This resort exceeded all of our expectations. We couldn't turn down a cheap flight to Costa Rica, even if it meant we only had four days to spend there. Because of our time constraints, we decided to stay in the Central Valley. Xandari was the perfect choice for our needs.
William (we love you!) picked us up at the airport, so we didn't have to worry about getting a taxi or finding our way to the Xandari on our own. Upon arriving at the resort, we were upgraded to a beautiful Ultra Villa. The architecture is astounding! The room was open and airy. There were four of us in our villa, and we had more than enough room to relax and spread out. The complimentary water and sodas was perfect for our needs.
We booked two tours through the hotel, and it couldn't have been any easier to do so. We decided to go to Poas and do the zipline tour; both are well worth it.
My husband and I also hiked the trails on the resort property; this experience was probably the most memorable of our trip to Costa Rica. We felt like we were in the middle of the jungle; we saw more watefalls than people on the trails. We loved it so much that we hiked the trails twice. Remember to take a walking stick with you!
Food at Xandari is affordable and delicious. There is an herb garden on the property that, I assume, is used to help create the freshness in all the dishes we ate. Among the four of us, we pretty much covered the entire menu, and I can't think of anything that wasn't exceptional. A dinner will cost you about $10 per plate. Meals that stood out include: the tower of health (free for breakfast) and the sea bass.
Lastly, I want to thank the entire Xandari staff for being so accommodating when one our group members was injured. She actually broke her ankle, which can be a scary thing to happen to a person in a foreign country, but the Xandari staff was welcoming and helpful as can be.
- 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