Q&A Spotlight with a Chabil Mar Bride

Destination Wedding in BelizeA goal that we have at Chabil Mar is to make sure that every guest experiences a level of service at our resort that is truly unforgettable. While we strive for this goal for every guest, this is especially the case for our brides who come to Chabil Mar for their weddings. With the experience we have in destination weddings, we know how important it is for every bride to know that their wedding day will be as perfect as they’ve always dreamed.

Katrina and Blaine Platt are one the most recent couples who chose Chabil Mar as their wedding destination. Instead of us just telling you about Chabil Mar’s wedding services, who better to share the true story than the bride herself? We contacted Katrina after she returned from Belize to share some of her thoughts about her destination wedding at Chabil Mar.

Q: When you started planning your wedding, what made you decide that Belize was the place for your destination wedding?

A: I always knew that I wanted to have a destination wedding, I just was not sure where. When Blaine suggested I take a look at Belize I went straight to trip advisor online. I have done a lot of traveling and trip advisor rarely lets me down. I emailed a few resorts to ask for more information, and Althea from Chabil Mar responded to me very quickly with plenty of details and radiated warmth and enthusiasm. The villas looked beautiful, the pools looked amazing and the pier locked me down. I knew I had found the right spot and I immediately put down my deposit.

Q: In your search for a resort, why did Chabil Mar stand out as your choice among others for your special day?

A: It became clear to me when I started talking to Althea more that Chabil Mar was a resort that wanted to really go out of their way for me. There was nothing that they could not do. There was nothing for me to even worry about. I could still have all the things that are easy to have at home in the United States on a beach in Belize. It couldn’t have been a better find.

Q: Were you apprehensive at all about planning your wedding from a distance?

A: I was a little nervous. I had never been to Belize and due to this, obviously just seen the resort from pictures. I really could not know for sure if it was going to be everything I wanted or if everything that I asked for was going to happen. Althea made the process less nerve racking for me. I was worried that the flowers would not look the same or that my vision would not be understood. My worries, although unavoidable, were unwarranted. Everything that I envisioned came to life on our day.

Q:  How was your experience working with the wedding planners at Chabil Mar from a distance, leading up to your arrival?

A: From the very beginning, I got the feeling that anything and everything was possible for our wedding. As we planned the wedding and more and more details were put into place, we ran into virtually no problems. There were no discrepancies between what we wanted and what could be done. All of our guests made their reservations through Althea because that is whom I put them in contact with. Let’s just say that I was not the only one who brought her a gift to Belize.

Wedding party in Belize

Q: Tell us about your actual wedding day? Did everything turn out just as you hoped?

A: I was a little unsure of who was taking care of the setup, but was so surprised to look out the window in the morning to see that everything had already been set up. Decorations were put up, chairs were placed and covered, and tables were ready. I was so shocked by how efficient the staff at Chabil Mar was. Everything I asked for was there and I did not even have to step out of my villa. It was impressive. I could not have been more happy and grateful for the entire staff on a day where the stress of details can really take over. It was everything I wanted and more.

Q: What was your overall impression of the resort when you arrived?

A: The resort is beautiful. Every one of us there mentioned that the staff is truly what makes the place unforgettable. The location is beautiful and the pools and villas were amazing, but the people were on another level. You can find beauty at many resorts, but you cannot find the genuineness found in the staff of Chabil Mar. Nothing was too small or too large for them. They wanted to help and they did so with a warm heart. I cried when I had to say goodbye. I have never experienced that level of hospitality before and I am pretty well traveled.

Q: What did your wedding party have to say about their experience at the resort?

A: We had a wedding party of 16 and 66 people at the wedding—all of them had nothing but the best things to say. We had a week to enjoy the resort and take tours. A lot of people said it was the most fun wedding they had ever been too. There are too many albums on Facebook now with “unbelizable” in the title.

Q: Do you have any words of advice for brides considering a destination wedding?

