Awesome may be one of the most overused words in vocabulary today, but that is exactly what I was thinking as the gate to Xandiri swung open. The entrance to the resort ushers you from an ordinary, somewhat rundown area into a paradise of blooming flowers, plants and shrubs. Had there been water around I would have expected Tatoo to come running out shouting “le plane, le plane” (from the classic TV show Fantasy Island for those of you younger than 50). After traversing the scenic entranceway, you arrive at the main building that includes the check in area and an open air lobby, bar and restaurant with drop dead gorgeous views of the valley below and San Jose. A short walk from the main building takes you to the lodging area, which consists of lovely villas with courtyard entrances and private balconies than open onto the same breathtaking view. Interestingly, the hotel is located such that neither heat nor air conditioning in needed year around. Temperature control consists of opening and closing glass louvers located around the upper perimeter of the room. Outside the room you can hike trails that lead to swimming pools, waterfalls and other scenic destinations, all nestled in more tropical splendor.
A breakfast buffet was included in our package and it was fine. That was the only meal we ate at the hotel so I cannot comment on the quality of the food for lunch and dinner, but the beautiful setting of the restaurant almost guarantees an enjoyable dining experience.
Every hotel has some shortcomings, though, so let me touch on a few. Still thinking……OK, the exterior décor of the buildings was done in an art deco, bright colored design – think South Beach and Miami Vice – which seemed to me incongruous with the natural beauty of the plants and flowers. Also, I found the hotel to be surprisingly noisy. Depending on the direction of the wind, noise from San Jose Valley traffic or barking dogs in nearby towns wafted into the rooms, perhaps aided by the open air nature of the design.
These were small distractions, however, in an otherwise outstanding stay. As a bonus, the hotel is less than 30 minutes from the San Jose airport yet a world apart from the sprawl of the city. So this is an ideal spot for an overnight before flying out or as a base to explore other sights in the area. I’m sure Mr. Rourke and Tatoo would have loved it, and I did too!
- 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