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Mal Pais

Casa Chameleon Mal Pais

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • An ultra-private, adults-only spot that's built for couples getaways and lands on many honeymoon wish lists
  • This lush oasis sits tucked into a mountainside overlooking the Pacific
  • Villas are bright, airy and spacious, each with a patio that leads to your own private plunge pool
  • Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, which attracts surfers and celebrities — Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have a beachfront villa in nearby Santa Teresa

Enjoyed This
"Very nice small boutique resort , all suites had plunge pools, resort was beautifully landscaped, neat tidy and clean. Staff and food were superb. It was a lovely getaway with the wife."
18 Dec, 2019 - Bloomfield, ON, Canada
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This mountainside retreat overlooking the Pacific Ocean is a prime choice for adults seeking an intimate, romantic hideaway. Built for privacy, Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais has just 10 standalone Villas and two Villa Suites available, each with its own personal plunge pool with color-changing lights for "a wild (but still chic) atmosphere" (Travel + Leisure).

Each spacious villa is exceptionally airy, with walls that open up to the outdoors (yes, 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 ATV ride away; guests can also arrange activities including zip-lining, horseback riding, fishing and snorkeling through the resort.



  • Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • 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 US$25 inclusive of tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.

The resort/ facility 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)

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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
(25 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Casa Chameleon Mal Pais over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.7 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Very nice small boutique resort , all suites had plunge pools, resort was beautifully landscaped, neat tidy and clean. Staff and food were superb. It was a lovely getaway with the wife.
John 18 Dec, 2019 Bloomfield, ON, Canada
Enjoyed Most
My wife and I were looking for something unique and relaxing to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We couldn't have found a better place! This was a truly memorable experience. Casa Chameleon was the highlight of our trip. The staff was super friendly and accommodating, and the chef was superb! My wife is vegetarian, and the food for her was amazing. The chef took the time and effort to create something special for her every night, and she was not disappointed. Would highly recommend Casa Chameleon to anybody who is looking for a similar experience.
Other Comments
Best vacation spot for couples ever!
Michael 22 Nov, 2019 Cedar Hill, TX, USA
Enjoyed Most
We were treated as celebrity friends.
Siva Manjith 10 Oct, 2019 Littleton, MA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Could not have asked for more! The staff was beyond accommodating, the food was delicious and the rooms and grounds were beautiful. We left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!
Kate 08 Sep, 2019 Chicago, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
My fiancé and I loved our stay! The property is beautiful, relaxing, quiet, romantic. We loved the private plunge pool in the room, and that every room has a view and is completely private. The way the property is designed, we felt like we were part of the surrounding jungle. The staff is incredible—welcoming, super friendly, helpful, attentive, personable. The on-site restaurant serves some of the best food we’ve ever had—local, fresh, simple ingredients are well prepared with Costa Rican flavor. Excellent menu and great chef! The property is well situated, just a short ATV ride from Santa Teresa where there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops. We also explored other nearby towns of Montezuma and Cabuya and booked some of the adventure excursions through the concierge at the hotel—highly recommended! The excursions are a fantastic opportunity to see the best of Costa Rica. Our only regret is that our stay was so short! We only had 3 full days. We could have easily stayed another 3. Truly a magical experience that exceeded our expectations by far!
Other Comments
Casa Chameleon Amal Paìs is a true gem! We are looking forward to returning for a future stay!
Fatima 01 Sep, 2019 Clifton, NJ, USA
Enjoyed Most
The rooms was even better than the photographs which is not common. The staff was friendly, helpful, and helped us relax (pura vida)!
Other Comments
I highly recommend this hotel for anyone wanting to get off the beaten path and relax, while staying in a high quality room, with great views and great food.
Josh 26 Aug, 2019 New York, NY, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful experience, location & super romantic
Renita 13 Aug, 2019 Tampa, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Very beautiful view from room, rooms are very private. Staff super friendly. Food very tasty.We found it very relaxing which is what we went for. Internet worked well the first 5 days til day after a big thunderstorm
Other Comments
the only thing I would change would be maybe weekly menu changes. It was nice to have some selection, but for my husband there were only a couple of things he would try ( burger, steak, fajitas, gringo breakfast)
Laurie 26 Jul, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Enjoyed Most
Incredible place. Would give it 6 stars in every category if we could. The villas are incredible, the food delicious and the people who work there are friendly, warm and helpful. Couldn’t recommend this place more!!
Emily 13 Jul, 2019 San Mateo, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The casa chameleon was the best hotel experience of my life. I cannot express how wonderful the rooms, services, staff and food were. We loved it. It exceeded all of our expectations. We will go again.
Other Comments
Steve, Andrea and Jairo were amazing.
Lisa 13 Jul, 2019 Leander, TX, USA

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