July 13, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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
The gardens at Xandari Resort are spectacular (they have 10 gardeners on staff) and as I walked through the main area I felt like I could be walking through the world during the time of the dinosaurs. This was our last stop before returning home and it was truly the relaxing experience I was hoping for. The casita was so appealing esthetically that it was really a joy to stay at this facility. I enjoyed both dinner and breakfast and loved the fact that the rains cooperated and stopped in time for dinner each night and the sky completely cleared so we could dine overlooking the city lights of the central valley.
We arrived after an 11 hour flight from London. The hotel is only 20 minutes from the airport but seems a world away in large grounds. Large rooms, big balconies with great views. Restaurant had a good menu and a view over the valley. The grounds had some interesting walking trails. Regretted only spending a night but a great choice after a long flight as opposed to trekking into San Jose.
GSUKKENT - London, United Kingdom
Alas we only had one night at this beautiful hotel. I am not a fan of resort hotels but this is unlike any other resort I have seen. There are three swimming pools, so each attracts only a small number of guests, the ground are enormous and beautifully maintained and the rooms are large colorful and comfortable. We loved the bright colours used everywhere that gave such an exotic joyful feel plus the view from our room was astounding especially at night displaying the lights of San Jose with tiny aircraft landing and taking off from the airport in the distance. The staff were excellent (with the exception of one waiter who was not happy to bring our lunch poolside) and the food was some of the best we had in Costa Rica. We would not hesitate to return.
wimble52 - London SW
We have been been going to Costa Rica every year since 1999 and, while we have stayed in many places throughout the country, we have always stayed at Xandari. The staff is super friendly and they bend over backwards to ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. We always stay at Xandari for our first and last nights in the country. They will arrange transport for you for a reasonable sum. The company they use is very reliable. If you've ever gone to Costa Rica, there is nothing more enjoyable than having a car waiting for you once you leave the airport to quickly escape the onslaught of people screaming "TAXI" at you. Also, because Xandari has been around for a long time and is very respected, some rental car places (Toyota, Adobe, Mapache) will deliver and pick up the rental car at the hotel. Again, a HUGE convenience! The rooms are super comfy and the location is very pleasant. All rooms have a coffee maker and mini fridge. Smokers take note: You can smoke on the patios of the villas. That is a big deal as most hotels have become militant about not smoking on the premises. The food is very good. It's not very vegetarian-friendly, but there are a few things to eat if you are vegetarian, and they can make some dishes vegetarian if you ask. The staff all speak English, so if you don't speak Spanish, you are ok here. Lastly, the hotel has some very nice trails with waterfalls. They have spa-related stuff as well. We've never used it, so I can't speak to it. If you have stayed there before, but it's been a while (over 3 years), take note..... The original owners sold the hotel to a company a few years ago. The hotel is mostly the same, but there are some minor "changes" that were made that you may notice. The food portions seem smaller than before. Also, bottled water is no longer readily available in the rooms as it used to be. I am not sure if you can't just request it. I didn't ask, so I don't know. Lastly, there used to be dogs and cats that were "pets" of the hotel. We didn't see any dogs or cats this time or last year. We always enjoyed the dogs and cats being there, so their absence was noticed. There may be other hotels in the area that do all the things mentioned, but none that we've used have consistently delivered excellent service, convenience, and professionalism.
Mark S - Bridgewater, New Jersey
Xandari is an incredible resort with the most gorgeous gardens, colorful art work and sculptures, hiking paths to five Waterfalls, several swimming pools and fantastic service! I was blown away by the beauty and care taken on the grounds to create this paradise. There are paths throughout the property leading to the spa, pools, waterfalls and hotel rooms, and the gardens along these paths are lush in blooms, trees and cacti. Art sculptures are mixed in with the plants which was lovely. There is a bamboo forest that was really impressive to stand in and hear the trees gently moan in the wind. We stayed three nights in two different rooms (this was due to a change in our travel plans after booking the initial night's stay), and the rooms were spacious and comfortable. Each room has a private courtyard and garden at the entrance, and the bathroom has French doors opening up to it--but it's very private and there is a gate you can lock. The rooms continue the colorful theme of Xandari with bold accent walls and original artwork. There are plenty of places to store your items in the bathroom, plus a closet, safe, mini fridge stocked with free water and juices and beer/wine for purchase, bathrobes and back patio with seating. No TV in rooms but TV in lobby. Wifi worked great. Great breakfast buffet and meals in an open air dining room overlooking Alajuela and San Jose. Near the lobby is a container garden with herbs and sweet strawberries you can pick off and eat! Gated resort with plenty of parking and security. It was close to Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens, each about 45 minutes-one hour away. I highly recommend this hotel and plan to visit again!
DMJ_IAH - Brasilito, Costa Rica