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“An apt name for a truly unusual couples hideaway”

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Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Mal Pais
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 February 2015

I dined here at the behest of the chef, Pabro, who uses the freshest of ingredients presented in very innovative ways to delight the palate.

The hotel itself is comprised of suites of various luxury, all for couples and it is therefore not surprising that it is overflowing with honeymooners.

I loved the setting - the dining by the main pool and the service was impeccable.
The only criticism was that I hated the Musak playing incessantly in the background, drowning out the noises of the tropical forest - chicadas, monkeys, birds - so much - all muffled by some repetitive and boring modern chic-rock n roll or soul?

Room Tip: all the suites are exquisite and any one would be my choice - some have private plunge pools, and al...
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled on business
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CasaChameleon, Public Relations Manager at Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2015

Hello,

Thank you for coming to try out the restaurant at Casa Chameleon and also, Chef Pabro's delicious cooking. We're so glad that you got to come and experience a moment at the hotel and see some of our other guests. We'll make note about the music and volume level in the restaurant with our staff. We agree that the sounds of nature and the tropics are indeed a symphony of their own!

We hope you get to return for a stay next time,

Best,
Team Casa Chameleon

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Reviewed 25 February 2015

We were fortunate to experience a very unique evening at the restaurant of Hotel Casa Chameleon. We enjoyed a fabulous local dinner prepared by Pabro Sanchez and his culinary team on our last night in Costa Rica. We were a group of 5 women on a wellness retreat and Pabro was our naturalist/guide on a hike! One of our group had heard from a collegue in Boston about an amazing local chef named Pabro; and once we connected the dots, we realized that our guide WAS this young and multi-talented man! Therefore, Pabro made a reserved a special table for us outside; and I enjoyed a Costa Rican slow-cooked pork dinner accompanied by a white sauce of puréed white beans and hearts of palm. Best pork I've ever eaten. Others chose the local fish which was cooked to perfection. The staff and our waiter could not have been nicer and more accommodating. FYI: The restaurant has only recently been open to non-hotel guests. Hotel itself is a highly acclaimed honeymoon destination. Gorgeous views, quiet, intimate.

Room Tip: Honeymoon spot close to all activities: ziplining, paddle surfing, beaches, surfing, hiking, horseba...
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  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled with friends
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CasaChameleon, Public Relations Manager at Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2015

Hello Betsy,

We are so happy that you and your friends happened to meet our talented Chef while hiking! We're also thrilled that you all were able to join us for a fresh and delicious meal at Casa Chameleon. Pabro is certainly a talent and to hear that you had one of the best pork meals of your life is high acclaim! We'll be sure to pass on your praise and thanks to him. Wishing you all the best for 2015 and hoping you and your friends might join us for a stay in future!

Best,
Team Casa Chameleon

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Reviewed 25 February 2015

Would anyone go 2,000 miles to return to a favorite restaurant? Well, yes, I admit I did, although it's not quite as simple as that.

Others have written about the exquisite beauty, the wonderful sense of peace, privacy and tranquility, the amazing villas, etc. It's all true, and more. I want to focus on two things: the food served in Casa Chameleon's own restaurant and the establishment's staff.

First, the food.

When you spend months planning a return to Casa Chameleon, dreaming of what Executive Chef Pabro Sanchez and his staff will present at dinner, there is obviously something quite extraordinary about dining here. This was our second visit to Casa Chameleon, and we quickly learned on our initial visit to simply ask for the catch of the day and be prepared for some of the most amazing food ever set before us. We love the pride Chef Pabro takes in using local ingredients, seafood caught that very day, prepared and presented with respect for the environment and sustainability and with loving affection and attention to detail. I am retired now, but I have traveled the world and dined on all manner of cuisines in restaurants at all price points. I don't know where else one would go to enjoy food of this quality. One can even fall in love with Chef Jose Luis's breakfasts, where the presentation makes you want to take a picture to capture the moment, the fruit is like nothing you ever experienced and beans and rice is suddenly a gourmet dish.

Chefs Pabro and Jose Luis will send you home dreaming of how good food can be in the hands of an artist.

Second, the staff.

I'm guessing that there are at least 20 personnel on site at Casa Chameleon. With little effort, you can know them all by name, and they will know you, before you leave. The only exception may be the housekeeping staff, who smile and wave on their way into work while you are enjoying one of Jose Luis's famous breakfasts and are never seen again. Somehow, they figure out your daily routine and service your villa to perfection without ever intruding.

Erika, you are something special. You make it all work. Cesar, your enthusiasm for your job and your desire to satisfy every wish of your guests was obvious. Someday, you will manage the place. Andrea, you were a pleasure every moment. Hector, I thank you for your assistance in managing several requests for service, and always with a Casa Chameleon smile.

A third time? We'll see, but our second visit was, as my wife said, a return to paradise.

Thanks to all for a memorable vacation.

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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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CasaChameleon, Owner's Rep at Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2015

Hola! Thank you for your kind words about our staff! They work very hard to make sure our guest have an amazing experience and your feedback means a lot to them! I will pass on the praise. We are glad that you enjoyed your second visit to Casa Chameleon, and hope to see you back for more pampering and amazing culinary creations made specially for you by our amazing chef -using the freshest available ingredients, combined with creativity and passion.
Pura vida!

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Reviewed 22 February 2015

Casa Chameleon was our last stop on our Cost Rica trip, and what a finish. The other photos of the hotel do justice to the place, check them out - but there is no way they can convey the feeling and ambience of actually being there. Nothing negative can be said.

The village of Mal Pais 5 minutes away by car/motorcycle is bustling with life and both the restaurants and bars offer a wide selection of food and entertainment. Mind you, Mail Pais this is more of a surfers spot so don't expect valet parking and landscaped gardens. The main road is dirt only, but this only adds to the charm, unless it hasn't rained for 2 months, in which case the cars and motorcycles tend to swirl up some dust.

Beach dining and dancing, surfing and miles of sandy beaches. And there is The Bakery - serving fantastic breakfast croissants and freshly baked bread, coffees, fruit cocktails and ice cream. Enter the place and you are instantly transferred to Paris, food wise that is....

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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CasaChameleon, Owner's Rep at Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2015

Hola Tomas! We are glad you ended your Cost Rican adventure with a bang at Casa Chameleon! Thank you for the great review!! We hope to see you back soon!
Pura Vida!

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Reviewed 17 February 2015

Our experience at Casa Chameleon was fantastic! We spent the best 3 nights of our honeymoon there. Our room had amazing views, romantic privacy--our own private pool!--and the hotel is in an awesome location. Amazingly helpful and nice staff!

  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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CasaChameleon, Owner's Rep at Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2015

Hola Elizabeth
Thanks for the great review! We are glad that you enjoyed your honeymoon at Casa Chameleon, romance is our specialty! We hope to see you back!
Pura Vida!

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Address: Punta Barrigona | Province of Puntarenas, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Mal Pais
Price Range: $455 - $921 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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