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Reviewed January 20, 2009

We stayed for 7 nights in January 2009 in a Garden Villa. We had a fantastic week and would highly recommend it.

The villa was very spacious and was set amongst beautiful gardens. The Garden Villas don't have an ocean view but there is so much space available on the beachfront of the hotel that it is of no consequence. Some days it felt like we were the only people on the beach - it may as well have been private. There are plenty of sun loungers and lots of space at both the beach and pool areas.

The restaurant serves great food and the staff were excellent - very friendly without over-doing it. We ate there most evenings. Prices are probably a little more than in nearby towns but the setting is fantastic and it's good quality.

They also bring cocktails direct to your sun lounger.

The hotel is in a quiet location, there isn't much within walking distance so either enjoy relaxing, rent a car, or you can take trips direct from the hotel but you'll pay a premium for the taxi fare.

The only small downside was the slightly surly reception staff.

Loved the geckos that hang out on the exterior hotel walls at night...and the scarlet macaws that occasionally fly overhead during the day.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2009

We visited Xandari – Pacific during Christmas 2008 for 4 nights. Because the hotel had full occupancy during our visit, we stayed at a Garden Villa for 3 nights and a Beachfront Prima Villa for 1 night. We enjoyed both accommodations very much – the Garden Villa has no ocean view but that was not an issue for us. The service at the hotel was exceptional. There were special touches for guests everywhere: a small gift for our 6 year old for Christmas, complementary fruit smoothies after spa treatments, complementary hors d'oeuvres before dinner every night. The food at the restaurant was excellent, except for the Christmas dinner buffet – during which the food choices were very limited. The staff at the restaurant was very friendly and engaging. My daughter enjoyed the nice pools and the beach immensely. The location of the hotel is halfway between Quepos and Jaco. You will need a car to move around or visit sites on your own; otherwise you will have to use hotel transportation or excursions. Since we had our own car, we found the location to be perfect for exploring the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. In all, this was a very nice hotel operating at a high level of service (unlike its sister property in Alajuela).

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 13, 2008

My wife & i spent a long weekend at Xandari & loved it. The food at breakfast, lunch & dinner is 1st class, the staff are so friendly & exceptionally well trained, the beach is desolate & romantic, great to run on in the morning. The rooms are huge & with superb beach views, i loved the bathrooms & the showers & best of all no, TV, no blackberry just quiet down time.

If you expect a noisy active resort, Xandari is not for you, if you love quiet,beauty,great service, comfort then i highly recommend Xandari.

You need a rental car, Jaco is not too far away & be careful on the drive over from San Jose the winding mountain road is a challenge especially in the rain.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2008

NO Curtains!!!!! If you want to sleep in, don't go here. Otherwise, it is a great place. I agree with all of the reviews except the one guy complaining about reservation hassles. It is very remote, so I recommend that you have a car if you want to do anything away from the hotel. Jaco is good for some quick souvenir shopping, and not much else. My wife and I walked 3+ miles north on the beach and stumbled upon the Low Tide Lounge. A cool place to hang out, have a couple of cerevezas, and watch the surfers in 4-6+ surf. All in all a great place, and it bumps up to 5 stars if they could just darken the rooms so you don't wake up at 5:30am.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2008

Simply the most romantic beach and hotel we've ever visited. Total relaxation at a beautiful pool, beach and hotel. Great staff. Come here to relax; not to be a loud American who wants to see monkies.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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