Serendipity. Destiny. Luck. A mystical intervention. However you choose to define that initial moment of recognition, after traveling thousands of miles, one thing remains unaltered: a cord had been struck deep within us when we discovered Mal País.
It was a time of inspiration, the moment to breathe life into our vision and unveil Casa Chameleon. The elements of arrival and welcome had begun to take form. Vacation as it should be.
Since that fate-filled day, we now have the pleasure of welcoming you home three times over in Mal Pais, Las Catalinas and Santa Teresa (OCiO).
Planning an event, whatever the occasion, is time consuming and deeply personal. This is why our approach is anything but cookie-cutter. Instead, we take planning your celebration to new heights and provide a natural backdrop to your special event. Let the chorus of wildlife surround you and your loved ones while you enjoy the peace and serenity of our humble environment.
Located in one of the world’s seven Blue Zones and nestled between surf-destination Santa Teresa to the north and the Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve to the south, Mal Pais is quaint, bohemian and eclectic. Although Santa Teresa has seen a recent influx in restaurants and businesses, it’s neighbor Mal País remains pure and unaffected, true to its core. And part of that core is surfing. Consistent waves and killer surf breaks have put Mal País on every waveriders short list. Whether you are a novice or lifer, the miracle miles of shoreline are yours for the taking.
When we first set our eyes on this property we were swept off of our feet, left breathless by its lush and verdant beauty. Our task called for an unparalleled vision of possibility, culminating in a novel rebirth of what nature could be. We decided that the best way to accomplish this was to let the outside in. Walls were removed and either left open for a seamless connection with the neighboring jungle or glass was used so that panoramic ocean views remained intact. The end result is Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais, a hotel that flirts harmoniously with creation and its many contours. Wildlife is abundant in this region, and we often find ourselves in the humbling presence of the beautiful creatures that inhabit this veraciously wild landscape.
A nature lover’s paradise, Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais is an adults-only, half board hotel tucked away in a remote part of the Costa Rican jungle. Accessible only by a 4×4 road, each of the 10 rustic villas are completely unique in character and composition, sharing a deep respect for the native culture while also promising an uninterrupted, peaceful and personal experience. Guests are encouraged to commune with others and enjoy the simple pleasures of this uniquely beautiful location. Other options for mobility include access to an ATV, which are common on the peninsula, or allowing us to arrange a rental car, taxi or private driver.
There is an organic simplicity that imbues Mal Pais, a life-force that invites escape from the rush and clatter of everyday life. Inhabitants range from market owners and fishermen to surfers and yoga devotees, all of whom embrace a philosophy that encourages freedom from worry and doubt. We designed our villas to be imbedded within the natural environment that surrounds our property in order to encourage guests to connect with nature and ground to the earth. It’s a community where culture and nature collide, unmarred, rich, and consistently evolving. Mal Pais is uniquely positioned as an integral part of a world-wide region known as the Blue Zone, a place where researchers have discovered a veritable fountain of youth. The elderly of Mal Pais often live healthy lives well into their 90s.