Experience Mal Pais

Mal Pais is an adults-only retreat tucked away in the jungle of Costa Rica. It embodies privacy, and no two villas are the same. Access requires an adventurous 4×4 drive, but once you’re in Mal Pais you’ll find a quirky little beach town with just the right blend of locals, surfers, yoginis, and barefoot wanderers. Located in one of the world’s seven Blue Zones, Mal Pais is recognized as one of the healthiest places in the world.

Experience Mal Pais

Mal Pais is an adults-only retreat tucked away in the jungle of Costa Rica. It embodies privacy, and no two villas are the same. Access requires an adventurous 4×4 drive, but once you’re in Mal Pais you’ll find a quirky little beach town with just the right blend of locals, surfers, yoginis, and barefoot wanderers. Located in one of the world’s seven Blue Zones, Mal Pais is recognized as one of the healthiest places in the world.
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Neighborhood

Nestled between surf-destination Santa Teresa to the north and the Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve to the south, Mal Pais is quaint, tranquil, and gorgeous. Santa Teresa has seen a recent influx in restaurants and businesses, while Mal Pais itself, where your Casa Chameleon villa is located, remains as it has been for years. Costa Rican Blue Zones are alive and thriving.

When you arrive at Casa Chameleon, you’ll notice that we’re among only a handful of hotels in Mal Pais. This helps you avoid the feel of being in a “tourist destination,” and it contributes to one overwhelming sensation: you are experiencing something rare–something special, old world, and true.

Neighborhood

Nestled between surf-destination Santa Teresa to the north and the Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve to the south, Mal Pais is quaint, tranquil, and gorgeous. Santa Teresa has seen a recent influx in restaurants and businesses, while Mal Pais itself, where your Casa Chameleon villa is located, remains as it has been for years. Costa Rican Blue Zones are alive and thriving.

When you arrive at Casa Chameleon, you’ll notice that we’re among only a handful of hotels in Mal Pais. This helps you avoid the feel of being in a “tourist destination,” and it contributes to one overwhelming sensation: you are experiencing something rare–something special, old world, and true.

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Lifestyle

We can’t talk about Mal Pais without talking about the people. From the local markets and fishermen to the chefs and hotel staff, you will not leave Mal Pais without first gleaning some of the lifestyle habits that makes Mal Pais residents some of the longest-lived and healthiest people in the world. The Nicoya Peninsula, a Blue Zone, is home to Mal Pais, and the longevity of its residents is a point of scientific fascination. This perfectly describes just what we mean when we say: Mal Pais is special and different.

Walking the coast, you are among volcanic geography and old growth forests alike. There are few places in the world that can so gracefully navigate the fine balance between ocean, forest, mountain, and rock. Mal Pais is one of them.

Lifestyle

We can’t talk about Mal Pais without talking about the people. From the local markets and fishermen to the chefs and hotel staff, you will not leave Mal Pais without first gleaning some of the lifestyle habits that makes Mal Pais residents some of the longest-lived and healthiest people in the world. The Nicoya Peninsula, a Blue Zone, is home to Mal Pais, and the longevity of its residents is a point of scientific fascination. This perfectly describes just what we mean when we say: Mal Pais is special and different.

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Villas

Your villa is your home during your stay. Its feel and decor, inspired by the rich taste of the modern explorer, matches the one-of-a-kind experience you will have while here. Each villa is seamlessly integrated with the ecosystem around it, from its open architecture to private pool.

Emerging from your villa, the Mal Pais experience awaits. Culture and adventure are steps away, and our staff could not be more excited to give you local tips tailored to the experience you’re after.

Villas

Your villa is your home during your stay. Its feel and decor, inspired by the rich taste of the modern explorer, matches the one-of-a-kind experience you will have while here. Each villa is seamlessly integrated with the ecosystem around it, from its open architecture to private pool.

Emerging from your villa, the Mal Pais experience awaits. Culture and adventure are steps away, and our staff could not be more excited to give you local tips tailored to the experience you’re after.

Getting Around

Explore the laid-back local culture in Mal Pais, or go just a bit further north to the more developed town of Santa Teresa. Both offer the best of the Nicoya Peninsula and the best of Costa Rica: rich, simple tastes combined with jovial, enthusiastic people.

Most of your stay, travel by foot will be most convenient. Second-best is travel by quads, also called ATVs, which are common on the peninsula. Alternatively, we can arrange a rental car, taxi, or private driver.

Getting Around

Explore the laid-back local culture in Mal Pais, or go just a bit further north to the more developed town of Santa Teresa. Both offer the best of the Nicoya Peninsula and the best of Costa Rica: rich, simple tastes combined with jovial, enthusiastic people.

Most of your stay, travel by foot will be most convenient. Second-best is travel by quads, also called ATVs, which are common on the peninsula. Alternatively, we can arrange a rental car, taxi, or private driver.

GREEN INITIATIVES

The spectacular local flora and fauna for which the region is known, is treated with the utmost respect by Casa Chameleon Hotels. We recycle, use only nontoxic cleaning products, energy efficient lighting, adopt water conservation practices, provide adjustable room temperature controls and offer organic local bath products. We also plan monthly beach cleanups for staff and guests, and the opportunity for guests to give back to the local school.

 

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