The registration building at Chabil Mar dripping in Bougenvillea
One of the major contributor to guest comfort and relaxation at Chabil Mar is the beautifully designed and maintained tropical gardens.
Ask anyone who has visited Chabil Mar about their experience and they will rave about the lush and aesthetic gardens.
“Guess we are prejudiced but they are surely among the most beautiful you will ever enjoy in the tropics,” says Marketing Manager Larry France.
Dianne Bulman, the developer of the property is credited for the amazing and wonderful plants that can be found throughout the compound. Bulman worked with various experts on plants and designed the original gardens and planters with Alberto Arias (pictured on the right) who is now the Gardens and Landscape Manager at Chabil Mar.
“Alberto is responsible for planting and maintenance, along with his staff of Luis, Orlando and Caesar whom you will see each and every day working in some way to keep them lush, healthy and bright for your enjoyment,” says France.
A myriad of unique plants that are exquisite not only to Placencia but the country of Belize can be found at Chabil Mar. The plants are a blend of species and varieties from the natural seaside scapes of Belize as well as the jungle scapes, and some were even imported from the Maya Mountains range and jungles of the Cayo District to encompass an authentic Belizean tropical paradise.
According to Larry, even the soil used in the container pots is special and was brought from the banks of the Burrell Boom River, north of the Belize International Airport, for its fertility and natural born nutrients.
Guests will also find a large Ceiba Tree that is about 40 feet tall planted in 2005. To the ancient Maya, the Ceiba Tree was sacred because it connects to three layers of the world: the roots which reaches into the underworld of death, the trunk which is in the middleword of life, and the branches which reaches up into the uppeword of paradise.
A multitude of topiaries are scattered throughout the property and are the personal art and craftmanship of Alberto. It is interesting to note that Alberto is a self taught topiary artist who took this landscape art as a hobby.
Topiaries of Chabil Mar
When you visit, here are some topiaries you will likely see: Alligator, Bear, Bird, Bull, Cat, Elephant, Horse, Fox and so much more. (Hint: Some are in containers, some on railings and others in mother earth at the beach, near pools, walkways and rear of the resort grounds.)
To learn more about our gardens and landscapes, click here: https://chabilmarvillas.com/about-us/the-gardens-and-landscape-of-chabil-mar.html