A Costa Rican Paradise, Made to Order for Travelers
JUST OFF a protected beach on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, the year-old Casa Chameleon, an adults-only hotel, sits high on a ridge overlooking a small town. One morning last spring, while the honeymooners were still sleeping, I returned to my villa from snorkeling in the bay to find my “house mama” cutting fruit. “Eggs?” she asked as she poured me coffee. I took my cup out onto the terrace and barely had time to turn on the ceiling fan before she came out with an omelet and pitcher of just-squeezed orange juice.
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The adults-only resort Casa Chameleon is a hilltop boutique property in Costa Rica with a zero-edge infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean and tropical dry forest below. After hiking and biking local trails, kayaking or beach lounging, there are few better ways to cool down, while sunsets are particularly spectacular.
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Set high on a hilltop above the new resort village of Las Catalinas, this 21-villa hotel only opened in mid-February and it’s proved to be an instant hit.
One very good reason is its superb location, with hypnotic views over the Pacific Ocean, punctuated by a couple of rugged islands, an occasional distant yacht or fishing boat, all fringed by sandy beaches in the bays below. Stand shoulder-deep at the lip of the infinity pool, transfixed by that view, until brown pelicans fly past at eye level and a pair of forked tail, wide-winged frigatebirds patrol high above them.
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If you happen to be reading this from a negative-edge saltwater pool in Costa Rica right now, feel free to skip the rest and get back to everything you’re not doing.
For everyone else…
Feel free to do as they’re doing at Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas, an adults-only paradise of a Costa Rican resort, now taking reservations for a February 10 opening and looking identical to this.
Yes, February 10. That’s when you’ll come on down here and stay at this beautifully minimalist spread overlooking the ocean, the Guanacaste coast and islands they share. When you’ll take a deep breath of rain forest air from an ocean kayak and a swallow of something tropical and boozy come sunset. When you’ll go to sleep in your private villa on the early side.
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Costa Rica is home to a full 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity, yet it occupies just 0.03 percent of its landmass. Even if you doubled this diminutive nation in size, it would still be smaller than the state ot Kentucky. That compact scale makes it possible to take in a lot in a relatively short time. Still, Michelle and I decided against getting too ambitious with our itinerary; that seemed contrary to the spirit of the trip. Instead we planned to drive around the costal reaches of Guanacaste province in the northwest, then make our way toward the Arenal Volcano region.
Casa Chameleon Hotel is a 2017 Travelers’ Choice Award Winner
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Travelers’ Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can give – meaning Casa Chameleon is truly exceptional. Based on reviews and opinions from millions of travelers, we’re in the top 1% of hotels!
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Founded by real estate developer Charles Brewer, and overseen by several former Four Seasons Hotels execs, the 1,000-acre Las Catalinas on the Guanacaste coast has been designed to become a fully functioning residential town, with new neighborhoods, retail and activity spaces, community services, and more rolling out each year.
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Because poke isn’t just a thing in the U.S., it’s a thing in Costa Rica, too. And Las Catalinas – both the name of an up-and-coming beachy town about 45 minutes southwest of the Liberia airport into the jungle, and also the name of Casa Chameleon hotel group’s newest property – excels in clean eats of this nature. From a.m. overnight oats studded with local fruit, to the above-pictured beaut, not only does the property offer stunning views with an infinity pool that looks like it’s spilling into the Pacific Ocean, but also an overall attention to wellness and sustainability.
Casa Chameleon – Las Catalinas
My trip was during the hotel’s soft launch week of preview for friends & family so I’d have to come back again to experience it as a full fleshed buzzing retreat. My 3 day stay was relaxing to say the least. Endless sunshine, with a fresh and flavorful menu by chef Jose Lopez in the hotel’s restaurant: Sentido Norte. However, the icing on the cake for me, is the panoramic views that goes with every meal.
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Adding to the appeal of Costa Rica’s Pacific-side coast in the Guanacaste province — which already houses larger Four Seasons and Andaz resorts — are the 21 contemporary villas of this month-old property.
If you can tear yourself away from your private-ocean-view, saltwater infinity plunge pool, be sure to check out the 360-degree vistas from the cliff-top main pool and outdoor restaurant.
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Some vacations just need to be free of kids, and Casa Chameleon offers that. This retreat offers an adult-only atmosphere for those that need a getaway, and helps guests immerse themselves into the local culture. Guests here can seek adventure, kick back and enjoy the panoramic views that paradise offers, or hang out in the infinity pool to watch the gorgeous sunsets that never get old – as a bonus there is a bar too! This hotel is a quick 45 minutes from the Liberia airport, so it’s as convenient as it is beautiful.
