For the second year in a row, we took our kids (2 girls, ages 8 and 12) to Belize for spring break. Last year we stayed in Ambegris Caye. This year we decided to shake it up and stay a few days inland (Chaa Creek- loved it) and finish up at the beach in Placencia.
We couldn't have made a better choice than Chabil Mar!
LOCATION: The location was absolutely perfect. Far enough away from town to feel like you are away from it all, yet close enough to walk or bike in easily. On those days that we didn't feel like walking, the staff was always happy to bring us over by golf cart, and we took cabs home at night after dinner. ($6-$8 US taxi ride one way). We could have rented a golf cart, but never felt like it was necessary.
RESORT: The resort grounds are beautifully maintained with lots of lush plantings and two swimming pools. There seemed to be plenty of guests there, but it never felt over crowded. The units are actually high-end condos owned by individuals and rented out for them by the management company, although it is run like a hotel (eg cleaning service, room service, etc). It was great to have a kitchen, and on the first day, one of the staff brought us over to the grocery store so we could stock up on basics. It was also great to be able to do laundry in our rooms! We were nervous about the location of our unit, because we did not pay extra for a room with ocean view- but there was a privite porch with pretty scenery, and we were still just steps from the pool and ocean. It never felt like a disadvantage.
TOWN: Placencia is a great town with lots of shops and some really terrific restaurants. if you are a soccer fan, there is a soccer field in the center of town and there always seems to be a game or practice in progress. Restaurants varied from high-end pricey and delicious to local, inexpensive and delicious- we did not have a bad meal- (We did eat a few meals at the hotel, and they were excellent too).
EXCURSIONS: Our favorate excursion was the Monkey River tour with Percy. He is so outgoing and knowledgeable that if we had been staying longer, we would have planned another trip with him (he does fishing and snorkelling trips as well). We also did a snorkelling trip to Silk Caye/Reef It takes a while (~50 minutes) to get out to the reef, but it was well worth it! They take you to a small island for lunch and two guided snorkeling trips around the island. Then on the way back, you stop again to snorkle with the sharks, rays and turtles.
BEST FOR LAST: On the last night of our trip, my youngest daughter dropped her ipod touch in the back of a taxi cab on the way back from dinner. We didnt realize it until we were packing to leave, and assumed that we would never see it again. We mentioned it to the woman at the front desk, and she said she would ask around. When we got home we got an email from her saying that she called around to the taxi companies and they located the ipod, and she had it shipped back to us! Wow, that would never happen here at home! This made me an even bigger fan of Belize and a huge and loyal fan of Cabil Mar as well. I cant wait to come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chabil Mar is the Guest Exclusive Resort of Placencia, Belize. All Caribbean Front Villas and the closest full service resort to the Village of Placencia. Restaurant and Bar, two infinity beach-side pools, private beach and pier, on-site concierge services to include tour and adventure reservations. Villas are approximately 1000 square feet of living space, include a personal veranda. Al fresco dining throught the resort. A stroll along the beach, bicycle, kayak or golf cart provides easy, at your leisure access, to all Village activities. Specialize in Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chabil Mar Hotel Placencia
- Chabil Mar Placencia