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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
New York, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2008

We decided to go to Xandari while we were already in San Jose, stuck at a lousy hotel in the city proper for two nights before our homebound flight. It was the best decision we made the entire trip, and I loved every minute of my stay at Xandari.

The only downside? It's location. I can't wait to visit the new Xandari on the Pacific coast!

  • Liked — So much space, such great service, so well designed and decorated!
  • Disliked — Besides hotel-organized outings, not much to do--San Jose is bleak.
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north of Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2008

We were very lucky to be able to get a room at Xandari for our last night in Costa Rica. We had been travelling about and wanted to be close to the airport. I had checked the website and really liked what I saw.

First off it is a little hard to find. We had almost given up when we finally saw it. But, from the secure entry to the resort until we left the next morning, we were well taken care of. We only wished that we could have spent more time there.

I definately felt that the staff here, all of them are well trained and understand how to treat a guest. From the gentleman at the front desk who checked us in and escorted us to our room, to the wait staff who served an absolutely fabulous meal at dinner, the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The food was amazing, by far our best meal in Costa Rica.

The room - well what can I say? Stunning, and every little thing has been thought of. An umbrella at the door, waiting for you in case it rains, a beautiful outdoor style shower (but indoors), comfortable beds, a collection of great novels, wonderful spa-type amenities. Note - there is no air-conditioning, and normally this would be an issue for us - but here in the hills of Alajuela it is cool in the evening, and the villas are designed to allow a cross breeze through. IT was actually chilly in the middle of the night and I was glad there was extra comfy blankets in the armoire. Loved all the original art. Loved the beautiful gardens.

Can't wait to go back someday and use the spa.

  • Stayed March 2008
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Chicago, IL
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20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2008

Xandari is located in the mountains above San Jose, with stunning nighttime views of the city. We stayed the first two and final night of our Costa Rican adventure, in two different casitas, both of which were lovely, beautifully decorated and comfortable. The only challenge, if you are driving yourself, is that it's a bit hard to find. We ultimately did find it, in the dark after traveling all day, so it's not impossible.
The staff was nothing short of wonderful, very attentive and helpful. We stored our excess luggage with the hotel for the week that we were gone without incident. My husband realized that he had left his iPod in the room when we were awaiting our flight home, and when he called the property, they had already e-mail him, awaiting instructons as to how to return it.
The breakfast buffet, included with the room, is very nice. Dinners were unremarkable but convenient; fish is consistently overcooked.
Don't miss the gardens and waterfall!

  • Liked — Lovely rooms and grounds
  • Disliked — Difficult to find, no restaurant choices but onsite nearby
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2008

Xandari is a lovely, small, quiet, artistic hotel located in the hills/mountains outside of San Jose. The views from the rooms are gorgeous, and the orchard and hiking trails on-site are great.

It is relatively low-density, so polls and grounds are not crowded. The food is healthy and very high quality. Service is top notch.

Xandari provides the unique type of experience that you would except from an extremely high-end resort.

Note that our room did not have A/C. We were fine with this -- weather was very temperate. If you are they type of person that is looking for a climate controlled corporate experience, look elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2008

This hotel is stunning. It is great for adults but please don't bring kids here. It is very sophisticated but at the same time relaxed and not abit snobby. The villas are gorgeous. We got a complimentary upgrade to the finest villa which had a livingroom and a beautiful balcony overlooking the valley. The architecture and art is in soft, modern undulating lines and brilliant colors - aqua, hot pink, royal blue. The food is fantastic. All fresh ingredients and not very expensive. The complimentary breakfast is scrumptuous with many fresh juices and smoothies! You can take an onsite van to many sites while you are there. We went to Poas Volcano which was great and Paz Waterfall Park which was nice but I thought overpriced ($32 a person). Also, later on we went to the Osa Penisula and got to see most of the wildlife that was in the Waterfall Park. - The spa is stupendous. You have your own bungalow with a hot tub that looks out over a tropical garden. There were great hiking trails on the property. Everywhere you went it was quiet and not crowded in any way. It was truly heaven. We will always remember our time at Xandari.

Stayed March 2008
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Florida
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97 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2008

wonderful oasis, perfectly manicured and maintained property with large well done rooms and an extremely courteous staff.

Avoid rooms 9-12 if you can, they are next to the restaurant and louder, the others are nicely secluded.

The restaurant was excellent, food was superb and served with comlete professionalism in a nice outdoor (or indoor if you prefer0 restaurant overlooking the valley. If you are travelling without a car, the property is not within walking distance of other choices, so the restaurant is your only real choice, and luckliy the food is superb.

pricey, but worth it.

  • Liked — landscaping was beyond description
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Franklin, NH
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2008

Xandari Hotel was spectacular and very contemporary; a truly unique and secluded location. We were only there one night but it was truly memorable. The view from our room of the lush grounds and the distant city of San Jose was breathtaking and tied for “best view from a hotel room and deck”. The room was huge, our deck was quite private and the décor is just gorgeous. Although we did not take advantage of the spa services, the 2 pool areas are not to be missed, with exceptional views of the valley and mountains. Trails are clearly marked and we wish we had more time to explore. The food was also quite good, although we had a bit of a service breakdown at dinner. They had a very wide variety of food on the menu for dinner, and the breakfast buffet would satisfy anyone. We would highly recommend this hotel and would look forward to a longer stay. We also heard that they have another hotel on the Pacific Ocean. We would have loved to have visited there as well.

  • Liked — The setting, the decor and the adult clientele
  • Disliked — Only there one night
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Xandari Resort & Spa

Property: 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 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#6 Business Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Xandari Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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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