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Simonandalison stayed here on Dec 21, 2010 during their trip titled: Simonandalison's Great Adventure.
We can't believe how incredible the Mal Pais area is and the hotel Casa Chameleon is one of the most private, romantic hotels in the WORLD. since photos speak better than words, I created this to put some of our photos up. This is my first blog ever so I hope I do it right! Here goes...
... the windy and eventually dirt roads for the last 10 kilometers or so. We did manage to find coconuts with straws for $1 American that did make the last of the ride seem a little less monotonous.
Finally we arrived to Hostel Seven 7 Casa Del Gingi, which is where we'll be until Thursday, I believe. It's across the street from the beach and surrounded by bars. The pace of life moves a lot slower here, since most people come only ...
... questions to the bus driver and the other was a street vendor who evidently knew the various bus schedules. Between our questions, their assistance we found the bus we needed. Because we bought our tickets in advance, we had assigned seats.
The bus is hot, slowly makes its way down the coast and once it gets to Jaco stops several times to pick up and let off passengers. By the time we were leaving Jaco, the aisles were filled but luckily we had ...
... for fish, and get pretty close while you're surfing! I think they did some teamwork with some predeator fish, because every once in a while, when sat out back waiting for waves, a whole area of the water would suddenly start boiling with little fish jumping out of the water, and the pelicans would zoom in.
Also it just so happens that Mal Pais has some of the most consistent surf conditions in the world, with a gentle offshore breeze ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Chameleon Mal Pais
Can't wait to go back
We had a wonderful time at Casa Chameleon! Bobbie and Anthony were fabulous and if we lived there, we would want to be friends with them! The view was spectacular and the room was everything I dreamed it would be. Our only regret was that we could not stay there for longer. Definitely have them arrange for their chef, Billy, come and prepare dinner for you. It was amazing and very romantic!
A piece of heaven along the coast
We cannot say enough compliments about the property or the owners, Bobbie and Anthony. Everything that you read and hear is true and this is definitely one of the best properties in the area.
This vacation was a perfect blend of pampering and adventure!! The camera cannot fully capture the beauty of the property and the unique non-human visitors. We highly recommend renting an ATV (aka "Quad") and ask Anthony about the shortcut to Montezuma, it is an adventure all in itself. They are awesome hosts and can arrange just about any tour or opportunity that might interest you. We highly recommend the "Canopy del Pacifico."
Look. there is NO better place to stay in South America then the Casa Chameleon. okay? Trust us. we've stayed everywhere else.... we've stayed at every single hotel, motel and bed and breakfast . this is the best place in all of Costa Rica... and on earth.. hands down...
Just a quick note to anyone interested or considering a stay at Hotel Casa Chameleon in Mal Pais Costa Rica -- don't hesitate!
Thank me later
man, where to start with these guys. whatever you want, they will find it for you. my wife and i had an excellent honeymoon stay with casa chameleon. to sum this place up without going on and on, basically you can have it any way you want it, if you want privacy, you got it, if you want attention, you got it, the views and rooms speak for themselves on the website, we can't wait to go back. if you do stay there, tell anthony and bobby hello for us, oh yeah, tell jorge to stop feeding the monkeys.
My husband and stayed in Villa Palma at Casa Chameleon in August. We arrived late and it was already dark upon checkin. Bobbie and Anthony were there to greet us and show us to our room. It looked lovely lit up in the dark, but we didn't really have our bearings as we had just arrived from 14 hours of traveling. We fell asleep rather quickly but awoke rather early in the morning after a wonderful rest in a fabulously comfy bed. The view from the bed was beautiful and just outside were the most adorable little monkees. We ordered breakfast from our nifty walkie and a sumptuos gourmet breakfast arrived soon thereafter. We sat on our wonderfully private balcony and watched the monkees and an array of colorful, exotic birds. This was only the beginning of a dream vacation. The personal chef they use is magnificent and all of the employees at Casa Chameleon were kind and attentive. The maid even organized my mess for me. I just wanted to take her home. It is correct to describe Casa Chameleon as a "boutique retreat" as there is no better description. It's no wonder Casa Chameleon was just chosen by Tatler as one of the "Boutique Hotels of the World"!
A Casa to call Home....
My Girlfriend and I went to the Casa Chameleon in Mal Pais hoping for something simple and rough.... damn we got none of that.... A fantastic couple run this 'resort' and cater the entire stay to your every need.... we went for sunset horse back rides...and a full day quad experience to hermosa beach where we ate fresh snapper on the beach.... it was an amazing trip and we are definitely going back SOON!
We have stayed in many "boutique" hotels as we prefer them over larger resorts. Casa Chameleon should be the template for all other boutique resorts. The simple beauty defines luxury without feeling contrived or snobby.
The personal chef created some of the loveliest dishes we have ever seen and tasted. We were delightfully surprised that the resort and villas were much lovelier in person than in any of the photos. Usually, places seldom live up to their web photos or reviews. It was indeed the opposite at Casa Chameleon. We were also happy to find the rooms to be magnificently clean and fresh. As well, we were treated like royalty (we currently are not). This was obviously due to the care and kindness of our hosts. Definitely a unique 5 -star resort.
We stayed at Casa Chameleon at the end of our trip and I wish we had spent the entire 10 days there. I never thought of renting a house in an area I'm unfamiliar with. What a great idea to build private mini-houses and have hotel services and resort amenities. I've never stayed at any place like it. It was just beautiful. The owners were very friendly and helped to make sure we found fun things to do. I don't know how anyone would find some of the activities and private beaches without someone's guidance. Mal Pais is beautiful and it felt like we were away from the tourist crowds of other places. Casa Chameleon was a place to really get away from it all.
Casa Chameleon was a rare find. Gorgeous room with a view and impeccable service. I posted my experience under another forum but it didn't show up...therefore, I will just pass along this recommendation as I was lucky to find this fabulous place. A private chef, masseuse, and room all for less than we spent on just a room at Florblanca. A heavenly vacation!