Ready to be pampered? The staff at Chabil Mar have hospitality down to a fine-tuned art. They have a way of making every guest feel special…and like they’re having the best vacation of their lives. How does this play out? In many ways, but I was most impressed that meals are not only scrumptious, but can be served anywhere on the resort—the pier, poolside, on your deck, you name it. The food is brought with a smile and some fresh flowers.

Set right on the beach,  Chabil Mar is a collection of mostly two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo units in a series of two-story buildings with blue roofs spread around lushly planted, gated grounds, toward the southern end of the Placencia peninsula. All digs feature Mexican-clay tile floors and lively, tropical décor, though the resort as a whole has an Italian villa feel with flowering vines wrapping around white columns. Most rooms have spacious private balconies or verandas, and all come with full kitchens featuring granite countertops. A long dock leads out to a large deck area covered with a thatch-roofed shade structure, and there are two midsize pools to choose from, plus 400 feet of private white sand beach. Relative to other luxury resorts, it’s quite close to town, giving guests more restaurant and activity options.