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Reviewed August 10, 2008

This is one of my favorite places on the planet~ Xandari at Esterillos Este was a delightful, serendipitous surprise! Mid July, my husband and I joined our college age daughter (A&M class of 2010), who had just completed a summer study abroad tour in CR, for a week of travel. Three nights at Xandari was the end of our week long trip. Starting with several nights in Santa Ana and a thrilling, hair raising white water rafting down the Pacuare River, then off to Arenal and a volcano tour, horseback riding up a mountain, hiking dowwwwwwwwn to waterfalls and coming back uuppp…and other adventures, whewwww…we arrived mid week at the Xandari oasis. Trying to fit it ALL in, we had plans to visit Manuel Antonio, etc, etc…but after arriving, we didn’t leave the hotel. Discussed it, and decided to save something for another trip to CR. Yes, Xandari Pacific really does have that kind of effect on you. From walking miles along a pristine shoreline that extends for miles, exploring the butterfly garden, watching the swinging in the hammocks and reading a book from the Xandari library (this librarian read, The Shack and loved it, daughter read Wicked and preferred the play) to just being able to enjoy breathing in and out in a place that soothes the spirit, plan on coming home with memories that will call you to return. The spa is not to be missed. Kindness flourishes here and I thank the ladies for providing this tired but happy visitor an amazing treatment that renewed me. Taking care of all needs with quiet eloquence, Shannon and staff provide an oasis paradise that emits tranquility and respite. We ate almost all meals at the hotel and the wait staff was delightful! (they treated us to several magic tricks one evening and even took the time to teach them to us) Seafood at dinner was fresh, and we enjoyed the daily specials.
Thank you to the Broudy’s for creating this special spot on the planet and sharing the love of place. Charlene’s art has inspired me to try and tile my courtyard wall. I can’t wait to return. I mean it when I say…I think about this beach every day …and every day…this beach calls my name.

A few favorite things that bring a smile:
*Hundred of big green parrots that land in the trees each evening before dusk. They fill the trees across from the airstrip
*The sweet, kind eyed dog that reminds you of why maybe d-o-g is G-o-d spelled backward
*the two precious local boys on the beach using a homemade tool to get bait out of the sand for their grandpa’s afternoon fishing trip. They also taught me how to find and observe live sand dollars.
*Kind Maria Joseph and her mom that provided local green (as in sunshine) laundry service. Walk down the road towards the Pelican and you’ll see the homemade laundry sign on your left.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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4  Thank bookbird2
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Reviewed August 3, 2008

We truly extend our utmost appreciation to them for making our elopement wedding and honeymoon dream perfect. We have never had such a wonderful experience, from making the arrangements online, to entering our villa full of flowers and candles, and then there was the day of our wedding.

With virtually no notice, the manager and her fabulous staff created a magnificent arbor for our beach ceremony. Then there was the romantic couples massage in thegorgeous spa, followed by our sunset (clouds were fine) ceremony on the beach, to the private dinner arranged by Shannon and chef in our villa. We really appreciated the friendly and attentive staff. This is a small luxurey botique resort, not a mass hotel.

We would gladly recommend Xandari to anyone interested in an unparalleled vacation; it has to be one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

Cathie & Craig Brown, Jupiter, Florida

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Thrddoll
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Reviewed July 28, 2008

I wish to echo the comments of the last few reviewers: this place is wonderful and very memorable. So as not to repeat, here are just a few specifics and some photos.

We did the two-resort package: all transfers worked perfectly. (Our flight from the states had to be rerouted, so we arrived at the airport at 10:00pm instead of 1:pm. We called the spa ahead of time and they had transportation waiting for us even though reception was closed. In the room they had a fresh fruit plate waiting.) Takes about 2:15 hrs to travel between resorts in a comfortable van. The free meals with the package are whichever meals you decide at the time you checkout.

The open-to-the-outside shower is a delight. Total privacy facing a garden. You don't just have two sinks in the bathroom, you have two separate vanities on opposite sides of the shower.

The beach is powder-fine sand. The sunbeds have cushions and are on soft, plush grass with no burrs or bugs. During July the resort is very uncrowded, as is the whole beach. There are some nice breakers in the surf and you can check out a boogie board from the office.

The food is extraordinary; very fresh seafood. We usually stay at all-inclusive resorts, but the prices here are so low that cost was not remotely a consideration. Beer was three dollars. A good wine: $25 a bottle. Free breakfast (hot meals also available for a charge) is from 7-10am, lunch 12-3pm, dinner 6-9pm. Dinner entree prices are from $10-$18. Selection includes chicken, seafood, delicious filet mignon, pasta, and vegetarian dishes. The special is always superb. Appetizers, soup, salad, and desserts are equally inexpensive. The waitstaff is very attentive and friendly. For lunch, you must try the grilled chicken sandwich.

Enjoy!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank millau70
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Reviewed July 13, 2008

My wife and I stayed for two nights at Xandari by the Pacific and it was superb. One of the most well designed resorts we've encountered. We stayed in a Prima Villa and was totally amazed at the design, the privacy, and all of the little special touches which went into the design.

The hotel is ideally located between Jaco and Manuel Antonio (Quepos) if you are interested in day trips. The beach is not your typical white sand but the unique kind found in Costa Rica. You can walk for miles and hardly encounter other individuals...very private and secluded...ideal for romantic walks.

We will definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to spend some quiet and relaxing time.

Thanks to all the staff for the generous hospitality...love you all.

Amar & Zahida
July 2008

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank asookram
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Reviewed July 6, 2008

We stayed here after spending a couple of days at Xandari which we absolutely loved. On our way to this property we decided that we would stay only a couple of days and change our reservation to return to San Jose early. A week after our trip we are still laughing at that thought.

The resort is as immaculate and manicured as others have noted, and the oceanfront room that we had was incomparable, complete with standing shower opening up to a private garden behind the villa. We walked for miles on the beach without encountering a soul, and the black sand beach (new to us) presented great vistas. The water was as warm as the air temp, and the pool is absolutely gorgeous. The restaurant presented good, not great food, but the waiter staff (hello Johan!) makes every meal a delight.

The biggest problem with the resort is that you won't want to leave, and so I missed out on a rafting trip in favor of a beach walk and quick shopping trip into Jaco. Do take the 11 cable zip line tour in Jaco. Excellent staff made us feel safe, and the experiece is unforgettable.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank fbcscottsdale
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