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“Gorgeous setting, a reason to stay in San Jose” 5 of 5 stars
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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Gorgeous setting, a reason to stay in San Jose”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

My family recently (end of March) stayed at Xandari for two nights, once in between our stay in the central valley and heading to guanacaste and the day before our flight out. We actually were lamenting the fact that we didn't just enjoy our last few days there because it is very beautiful & peaceful. It really would make for a great base for seeing sites of the Central Valley (Poas Volcano, etc). The staff is wonderful and the food is excellent too. I loved the art that the owner herself made and is throughout the property and rooms. Our daughter really enjoyed the pools, the infinity pool is exceptional, perfect temperature with views towards the mountains and over the large property. There's great hiking trails on the property that wind down to 3 different waterfalls. Of note, we encountered a large snake above us as we were trekking along (not entirely sure if it was venomous or not), it is the jungle to definitely something to be aware of! The individual villa was large, comfortable and also with phenomenal views from the bedroom, sitting room and veranda. Really impressive for the price! It's clear that the staff and owners really take pride in their property. Highly recommend!

Room Tip: We stayed in 2 different rooms, both were gorgeous...I believe all rooms are situated so that views...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This resort has individual villas on 40 acres; the views of the valley from the rooms and the restaurant are outstanding. The restaurant has excellent food for a reasonable price. The property has trails where local plants and birds can be observed, and guided tours of the property are available.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Norman
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36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We started and ended our recent visit to Costa Rica, at this beautiful resort. Food and service was excellent. The first night our room overlooked the valley below and it was one of the most beautiful sites I've ever seen. Fireworks could be seen in the distance, both nights, and the twinkling lights below were amazing. The room was awesome, beautiful decorated, it was the best start, and ending to a great trip. We did hike thru the gardens and to the waterfalls on the property, there was more to see, but we just ran out of time. Service in the dining room was excellent.

Room Tip: Favorite villa was #4, but #3 was very nice also, just a better view of the city from #4.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Twickenham
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Xandari, what can I say, pure vida, from being greeted on arrival to being waved off when we left, it was pure magic. The funky colours and artwork, the huge rooms with big terraces, outstanding views over Alajuela. Gardens full of beautiful flowers and plants, perfect climate.
Food excellent, many thanks to Diana and Alex who treated us like friends rather than guests, it was a wonderful start to the holiday.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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432 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This was our last stop in Costa Rica before heading home – we stayed here one night.

Basic information:
• The first door you enter is into is a private garden area and then there’s the door to your room.
• Our room was a very large room with a king bed, a large sitting area with couch, chair and table as well as a table and two chairs to eat at.
• There is a mini refrigerator, sink, glasses and silverware.
• Breakfast, included in your room, is from 7-10 in the morning in a beautiful area overlooking Alajuella. There were many choices – fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, muffins, toast, hard boiled egg, cheese, ham, fruit juices, coffee and tea….all included. If you wanted something more, like omelets, pancakes, bacon, etc. then there was an extra charge. Our waiter was very friendly.

Pros
• This resort is beautifully landscaped and has many trails – one to a peaceful waterfall.
• The water, soft drinks, juices etc in the refrigerator are free (very nice!), as is the coffee.
• There was a large patio with chairs, table, and lounge chairs that overlooked Alajuella – very pleasant to sit out there in the evening.
• The shower had good water pressure.

Cons
• There is no tv and wifi is only in the reception area and restaurant, not in the rooms, but it was pretty fast.
• The shower ran low on hot water near the end.

Overall, a very pleasant place to stay. We would return.

Note: When we got here (on April 10), the main road to the resort was closed so we had to go around another way. You may want to check to see if it is still closed and get directions to come in the back way. We did get an email from the resort however we did not see it until after we arrived.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Denver
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81 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We LOVED our villa (two nights), so spacious and the artwork and decor are wonderful, plus it had GREAT lighting (and this is a big deal and not often found in CR). To relax on the patio and look out at the lights of the city, well, morning or night, that was great. The restaurant has wonderful views and all our meals (breakfast, one lunch, two dinners) were very very good. Grounds are beautiful, nice hikes to waterfalls. My only negative comment would be the barking dogs at night -- and I had to read many other reviews before I saw this mentioned....we were with a group so I know we were not the only ones hearing the dogs. I guess most people forgive this because it is such a lovely place. It is too bad the hotel owners/managers cannot do anything about the dogs....this was an earplugs and ambien place for us. But still we loved it, go figure!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

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.

Room Tip: There are lots of paths through the gardens between rooms so ask for one near reception if you don...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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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 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Romantic 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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