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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Walnut Creek, CA
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49 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Incredible stay in every respect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

We had the pleasure of staying 5 nights at this hotel, and loved everything about it!
- We stayed in an Ultra Villa with a panoramic view of the Central Valley; spacious & well appointed in the style of the locale; it had a locking gate entrance way to our room; a large veranda, w/ 2 lounge chairs, shielded on all sides for privacy; glass walled bathroom, tub & shower looking out onto a second private patio area.
- Beautiful, well landscaped secluded grounds.
- Very nice on-property trails w/waterfall.
- An amazing hillside pool (one of 3 pools), perfect for swimming & sunning, with a great view!
- The food was very good & amazingly reasonably priced; restaurant is open air with a beautiful view; we discovered that they are not rigid about the meal hours (especially if you want to catch a late lunch after losing track of time sunning!), so if just a little late, the staff was eager to still accommodate us .
- The spa area is pretty basic, set in a tropical garden with cabanas. We did have a good massages, preceded by a private hot tub, again, overlooking the valley.
- And finally, every staff member did everything they could to make us feel genuinely welcome at their property & in their country.

When we arrived back home, I noticed a billing error for an extra night. I called the hotel, they corrected it with no problem, and issued the credit immediately.

I would return for a stay here at a moments notice!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

My family stayed at Xandari for four nights. Everything about it was perfect. The room, the pool, the restaurant, the grounds all delighted us (2 adults, 3 boys ages 7-13). We loved hiking on their jungle trails to several waterfalls. the staff was very kind and helpful with our transportation needs. It is a breath taking view property.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JenOfseattle
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2011

I returned to Xandari for the 3rd time and it's still magical and stunningly beautiful. The property is well-maintained and the flowers are out in their full glory. The people at Xandari are dedicated to be sure you are happy and you feel like family. Special hello to Matilde, Jose, and Marco in the restaurant with beautiful views of the Central Valley. The food is delicious, fresh, and healthy. Now the best part - go to the spa and you are in for a real treat. It's the perfect escape from your daily life and so peaceful and serene. Ask for Konrad, Spa Director, and you will be transformed into a new, happy person. I can't think of a better retreat anywhere. Stay for a couple days at least with lots to do without leaving the property and very close to the airport even for a stopover. My heart belongs to Xandari.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mollydaisy
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new york
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90 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2011

Excellent food, nice rooms, great staff. We stayed here on July 2010 passing through the region. Really loved it. Food was excellent. Recommended. The higher coat of rooms is definitely justified.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ashtead,Surrey
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51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2011

This uniquely built and designed hotel is a true haven! Every room is individual and the room we were in was glass on 3 sides. The restaurant has amazing views over the city and the food is really very good. Three pools, waterfalls and beautiful grounds to walk around. Organic farm producing fruit and vegetables for the restaurant, the whole resort is wonderfully relaxing. A short drive to the Poas volcano and the La Paz waterfalls, we loved it here and spent another night here at the end of our tour, before flying home - it was like coming home! I would go back in an instant!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank suzywuzyweasel
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Leesburg, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2011

With a view of San Jose from the dining room and our personal palapa room, Xandari more than met our expectations. The drive to the resort was a bit "sketchy" through some unsavory parts of Alajuela, but we were more than rewarded. The grounds were magical,with lots of hiking trails (we took the one to the waterfall), and we especially liked the orchid house. The owners even had a CD player with an acoustical guitar CD to add to the serenity of our place.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Connie60_11
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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2011

We stayed at Xandari for two nights, after having spent four nights in the central pacific area. We wanted to be closer to the airport the day of our departure and Xandari is in Alajuela, about 20 minutes away from the airport.
This place is over the top beautiful. it is big in terms of area but small in number of rooms. Ii think about 30 something units. We stayed in one of the villas and everything in it was exquisite- the colors, the decor, the fabrics. The villa we super spacious and the bathroom was gigantic. We had a beautiful patio on the front and the back (the back being where the shower area was which was wonderful because it gave you this wonderful open air feeling though it was totally private). The front balcony had a fantastic view of the city of san jose and at night with the lights it looked gorgeous. There is no AC in the rooms or anywhere else and i was a little worried about being hot (this is August) but the hotel is an an altitude with a great temperature and in fact it was a little cool at night.
The spa is magnificent and we got massages which were wonderful. the food was delicious.
Everyone was extremely friendly, courteous, helpful.
We had out 14 year old with us and 2 nights was a good amount of time for her. i think that a longer stay would have felt a little boring to her, although for adults who are seeking relaxation amidst physical and natural beauty and comfort this place is hard to top.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Xandari Resort & Spa

Property: Xandari Resort & Spa
Address: 1 km northwest of El Diamante Bar | Tacacori, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#6 Business Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Xandari Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Xandari is a 40-acre plantation with botanical gardens, orchid house and over 5 kms of nature trails including five waterfalls. Xandari is the creation of an architect-artist couple, with 24 spacious villas overlooking the Central Valley. Only 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. In addition, three fabulous swimming pools, including the new 125 ft. Long Sunset Pool with a stunning view, and two outdoor jacuzzis. The restaurant serves fresh, continental and Costa Rican menu, featuring many organic fruits and vegetables from our own gardens. Xandari Spa Village is harmoniously integrated with nature and consists of a Yoga Room and five private palm-roofed jalapas with jacuzzi perched on a mountain ridge, where natural ingredients are used in massages and body treatments. ... more   less 
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Xandari Resort And Spa
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