We stayed here our first night, starting a 10-day Costa Rican trip. I have to admit I was a little nervous because of the mixed reviews the resort seemed to be getting. However, let me be the one to lay any doubts to rest. This is a magnificent property only 20 minutes outside of busy San Jose. The grounds are absolutely exceptional with botanical gardens, orchards, five waterfalls, orchid house and farmyard. The funky and fun art-deco theme makes the whole stay seem like a whimsy. Our room was large, airy and very comfortable. The expansive patio that overlooked the city and glass-windowed shower were nice touches as well. The hike to the waterfalls and river are perfect for an afternoon to kill after you arrive. We had dinner in the restaurant outside overlooking the lights of the city. Very relaxing and very romantic! The food along with the service were also first rate. Previous travelers complained about the noise from the road; we really didn’t hear it (no more than the other resorts where we stayed). Others said they felt unsafe; we never once felt threatened walking within the property. There is an attended security gate – but I wouldn’t be walking around after dark along the city streets beyond the gates. Then there were the people who previously complained about the flying beetles in their room; all our windows had screens and there is a notice posted on the bed stand that specifically tells you to close the sliding doors at night (or else you’ll get flying beetles). Never saw a one! These travelers either couldn’t read and/or had totally unrealistic expectations about a trip to Costa Rica and this resort. I would highly recommend this as your first or last stop if you’re flying in or out of San Jose airport.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Xandari Resort And Spa
- Xandari Hotel Alajuela
- Xandari Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Alajuela