Mal Pais

$205 – Costa Rica: Romantic Villa w/Private Pool, 40% Off

Casa Chameleon Mal Pais
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Why We Love This Deal

This adults-only hideaway is one of the Most Beautiful Resorts in Costa Rica "with scores of secluded luxury" ( We've negotiated savings of up to 40% off throughout 2019, including two meals each day.

What's Included

  • $205 per night ... check in daily through Dec. 19 
  • Stay in a Private Villa with a plunge pool, or upgrade to a larger Villa Suite for +$75 per night (reg. +$150 per night)
  • Breakfast plus guest's choice of lunch or dinner daily 

What You Need to Know

  • 2-night minimum stay required
  • Price based on up to two adults sharing a room
  • Adults-only resort; children under 16 not allowed
  • These rates are refundable; book now and cancel later, if necessary
  • No matter where you book, this hotel charges a resort/facility fee of $25 plus tax per night; the fee covers welcome drinks, Wi-Fi, snorkeling gear, boogie boards and beach kits, in-room coffee and bottled water plus evening turndown service upon request
  • Self-parking is complimentary
  • Not pet-friendly; service animals only
  • For more details, see "Policies" and "Amenities" sections

"Staff was amazing, food was superior and the views were outstanding."
Jun 13, 2019 - Modesto, CA, USA
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Why We Love This Hotel

  • A romantic adults-only spot that lands on many honeymoon wish lists
  • This lush oasis sits tucked into a mountainside overlooking the Pacific
  • Villas are bright, airy and open to a private patio and infinity pool
  • The Nicoya Peninsula attracts surfers and celebrities -- Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have a beachfront villa in nearby Santa Teresa


This mountainside retreat built into a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean is a prime choice for adults seeking an intimate romantic hideaway. You want privacy? Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais has just 10 villas and two suites on site, each one with their own personal plunge pool with color-changing lights for "a wild (but still chic) atmosphere" (Travel + Leisure).

Each one of these villas is exceptionally airy, with walls that open up to the outdoors (worry not, there is also air-conditioning). All feature four-poster king beds, hammocks, free Wi-Fi and an indoor and outdoor rain shower, along with sophisticated, contemporary furnishings. Upgrade to a Villa Suite for plenty of extra space in the separate oceanview living room. Two things these villas don't have are TVs and phones, which helps guests focus on relaxing and unplugging.

The on-site restaurant sits at the hotel's highest point (which means great views while dining) and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; guests can also take cooking lessons. The chef focuses on local seafood and produce, and the open kitchen means that dinner can also be a show. Below the restaurant, a bamboo cocktail lounge overlooks another outdoor waterfall pool open to all guests. 

This part of Costa Rica is a big surfing destination, and there are a number of surfing schools close to the hotel. Casa Chameleon doesn't have direct beach access, but thanks to its location, you still get great ocean and sunset views. The town of Santa Teresa (named "the next Tulum" by The New York Times) is a short drive away; guests can also organize a variety of activities including canopy tours, horseback riding, fishing, zip-lining and snorkeling.



  • Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Concierge service

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower


  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 16.

Front Desk is open from 6am-10pm local time. There will always be someone on duty to welcome the guest.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.

Adults Only Resort. 

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: A resort/facility fee of $25 inclusive of tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.

This fee includes:
Snorkeling gear
Boogie boards
Beach kit including: soft cooler, chairs and umbrella
In Villa coffee and bedside bottled water - replenished daily
Turn down service (upon request)

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

40% Off

$205 / night


When You Can Go

Daily through Dec. 19

Getting There

We recommend flying into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose with a connecting flight to the town of Tambor, which is a 45-minute drive from Casa Chameleon. Connecting flights can be flown on either Nature Air or Sansa, two reputable Costa Rican airlines.

The resort can be reached by rental car, taxi, or personal driver. Casa Chameleon can help guests arrange transportation. For rental cars, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended as the roads can be hard to navigate. Taxis are about $50 each way, and private shuttles are $60 each way.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(22 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Casa Chameleon Mal Pais over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.7 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Staff was amazing, food was superior and the views were outstanding.
Derrick Jun 13, 2019 Modesto, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The relaxed atmosphere, the food and the amazing villa.
Other Comments
Katherine did a great job planning our anniversary dinner.
Michelle May 07, 2019 Spring, TX, USA
Enjoyed Most
The place beautiful, and breathe taking
Other Comments
It a couple s retreat
marilyn Apr 23, 2019 North Miami Beach, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
We enjoyed relaxing in our room, listening to the birds and the ocean. The room design is very thoughtful and completely private letting you feel at one with the natural surroundings. The staff were excellent, very friendly and professional. The food in the restaurant was delicious. Perfect getaway to relax and regenerate.
Other Comments
As noted you do need a four wheel drive vehicle to get about. There are surfing beaches, zip lining and nature reserves nearby.
Fiona Apr 23, 2019 Great Falls, VA, USA
Enjoyed Most
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Sanjay Apr 10, 2019 Round Rock, TX, USA
Enjoyed Most
great rooms with great views.. nice plunge pool... privacy..
Jacob Apr 06, 2019 Winona, TX, USA
Enjoyed Most
Every detail was perfect. The staff was incredible.
Other Comments
They really need to provide a private bathroom in the villas. The set up can really ruin the romance. Way too much chlorine in the pool. Otherwise, incredible!
James Mar 07, 2019 Blue Lake, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The food and the view
Vanessa Feb 25, 2019 Miami, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff were fantastic, super helpful, and made an effort to get to know you. I felt like I was among family. They also didn't insert themselves too much so that my boyfriend and I were still able to have a romantic vacation.
Other Comments
I would highly recommend visiting Casa Chameleon to ANYONE. We will definitely be back.
Jodie Jan 23, 2019 Niceville, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The entire experience was exquisite. We felt incredibly pampered and our villa was beautiful. The staff were superb, friendly and attentive. Klarissa and Kathryn did an excellent job booking all our travel arrangements and excursions with great detail and expertise. Emilio, Esteban and Kayler were the best and made us feel like family!!! We loved every minute of our time at Casa Chameleon!!!
Ellen Nov 08, 2018 Northbrook, IL, USA

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