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At Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas, the spectacular flora and fauna of the region is treated with the utmost respect through the resort’s conservation efforts. Each month, staff take to the local beach to clean and remove any waste left behind. Guests are invited to plant a tree to offset the carbon footprint of their visit, while water efficient fixtures are used throughout the hotel’s interiors. Outside, rain water is repurposed to feed the resort’s spectacular gardens.
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Casa Chameleon excels at effortlessly blending guests with their natural surroundings to deliver handcrafted vacation experiences. Like their namesake, Casa Chameleon hotels are specially adapted to the places they call home. Regardless of location, the collection of intimate hotels are designed to capture the essence of each region – its local culture, activities, and pastimes – while indulging each guest’s personal perspective of what a vacation should be.
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Not everyone loves snow. Should you prefer a warmer chill, head to this car-free, seaside spot that was built to encourage sustainable living (no motorized vehicles, and 80 percent of the land has been untouched, left in its natural state) on the Guanacaste peninsula. Start with morning yoga on the beach, then head out to the waters for paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking, or head into the backyard of dry forest hills and valleys for mountain biking, hiking, trail running or horseback riding.
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Modern travellers seeking an authentic Costa Rican experience filled with immersive culture, adventure and romance will love the new Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas hotel opening February 2017.
The resort is the first hotel for the up and coming coastal town of Las Catalinas on the Guanacaste coastline and the second Costa Rica property for NP International, the name behind TripAdvisor favorite, Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais. The new hotel will continue the privacy, romance and service that the Casa Chameleon brand is known for.
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My new year’s resolution was to visit a new country every season, and so far we’re off to a good start! With a recent trip to Costa Rica and an upcoming flight to Tokyo, this may be the first resolution I’ve stuck with!
Our trip began at Casa Chemeleon in Las Catalinas, and it was the perfect way to start the trip. A high-end resort town with a laid-back luxury vibe, we spent the first few days relaxing by the infinity pool and lounging in our epic hotel rooms.
Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas
Located on the unspoilt Guanacaste Coast of Costa Rica, Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas is a gateway to the many natural wonders, cultural delights, and unique adventures this country has to offer.
The property is a collection of 21 private villas with mesmerizing ocean views and infinity plunge pools. All units blend classy minimalist design with deluxe amenities such as Bluetooth speakers, in-room dining, and fully-stocked minibars. Dining occurs in a charming open-air cliffside restaurant and focuses on local ocean- and farm-to-table cuisine.
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For some of us, the words “Costa Rican boutique villas” are more or less all that’s needed. Throw in “Pacific coast” and “Nicoya peninsula” and the chance that you still need convincing drops by half again. For the rest of you, the short version: Costa Rica, one-time low-budget backpackers’ haven, has expanded its upscale offerings, and a place like Hotel Casa Chameleon is the perfect venue for acquiring some first-hand knowledge of this trend.
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Honeymooners, celebs and supermodels come to Costa Rica’s fishing village of Mal País to go incognito. Gisele Bündchen, Sting and Vince Vaughn have all fallen for its boho charm, natural beauty, surf and sophisticated restaurants and hotels. And the adults-only Casa Chameleon is very much part of this exclusive scene.
Laid-back eco-conscious and romantic, Casa Chameleon is an all-villa hideout. Bordered by thriving jungle with the crashing Pacific Ocean beyond, you reach the Casa via wooden walkways brushed by bright green palms. (Look out for monkeys and toucans along the way.) Nothing feels unnatural here: the vaulted ceilings are made from teak, four-poster beds are carved from tropical wood and the tiled floors are travertine. Cool drapes, striking paintings from all around the world and artfully placed curios add to the sense of exotica.
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An adults-only property, this new boutique resort contains 21 villas complete with private saltwater plunge pools and full views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as a zero-edge plunge pool for all guests to lounge or take in the sunset. The open-air Sentido Norte Restaurant & Lounge has a seasonal menu constructed from local ingredients, and the hotel, which incorporates sustainability at various levels, uses LED lights, paperless check-in, 100% biodegradable laundry products, a drip irrigation system , and an aggressive recycling program.
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This new, utopian beachside town on the Guanacaste Coast of Costa Rica interweaves the beauty of the natural world with the indelible appeal of a compact, walkable community. Design to incorporate everything from residences and restaurants to hotels and parks, Las Catalinas is a unique setting where motorized vehicles are absent, hiking and biking trails are world-class, and two exquisite beaches offer opportunities for swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, boogie boarding and snorkeling.
