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“Costa Rican paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Xandari Resort & Spa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1 km northwest of El Diamante Bar | Tacacori, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 29 hotels in Alajuela
Houston, Texas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Costa Rican paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Wow! Where do I begin? My family and I stayed at Xandari for a long weekend getaway. What a beautiful property! The villa was so spacious and well-appointed. It had everything we needed and more, including items in the fridge, an umbrella, fresh fruit, bottled water, and reading material. The view from the balcony of our villa was amazing. I went out there in the mornings and saw all sorts of birds, including vultures flying over. Neat! The staff is so attentive. They brought food to our room when it was raining, helped us determine where to go in San Jose, and arranged for our transportation to the airport upon departure. The spa was pretty awesome! I've never had a massage quite like that one. The Jacuzzi in the jalapa was a definite plus. The restaurant food is good. The complimentary breakfast has a nice assortment to choose from. The lunch was nice as well. They were short-staffed one day at lunch though. One waiter was running around doing almost everything on his own. They also might want to consider expanding the dinner menu to provide more options and working a bit more on the frozen cocktails. Overall though, we were satisfied with the food and felt that we ate very healthy while we were there. I hiked to the waterfalls which was an adventure for sure. I recommend it for anyone who is daring. I saw beautiful birds, butterflies, and flowers while at Xandari. We also visited the goats and chickens on the property. Xandari is a truly beautiful place. This was certainly a vacation to remember.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a most beautiful visit at Xandari Resort where we stayed for our anniversary. From our arrival at the airport where we were greeted by the hotel's transportation service provider, to our welcome at at the hotel, our lovely spacious villa, the cuisine and staff at the terrace restaurant with stunning views of the valley, the spa, absolutely gorgeous, lush tropical gardens, the architecture ... all a most fabulous and memorable experience ... one that we definitely needed. We'll certainly return to the beauty and serenity of this jewel and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

From the moment you arrive to this hidden zen like resort you are transformed. Appreciation and relaxation take over. The staff are "your friends"the quiet is meditative and the abundance of nature engulfs you. The foods you see in the gardens and the fruits in the garden become your meals, literally made for you they fresh and authentic. Spend time at the pools then head to the spa, Konrad and his staff will have you blissed on no time. You will leave xandari blessed~ knowing you must return. For all those that have touched your life from arrival to departure be it a moment or an hour, or be it the doggies, the orange trees, the art work etc... It is the xandari life and it embraces you with it's magic.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Syracuse, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Please note: This is our first year posting reviews. We went to Costa Rica a year ago (May), but the entire staff at Xandari Resort and Spa created so many wonderful memories for us, we have to give them the 5-star review that they all worked so hard for. Xandari is a full-service resort with a warm, down-to Earth personality and authentic Costa Rican style. It’s like spending the night in a botanical garden.

The vast grounds, lush with tropical plants and colorful flowers are gorgeous! Located in the countryside, on a hill above the city of Alejuela, it’s surrounded by small family farms. Ideal for travellers who wish to experience the beauty and spirit of central Costa Rica hill country, not a Miami high rise hotel—this is a fine choice for responsible/green travel.

The open-air restaurant is flanked by tropical wildflowers and looks out over the beautiful, sprawling hillside with Alejuela in the distance. It’s super-romantic at night. The food is delicious! Fresh, organic, most grown right on the premises. Portions are neither too big nor too small and highly satisfying. The included breakfast is a treat! A generous and high-quality offering of homemade breads, perfectly ripened fresh tropical fruits and more! Additional breakfast-food items are also available for a reasonable fee. Service in the restaurant is friendly, and attentive.

The rooms are as clean and well appointed, as they are huge! Private patio is great for relaxing.

We thoroughly enjoyed the spa, the hiking trails, and the 3 sparkling pools.

The front desk and office staff consistently demonstrated a saint-like patience, by giving their full attention to every guest and every request.

A large variety of day tours are offered. They did an incredible job of arranging and personalizing quality day tours. We had signed up ahead for a half-day tour to Poas Volcano, and that morning, 3 other Xandari guests also signed up. Xandari then split the cost of the tour equally per person amongst the 5 of us, which considerably reduced the cost per person, and delighted all involved.

Xandari is a paradise for nature lovers & aspiring bird watchers in search of quiet opportunities and relaxation. In the morning a variety of beautiful birds visit fruit feeding platforms just beyond the restaurant. The on-site birding program is not to be missed. Stroll the grounds, hike the on-site trails, you’ll add to your check list.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Miami
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Our stay at the Xandari resort in Costa Rica was magical, the food was exquisite, the people were fantastic, and the views were breathtaking. I would most definitely recommend this resort for couples, it was truly wonderful.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sarchi, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We live just 45 minutes from Xandari and so have visited there on occasion for lunch. During rainy season they have substantially reduced room rates and so we decided to spend the night there to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was perfect. People from reception met us in the parking lot at our car to assist us, we were immediately offered the beverage of our choice, we were given a room upgrade, and a quick tour of the main building. We were impressed before we even saw our villa. Our villa (#4) could not have been lovelier--totally private, impeccably decorated, great outdoor space, and lots of little touches that made us feel as though we could stay there indefinitely and want for nothing. We visited the spa and were well-pampered. The restaurant was excellent and not terribly expensive. The Xandari staff is amazing--each and every person we dealt with was friendly, caring, and informative. We really felt special and we imagine that all guests do. We walked the trails--the grounds are spectacular with a number of waterfalls, a greenhouse, grazing animals, an orchard--simply lovely. There just is nothing the least bit negative to say about our experience at this place. We will return again and again. Our only concern is that Xandari may not be around forever. Apparently, the owner is in his nineties and there is some concern that his wife may not want to continue to be so involved once he is gone. It would be a huge loss if Xandari was sold or changed in any significant way. I would go there now to avoid any possibility of missing the experience of this idyllic place.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

This was our first location on our holiday and we wanted somewhere nice. This was it! The private villas give you privacy and we lost awareness that other people were around. The design is impressive, the pools great and the gardens and maintenance very well cared for. Breakfast was delicious, however room service and the restaurant was a little under par, but I would definitely stay here again! Be prepared for isolation from reality and a perfect location for couples.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Xandari Resort & Spa

Also Known As:
Xandari Resort And Spa
Xandari Hotel Alajuela
Xandari Hotel
Xandari Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Alajuela
Address: 1 km northwest of El Diamante Bar | Tacacori, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#5 Business Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Xandari Resort & Spa 3.5*
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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