Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas

Las Catalinas, Guanacaste

One of the best hotel views in Costa Rica, this luxury hotel´s location is hard to beat, perched on a hillside above unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and backed by 1000 acres of tropical forest. At Casa Chameleon Costa Rica, you´ll feel like you´re floating over the scenery with the mirage of a zero-edge infinity pool, illuminated with flickering fire torches in the evenings.

The property showcases natural materials like wood and stone, creating open-air spaces that invite an expansive experience into the surroundings. The wooden, pavilion-esque main building is striking and charming at once, featuring a breezy restaurant and upper terrace dedicated to yoga with an inspiring ocean view.

Ideal For: 360° ocean views, adults-only hotel, hillside villas

  • Why we love it
  • Highlights
  • Sustainability

We love the pared-back design tastefully dotted with the earthy touches of ceramics and ancient stone figures, while an open architectural style and sweeping 360° sea views immediately gave us a sense of decompression. Casa Chameleon feels like a hidden piece of paradise up in the hills.

We love that you can have days of no contact with the outside world, and as easily jump in a golf cart to get down to the beach. Large groups can think about renting the whole hotel for a super special stay.

Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas carries out a number of sustainable practices that focus on bettering their environmental and social impact. Staff and guests can get involved in monthly beach clean-ups as well as participating in a ´Plant-a-Tree´ program. Additionally, a nominal nightly charge of 3USD goes to ´Abriendo Mentes´ (Opening Minds), a project in Guanacaste that empowers children and adults in rural communities through innovative education and community development programs.

In a commitment to cut down on the use of plastic, the hotel has switched in alternative materials for products including bamboo straws, glass bottles, cardboard over polystyrene, clay dispensers in bathrooms, durable fabric laundry bags, pencils over pens, and aluminum-packaged mini-bar items. The property has a water bottle program with a refill station for guests, as well as a recycling system where all plastic, glass, and aluminum waste is collected weekly by the local government to take to a recycling center.

Within its operations, Casa Chameleon implements efficient water-saving fixtures, the composting of organic waste, energy-efficient lighting, eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products, and a sustainable food supply chain.

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