My husband and I recently returned from 6 nights at casa chameleon. It was a trip to celebrate my 40th birthday, but more importantly it was a much needed trip for just the 2 of us...we left our 4 little kids and crazy lives behind.
Casa Chameleon provided everything we were looking for and more!!! It was the perfect enviroment to relax, be pampered and forget all the stresses of our busy lives at home. We LOVED not having access to our cell phones, computers, or T.V's. I thought I might miss all of our modern conveniences after a few days, but it was the opposite, I didn't think about them once.
We cannot say enough about Yua (the manager). He was the most friendly, happy, kind, knowledgeable, helpful, professional guy!!!! He was there for us from the minute we arrived (to get us settled into our GORGEOUS villa palma to helping us (SADLY) load up the car 6 days later to leave. Yua had great reccomendations for restaurants, zip lines, ATVs, beaches, national parks, surfing etc. He took care of everything. Not only did he help us every single day (with our endless questions) but we truly enjoyed his company. We left feeling like we had made some new, wonderful friends. I say, "friends" because Rob (the chef) was just as great. All of our meals were some of the best we have ever had (we have eaten at some of the top restuarants in the U.S, and his meals were as good if not better than the best we've ever had). Everything was SO FRESH...from the mahi mahi to the fruits and vegetables, all his culinary creations were amazing. We would look forward to his dinners all day!! Not only was it fabulous to sit down to one of his delicious creations, but we equally enjoyed his company. We had alot of fun nights chatting with him and Yua, learning about Mal Pais, and them.
I have traveled to many beautiful coastal places all over the world, but casa chameleon is something special. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, but it is VERY private, quiet, and unique. The grounds are very well kept as are the villas. The entire staff (which is very small and consists of a few cleaning people and a grounds keeper) were all extremely kind and considerate. The main pool overlooks the pacific ocean and is the perfect size for the property. The sound of the little watefall into the pool was very relaxing. We loved the lounge/eating area, very romantic and chic. The 3 villas are spread out with lots of vegetation between them providing the perfect amount of privacy.
We stayed in the villa palma the first 3 nights, and the luxury villa the last 3 nights. All the villas had just been updated and have everything you could need. The palma has a new plunge pool on the balcony, just outside the huge class doors of the beautiful natural stone shower. So while you are showering you can look out at the stunning pacific below. We loved the balcony and view, and especially the incredible bathroom of the palma!!
The luxury villa was spectacular, basically your own house!! The pool is huge with a view that can't help but make you smile. The pool is literally just feet from the end of your bed. There are enormous (ceiling to floor) glass doors that completely open to give you the feeling of an "open, no walls villa" One day we had the joy and pleasure of watching 5-6 white faced monkeys playing in the trees right next to our deck!!! You literally don't need or want to leave your villa!! PARADISE!!!!!
A few things you should be aware of before visiting Mal Pais : the roads are horrible!! Even in a small SUV you're bouncing all over the place, extremely bumpy, DUSTY, dirt roads...you don't want your windows down, or you'll be covered in dust. The few roads that are paved have HUGE pot holes, makes driving very difficult and SLOW. Mal Pais has a very RELAXED, surfer town feeling...if that's not what you're looking for,then Mal Pais is not for you. The beaches are gorgeous, great for jumping waves, but NOT for snorkeling...the water is too rough. Our favorite was Playa Hermosa, in Santa Theresa. HUGE, WIDE, FLAT sandy beach (no shells) with very few people, especially during the week. One day we were the only ones there for most of the day. We did have a scorpion in our room one night, and a tarantula on the outside of our front door another night, so if that sort of thing bothers you, be aware that they come with the territory. A small price to pay for the natural beauty that surrounds you!!!! Although Mal Pais is very rural, every single meal we had in town was fabulous. Our favorites were, Mary's (just down the road from C.C), Ritmo Tropical and El Pulpo (for pizza), and Casa Zen. There is a great restaurant in the courtyard across from the bank, that had really good lunch food. I can't remember the name...maybe artemis?? They have a T.V in the back with a little bar. Yua or Rob can point you in the right direction.
Some activities we would recommend: Cabo Blanco (we saw some really BIG, neat animals), Montezuma Zip line and waterfall, surfing, driving around and checking out all the beautiful beaches!!
We can't say enough about Casa Chameleon. Their attention to detail (fresh flowers left on our bed everyday) and making sure every need and desire was met made us never want to leave. We will definitely be back!!! We miss you, Yua and Rob!!! Wish we were still there :(
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chosen as one of the "Best 101 Hotels in the World" by Conde Nast Publications' Tatler Travel Guide, Casa Chameleon hotel Mal Pais is a favorite with honeymooners and couples looking to relax and unwind in an enchanted adult only environment. Casa Chameleon is vacation as it should be: a warm welcome, rich privacy, authentic experiences, and endless adventure. Regardless of which Casa Chameleon Hotel you find yourself enjoying, you can count on handcrafted cultural experiences and endless adventure. At each Casa Chameleon property, it is our priority to help you slip seamlessly into the best of local tradition and cuisine-from cooking fresh-caught seafood side by side with our in-house chefs to paddling the coastline to sipping a nightcap in your private pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Chameleon Mal Pais
- Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais Costa Rica