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In a country which prizes its ecology – as most of Costa Rica’s stunning natural environment is protected – these 21 contemporary private villas promise honeymoon-worthy adventure on the Pacific coast of the province of Guanacaste. An environmental conscience includes only eco-friendly products used throughout the resort, a plant-a-tree programme and a monthly beach cleanup for staff and guests. True to its adults-only theme, sunsets don’t get much more romantic than when viewed in panorama from a private infinity-edge saltwater plunge pool.
Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas
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With an impressive zero-edge infinity pool and a dedicated focus on wellness, relaxation and adventure, the adult only Casa Chameleon has put the new up and coming town of Las Catalinas on the map as a premiere luxury destination in the popular Guanacaste province of Costa Rica.
Sitting on top of a hill along the Pacific coast, this hotel boasts some of the most stunning ocean views in the country. Though confusion is the initial reaction upon arriving at Casa Chameleon due to the cramped driveway and abrupt turn, all that goes away as soon as you step into the lobby with its inviting design and sophisticated beach décor.
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The hillside villas at Hotel Casa Chameleon granted us the perfect balance of relaxation and exploration. We started each morning with delicious, local fresh fruit and poolside hangs to beat the Costa Rica heat. With handpicked, travel-ready styles from Billabong Womens newest collection to accompany her sandy days in paradise, Sincerely Jules was ready for sea-soaked days at Playa Mal Pais – a white sandy beach lined with lush green palm trees for miles.
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The hotel’s most interesting detail, service or historical tidbit: “For me, it’s the bar and restaurant, which offers the best views of the area, without a doubt. Add to this, the cocktails and craft beers offered all specially chosen and designed to consider local Costa Rican ingredients, which are rarely used. Then, jump to dinner in the restaurant to take in a view of the moon reflecting on the ocean and interact with our cooks in the open-air kitchen serving local cuisine with a flare.”
Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas
Just opened last February, Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas is Costa Rica’s newest boutique hotel. With 21 villas perched high atop a cliff with private plunge pools and panoramic views from every angle, guests can relax at an infinity pool where drinks are delivered via floating trays or take a mixology class to learn how to craft signature Costa Rican cocktails.
Casa Chameleon’s head mixologist, Aleeza Bender is using indigenous ingredients and creating her own tropical cocktails featuring guaro in several of them. The menu also takes classic cocktails and tweaks them incorporating unique local fruits like sour guava, tamarind, limon dulce (a sweet lemon), tangerine-lime and mandarin-lime as well as tapa de dulce (an old school style sugar that is barely processed and is produced only by a handful of smaller mills in the area).
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The newest property from Casa Chameleon is all about the swoon-worthy views of the Guanacaste coast (especially from the saltwater pool, one of the best in all of Costa Rica). The focus at this adults-only retreat is on wellness and sustainability, from the morning chia bowls and oats to repurposed teak wood throughout the property. Those seeking privacy will find it in any one of the hotel’s 21 minimalist villas, each with its own zero-edge pool. After mountain biking the miles of surrounding trails or surfing the swells, catch a killer sunset during dinner at the open-air terrace restaurant.
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Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas sits on the hilltop on Costa Rica’s unspoiled Guanacaste peninsula. There’s plenty for adventure-seekers to do both in and out of the water, thanks to great swimming, snorkeling, kayaking in the swells, and lovely hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails ribboning the area’s tropical forests and hills. Thing is, you might not ever want to leave home base: each of the 21 private villas at this exotic escape comes with a personal saltwater plunge pool.
Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas
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Casa Chameleon breaks the mould for luxury lodging in Costa Rica, from its stunning oceanfront setting and world-class infinity pool to the Buddhas and other statues scattered around the grounds. It has set a new bar for adults-only boutique hotels here.
At sundown, a gong sounds and three fiery jets in the infinity pool are lighted, creating an unforgettable setting for pre-dinner cocktails. This is the kind of touch that sets the Chameleon apart. The lobby and restaurant are illuminated by elaborate Moroccan light fixtures hanging from cane ceilings, and statues of Buddha, Ganesh the elephant god and Asian female figures are placed throughout the property. Thoughtful touches include brass door knockers from Indonesia on the doors of all the rooms, every one of them different.
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Casa Chameleon was conceived as a brand that would conform to the natural setting rather than reform it, which made Costa Rica such an ideal location for this hotel,” said co-owner Brent Reynolds. “What we try to do is really use the natural topography to create that magnificent wow factor, if you will, for each individual villa.
One Kind Stay
A night at Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica benefits Alfalit, a worldwide literacy and education nonprofit, which has helped more than 8 million people achieve literacy since 1961. A traveler’s nightly donation provides basic resources for students learning to read, write and do basic math. Beyond supporting education, the eco-friendly hotel adheres to green initiatives that help protect the local environment, including the adjacent 1,000 acres of tropical forest.