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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
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matthews nc
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“Heaven”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

Hard to explain how superb this place is. It was our second visit and was even better than the first, which we found hard to believe. Our villa (23) was paradise. The courtyard, the balcony, the view down to the lights of San Jose, the colorful interior, well, just everything, was perfection. The gardens on the property are just exquisite and the waterfalls hike was thrilling. Lucy, at the front desk, was so friendly and helpful. It was one of the highlights of our entire trip. Don't miss it!

Room Tip: The stand alone prima plus villas are heavenly in all ways.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Deltaville, Virginia
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

After a week on the Star Flyer we stayed at the Xandari for two nights to recover our land legs. It's hard to enumerate the many fabulous aspects of this resort. The villas (mostly duplex) with private balconies are staggered amidst a botanical garden of delights: wild orchids, exotic plants and hundreds of fruit trees are everywhere you turn. The view from the open air dining room is exquisite. An artist's touch is evident in the lobby/bar/dining room as well as each room, plus the artist's studio on the grounds. Partakers of a massage or other spa treatment will be delighted by the services, plus the waterfall right outside. Xandari is environmentally conscious, growing many of the organic fruits and vegetables on the menu.

There is a reason walking sticks are available in the reception area: you can expect to walk a lot on beautifully maintained paths, as well as more rugged terrain if you wish to climb over 300 steps to see one of the four waterfalls on the property. If you'd rather relax, ask for a villa near the dining area, or near the spa if you plan to spend time there. (I'm pretty sure they'd send a golf cart to transport you if needed.)

If you're willing to get up early, one of the staff will take you on a guided tour to point out the magnificent birds flying free on the grounds, or other sights you might choose. You can visit the orchid & vegetables greenhouses on your own.

In planning this resort, owners Sherrill and Charlene Broudy were guided by this quote from architect Bertram Goodhue, ‘Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir a man’s heart.’ I for one am very grateful for their vision. My heart was certainly stirred. I shall return!

Room Tip: Villa 9 is near the dining room. Ask what's closer to the spa if you plan to spend time there. J...
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Driving up to the main building through exotic flowering trees and shrubs creates a wonderful first impression. This continues. The whole hotel has been beautifully thought out and designed. It is an art-lovers dream, mosaics, carvings, wall hangings and paintings everywhere. Lots of lovely architectural touches in the beautiful rooms. The restaurant has excellent food and very friendly staff. There are three big swimming pools - so you nearly always have one to yourself!
There are good walks all over the extensive grounds. Can't say a word against it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bodden Town, Grand Cayman
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I chose Xandari to get married this month and it was the best joint decision we have made thus far. Firstly, the grounds are gorgeous. There is literally no reason to leave. There are pools, orchards, waterfalls, and if that isn't enough, they will arrange off site tours for you as well. Second, the food is impeccable. There is something for everyone and the freshness practically radiates off the food. Last but not least, the customer service is 10/10. Juan, Juan Jose, Alexander, and Konrad took care of us and our guests and went above and beyond the call of duty to assist in any way necessary.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

We actually thought we were staying closer to San Jose, but chose this place based on our friend's recommendation. It is just beautiful. We were given room 20 which at first glance seemed okay, but it had no wifi,no curtain, a small bathroom and a very chilly feeling. We asked for another room and got a room closer to the spa. It was magnificent. The bathroom was huge and the view was incredible. We took a hike on the very well marked and maintained trail on the property. It was somewhat challenging and not a mere stroll on flat paths. Wear good shoes, it was worth the time and effort. Breakfast is good with fresh orange juice, dinner is fine, too!

Room Tip: Try to get a room near the spa or at least look at a second room if you are not satisfied.
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

We stopped here for our last night in Costa Rica on our way back to the airport in San Juan. Facility was outstanding and the spa was incredible! The architecture was wonderful, even IN the rooms, and the grounds are amazing. Treatments we received at the spa were first class luxury in private little cabana style huts open to the view in front with a Jacuzzi in each one. Staff all spoke excellent English. Mabel and Gary in spa were awesome. I would have spent more nights here had we known what we know now. They were very helpful with airport transportation, too. Thanks!! My sister and I amazed at the property.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

So this year would be the third time we have begun and ended our Costa Rica vacation at Xandari. It is that perfect. I always phone reservations and speak with Lucy who handles the booking so efficiently and emails the confirmation. Seems like each time we get a different type of villa but honestly they are all private and the newer ones out by the sunset pool (21-27) are a bit of a walk from the restaurant but it is really nice out there. They all have extraordinary views. Highlights are the restaurant with very good food and service for all meals, the spa which has to be experienced to understand how good the therapists are and the beautiful open air huts( I highly recommend Vera and Mabel) . Xandari has been booking tours in the area and transfers within the country with Ruta Verde for many years. Both William and his father Don Jose are professional and love to share stories about their country with their passengers. I would recommend that if you need any transporation within Costa Rica you ask Xandari to book it with Ruta Verde. We hope to stay longer next time at Xandari and explore the area around the hotel with some of their tours . Alajuela has some of the nicest weather in the country. If you like to swim you will enjoy their pools which are just the right temperature and there are three of them. Even if the hotel is fully booked it feels like your own private paradise. I recommend taking some time to walk to the waterfalls...so peaceful and inspiring. I highly recommend a stay at this hotel...you won't want to leave. I tend to like to try new hotels and not just repeat the same ones but Xandari is the exception. There is sometime about this place that lures one back.

Room Tip: villas 21-27 are near to the spa and really private.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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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 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Spa 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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