A: 1) Do it. There is no better way to spend the most important day of your life than surrounded by all your best friends and family in a beautiful location. 2) Go for a week. 3) And most of all do not worry about the distance during planning. All will be handled, especially if you have it a Chabil Mar.

Thank you, Katrina, for sharing your Chabil Mar experience! Like Blaine and Katrina, we make sure that every destination wedding at Chabil Mar exceeds all expectations and creates memories that will last a lifetime.

Honeymoons and weddings in Belize

Interested in finding out more about Belize destination weddings at Chabil Mar? Contact us today to speak with Althea.

Witty and Beauty Meet in Belize! K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Here at Chabil Mar, we like to pay attention to the little details that sometimes make the biggest difference in our guests’ experiences at our resort. For many, this added level of services is evident in the exceptional staff services, immaculately-kept grounds, gourmet meals delivered anywhere on the resort, and more. But for one recent guest of our resort, it was the witty content of our welcome packet that made all the difference.

In fact, our honeymoon guest, Lillie, was so impressed with our wittiness that she wrote about it on her travel blog. Here are a couple excerpts from our welcome packet that Lillie found particularly amusing:

Catch it? We Cook it: Spending the day fishing? Don’t throw the whole catch back. We are happy to prepare your “catch of the day” for you. Did you catch too much? Nothing goes to waste in Placencia. The staff all love fresh fish. If you happen to catch extra we would be happy to take it off your hands, and please accept our sincerest appreciation. We bow to your fishing prowess. We have a word for folks like you: “Fishonista.””

And while we make that comment in a lighthearted way, we’re serious about delivering on that promise. Since Belize has some of the best fishing in the world, we want to make sure our guests can enjoy it on their stay. Our gourmet chefs are always happy to prepare the catches of our guests to give them the ultimate experience of “fresh” seafood.

Another of Lillie’s favorite excerpts:

Special Occasions: Are you celebrating a special occasion? Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make it extra special. Not celebrating something? Hmm… stop by the front desk and we will help you dream something up. In Belize “just because” can count as a special occasion.”

While Chabil Mar does specialize in special events like weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, and birthdays, we want all of our guests to feel pampered just for being on vacation in the first place. Our staff goes the extra mile to make sure that every day is a special occasion for our guests.

To read the rest of Lillie’s review about her stay at Chabil Mar, visit her travel blog here.  Whether it’s offering you a shoe shine, assistance with your luggage, or offering Belizean chocolate on your pillow, you can be sure that no detail will be overlooked during your stay. Come experience for yourself why Chabil Mar receives accolades from our guests time and time again for our exceptional service, prime location, and stunning surroundings.

The Ultimate Belize Honeymoon

BELIZE – Exotic Rainforest and Jungle – Traditional Caribbean Seaside Fishing Villages –The Second Largest Barrier Reef in the world – Maya ruins – Imagine!

Belize honeymooners

Chabil Mar, your Caribbean beach-side resort in Placencia Village,  along with two other prestigious resorts in Belize, a premier jungle lodge and a private resort island, have joined together to create an unforgettable honeymoon experience for couples looking for adventure combined with luxury, romance and relaxation.

An 8 night, 9 day all-inclusive honeymoon package that truly offers the best of Belize as you spend three nights each at Chabil Mar and Chaa Creek resorts, and two nights Hatchet Caye Island Resort. What better way to start your life together than a Caribbean honeymoon experience of a lifetime?

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Bask in luxury as you enjoy gourmet meals, private in-room or beach-side massages, personal staff, and honeymoon suites. Find your adventurous side as you canoe the unspoiled Macal River, explore ancient Maya ruins, go horseback riding, and take guided boat adventures, snorkeling and scuba diving. Enjoy the romance of private picnics, candlelit dinners, secluded islands, and beach-side infinity pools. No other honeymoon package offers the best of Belize’s finest resorts and locations—a moveable, adventurous feast of culture and romance.

