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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
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Selsey, United Kingdom
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“Magic!”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

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!

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Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Crozet, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We stayed two nights here at the end of our trip. We loved our villa (#9) with a gorgeous view of San Jose. The grounds, hiking trails, waterfalls, and heated pools are amazing. The meals in the restaurant were excellent. The staff was so nice to us. They even prepared a to-go breakfast to take to the airport (6:00 AM flight). We would happily stay at the Xandari again.

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Knysna, South Africa
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

We stayed here two nights at the end of our trip and it really is just 15 minutes from the airport. The property is nicely kept and the hiking trails are an added bonus as the hotel is quite secluded. The Ultra Plus villa we stayed in had a nice view and was very spacious. Unfortunaltey we heard traffic noises and dogs barking from the villa. Compared to other places we stayed this was very expensive and one night would have been enough for us. The food in the restaurant was very good as was customer service.

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Reviewed 22 April 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights at the start of our holiday in Costa Rica. The location was perfect (only 20 minutes from the airport) but it couldn't have felt further from the city. The villas are huge, extremely comfortable with astonishing views. The hotel is set in hundreds of acres of beautiful gardens and trails that are great fun to explore. The property also has several pools to choose from. The food was simple but delicious. All fresh including many Costa Rican specialities. You definitely will not want to leave!

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Houston, Texas, USA
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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).

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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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!

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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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  • Stayed April 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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