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Xandari Resort & Spa in Alajuela, Costa Rica
Immerse yourself in lush tropical beauty, surrounded by 40 acres of vibrant landscape high above Costa Rica's Central Valley, and soak in the sunny skies of Xandari Resort & Spa. Just outside of San Jose, this amazing resort - with approximately three miles of scenic trails, a river and waterfalls - will show you the true wonder of Central America. Stunning guest villas offer flowing architecture that winds through the gardens and creates a modern-meets-tropical design that is at once elegantly stunning and gracefully tranquil. Bright and open rooms are spacious and breezy, with gleaming tiled floors, pure white walls, and vivid colorful accents - all tied in to the rich wood décor and furniture. Brilliant natural light streams in through large sliding glass doors, while the views from private garden terraces will truly take your breath away.
As the sun rises over the valley take a leisurely morning stroll through the resort's botanical gardens, feeling the cool breeze as it carries the myriad songs of birds. Enjoy a hike along 4 kilometers of trails through the dense jungles around the resort, following the Tacacori River to five magical waterfalls and cooling off with a dip in the pools. Venture out on a bird watching tour in the morning, followed by a walk through the greenhouse and farmyard, then stretch out by the pool for an afternoon cocktail. Take a day out in the valley for the Doka Coffee Tour, where you will learn all about the process of making coffee and can even pick your own. In the evening make your way into downtown San Jose to stroll d6own the beautifully lit streets, shopping in boutiques and charming local shops, stopping for a drink at a café, and delving into the fabulous street food. With the sun setting over the valley now, after a full day of adventure and relaxation, return to the resort for dinner at the restaurant, where delicious Costa Rican cuisine is served outside as the sky becomes fiery reds and purples until the stars come out.
Location of Xandari Resort & Spa
Nearest Airport: SJO
Amenities for Xandari Resort & Spa
- General Information
- 19 Villas
- Ecologically Sustainable Practices
- Outdoor Dining
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Outdoor Whirlpools
- Lap Pools
- In-Room Amenities
- No Televisions or Telephones
- Private Terraces
- Bird Watching
- Active & Adventure
- Honeymoons & Romance
Reviews for Xandari Resort & Spa
This hotel is not far from Alajuela so it makes a perfect place to stay after getting into the country. We stayed 2 nights before heading to Guanacaste province and couldn't have picked a better place. A contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city, it is peaceful and quiet. The villas are very spacious and overlook the city below which offers a nice backdrop for relaxing on your own veranda, especially at night. Food excellent, staff very courteous and helpful. I would definitely recommend to anyone for staying at the beginning and end of a trip to Costa Rica, or as a base from which to explore areas such as Volcan Poas, LaPaz waterfalls, etc. We didn't use the spa but with that as an amenity it could serve also as a destination. We hiked the trails to the resort's waterfalls and I wouldn't refer to them as a walk as much as a hike. Hike is definitely worth it! This seems more of an adult resort with the relaxing atmosphere and spa.
We stayed here for the first 3 nights of our trip to Costa Rica. In retrospect i would also have liked to stay here at the end as well, It would have made a stunning finale and has the perfect situation of being 20 minutes from the airport yet feels, quiet, private with awesome views over the central valley. The gardens and the architecture were for us the standout features. Beautiful room, artfully decorated with a small kitchenette, bedroom/sitting room and a balcony to die for overlooking the upper gardens. we spent half a day walking the grounds, following the trails to the waterfalls, seeing the orchard, the animals and the vegetable and herb gardens. Yes, all of this within the hotel grounds. We counted 3 pools in the grounds (but there could be more!). The sunset pool is the most beautiful and you can decent lengths in it whilst admiring that view. The service was absolutely fine. We arrived after a 25 hour journey to discover our agent had made a mistake with the booking and we weren't expected for another 2 days. No problem. Another room was found and was immediately ready. Dining. The breakfast was continental and cooked was extra. This wasn't the case in other hotels we stayed in, but it wasn't an issue to us as we don't major on full cooked breakfasts. The home made granola bars were a delight and the fresh fruit lovely. Dinners. No issues. Overall experience. Brilliant. Lovely relaxed atmosphere for such a stunningly beautiful hotel.
AJD_8 - Cheshire
Hubby and I stayed here for 2 nights before flying home to the UK after a 24-day holiday. We loved it. 20 minutes for Juan SantamarĂa Airport, it is the perfect place to relax at the end of a trip, or to unwind after a long flight at the start. We stayed in the Prima One King Bed Villa. This is one of their basic Villas. It was comfortable, beautiful and had the most gorgeous, large terrace overlooking part of the gardens and on to Alajuela. The colourful artwork, both in the Villa and in the main reception building and restaurant, is lovely. There is a particularly striking collage in a homage to Freda Kahlo. The food in the restaurant is very good and the view quite stunning. Service was good, aside from one dinner, when it was extremely slow. The restaurant was particularly busy that evening and this small failing is not enough to detract from a 5* review for me. The gardens are glorious, made more so by the wonderful scents of the flowers, the birdsong and the calls of the crickets at night. Xandari, Costa Rica highlight that guests can plant a tree in the beautiful grounds should they wish to do so. We asked about this and it was quickly and easily arranged. We were asked to provide a personal message up to 20 characters in advance. The following morning, as arranged, we were taken to the spot to plant our tree and found our message had been engraved onto a upright wooden marker. The soft ground had been made ready and the digging out, and filling in, of the hole was done under the supervision of the Gardener. No charge was made for any of this. We hope that one day we will return to see our tree growing strong.
Anniehen5 - Washington, United Kingdom
We stayed here for one night at the end of our trip to Costa Rica and we were very happy. The grounds are beautiful overlooking the valley with hiking trails to waterfalls, our room was big with a kitchenette and a pretty private patio. It was very convenient to the airport and we were impressed with the service we received even before we arrived. Our flight was cancelled and they made sure to contact us to change the pick up time for our transportation. Again we can only speak about the one night we were there but it was a very nice way to end our vacation.
AnnieMay24 - Oregon
We agree with everything the review entitled "Oh the Colour!" had to say. We didn't visit San Jose while we were there, and my wife had a massage at the Spa and enjoyed it very much. Beautiful architecture and landscaping and the views from the room, dining area and swimming pools are all stunning, especially at night. Very romantic setting. Some of the earlier reviews panned the food - we found the food to be excellent. I had sea bass for one lunch which was the best I have tasted anywhere. The staff will arrange for taxi rides from/to the San Jose airport, about 20-25 minutes away. We would definitely stay here again.
wolfy505 - Santa Fe, New Mexico