Hotel Casa Chameleon Mal Pais
What We Love
- All villas have private balconies with infinity pools overlooking the ocean
- Stunning dark wood and brightly colored decor includes four-poster beds, exotic South Asian art and animal print pillows and throw rugs
- Wine and from-scratch gourmet cuisine (think grilled shrimp with tender mahi mahi, a tropical salad tossed in rosemary goat cheese vinaigrette) in the open-air restaurant
- Villas have two powerful rain showers (one indoor, one outdoor)
What To Know
- The resort is big on romance: Children 17 and under are not permitted and there are no TVs, phones, WiFi in the villas
- If you're renting a car for the transfer, it's recommended to have one with four-wheel-drive to climb the steep driveway
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- A 13 percent room tax per night will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
- Adults Only
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Like a passport full of stamps, the curiosities collected during the owner’s far-flung travels tell a tale and lend an exotic air to design-forward digs blending dark tropical hardwoods with bright fabrics. While statues of Hindu deities and outlandish lampshades abound, Costa Rican craftsmanship is also on display in the hardwood pool bar built by local artisans.
Bed and Bath
Spacious bedrooms drip with bric-a-brac and style; all feature four-poster beds, exotic South Asian art and animal print pillows and throw rugs. Balancing out the wilder elements is a tasteful array of contemporary hardwood furnishings atop travertine and natural stone flooring. Vaulted ceilings are finished in teak, and fold-away glass doors open to enormous patios offering private infinity pools. In the bathrooms two powerful rain showers (one indoor, one outdoor) warm guests to the core, and the Aromas para el Alma bath products are local and organic.
Guests enjoy mouthwatering, from-scratch meals on private balconies or at the romantic, open-concept restaurant, where executive chef, Pabrö, whips up dishes that fuse modern culinary concepts and indigenous recipes. Items of note include enormous grilled shrimp with tender mahi mahi, a tropical salad tossed in rosemary goat cheese vinaigrette, and a luscious tres leches with strawberries and cream for dessert. Downstairs, a bamboo and hardwood cocktail lounge overlooks an inviting sapphire pool surrounded by tropical foliage — the perfect spot for enjoying a guaro sour as the orange sun dips beneath the Pacific.
In the Area
In freewheeling Mal País, a seemingly infinite stretch of rock and white sand beach on the remote Nicoya Peninsula, the inhabitants are serious about community and sustainability. Saturday afternoons are reserved for the beachfront farmers market, to which locals bring fresh fruits, veggies, instruments, pets and toothy smiles. The tastiest restaurants include the sky-high surf ’n’ turf spot Brisas del Mar (order the tenderloin) and a beachfront Mexican delight, Habaneros. Breakfast burritos at Playa Carmen’s The Bakery fuel perfect days of surfing, sea kayaking and snorkeling at a hidden cove locals refer to as the Secret Beach.
How to Get There
We stayed at Casa Chameleon for a few days during our honeymoon. Our villa could not have been better - we loved our infinity pool, our view of the ocean, and our adorable bedroom! Since it is the jungle, we did heed Klarissa's advice and closed our doors/windows in the evenings to limit the number of bugs that came in. We did also use the mosquito netting for sleeping - again, it's the jungle!
We didn't see any monkeys, but did see a lot of beautiful birds and enjoyed this luxury experience in nature thoroughly! The food at the on-site restaurant was very tasty and the included breakfast offerings were very good as well. The drinks were delicious - the pineapple daiquiris and mojitos were our favorites!
The only suggestion for improvement we had is for the staff - while Klarissa at the front desk was amazing (we loved her!), the serving and bar staff was more hit-n-miss - we ate at the restaurant twice for dinner and once for dessert during our stay. During our first dinner, it took some time to get drink refills, but we were sitting in paradise so it wasn't too much of a hardship :) It did seem like the serving and bar staff was a bit overworked (trying to wait tables, bartend, and do room service deliveries, among other jobs) and we were there during low season, so it may have been due to those factors too.
All in all, we recommend Casa Chameleon as a fantastic place to stay in Mal Pais!
Do it. Just do it!
Book your trip here. We did our honeymoon in Januay of 2017 here and wow it was such a dream. The staff was incredible, the rooms were nice and clean — yes you will run into bugs and stuff, you’re in a rainforest— but It’s really scarce for what I would’ve imagined we would’ve had.
It isn’t cheap bc it is not all-inclusive. But let me tell you, it is worth every penny.
We’re so glad we took our honeymoon here and would recommend this place to anyone!!!
After just getting married we came to Casa Chameleon the night after our wedding. The service there was great right from the second we walked in the doors to check in. They brought us fresh juice and cold towels immediately and made everything super easy. Before arriving we had seen pictures of the villas at Casa Chaneleon but we were amazed at how stunning the villa was. Some of our favorite features were the private pool and the indoor/outdoor shower. Casa Chameleon also provided a great Bluetooth speaker for music. One of the highlights of our trip was waking up to a group of about 20 monkeys swinging and climbing in the trees right in front of our villa.
The food at Casa Chameleon was incredible. We ate breakfast at the hotel everyday and loved it. Dinner is a little pricey so we only ate there a couple of times but the meals that we did have there were very good. All of the fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. While the towns around the hotel have great food, we would definitely recommend eating at the hotel at least a couple of times!
Overall we loved Casa Chameleon and would recommend it to anybody!
As soon as they open the door to the property I was in all!! We are in the jungle with monkeys in the trees around our room. Our villa is one out of eight with our own small pool, our shower overlooking the pool . The service is wonderful everyone is so helpful as soon As you walk in. The bartender Emilio made our drinks with real fruit. The food is amazing!!
I had a great stay at the Casa Chameleon. The staff was friendly, the food was incredible, and the villa was perfect. The plunge pool was especially nice. I got exactly what I needed out of my stay. Thank you.