Fodor's Expert Review Chabil Mar

2284 Placencia Rd., Placencia Village, Stann Creek, Belize Fodor's Choice

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, inside a walled and gated compound, 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 washers and dryers in every unit. 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. Chabil Mar occupies the site of Placencia's first resort in the 1970s, The Cove.


  • beautiful grounds
  • luxurious condos
  • lovely stretch of beach
  • every comfort and convenience at hand


  • walls hide the beauty of the grounds and beach
  • expensive
  • but you get your money's worth
  • expensive, but you get your money's worth




Phones: 523-3606 | 866-417–2377-toll-free in U.S. and Canada


20 villas
Rate Includes: No meals

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