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Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais

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Top 10 Hotels by Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards

Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais has been named in the Top 10 Hotels in Latin America by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Planning an event, whatever the occasion, is time consuming and deeply personal. This is why our approach is anything but cookie-cutter. Instead, we take planning your celebration to new heights and provide a natural backdrop to your special event. Let the chorus of wildlife surround you and your loved ones while you enjoy the peace and serenity of our humble environment.

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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, half board hotel tucked away in a remote part of the Costa Rican jungle. Accessible only by a 4×4 road, each of the 10 rustic 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 are encouraged to commune with others and enjoy the simple pleasures 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. Wildlife is abundant in this region, and we often find ourselves in the humbling presence of the beautiful creatures that inhabit this veraciously wild landscape.


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. We designed our villas to be imbedded within the natural environment that surrounds our property in order to encourage guests to connect with nature and ground to the earth. 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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Looking for a nature lover’s paradise tucked away in a remote part of the jungle? Join us at Casa Chameleon Mal Pais for an adults-only getaway and explore the breathtaking Costa Rican jungle firsthand on foot, bike or ATV. Only accessible by 4×4 road, each of the private 10 rustic pool villas are completely unique in character and offer an uninterrupted, peaceful and personal experience.

Book by August 15th and receive the following discounts for stays July 1st through December 20th, 2020:

1-2 night stays 25% off
3-4 night stays 35% off
5 or more night stays 40% off

All Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais reservations include our half board meal program.

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Useful Details


Dry Season: December to April
Average 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 nighttime


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.