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“Chabil Mar Villas is not only the best in Placencia but the best of anywhere!!!”
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Chabil Mar
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 February 2007

Chabil Mar Villas offers complete luxury in everything that's important on a vacation -- location, view, service, food and accommodations. Everything is first class. The staff is EXTREMELY friendly and helpful. All made for the most amazing vacation anyone could ask for!

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 February 2007

Fantastic location, rooms, beach, and service. Everything I needed was provided no questions asked!!! Will come back and will not stay anywhere else.

Stayed: February 2007
4  Thank Kensa99
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Reviewed 26 February 2007

Unbelievable, beautiful resort. Fabulous service. True luxury! I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Placencia but Chabil Mar. The staff are friendly and helpful. The beach is breathtaking. The food delicious. I especially enjoyed dining on my private veranda looking at the "beautiful sea." Quiet and peaceful. I miss it already and I just got home yesterday! I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank lilred91
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Reviewed 26 February 2007

My husband and I just returned from a 5 night stay at Chabil Mar Villas. We were in unit 8 which was considered a "superior ocean front" unit. It was a 2 bedroom unit, but they closed (and locked) one of the bedrooms and called it a one bedroom/2 bath villa. It was clean and new looking. The kitchen was well-stocked (although the grocery store in the village did not offer much in the way of food to eat in). I brought my own coffee/filters/creamer etc...for morning coffee in the room. We would also walk into town and buy drinks. Our bed was a little too firm for my tastes, but the sheets were luxury quality and the maid service every day was perfect. The villas have air conditioners in the den and bedrooms. Ours was a little loud and clunky sounding for us a night, we were comfortable with the ceiling fan in our room.

Our room was on the end of the building. The balcony was not private as they describe when you read about the villas. It was open and when we were outside everyone could see us. We were much closer to the pool than the ocean. Most of the units are like this because they are shaped similar to the letter M with the two swimming pools in the middle. Our building was in the middle part with pools on each side of it. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. We saw hummingbirds. I would not pay more for an "ocean view" next time. We found that there was were so many excursions and things to do in Placencia, that we were rarely in our room anyway. We walked to the village several times a day by going down the beach and cutting through to the sidewalk. It was an easy walk....but long (about 15 minutes to the first part of the village, 25 minutes to the end). We also rented a golf cart a few times and drove up to see Turtle Inn.

One warning--Placencia has a problem with stray dogs. They are everywhere. If you are afraid of dogs, this is not the place for you to visit. If you love dogs, you may want to bring some dog treats with you. They will come in handy.

Chabil Mar is the nicest place to stay that is south of the airstrip and within walking distance to the village. We could not have walked to the village from Turtle Inn. We also checked out Roberts Grove Resort for their Saturday night pool BBQ dinner (the dinner was great--I highly recommend going where ever you stay) .To get to Roberts Grove, it was a 15 minute taxi ride on a long, bumpy, dark and dusty dirt road north of the airstrip. Although Roberts Grove seemed to be very nice and might appeal more to children, Chabil Mar's location can't be beat.

Chabil Mar was very quiet for most of our stay. Unfortunately for us, on the last day, a family with 3 kids arrived. The kids were running around and screaming loudly. It was really ridiculous. I did say something to the front desk girl and she said she would talk to the manager. I could see that if you happen to arrive when there are families with kids, it may not be as nice a stay. All of the villas are around the two pools. It would be impossible to find any quiet time if the kids got loud.

Chabil Mar offers paddle boats and one sea kayak for free. We wished that they would offer a sailboat because the ocean bay area there is very quiet with little waves. It would be perfect for sailing. They have a large dock that is a nice way to swim in the ocean as it gets you out away from the sea grass at the shore. They have plastic lawn chairs at the beach which is not as nice as they could be. There were a few wooden beach chairs that we would pull down to the beach for us. They offer pool towels if you ask. It would have been nice if they had those large pool chair towels that cover the entire chair.

The employees that work at Chabil Mar appear to be well trained and are very nice. They would help with food, drinks, towels, etc...whenever we asked.

One thing we did not appreciate was that Chabil Mar charges in US dollars. It was a way for them to charge more. Although the prices for room service were not unreasonable by US standards for a hotel that charges $400 a night per room, they were much higher than the prices in the village for anything. They charge 19% on top of the over inflated prices for a service charge and tax. We found it unreasonable for Belize. With the exchange rate, everything in the village (in Belize dollars) is half price for US money. We could eat breakfast for $8 Belize dollars ($4 US) in town but at Chabil Mar, they charge $12 US plus 19% service/tax. It was about 3x higher than it should have been and the food was not as good as we found in town.

The excursion prices that Chabil Mar offers are also over inflated. You can set up your own excursions just by walking into town. We used the SeaSplash dive shop and were very happy. That is also who they use if you book through the hotel. So be careful.

Overall, We loved visiting Placencia. The people in the village were very nice. It felt very safe to walk around. We loved eating at DeTatch restuarant in the village. There are some nice guest houses closer to the village that I may look into. We would go back. Placencia is a laid back place that you can't get enough of.

Stayed: February 2007
8  Thank CindynGA
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Reviewed 28 January 2007

My family and I just got back from our first visit to Belize. It will not be our last! We absolutely loved Placencia and the Chabil Mar Villas. The resort is just beautiful. Lush gardens, two infinity edge pools, outside bar, grill area and a my favorite spot the Palapa covered dock. What l liked best about Chabil Mar Villas was that you had the amenities of luxury hotel available to you if chosed to use them, but you also had a spacious condo with a well stocked kitchen. Our unit was a 2 bedroom, 2 full bath with a loft. It was decorated tastefully and the kitchen was stocked, better then my own kitchen at home. We had the freedom to cook in, room service(which you have the option to have it served anywhere on the resort) or take a short walk or quick golf cart ride into the village to dine in one of the many restaurants. My 8 year old son just loved it there. Definitely a good spot for families as you have plenty of room to spread out. The staff was very attentive, friendly and professional. While in Placencia, I checked out some of the other resorts in the area and I believe the Chabil Mar Villas was the best choice for our family--great location and luxury accommodations that were not pretentious.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled with family
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4  Thank jmom99
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Reviewed 25 January 2007

While traveling to the ultra-laid back area of Placencia, our first accomodations where not up to our expectations. Upon finding Chabil Mar, we stayed a week there and loved every minute of it. The staff will bend over backwards for you and the villas are extremely clean and well-furnished. And being right on the beach with two pools, relaxation isn't far from your doorstep. While at first glance it appears pricey, they do offer a walk-up rate that will reduce the night rate. Treat yourself a little and stay at Chabil MAr.

Stayed: January 2007
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Reviewed 12 September 2006

Stayed: August 2006
10  Thank happytraveller1000
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Address: Placencia Road, Placencia, Belize
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Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Placencia
#1 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
#1 Family Hotel in Placencia
#1 Luxury Hotel in Placencia
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
Price Range: £216 - £461 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Chabil Mar 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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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