Chabil Mar means "beautiful sea" in Ket'chi Mayan, and the sea and almost 400 feet of beach are indeed gorgeous at this gated luxury condo resort. The villas are tastefully designed and luxuriously furnished. Although each one is different, they're all upscale, with features such as marble floors, original art, and four-poster king beds. There's a great attention to detail here, from topiary figures created from shrubbery to daily scrubbing of the two swimming pools to superb service from the staff. You can now take any or all of your meals at Chabil Mar—on your veranda, in your suite, by the pool, or (with reservations) on the romantically lighted pier. If you'd rather sample local restaurants and bars, it's a moderate walk or a short taxi, bike, or golf cart ride into Placencia village. Chabil Mar offers a large portfolio of dive, snorkeling, fishing, and soft adventure tours.
Main road north of Placencia Village, 2284 Placencia Rd., Placencia, Belize
523-3606; 866-417-2377-in U.S. and Canada