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“Best Experience EVER!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2009

If you want to stay in an incredibly beautiful setting, experience the best service, and taste fabulous food, THIS is the place! From the moment we arrived through our checkout, we were treated as Very Special People by everyone, including the grounds keepers. No diningroom; they have something better! Order off the menu and your meals will be served wherever you like, including poolside by candle light!
The villa's rooms were beyond reproach, the two infinity pools inviting overlooking the Caribbean Sea and the grounds were candy for the eyes.
Just down the road is an old fashioned quaint fishing and diving town with lots of casual dining and entertainment. See the pics and judge for yourself

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2009

We chose Chabil Mar Villas based on all of the great tripadvisor reviews - we were NOT disappointed, we definitely made the right choice! Do not put any stock into the other couple of reviews that are mediocre.
Chabil Mar villas are beautiful and the grounds are very well kept. The villa was clean and the maid always cleaned according to our schedule. When we arrived, there was a card in our room welcoming us to the villas along with a vase of fresh tropical flowers and complimentary Belizean chocolate bars for each of us, an appreciated touch! We ate breakfast every morning on our porch and it was wonderful. All of the food that we ate at Chabil Mar was excellent and fresh. I even had some chicken strips and you could tell that they were fresh, sooo good. The ceviche is awesome. We caught some of our own fish and gave them to the kitchen to cook up - it was fantastic. We did that 3 nights in a row and every time it was the same high quality preparation and beautiful food presentation. They did a great job (plus it was nice to not have to clean/gut our own fish while on vacation!). They have a roaming kitchen, meaning there is no actual sit-down place, but rather a menu in your villa and you can order anything from the menu and have it delivered to whereever you want to eat it - on the beach, by the pool, on your porch, etc. A very neat concept and they don't charge extra for it. Their menu prices are reasonable, especially for a hotel of this price range (not cheap by any means though). But, plan to spend an average of $10+ per meal (depending on what you get of course) per person - of course that can get pricey over time. We bought some snacks and milk/cereal at the local grocery shop and don't forget that there is a full kitchen in each villa.
The staff is the best that we've ever come across (and we've done a lot of traveling). The front desk staff; Robert, Althea and Natalie, are super friendly, caring and will do anything to make your stay perfect. Take their advice on tour operators and tours in general.
The waitstaff - the ones that bring you your food from the kitchen/drinks, etc - Marc, Amin and DeShaun are the nicest guys. They are all so genuinely friendly, without being fake. They are completely attentive to you, the guest, and always have a smile on their faces.
The day security guard, Chris, is very friendly too - he has all kinds of practical advice on things to do, etc, if you ask him. Really nice guy, and just fun to talk to.
I actually can't even say enough about all of the staff at Chabil Mar - they go above and beyond, super friendly and we really enjoyed having conversations with them.
There are 2 pools - great temperature, easy to just wade right in. I think we got lucky when we were there, because we pretty much had the pools to ourselves the entire time. The atmosphere is great - tropical, quiet and peaceful. They do play some music on the speakers, but we found it to be relaxing (not spring-breakish at all - we've been to spring break locations and this is the complete opposite).
The villas are a short golf cart drive into town, which we didn't mind whatsoever. The food that we ate in Placencia was all very good. Remember that this is a town that caters to tourists, so prices reflect that at the stores/tours somewhat. You still can get a full meal - fish, rice/beans, vegetables for $12US (at Wendy's - NOT the fast food chain!). Also remember that most all prices are in Belizean currency, unless otherwise noted. I always ask to make sure though. While we were in Placencia, we did a bunch of snorkeling tours, which were great, the monkey river tour, and diving with Avadon Divers - our total experience was excellent. If you like a non-touristy experience and are interested in doing more privatized activities (instead of with a boat full of people), then ask the front desk to arrange a tour with Percy. He's the best and you can designate what you do and for how long. The best choice we made was using him as our guide, but we are adventurous and up for anything (and definitely not bothered by swearing! lol).
We were at Chabil Mar for 9 days, and enjoyed every minute of it. My husband's birthday was half way through our visit and the staff surprised us with a big chocolate birthday cake for my husband! I had no idea about it and was very grateful, we thought it was so nice of them to do that.
A note about the rooms themselves - the bathrooms were tiled/decorated really neatly, the beds were very comfortable (important to me), the hot water in the shower was constant and consistent, the villa itself was a good size, ample room. They give you great hand made soaps in the bathroom too. Loved the free WIFI and the air conditioning was nice to have. The grounds were beautiful and the paths easy to walk on. We did go over to Turtle Inn and found that their pool was small and the paths a little rocky to walk on, plus they don't have air conditioning or free wifi, so that was a big factor in us choosing Chabil Mar over Turtle Inn, and we are glad we did.
Obviously, we had an excellent time at Chabil Mar and would go there again in a heartbeat. You won't be disappointed!
Thank you to everyone at Chabil Mar for making this the best vacation we've ever had!! =)

