Only here overnight before leaving Costa Rica but managed to do the walking trails to the waterfalls in the extensive garden of this hotel built on the site of an old plantation and swam in one of the three pools. The view from the restaurant over the gardens with San Jose city in the distance is stunning and there is a lot of wildlife to see.
The hotel welcome is as friendly as ever as we have found in our 2 weeks here plus the inevitable fruit punch - which was very refreshing. The hotel reception is set in lovely luscious gardens and what strikes you is the fantastic colours that the buildings are painted - bright blue and pinks. There is also loads of brightly coloured art and 'Gaudiesque' mosaic bar and tables.
We had lunch and dinner there. A lovely salad at lunch and a disappointing evening meal for me - trying to have a traditional last Costa Rica meal and my beef with onions was very chewy and tough. At breakfast have the tower of health - a lovely combination of yoghurt, granola and fresh fruit.
Wildlife and gardens means you need to accept there will be loads of bugs especially in the early evening! It seemed flying beetles had a death wish and dive bombed our balcony glass doors between 6-7pm before we went to dinner when we had the lights on in the room.
Rooms are clean and comfortable - no air con but was fine as there is plenty of shade around the villas.
- Also Known As:
- Xandari Resort And Spa
- Xandari Hotel Alajuela
- Xandari Hotel
- Xandari Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Alajuela
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xandari is a 40-acre plantation with botanical gardens, orchid house and over 5 kms of nature trails including five waterfalls. Xandari is the creation of an architect-artist couple, with 24 spacious villas overlooking the Central Valley. Only 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. In addition, three fabulous swimming pools, including the new 125 ft. long Sunset Pool with a stunning view, and two outdoor jacuzzis. The restaurant serves fresh & healthy continental and Costa Rican menu, featuring many organic fruits and vegetables from our own gardens. Xandari Spa Village is harmoniously integrated with nature and consists of a Yoga Room and five private palm-roofed jalapas with jacuzzi perched on a mountain ridge, where natural ingredients are used in massages and body treatments. ... more less
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