Our honeymoon planners will take care of all the details so you can enjoy everything that our Belizean paradise has to offer. This package is absolutely all-inclusive, including all activities, meals, transfers, taxes and gratuities. If you’re looking for an unforgettable honeymoon experience, don’t look any further. Learn more about what our extraordinary honeymoon package has to offer, or contact our reservations office to start making your honeymoon dream a reality!

Real Destination Weddings in Belize – Brenda & Tony

Brenda and Tony held a stunning beach wedding in June at Chabil Mar Resort. We have some great photos to share from their special day courtesy of our wonderful Belize wedding photographer, Olivera Rusu.

Brides and grooms love our location for the relaxed, luxurious atmosphere and the unbeatable scenery throughout the property. Brenda and Tony’s wedding ceremony was right on the beach under a beautiful arch made from local tropical flowers.

Our honeymoon suite provided a great backdrop for bridal portraits moments before the ceremony.

It was a pleasure to host Brenda, Tony, and their wedding party for their special day. To see more real weddings at Chabil Mar, browse through our blog or visit our site to discover more about our all inclusive Belize destination weddings.

Placencia Voted Top Beach Destination in Central America

Placencia, BelizeWith its pristine blue waters, secluded beaches, and small-town atmosphere, it’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with Belize’s Placencia Village. Recently, Placencia was voted one of TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Beach Destinations in Central America . Visitors from around the world rave about Placencia for offering the perfect mix of beauty, culture, adventure, and relaxation.

As a traditional fishing village, Placencia gives tourists a taste of traditional Belizean culture and cuisine with a variety of shops, galleries, bars, and eateries. With only 1,200 full-time residents, Placencia provides visitors with a break from traditional mass-tourism beach destinations and gives them a glimpse into what small-town life in Belize is really like. Additionally, Placencia is just a short drive away from jungles, rainforests, and ancient Maya ruins, providing the best of both worlds for true vacationers and adventure-seekers alike.

Whether you want to explore stunning coral reefs, kayak on gentle lagoons, taste traditional fare, or simply enjoy the “barefoot perfect” beaches, Placencia is the perfect beach destination.

Within walking distance from Placencia Village, Chabil Mar offers the ideal location for guests to experience the luxury of our resort and all of the cultural highlights of this small, friendly town. Within five to ten minutes, Chabil Mar guests can easily walk, bike, kayak, or ride in one our golf carts to Placencia, where they can enjoy everything the town has to offer. Honeymooners and wedding parties love the convenience of our luxury resort to this one-of-a-kind cultural gem. Visit the Chabil Mar site to find out more about having your wedding or honeymoon at our resort.

Chabil Mar Staff: Taking Care of the Details

Besides the stunning surroundings and five-star accommodations, couples from all over the world choose Chabil Mar for theirBelizedestination wedding because of the exceptional, personalized service we offer here for all of our guests.

Any wedding requires a lot of planning, but destination weddings can be particularly stressful for brides and their families because of the extra long-distance coordination that is necessary for their special day.

Recently, the mother of one of Chabil Mar’s brides shared how the exclusive service from the Chabil Mar staff made her daughter’s destination wedding spectacular. Here are some excerpts from her experience:

As a first-time mother-of-the-bride, I had many reasons to freak out over the course of the year of planning. None of the reasons, however, included our plans to hold the destination wedding at Chabil Mar. Had we been there before? No. Had we been to Belize before? No. What made it so effortless? Althea Schable, our wedding coordinator at Chabil Mar.”
“Althea was infinitely available to us by email, phone, or fax. Any question was answered with efficiency, politeness, hospitality, assurance, and not the least sense of urgency (without ever making me feel as if my cares were not cares of hers). Every detail of the wedding and reception was carried out without a hitch.” 

Althea was not alone in her mission. Every staff member from the general manager to the guy in charge of cleaning up after the sunning iguanas knew each of us by first name and knew each of our guests as well….This kind of personal sincere graciousness and hospitality was unknown to us prior to visiting Chabil Mar, in spite of the fact that 1/3 of our attendees are former or current members of the hospitality service industry, including experience at 5 Star properties.”

