We arrived, exhausted, after a 20 hour journey, but a short ride from San Jose airport. We had been recommended by friends to go to this converted coffee plantation, but just wanted to collapse into bed. Instead we almost collapsed in astonishment at the brilliant beauty of the place. In the light of the next day this impresion was more than confirmed. It is a collection of villas, landscaped to feel that each is isolated and on an escarpment with fabulous views over the Central Valley. They are set in a magnificent tropical botanical garden, with paths leading to isolated swimming pools and jacuzzis, an art gallery, an orchid house, a spa complex etc. and beyond those to jungle trails leading to a set of waterfalls. (Some of these trails are very tough!)
Everywhere there is vivid colour, because the whole enterprise is dream of an American accuracy and his brilliant artist wife. Round a corner you will see a coloured stone monolith or a Mayan-like statue. But the real colour is in the villas and the central restaurant/lounge area.
Here there are mosaics, stained glass windows, brilliant wall hangings and rugs, table tops like Jackson Pollock paintings, and everything the original creation of the owners. Our villa was huge, all open plan with ingenious layout; large bedroom area leading on one side to a big dressing room and a shower room looking out into a secluded patio accessible from the dressing room.
Tho other side of the bedroom leads to a big sitting room, and then a kitchen / breakfast room area and also a picture window onto a big patio and balcony overlooking the valley. The ceiling was all curves in wood, and everything was in vibrant colours. We came back for one day at the end of our trip and the villa we were given then had a totally different layout but was even more amazing! The central restaurant is also set overlooking the valley, mostly on a balcony and was surprisingly small, as was the rest of the central area lounge/TV room/shop/free WiFi/ reception, but then we remembered that there are fewer than 30 villas. The food was good but not memorable, except for the lavish amount of fresh tropical fruit at breakfast. (There is also fruit and excellent coffee in the villa kitchens.)The staff are all delightfully friendly. Two caveats: this is not a grand hotel with flunkeys, and not lavishly luxurious. Don't think Savoy, rather Tate Modern. Also the place isolated up on high and you need transport to get to a supermarket or other restaurant. We are quite elderly and we reckon that Xandari would be even more magical for a honeymoon!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Xandari Resort And Spa
- Xandari Hotel Alajuela
- Xandari Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Alajuela