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Wellness Factors

  • In-room Yoga Mats

    In-room Yoga Mats

  • SUP Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

    SUP Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

    Available upon request

  • Running Paths

    Running Paths

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Green Features

  • Plant-a-Tree Program

  • Sustainable Supply Chain

  • Water Bottle Program

    Refill stations

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Community Impact

  • Locally Sourced Coffee

    Form the local forest

  • Local Farmers Program

  • New Jobs Created

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Ready to escape into the canopy of a rainforest? Costa Rican dreams come true at Casa Chameleon Mal Pais

The Setting

Located in a quaint beach town directly on the coast of the Pacific, Mal Pais offers luxury villas built using renewable resources like bamboo and volcanic rock. Enveloped by nature, too, this beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula teems with Central American flair. This boutique resort’s pristine accommodations are sure to impress, and if adventuring is what you seek, you’ll have a hard decision to make: beach or jungle.

Sleep and Sanctuary

With two options for villas, Mal Pais offers some of the most luxurious amenities on the Nicoya Peninsula. Outfitted with locally sourced woods and stones, the hotel’s green initiatives include LED lighting fixtures, eco-friendly bath products, locally sourced foods, and more. Each villa offers beautiful settings and privacy – they’re an ideal escape from the fast-paced energy of the world. The villas boast a tasteful array of contemporary hardwood furnishings and stone floors. Not to mention, you’ll have access to your own private patio and infinity pool overlooking the Pacific.

Eat. Pray. Eat.

Mal Pais is located in one of world’s 7 Blue Zones. Blue Zones are places in the world where residents live longer than anywhere else on Earth. The findings? A healthier, more balanced diet. Sea and farm to table ingredients available at Mal Pais are sure to keep your palate satisfied and your belly full. Whether you’re in the mood for a meal delivered to your villa, or a bite at a cliff-side table for two, your dining options are expansive – much like the cuisine of Mal Pais.

  • Breakfast - Available every day from 8-11 am in the dining area of Brasas del Mar, feel free to indulge in a homemade tropical juice, coffee, or “Gallo Pinto”, the national dish of Costa Rica, which, at its roots, is a flavorful rice and bean dish.
  • Lunch - Beginning a little later in the day, you can grab lunch from 11-4:30pm at the lounge area by the infinity pool. A wide range of dishes are available, but the Ceviche is the crowd favorite. Don’t forget to order a delicious cocktail, too!
  • Dinner - Dinner dishes feature the freshest available ingredients, with the “catch of the day” being the centerpiece of the dish. Talk about sea to table!
  • Private Dining - If privacy is what you crave, opt for the Casa Chameleon's private dining experience! The private dining features your own personal chef, and a menu personally catered to your tastes. Whether you choose to eat alone or with guests, you can expect the food to be cooked to perfection.
The Art of De-Stressing

Unwinding has never been easier. With access to your own private oasis, in-house spa and dining services, and a slew of high-class amenities, your stay is sure to be as magical as it is restful.

  • In-Room Spa Treatments - With treatments like the Aromatherapy Swedish Massage and the Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, in-room spa treatments take the stress out of your body and mind. The personalized pampering in the comfort of your own villa will help assist in the detoxification of the body and relieve tension and pain.
  • Yoga & Fitness - Featuring ocean activities like stand-up paddle-boarding for the thrill seeker and yoga for the more reserved, embracing new activities has never been more accessible. Private yoga and fitness equipment can be brought to your private villa, too. Personal trainers are also available upon request, if you think you need that extra push!
  • Personal Chef Services - Get authentic Costa Rican cuisine made in the comfort of your own oasis. Personal chefs are available to accommodate the pickiest of palates and sweep you off your feet with a wide range of fresh ingredients – all of which are locally sourced.
  • SUP- Stand Up Paddle Boarding

  • Restaurant

  • Spa

    Will arrange to be delivered to the privacy of your villa

  • Yoga Programs

  • Pool

  • Nature Lookouts

  • Mini Fridge

  • Minibar

  • Non-Smoking

  • Ipod Dock

  • Running Paths

  • Weddings

  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea

  • Concierge

  • Hiking Trails

  • Hammocks on Property

  • Air Conditioning

  • Smoothie Bar

  • Local Car Service

    Can be arranged

  • Sundries

  • Bath Robes

  • Bike Rentals

  • Scuba


Ranging from 500-800 sq. feet, all villas are outfitted with a king-sized bed, outdoor dining area with hammock, spacious shower with rain shower-head, eco-friendly bath products, and a private ocean-view pool. With an emphasis on privacy, each villa is built into the jungle surrounding it, and the structures are designed to effortlessly allow the ocean breeze to pass through. Let the sounds of the rainforest tuck you into bed each night.

Villa Suite

Featuring most of what the Villa offers, the Villa Suite boasts 700 addition square feet, and a separate living room with magnificent ocean views, and a wrap around, private, ocean-view infinity pool that is just steps outside the master bedroom. Each is outfitted with a natural stone terrace, gorgeous teak floors, and contemporary design. Your slice of paradise waits.

Resort Fee of $25 per room/ night includes:
  • Courtesy shuttle to and from the beach by request
  • All access pass with map to explore over 80km of groomed hiking and biking trails direct from property
  • Access to special weekly activities like yoga, fitness class and others
  • In Villa coffee and bedside bottled water - replenished daily
  • Evening turn down service upon request
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Kind Eats and Drinks
  • For authentic Costa Rican cuisine, Caracolas has you covered. Just a short ride from Casa Chameleon's and you'll find yourself at this quaint beachfront restaurant
  • Located within Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais, you'll find Brasas del Mar, where you can discover age-old techniques and taste the flavors of our Costa Rican heritage
Conscious Culture
  • The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is one of the best maintained reserves on the planet. See all sorts of flora and fauna at this beachfront oasis! 
Mindful Adventures
  • Get out on to a single track trail for some mountain biking fun! Some of the most beautiful trails in Costa Rica are available in the hotel's backyard 
  • Experience the jungle with Canopy Mal Pais! What better way to see the lush rainforest than to be ziplining through it? 
  • Looking for local recs? ViaHero connects travelers with locals who create a personalized guidebook, all for just $30/day. Find a local to help plan your trip in Costa Rica.
Do Good for the Day
  • Local schools near Mal Pais could always use an extra hand, and always welcome volunteers. Inquire at the concierge to learn about how you can get involved!
  • Curu Wildlife Refuge is a unique gem of Costa Rica’s National Park system, and contains many experiments in sustainable agriculture. Featuring 17 trails, you’ll get some of the most spectacular beachfront and jungle views 
Be Kind to Yourself
  • In the mood for some extra relaxation? Pura Vida Ride also offers stand-up paddle-boarding, and drum roll please, stand-up paddle-boarding yoga! Take to the water with some yoga in the warm Pacific.

Mal Pais to Cabuya Road, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

By Plane
  • 121mi from Liberia Airport (LIR) (Taxi: approx. $175)
By Automobile
  • Free Valet Parking
  • Free Self-Parking
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