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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 27 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 27, 2012

Xandari is an amazing property in the hills near San Jose. We stayed in a sprawling hillside villa with a wonderful view of the valley which was a lovely and luxurious experience. The villa was huge and perfect for lounging around. It was so much fun walking around the property--there was so much to do. We went for a hike and saw all the huge waterfalls within the property and checked out all the different swimming pools. The food was exceptional with many healthy and delicious choices that can be delivered to your room. Service was truly first-rate. When there was an electrical outage, we were brought flashlights and candles to our room. Overall this was an luxurious and fantastic resort to stay at with exceptional grounds and I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We arrived, exhausted, after a 20 hour journey, but a short ride from San Jose airport. We had been recommended by friends to go to this converted coffee plantation, but just wanted to collapse into bed. Instead we almost collapsed in astonishment at the brilliant beauty of the place. In the light of the next day this impresion was more than confirmed. It is a collection of villas, landscaped to feel that each is isolated and on an escarpment with fabulous views over the Central Valley. They are set in a magnificent tropical botanical garden, with paths leading to isolated swimming pools and jacuzzis, an art gallery, an orchid house, a spa complex etc. and beyond those to jungle trails leading to a set of waterfalls. (Some of these trails are very tough!)
Everywhere there is vivid colour, because the whole enterprise is dream of an American accuracy and his brilliant artist wife. Round a corner you will see a coloured stone monolith or a Mayan-like statue. But the real colour is in the villas and the central restaurant/lounge area.
Here there are mosaics, stained glass windows, brilliant wall hangings and rugs, table tops like Jackson Pollock paintings, and everything the original creation of the owners. Our villa was huge, all open plan with ingenious layout; large bedroom area leading on one side to a big dressing room and a shower room looking out into a secluded patio accessible from the dressing room.
Tho other side of the bedroom leads to a big sitting room, and then a kitchen / breakfast room area and also a picture window onto a big patio and balcony overlooking the valley. The ceiling was all curves in wood, and everything was in vibrant colours. We came back for one day at the end of our trip and the villa we were given then had a totally different layout but was even more amazing! The central restaurant is also set overlooking the valley, mostly on a balcony and was surprisingly small, as was the rest of the central area lounge/TV room/shop/free WiFi/ reception, but then we remembered that there are fewer than 30 villas. The food was good but not memorable, except for the lavish amount of fresh tropical fruit at breakfast. (There is also fruit and excellent coffee in the villa kitchens.)The staff are all delightfully friendly. Two caveats: this is not a grand hotel with flunkeys, and not lavishly luxurious. Don't think Savoy, rather Tate Modern. Also the place isolated up on high and you need transport to get to a supermarket or other restaurant. We are quite elderly and we reckon that Xandari would be even more magical for a honeymoon!

Room Tip: There are some semi-detached villas which we didn't look at. I am sure that they are very nice b...
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Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We stayed two nights here at the end of our trip. We loved our villa (#9) with a gorgeous view of San Jose. The grounds, hiking trails, waterfalls, and heated pools are amazing. The meals in the restaurant were excellent. The staff was so nice to us. They even prepared a to-go breakfast to take to the airport (6:00 AM flight). We would happily stay at the Xandari again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We stayed here two nights at the end of our trip and it really is just 15 minutes from the airport. The property is nicely kept and the hiking trails are an added bonus as the hotel is quite secluded. The Ultra Plus villa we stayed in had a nice view and was very spacious. Unfortunaltey we heard traffic noises and dogs barking from the villa. Compared to other places we stayed this was very expensive and one night would have been enough for us. The food in the restaurant was very good as was customer service.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights at the start of our holiday in Costa Rica. The location was perfect (only 20 minutes from the airport) but it couldn't have felt further from the city. The villas are huge, extremely comfortable with astonishing views. The hotel is set in hundreds of acres of beautiful gardens and trails that are great fun to explore. The property also has several pools to choose from. The food was simple but delicious. All fresh including many Costa Rican specialities. You definitely will not want to leave!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights before our flight back to the States last week. Gorgeous property and beautiful spa with great dining and nice staff. Rooms are like villas with amazing views and a choice of pools nearby. Many acres of naturally-landscaped hiking trails. You won't want to leave once you arrive, which is good because it's very secluded. Easy 5-10 minutes to airport the day you leave. Not best choice for any one with walking difficulties as you do have to walk up and down hills quite a bit to get to lobby/restaurant (the only place there is wifi, by the way).

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

We stayed here for one night in April 2012 on our way out of the country. I like to save staying at this hotel for the end of my trip so I have something to look forward to instead of being sad that it is time to go back home. The hotel is funky but upscale, the views are amazing, the rooms large, colorful and well appointed. The pools are amazing (I love to use the Sunset Pool down close to the spa) and the grounds are beautiful. The waterfalls are a pretty decent trek, but I also like to pay a visit to the two goats - Twinkle and Sparkle - while walking around the grounds. The evening view from the open air restaurant is really quite pretty. Finally, if you enjoy a good spa, the spa at Xandari is, hands down, my favorite spa in the world. Don't miss it!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Xandari Resort & Spa

Address: 1 km northwest of El Diamante Bar | Tacacori, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#6 Business Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range: $168 - $382 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Xandari Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Xandari Resort & Spa offers the quintessential Costa Rica experience. The property’s forest reserve, with five waterfalls and miles of trails for bird-watching, provides the nature guests expect from a visit to Costa Rica. The landscaped gardens, the orchid house, and the farm all provide an additional abundance of tropical goodness. The Spa provides ample opportunity to unwind, to relax, to absorb the surrounding nature. All 24 villas, each uniquely designed and set within lush foliage, have spectacular views. And three times a day, our restaurant demonstrates the role of local cuisine in giving visitors an authentic sense of place. ... more   less 
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Xandari Resort And Spa
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