Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel is a small, beach-front property on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. The hotel's lush tropical gardens provide an air of tranquillity and you'll soon settle into the the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle.
Rooms and suites are striking in design, with crisp white walls, drapes and bed linens, and bright cushions adding dashes of colour. They're equipped with satellite TV, phone, minibar, free WiFi and iPhone/iPod dock, and have air conditioning to keep them deliciously cool, whatever the temperature outside. The en-suite bathrooms have modern fittings and come with a range of luxury toiletries. All rooms have a balcony or terrace.
This part of the coast has some lovely sandy beaches where it's easy to while away the time. The tour desk can arrange various activities such as snorkelling and diving on nearby reefs, surfing, kayaking, horse riding and visits to colourful local villages.
At the hotel itself you can sunbathe and enjoy a cooling swim in the pool or a soak in the Jacuzzi, luxuriate with a spa treatment in the spa, lounge on a day bed or in a gently swaying hammock and savour tasty food in the restaurant. The hotel's beach club offers all you need for a relaxing day on the coast.
Open: Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel is open all year.
Location: Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel is Playa Cocles on the Caribbean coast, 3kms from the town of Puerto Viejo. The hotel is about a 4-hour drive from San Jose.
Rooms: There are 23 rooms and suites, in 4 categories: superior, deluxe, junior suite and suite Le Cameleon. All have en-suite bathrooms and balconies or terraces. Amenities include air-conditioning, free WiFi, cable TV, phone, safe, minibar, iPod/iPhone dock and hair dryer. Suites are particularly spacious and rather more luxurious than the rooms. All are similarly decorated using crisp whites with bright accents of colour provided by cushions and paintings which are changed frequently echoing the chameleon theme.
Activities: You'll be spoilt for choice with water and land-based activities. Kayaking, surfing, diving, snorkelling, fishing and white water rafting are balanced by excursions to local parks and reserves in search of wildlife, taking canopy tours, horse riding, visiting villages and spending time at the sloth sanctuary. Nearer to home you can stroll along Cocles beach, wander in the hotel's lush gardens and use a bicycle to explore the local area.
Facilities: The Nunu Restaurant specialises in modern, multi-cuisine food, and is open-fronted with views of the gardens. The adjoining bar serves a range of soft and alcoholic drinks including cocktails. There is a large pool and a Jacuzzi. The beach club is located across the road by the beach and comprises and a lounge, bar and spa area. The lounge has inviting sun and daybeds. You can help yourself to the various books and games, watch TV and try out the playstation. At the beach bar you can enjoy drinks and snacks here plus occasional BBQ's and aromatic paellas. The spa offers pampering and therapeutic treatments.
Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Costa Rica is a low to no risk malaria area.
Communication: There is free WiFi in guest rooms.
"The staff at the hotel couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were substantial and tasty and evening meals good also. They have boardwalks to get from your room to all areas of the hotel so it's as if you are living in the rainforest. Beautiful birds and butterflies flit through the trees and visit the pool and the howler monkeys put in a good chorus some mornings. Our room was always clean with the towels, bed cushions, wall prints changed daily to match the colour of the staff's uniforms, which was a nice touch."