It’s true—which is why being tapped by Travel and Leisure editors as one of the world’s top travel destinations for 2016 came as such a surprise to Placencia tourism movers and shakers.
In case you haven’t heard of Travel and Leisure, it’s an established, award-winning magazine owned by Time, Inc., so when editors were browsing the planet in search of top destinations, putting Placencia on that list was huge news throughout Belize. For folks in the travel industry, that’s equal to winning an Oscar!
It’s no mystery to Belizeans why Placencia was singled out for recognition. The peninsula is home to every type of activity and attraction in area, so whether tourists want to stroll ancient Mayan ruins, scuba, fish, see exotic wildlife in their natural surroundings or take in the beauty that is unique to this still-unspoiled Caribbean nation, they can count on Placencia to deliver all of this and more.
But, Travel and Leisure editors didn’t pick Placencia based only on its natural sights, sounds and experiences. Resorts in this district have received unprecedented reportage and attention over the past few years. Even hard-to-please veteran travelers are won over. If Placencia’s accommodations weren’t top notch, it would hardly have gotten the attention of Travel & Leisure editors–and few lodgings maintain so lofty a reputation for service, luxury and amenities as the Villas of Chabil Mar, no stranger to travel awards, either.
“We were completely caught off guard when word of this amazing Travel and Leisure news reached us,” said Chabil Mar Marketing Manager Larry France. “Imagine being a popular resort located in an area proclaimed an “outstanding destination” by a network of writers and correspondents who are likely hard to please in light of the fact that they cover travel topics all day, every day!”
Accommodations and amenities alone at Chabil Mar are Travel and Leisure reviewer-friendly and regular guests of Chabil Mar don’t have to think long to come up with their favorite resort features: 400 feet of private Caribbean beachfront, 19 luxury villas—each beautifully appointed and furnished—seductive sea-facing verandas and endless, lush gardens into which infinity pools and resort amenities deliver the ultimate in guest privacy. The private dining pier and award-winning Café Mar restaurant are reasons some guests don’t leave the resort during their stay in Placencia.
“We know that it can be bad manners to brag too much,” adds France, “but after nine consecutive years of winning TripAdvisor awards, Fodor’s “Choice for Luxury” designation and being chosen as a site for so many magazines, movies and TV shows, it’s hard to keep from bragging about Chabil Mar! I’m afraid that this latest news—that Travel and Leisure designation given to Placencia—is going to test our mettle big time, but in a way, this latest honor inspires our staff and resort to keep striving for even more awards in the years ahead!”
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