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Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais

Mal Pais, Costa Rica

96 Excellent 102 Reviews
Secluded all-villa, adults-only property with adventure activities, dining, and en-suite spa treatments. Set within one of the world's healthiest areas, guests can partake in a variety of activities including hiking, snorkeling, and yoga.
Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais

Summary of 102 verified reviews


Excellent hotel. Great rooms and fantastic service.

Nestled within the jungle of Costa Rica, Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais is an adults-only retreat. The all-villa resort offers a private setting, reachable only by an adventurous 4x4 drive. Set within a eccentric beach town, the resort offers a mix of locals, surfers, yoginis, and barefoot wanderers. Situated in one of the world's seven Blue Zones, the village of Mal Pais is recognized as one of the healthiest places in the world.

Each of the Villas and Villa Suites have ocean-view pools and complete privacy. Featuring modern world traveler-inspired decor, villas are designed to blend seamlessly into the environment, while maximizing ocean breezes, panoramic views, and the lush calmness of the region. Each villa has a king size bed, air conditioning, ceiling and floor fans, minibars, coffeemakers, and safes, plus a terrace with a hammock, dining area, and chairs. Bathrooms have large rain showers and organic bath products.

Offering a range of recreational options, Mal Pais is a haven for adventure travelers with surfing, fishing, and stand up paddleboarding. The coastline is ideal for snorkeling and SCUBA diving (and seasonal whale watching), there are Mal Pais Canopy Tours within the jungle, and there are opportunities for exploring nearby Montezuma, the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, and Curu Wildlife Refuge.

For dining, the resort offers chef-prepared cuisine for breakfast and lunch, with dinners by reservation. Guests can also order in-villa menu items, and private bartenders are available. The property has mixologist and cooking classes, and there are a variety of restaurants nearby in the town of Mal Pais.

Hotel Address:
  • Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais
  • From ICE towers 500mts South
  • 500mts East
  • Mal Pais, Puntarenas 60101
  • Costa Rica

Location Summary
Set between the surf destinations of Santa Teresa and the Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve, the property is located in the tranquil town of Mal Pais, on the Nicoya Peninsula. Situated in one of the world’s seven Blue Zones, the village of Mal Pais is recognized as one of the healthiest places in the world. About 45 minutes from Tambor airport, the resort is one of the few in the town of Mal Pais, providing guests with a mix of locals, surfers, yoginis, and barefoot wanderers.

Directions to Hotel
Mal País/Santa Teresa is a scenic 45-minute drive from the Tambor airport. Guests can rent a car, take a taxi, or reserve a private driver.

From Liberia or the North, follow these town by town directions: Liberia to Jicaral to Playa Naranjo to Paquera to Mal Pais.
Note Bene
The hotel's green initiatives include the use of nontoxic cleaning products, energy efficient lighting, water conservation practices, adjustable room temperature, organic local bath products, a monthly beach cleanup for staff and guests and the opportunity for guests to give back to the local school.
Banquets & Meetings
Weddings, retreats, and special events can be arranged for up to 42 guests.
Pool Outdoor
Each villa has a private pool.
Spa Facility
In-villa treatments.
Ecological Tourism
Seasonal whale watching.
Recommended Rooms
The Villa Suites feature larger, more spacious accommodations, in addition to private pools and outdoor dining spaces.

Guest Review Highlights

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fine Dining Nearby
    - High Speed Internet
    - Pool Outdoor
Available Activities
  • - Beach
    - Biking Mountain
    - Dining
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Fishing Ocean
    - Hiking
    - Horseback Riding
    - Scuba Diving
    - Shopping

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