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Malpais, Costa Rica
Best for: Honeymoon, Beach, Hideaway
Casa Chameleon is an intimate Asian-styled boutique hotel immersed in the stunning natural beauty of Malpais on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Superb service, gorgeous ocean vistas and utter seclusion make this a wonderful honeymoon retreat.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
This adults-only luxury getaway is nestled within lush tropical jungle overlooking the scenic beaches of Mal Pais. With only six villas, guests are offered complete seclusion, relaxation and unrivalled service during any stay.
Each villa blends in with the jungle surroundings and oozes South Asian flair. Complete with lavish four-posted beds carved from tropical wood, cool drapes, bright fabrics, and stone flooring- they are beautifully designed. Foldaway glass doors open out to a private balcony, which boasts uninterrupted views of the ocean and comes equipped with an infinity pool or plunge pool, offering an utterly romantic setting.
The in-house chef is revered for his gourmet food, creating a range of tasty dishes that focus on a twist of Costa Rican cuisine using fresh and native ingredients. The dining area exudes a romantic ambiance strategically located to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets and has an open-kitchen where you can watch your private chef prepare your meal. For those that can tear away from the luxury of their villa, the hotel pool is surrounded by lush foliage overlooking the ocean and beach. The bamboo and hardwood cocktail lounge sits aside the pool and oozes a laid-back charm and is an inviting place to relax and soak up the sun.
Casa Chameleon is the ultimate couple’s retreat where romance and privacy is key. Surrounding the hotel there are endless stretches of white sand beaches which are crowd-free, jungle-fringed and offer some of the best surfing swells on the Costa Rican Pacific Coast.
When to go
With a warm climate most of the year, the Nicoya Peninsula is known for its great weather. However, during the rainy season from April to November most of the roads can get quite impassable due to rivers washing them out. Mid November trade winds from the north-east arrive, marking the end of the rainy season. The following months these offshore winds, called Papagayo, relief the heat and provide perfect surf conditions. Sunshine is guaranteed during the high-season months of January - April. During this long and pronounced dry season many trees and shrub drop their leaves which makes it easier to spot animals.
In May a mellow rainy season follows which the tourism industry has dubbed the Green Season.
It's the time of the year preferred by eco-tourists as nature is verdant green, sunsets multi-hued, and many hotels offer low season rates.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons
Walk on water with a stand up paddle-boarding lesson and experience an ancient surfing technique once used by Hawaiians. You will head to a remote tropical island where you will then be able to snorkel or swim in the turquoise waters.
Calypso Catamaran Cruise to Tortuga Island
Discover the secluded island of Tortuga off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. White sand and rocky outcrops are surrounded by azure waters and is home to tropical birds, this is a true Costa Rica castaway island experience.
Horseback Riding Hacienda Ario
Ride along the beach and enjoy some of Costa Rica's most beautiful Pacific Ocean views. This area on the Nicoya Peninsula is all about vibrant landscapes and secluded beaches, so prepare to experience the very best of an untouched Costa Rica.
Ocean Kayak to Isla Chora with Snorkelling
Glide along the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean on a kayak before arriving at an exotic pink sand beach. Here, you will have time to walk around, snorkel in the clear waters to spot tropical sea life or just relax in the glorious sunshine.
Pacific Green Turtle Nesting Tour at Night
Experience one of the most spectacular and unforgettable wildlife moments after sunset. With the help of an expert guide you will walk along the beach and witness turtles emerging from the depths of the ocean to lay between 65-90 eggs along the sand.
Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
A nature excursion exploring the depths of the beautiful Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. You will be guided around the lush tropical jungle spotting wandering wildlife and colourful flora and fauna. There will be some time to rest with fruits and a drink.
Palo Verde National Park and Pottery Demo in Guaitil
For an insight into Costa Rican culture, you'll stop off in the quaint town of Guaitil where you will have the opportunity to admire a pottery demo. You'll then head into the jungle for a tour of the vast wetlands and catch glimpses of curious wildlife.