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Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais


Located in one of the world’s seven Blue Zones and nestled between surf-destination Santa Teresa to the north and the Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve to the south, Mal Pais is quaint, bohemian and eclectic. Although Santa Teresa has seen a recent influx in restaurants and businesses, it’s neighbor Mal País remains pure and unaffected, true to its core. And part of that core is surfing. Consistent waves and killer surf breaks have put Mal País on every waveriders short list. Whether you are a novice or lifer, the miracle miles of shoreline are yours for the taking.

Hotel Setting

A nature lover’s paradise, Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais is an adults-only hotel tucked away in a remote part of the Costa Rican jungle, accessible only by a 4×4 road. Each of the 10 luxury villas are completely unique in character and composition, sharing a deep respect for the native culture while also promising an uninterrupted, peaceful and personal experience. Guests can reclaim the simple pleasure of exploring the town by foot, absorbing the full impact of this uniquely beautiful location. Other options for mobility include access to an ATV, which are common on the peninsula, or allowing us to arrange a rental car, taxi or private driver.

Hotel Design

When we first set our eyes on this property we were swept off of our feet, left breathless by its lush and verdant beauty. Our task called for an unparalleled vision of possibility, culminating in a novel rebirth of what nature could be. We decided that the best way to accomplish this was to let the outside in. Walls were removed and either left open for a seamless connection with the neighboring jungle or glass was used so that panoramic ocean views remained intact. The end result is Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais, a hotel that flirts harmoniously with creation and its many contours.


There is an organic simplicity that imbues Mal Pais, a life-force that invites escape from the rush and clatter of everyday life. Inhabitants range from market owners and fishermen to surfers and yoga devotees, all of whom embrace a philosophy that encourages freedom from worry and doubt. It’s a community where culture and nature collide, unmarred, rich, and consistently evolving. Mal Pais is uniquely positioned as an integral part of a world-wide region known as the Blue Zone, a place where researchers have discovered a veritable fountain of youth. The elderly of Mal Pais often live healthy lives well into their 90s.

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Stay Longer & Save

If you experience frequent wanderlust… this deal is for you: Up to 35% savings! The longer you stay the better discount you will get.

Available travel dates from now through December 20th 2019.

*Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Not applicable to groups, contracted rates or bookings made via third party channels.

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Advanced Purchase Non Refundable

Just for you. With our Advance Purchase Rate, make your reservation at least 30 days prior to your arrival date and enjoy up to 30% in savings at Las Catalinas and 35% at Mal Pais when you reserve 5 or more nights.

This rate is non-refundable, requires full prepayment, and is charged to your credit card at the time of booking.

*Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Not applicable to groups, contracted rates or bookings made via third party channels. All reservations are fully pre-paid, non-changeable, non-cancelable and nonrefundable. Date modifications are not accepted.

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Useful Details


Dry Season: December to April
Avergae Temperature Range: low-90s daytime, mid-70s nighttime

Wet Season: May to November
Average Temperature Range: mid to high-80s daytime, mid to low-70s nightitme


Either local currency, Costa Rica colones, or United States dollars are accepted, however businesses generally have a higher exchange rate than that of the bank and will most likely give change in local colones.

Time Zone

Costa Rica observes Central Standard Time all round year, which means we do not change the clocks for daylight saving time.


The two most popular spoken languages in Costa Rica are Spanish and English.

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in: 3 p.m. Check-out: 11 a.m.
Departure day is never fun, so we make it as easy as possible. Our office will send your invoice statement to your e-mail adress the night before check-out.

Accepted Credit Cards

We accept Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Diners and Discovery cards. We do not accept traveler’s checks.