“The truly rich don’t go on cruises,” the editor of a magazine for high-net-worth readers said to me as we sipped our cocktails. “If they’re going on the water, it’s going to be on their own yacht, with their own staff.”
You can get a taste of that experience yourself with Chabil Mar Villas in Placencia, on their Wild Orchid Yachting Package. You explore the best of Belize by land for part of the week, then board the Wild Orchid yacht for two days and nights of exploring the cayes offshore. You explore deserted beaches, great snorkeling spots while dining and sleeping aboard the 46-foot ship with your own private crew for four guests.
At the end you return to the Placencia marina and head a few minutes up the road to the airport.
The one-week tour includes domestic air from Belize City and all land transfers. The indulgence begins upon arrival at Chabil Mar, where you’ll get a VIP greeting and settle into your spacious suite with plenty of lounging space. Hit the beach if there’s time and then enjoy dinner by candlelight with a bottle of champagne.
The next few days you pick from a variety of activities the resort offers, like the Monkey River Howler Adventure or Cockscomb Jaguar Wildlife Preserve. One day you’ll take a full day guided tour with lunch of the Xunantunich Maya archaeological site.
The package also builds in time to wander Placencia Village and eat lunch and a couple dinners in town—a short hop by bike or golf cart from Chabil Mar. Naturally you can just relax on the beach, by the pool, or on the pier part of the time and a one-hour massage when you’d like it is included in the package price.
Then when it’s time to head out to sea, you’ll board this yacht and act like you own the place.
The tour is priced for four, so ideally you’re coming as a family or two couples that get along well enough to spend two days together at sea. You’ll be able to snorkel, kayak, and try to catch some fish for dinner. Or you can just kick back and watch the islands glide by with an included cocktail in hand.
Rates start at a shade more than $3,000 per person, including most of your meals and the excursions. You can upgrade your experience with a larger villa of course or customize it in other ways. See this Belize land and yachting package page for more details or give them a call to work out your program to suit.