February 12, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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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

Xandari Resort & Spa
APDO 1485-4050
Alajuela, Costa Rica

Nearest Airport: SJO

Amenities for Xandari Resort & Spa

  • General Information
  • 19 Villas
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Spa on Property
  • Library
  • Gardens
  • Outdoor Whirlpools
  • Lap Pools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • No Televisions or Telephones
  • Private Terraces
  • Activities
  • Hiking
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Bird Watching
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • Honeymoons & Romance

Reviews for Xandari Resort & Spa

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

Highly recommend a few nights at this gem situated high in the hills in an old coffee plantation. This resort is small but dedicated to your relaxation and comfort. An added bonus is several acres of hiking trails with five small waterfalls. Also recommend the couples spa experience in a private hut overlooking the valley. Our room was huge and included a private garden and veranda. A great way to start or end any trip in Costa Rica—literally 20 minutes from San Jose airport.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

Many aspects of this place. Would I stay here again??, Absolutely! Some aspects of Xandari are better than others. This is a very romantic place, and as stated about 15 minutes from the airport. Great place to end or start your Costa Rican journey. 5 star aspects: 1) Customer service. Everyone here wants to make your stay excellent. 2) Spa. Fantastic and reasonable prices compared to similar places in the US. 3) Pools and Jacuzzis. The pool temperatures are kept warm in 2 of the 3 pools and the jacuzzi temps are perfect. Also very nice views of the valley in the Sunset Pool. 4) Grounds. We spent about 3-4 hours walking every bit of trails. All five waterfalls, the 3 river view points and everything in between. I'd estimate about 3 miles and many steps (up and down). My wife identified many birds (hawks, wrens, etc.). 3 or 4 star aspects: 1) The food was very good, but in my week in Costa Rica it was not the best I had eaten (but still very good). I respect that sustainability aspect of their philosophy, and from the food presentations, you can see the chef is very skilled. The corn tortillas, however, were horrible (the fried corn tortillas were excellent). The prices were mostly in line with similar restaurants in the States ($25-$35 per main course). The ceviche was beautiful, but a bit too citrus in my opinion (but it was still worth ordering). However, the cost was $20. I had ceviche for half the price in La Fortuna, that I liked better. They do use sea bass, which drives up the price. 2) Cocktails were $8, which I agree is standard price, but no Happy Hour here. Also, the beers are $7. So not a place to have several drinks. I brought my own small bottle of guara for $3 at a grocery store early in my trip, so I came prepared. 3) The room I booked (Villa 20) is the circular yurt-like villa with the palm roof. I really liked it (very different, and romantic views). However, not sure if it was the wind during my stay or if it is always like this, but the bed had pieces of the palm roof on it. Other than that, I was VERY pleased with the room. Just an FYI--Villa 20 is at one end of the rooms and a far walk from the Sunset pool (which is their best pool). Villa 27 is at the other end, so if you want to be closer to the Sunset Pool and Spa, try to book Villas 21 to 27. 4) Tours. Let's face it. You are not really here for the tours, but we did ask to do the Sustainability tour, and they said we cannot accommodate that tour at this time. I do not think they could offer any tours listed, from what I could see.

NorthCarolina621 - Mebane, NC

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

We initially chose Xandari for its proximity to the airport. Airport hotels are very expensive in San Juan. We chose Xandari 25 minutes away and were very pleased! What we loved: This is a safe, comfortable property, beautiful gardens, 3 pools, jacuzzi and walking paths, lovely rooms and jaw dropping views. Golf cart service will transport you up to the restaurant if desired. Mini-bar has juice, water, coffee, snacks, all free! The rooms have a sort of kitchenette, w a sink, plates, glasses, cups and cutlery. The little fridge has a small freezer with ice, which we loved. Rooms have divine rear patios with chaise lounges and views of the city/valley. The private front gardens can also be enjoyed from the large glass showers, making you very close to nature. The hotel was initially owned by Americans, the wife was an artist. Her kitschy art is evident throughout the property, with a prominent palette of rainbow colors. The walls inside and out are rainbow, tile is rainbow, decor items are rainbow. It’s bright and fun, if you love color. Lots of nice detail in each room, books to share, comfy beds, robes provided. The Lavender/Mint lotion is fabulous and I was sad to learn it wasn’t for sale. Please add it for purchase! I know many reviewers have been critical of the complimentary breakfast. We enjoyed it very much, scrambled eggs have been added. It’s well beyond a standard continental breakfast! One morning we shared an omelette (for purchase) and it was awesome. Amaurice our dinner waiter prepared a tonic for my stuffy nose-honey, lime and salt, his grandmother’s recipe. That and his kindness helped me feel much better. Staff were all very attentive. We requested a power strip for CPAP machines and it was promptly provided. What we didn’t love: The neighbor’s non-stop barking dogs, primarily affecting the rooms near the spa and front gate. I’m sorry to have to even mention this, but I feel responsible for my fellow travelers. It’s really not something the hotel can solve, I realize. If you’re a light sleeper, get earplugs or request a room higher-up near the restaurant. I saw several of the rooms. Some have apparently been updated, others are in need of it. Paint in some of the bathrooms is looking really tired and chipped. More disturbing was our shower-ugh. The maid service is adequate and everything is clean, but the shower tile/grout looks pretty nasty and dingy. Regrouting might be the answer to freshen up the nice large bath areas. Why are there no paper towels in the lil kitchenette? With dishes and a service sink, please, they’re necessary. Love the lil fridge/freezer but a microwave would make the set-up much more functional for longer stays. The Wi-Fi is not a problem in the upper rooms, but a huge issue in the lower rooms. When we complained a supplemental router (?) was promptly delivered and immediately fixed the issue. As the problem is very well known, it’s puzzling and frustrating that a router isn’t already being provided in lower rooms. My final nit and it’s a big one: no real hangers in the closets. Please, please replace those horrible faux breakaway hangers! I wanted to hang a garment nearer the shower for steaming but absolutely couldn’t do it. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t hate those non-hangers. They are only found in really crummy, budget hotels and of course, this property is much, much better than that. Lots to love about the Xandari and it’s likely we will return. Some rooms are looking a bit tired and I’m sure refurbishment can be expected. The hotel, restaurant and pools are beautiful, the vast gardens expertly manicured. The location is awesome! A nearby MUST SEE is the Toucan Rescue Ranch about 1/2 hr away. Have a personal visit with Sloths, Birds, otters, wild cats etc being treated/rehabilitated there, don’t miss it! The Paz waterfall park is also fabulous, maybe 90 minutes away. Hope to enjoy the Xandari spa next visit. The great staff and our room’s delightful patio really made our stay relaxing and enjoyable. We will be back soon!

cadeaugratuit - Nevada, USA

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

The room was very spacious, staffs were helpful... Up in the mountain area so quiet and peaceful . Beautiful trails with 5 water falls inside the hotel area . I would give 5 star for the facility but overall 4 food wasn't that good for the price and the deep tissue massage was a disappointment for both of us.

jonk78 - McLean, Virginia

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

Great room and facilities but the restaurant made me disappointed, poorly seasoned and not very well presented or cooked. Serves other cuts of meat instead of tenderloin for example. When I asked why they said they were sorry and filled up my glass of wine but still charged full price.

Per L

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