What a find! We ended up here for a couple of nights on a whim. We had two other places booked for those nights, were dissatisfied with the first one and I called this place without knowing anything about it. It was pricier than what I'd usually spend on a family trip, but I negotiated a good price over the phone, which they honored. Once we saw the room, we promptly canceled our other hotel room. We're not super fond of Alajuela, but would go back there just to stay at Xandari. I will say it was hard to find this place, and we got turned around a few times on the narrow roads before finding it. Luckily, we are fluent in Spanish and were able to ask the friendly Ticos on our way and eventually arrived at this lovely oasis.
After we checked in, the very nice driver (sorry, forgot his name) drove us in the golf cart to our room. If we didn't want to walk to the restaurant, we could call for him to pick us up. Housekeeping had someone sent to our room to set up a bed for one of our children on the "sofa", and they set it back up as a sofa every day, and they did all this without our having to request it. Just really good service. The rooms were individual freestanding units painted in lovely colors like lavender and teal. Our room wasn't even one of the best and it was incredible, I can only imagine how luxurious the top tier rooms are. We had a gated side yard, a back patio with nice lounging furniture, a fenced in front garden that we could see through a sliding glass door from our beautiful, huge shower. All of the grounds including our yard are impeccably landscaped, just gorgeous. They put a huge amount of work into keeping the grounds beautiful and full of a big variety of plants. Our room was very clean and comfortable. The bathroom was huge with 2 sides to it, each with a sink and long counter, and 2 big closets. My only complaint is that the toilet room was small and for such a luxurious place with a huge bathroom, it would have been nice to have 2 toilets. But, that sounds trivial compared to everything else.
The restaurant had some good food, delicious desserts and good service for breakfast. The food could have been more reasonably priced. I did really appreciate all the vegetarian options. There's really interesting and colorful artwork in the restaurant and reception area.
There's so much more to say about this resort, I can only touch upon it. They offer a lot on the property, including pools, waterfalls, gardens, etc. We just wished we had more time there to see it all. We would love to return someday and take the time to just hang out at the resort exploring!
- 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, 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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- Also Known As:
- Xandari Resort And Spa
- Xandari Hotel Alajuela
- Xandari Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Alajuela