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Ignacio, Belize
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2009

What a amazing place to stay! We loved the fact that we had 2 pools to choose from. The fact that it was a mile from the middle of Placencia only improved it. We still walked along the beach to the main strip almost every day. They have golf cart rentals, which came in handy in the evenings. I would highly recommend Chabil Mar to anyone wanting luxury, and lots of space. Our suite had 2 bedrooms, and a large loft area that the kids loved. Not only had a kitchen, but laundry facilities in the suite.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2009

My family and I stayed here for a relative's wedding at Turtle Inn. Turtle Inn is about 1/4 mile walk up a busy road. Have to use a golf cart or bicycle to get into town. Make sure you negotiate and get in writing the use of a golf cart from Chabil Mar in advance. Rooms were nice and clean. Air conditioning at this hotel. None at Turtle Inn. Food was ok...but just ok in all of Placencia. Not alot for small children to do except swim. Beach is nice, but too much seaweed on all beaches to swim or play in water. Take your bugspray, mosquitos are bad first week of May.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cayo
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2009

Decide to go to beach for the weekend and choose Chabil Mar Villa. Unbelievable accomodation, everything was there that we needed. Even traveling with a one year old.
The food was great and Mark and Deshawn did a great job serving us. The staff at Chabil Mar are very friendly and accomodating. We will definetly come visit again.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

My girl friend and I had a great time at the Chabil Mar Villias. Our room was very tastefully decorated with large commortable beds and a large full kitchen and living area. We looked at a couple different villas while we were there and they were all done differently but all very nice. The kitchen was nice to have to go to town and pick up supplies so you don't have to order out all the time. It is not a party place there were only 4 or 5 couples at the resort when we went which we needed and wanted. Chabil Mar has golf carts avaialble for rent to get to town but it is an easy walk on the beach also. I would suggest taking a cart if you will have groceries or bags with you. The service was very good the people were friendly and very hospitible. The front desk will book your incursions , make dinner reservations and spa treatments or anything you want. You can order delicious food any time through the resort or go into town and go to the many local restaurants.

You feel very safe in the town. The locals mostly speak english and there are not people trying to sell you things at every turn. You will notice many americans and europeans down there who came on vacation and decided to stay which definetly says something about the area. It was interesting that this small town in Belize had more dining options than our town in the US. I would hihgly recommend Chabil Mar Villias to anyone seeking a nice relaxing vacation. I recommend the Monkey river tour with Percy, snorkeling the reef and I heard the Zip Lines and Cave tubing was amazing.
Also if you are a coffee drinker most rooms have a coffee maker bring a bag of your favorite ground coffee the options are limited. And yes we drank the tap water the whole time and we were fine!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Pedro, Belize
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52 hotel reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2009

Close enough to the village to walk to, this hotel has the best location of any in Placencia, Belize. We enjoyed our luxurious room, and the fact we could order food from the pool, dock, our private deck, and imbibe and relax. I was selfish and did not write a review when I first visited (they were really just starting out) however now that everyone has discovered this gem, and it has won awards, I have to say, "well done Chabil Mar". This is a great resort, with a great location. If it was in my budget, I would make this my number one choice in Placencia every time!

Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
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Address: Placencia Road, Placencia, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
#1 Family Hotel in Placencia
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 20
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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