Every part of the experience was outstanding. Chabil Mar will be a destination in our futures again and again. Thank you Althea, Merli, Natalie, Tiffany, Tony, Danny, DeSean, Sinesio, the security guards, the housemen, and the room staff for making this family event so spectacular!”

Visit this link to read more details about her experience with the Chabil Mar staff.

Whether you are planning a small, intimate ceremony or reserving the entire resort for your wedding party, you can rest assured knowing that the staff at Chabil Mar won’t leave out any of the details for your destination wedding. From the moment you arrive at our resort, you’ll experience a level of hospitality that is unique to Chabil Mar – and the reason why so many of our guests can’t wait to return.

Small Town Atmosphere: Why Visitors Love Placencia Village

Destination Honeymoon in BelizePlacencia is one of the best-kept secrets in Belize. Guests at Chabil Mar love our resort’s ideal location that is just a stone’s throw away from one of the most culturally rich gems in the country. But in addition to its rich culture, Placencia offers visitors an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and gives them a glimpse into what the simple, small-town life is like.

Placencia was recently featured in a segment by International Living titled, “It’s Like Small-Town America 60 Years Ago…” In his piece, the author Don Skiver describes why he was so smitten by this small village. Here are a few excerpts:

“I hesitate to reveal how wonderful the little village of Placencia in southern Belize really is. If the secret gets out, that may spoil what makes it so unique—its small town atmosphere.”

 “…The people in Placencia seem quite happy with their simple lives. Almost everyone waves, nods or speaks, even if they’ve never met you. Locals, expats, tourists…all are treated in the same friendly manner. You see people talking and wandering…there is no rush.”

“…I went early to spend two nights in the village and was quickly smitten by it. On returning to land after the cruise, I wanted to see other areas of Belize. I spent two days exploring around San Ignacio in Cayo District and two days in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Both areas had their own unique features but I couldn’t take my mind off Placencia. It kept calling me back.”

So many of our guests feel the same way about Placencia village. With its rich culture, friendly atmosphere, and unmatched setting, it’s unlike anywhere else you’ve ever visited. As the closest full-service resort to the Village of Placencia, you can immerse yourself in everything this village has to offer, while still soaking in the luxuries and privacy we offer here at the “guest exclusive” Chabil Mar. Contact us to learn more about why Chabil Mar offers the perfect setting for your Belize destination wedding or honeymoon.

Travel Age West Magazine – Chabil Mar – Best Places to Stay

Guide to Belize

Belize may be one of the smallest countries in Central America, but it packs a punch

By Sue Richter

March 28, 2012

“Belize may be one of the smallest countries in Central America, but it has plenty to offer. This country still maintains its native culture, a blend of Maya, Mestizo, Creole and Garifuna. English is still predominately spoken, although Spanish is slowly taking over.

The second largest barrier reef in the world meanders through the country’s turquoise Caribbean waters. The water temperature hovers from 80-85 degrees year-round, which makes for amazing diving or snorkeling. Staying on the islands of Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye is more convenient to commute to the reef, less than one mile from world-class diving and snorkeling.

This gem of a destination has a total population of only 300,000. Much of the country is still raw and beautiful with rainforests, rivers, atolls, monkey grass and mountains on the west side. The people are friendly toward visitors and are often heard saying, “You better Belize it.”

Combine adventure with your wedding and honeymoon celebrations, at Chabil Mar, Placencia’s Guest Exclusive Resort. From intimate ceremonies on our private palapa on the water to making the entire resort yours for a week, the options are endless for your destination wedding in Belize. We handle the details so you can enjoy the moment.

More on the Travel Age West Magazine Article: http://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/South-America/Info/Guide-to-Belize/

Our Belize Destination Wedding Package Includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations in our Honeymoon Suite, bouquets and boutonnières, customized chaise, an elegant wedding ceremony at the beach or on our pier deck, reception with tropical delights at the beach or around our pools, and much more.
  • We will take care of all the required paperwork for your marriage and other in–country arrangements.
Photo: Olivera Rusu Photography - Belize