We arrived at Xandari Resort having left the UK in the freezing grip of winter some 20 hours earlier. It hadn't been the most perfect of journeys, the reasons for which I won't bore you with, but we were mighty glad to see the warm colours of Xandari's reception area and our welcoming suite.
Everything at Xandari is full to bursting with glorious colour. Even the birds, which are plentiful in the hotel's gorgeous grounds, are brightly painted in shades of scarlet, petrol green and vivid blue. This really is an assault on the senses - in a good way! Mosaics cover walls, artwork canvases abound, sculptures decorate public areas and fountains splash over tropical plants in the gardens. If you were going to design paradise, this wouldn't be a bad place to start!
Staff were welcoming, warm and friendly with none of the subservient attitude that can, at times, make us tourists feel slightly ill at ease. The gardens and swimming pools are to die for and views across Alajuela change from spectacular by day to star-studded with lights at night. Hummingbirds flitted across our expansive terrace and a wide variety of birds visited the feeding station perfectly positioned near the restaurant.
Our room was vast! Bedroom, sitting area, kitchen area, and a massive bathroom with sunken marble bath, separate shower, outside shower (completely private) and twin vanity units. The villas are individual and set well apart from each other, approached by a gate and mini garden area, giving the feeling of your own little house. Outside our room was a terrace with twin sun loungers.
The gardens are extensive and perfectly maintained. There are lots of trips that are fairly easy to do from Alajuela and our three nights here only allowed us to scratch the surface. It's not cheap but we enjoyed our stay immensely and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
- 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