We have done a lot of traveling, but this was our first vacation in Costa Rica. We wanted to end our trip on a luxurious note, and we are so glad we chose Casa Chameleon! It is, without exaggeration, the best hotel we have ever stayed in.
Mal Pais is very much in the jungle, and we were a bit worried about our trip being TOO rustic. We wanted to see wildlife but didn't necessarily want to sleep with bugs - we wanted to feel like we were in the jungle but also feel pampered. We got exactly what we wanted at Casa Chameleon. All 6 villas are very private. We were there in August during Costa Rica's technical rainy season (we actually had great weather), so we noticed that a lot of the other hotels and restaurants were a bit empty. Casa Chameleon was still completely booked - a testament to how terrific they are.
The villas are breathtakingly beautiful down to every last detail. They are even more beautiful than the photos on Casa Chameleon's website suggests. Our infinity pool had a Buddha fountain in it. Our bed linens were pulled back by sea shells. Our inside rain shower was attached to an outside, more jungle-feeling rain shower... We were so fascinated by our room, we made every effort to stay in it for as long as possible over the 2 days we were there. Our only regret is not staying longer!
The restaurant is AMAZING. Dinner is on the pricey side, but it is worth every penny. We ate there our last night, and it was the best meal we had in Costa Rica.
The ONLY downside to the hotel is that wifi is not available in the rooms, only in their main bar (I think this is probably an issue for every hotel in Mal Pais). In theory, of course, you don't want to be online during vacation, but if you do have to send out a quick email for work, it would be nice to do it from your private infinity pool. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chosen as one of the "Best 101 Hotels in the World" by Conde Nast Publications' Tatler Travel Guide for 2006, Casa Chameleon is a favourite with honeymooners and celebrities to relax and unwind in an enchanted environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Chameleon Mal Pais
- Casa Chameleon Costa Rica/Mal Pais