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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
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Houston, Texas, USA
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“Great resort and close to SJO”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights before our flight back to the States last week. Gorgeous property and beautiful spa with great dining and nice staff. Rooms are like villas with amazing views and a choice of pools nearby. Many acres of naturally-landscaped hiking trails. You won't want to leave once you arrive, which is good because it's very secluded. Easy 5-10 minutes to airport the day you leave. Not best choice for any one with walking difficulties as you do have to walk up and down hills quite a bit to get to lobby/restaurant (the only place there is wifi, by the way).

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We stayed here for one night in April 2012 on our way out of the country. I like to save staying at this hotel for the end of my trip so I have something to look forward to instead of being sad that it is time to go back home. The hotel is funky but upscale, the views are amazing, the rooms large, colorful and well appointed. The pools are amazing (I love to use the Sunset Pool down close to the spa) and the grounds are beautiful. The waterfalls are a pretty decent trek, but I also like to pay a visit to the two goats - Twinkle and Sparkle - while walking around the grounds. The evening view from the open air restaurant is really quite pretty. Finally, if you enjoy a good spa, the spa at Xandari is, hands down, my favorite spa in the world. Don't miss it!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We stayed just the one night prior to flying home, so don't have an extensive review of the grounds. From the start the service was very good, extremely polite and very good intro to the property and our room. Room had nice wacky designs, and was big and very spacious. Excellent facilities provided in the room, and spotless also. We had to check out the night before and take breakfast with us, so can't comment on the breakfast we would have had. The take away one was ok considering it had to be provided the day before departure. We tried one lap pool, which we felt was cold but was in fact 82 degrees (we were tired!). Jacuzzi excellent at 95 degrees :). Ate in the restaurant at lunch and dinner, service good, although you need to catch the waitresses eye if you are in a rush as it's lesiurely dining. Can't fault the food at all, very nice, and reasonable prices...but take note of the sales tax/gratuity which adds a fair chunk

Overall, not cheap but a great place to catch your breath before heading off home or to the depths of the rain forest

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Attleborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

Built on an elevated ridge overlooking Alajuela and with stunning views of the central valley the Xandari was a spectacular place to stay on our first and last nights in Costa Rica. With beautiful gardens dropping away on both sides of the ridge the Xandari offered a lovely peaceful haven with some pretty walking trails through the gardens, a couple of pools, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. The thoughtfully designed rooms are very comfortable, particularly spacious and well furnished with a sunny (and shaded) balcony with views of the gardens and the valley below. The restaurant shared the same view of the valley, particularly spectacular at night, and served excellent breakfasts, tasty lunches and good dinners; all with excellent service. Only a short drive from the international airport the Xandari is the place to stay on arrival and departure from Costa Rica. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Sometimes, a Hotel needs a review when you don't stay there. My wife and I have stayed at our favorite hotel, Xandari, quite a few times before and we were looking forward to ending our trip in Costa Rica with a quick stop over prior to our morning flight back home. Sadly, just one week prior to our booked and confirmed stay there, my dear Father in Law passed away. Obviously, all our plans changed immediately and we needed to end our trip to be with family. Even though our stay at Xandari had already been billed to my American Express account, the booking staff at Xandari refunded every penny of the confirmed reservation. I think that speaks volumes for the integrity of this four star resort. If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica, do yourself a favor. Do not miss Xandari. How could you ask for more? A great hotel with a heart.
So unusual in this day and age. Thank you, Xandari. We will most certainly be back.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

I can speak only to the restaurant and attendant staff, since I was staying at Tacacori Ecolodge just 600 meters up the road from the Xandari entrance gate. I made the walk down and up the hill twice and was most glad I did. To start with, the views of Alajuela and the Central Valley from the open-sided Xandari restaurant are fantastic. I really enjoyed the sunset and the lights of the cities below during dinner and the daylight views during lunch. My dinner entree was red snapper Xandari style; it was a generous serving, thoroughly cooked but not dry. The palmito salad and macademia cake were exquisite. The lunch was Taco Alemanda (I would have called it chicken fajitas), with the chicken accompanied by guacamole, black bean frijoles, fresh salsa and tortillas. Nicely presented and, most important, tasty. The service in both cases was very good. I was greeted and seated promptly by a courteous and friendly member of the wait staff who made sure that the dining experience exceeded my expectations. Definitely a place to visit again on future trips to Costa Rica.

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Caledon, Canada
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

We only stayed at Xandari for one night on our way home back to Canada. We were flying out of San Jose airport and Xandari seemed like a great option. Xandari surpassed my expectations and made the end of our holiday as special as all of the other moments. The hotel itself is very unique...lots of colourful art installations everywhere. We were only there for a few short hours but during that time we enjoyed lunch by the pool - with a beautiful view over the valley and San Jose. Then we enjoyed a hike....it was getting dark so we couldn't make it to all the waterfalls on the property, but at least made it to the largest one! We couldn't believe this little paradise existed in such close proximity to San Jose and to the airport. Then we enjoyed a wonderful meal at the restaurant - with a view of the sparkling lights of San Jose - and bought a few souvenirs in their shop. The staff were excellent and because we had an early flight, they packed us a boxed breakfast to take along with us. The little things make all the difference. If you are flying out or into San Jose, I would most definitely recommend Xandari as a stopover...next time I'd like to spend 2 nights!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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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 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Romantic 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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