Saturday, April 4th 2015.Larry Waight Reporting: When a travel magazine finds a secret treasure, that secret doesn’t remain so for long, which is why Darlene Perrone, publisher of the 10-year-old Destination Travel Magazine, decided to dedicate seven pages to Chabil Mar Resort, a Belize boutique hotel that is starting to run out of places to display its awards. The seven page spread is a focal point for the magazine’s April issue (http://destinationstravelmagazine.com/April2015/#/64).
Both Althea Schable, reservations manager and Natalie Ranguy, guest services manager, are no slouches in the awards department, either. Both have been named Frontline Person of the Year, but if you ask about their honors, both modestly defer to the star of the show: the resort itself, located on Placencia Peninsula Road.
“We pride ourselves on the highest level of personal service, consistent with our Guest Exclusive Resort Policy,” explains Schable. “Everything is personalized here, from the booking to the pampering. Because we’re small, we can offer every guest complete privacy and what we call barefoot boutique luxury that extends from our richly appointed rooms to our onsite cuisine.”
“I don’t wonder Chabil Mar was picked for the April Destination Travel Magazine spread,” adds Ranguy. “We’ve been given TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice awards for nine consecutive years, Fodor’s bestowed a “Choice for Luxury” designation on us and the Belize Tourism Board gave us kudos for our outstanding service.”
Located on an 18-mile peninsula that runs parallel to the Belize mainland, Chabil Mar is just a ¾ mile stroll to the center of Placencia Village where around 1,500 people reside. The resort offers unique amenities like a private pier, 400 feet of Caribbean beachfront and just 19 individually designed and secluded villas for guests.
Fine dining, lush gardens and infinity pools create an exclusive playground for a handful of guests, so leaving the premises is completely optional.
“Destination Travel is just the most recent publication to tell our story,” adds Ranguy. “We’ve been featured in magazines like America Airlines Magazine, GQ Magazine, Travel Age West, US News and World Report and on TV shows like Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right. Our honeymoon suite is particularly romantic and private. It’s like nowhere else on Earth.”
Chabil Mar is a privately owned resort located in the Stann Creek District of Belize. It opened its doors in 2005 and has built an international reputation since that time. Historically, Chabil Mar—Maya for “Beautiful Sea”—is nestled between a Garifuna settlement and the former Creole fishing village of Placencia and in close proximity to ancient Maya ruins, rainforests, jungles and some of the best scuba and deep-water diving in the Western Hemisphere.
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