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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 27 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln, Nebraska
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Best Experience to Date!”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

I have never stayed at any place so colorful and photogenic. The buildings and rooms are beautiful, as are the grounds. My camera and I were very busy!!
I loved the tropical birds dining on fruit just off the open-air dining room while we ate breakfast but the breakfast itself was not much to my liking, especially for a diabetic - not a lot of protein was offered. Nonetheless, I would go back in instant (with my own protein bars!)!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Xandari is a wonderfully designed 24 room resort with very innovative layout and bold colors. You can see the passion the original owners had as they developed this property. An aura of tranquility is achieved and you are constantly impressed with the layout of the grounds and the rooms. We have visited twice and love to use Xandari as an entry/exit point or destination in Costa Rica. The staff are extremely friendly and several have become Facebook friends of mine. The food is superb and the view overlooking San Jose while eating is magnificent. We had the opportunity to meet the new owners and we are comfortable that Xandari will be in great hands. Highly recommend a visit.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2014

A very colorful resort surrounded by a beautiful gardens. The staff was so friendly and helpful. The spa experience was wonderful. There are several private jalapas where you can get a massage and sit in hot tubs that are exposed to the outside views of the mountains and the city below.
The rooms were nice but our stay was at the beginning of the rainy season so there were a lot of bugs. My room smelled a little of bug spray in some areas. But I wasn't in the room that often anyway and the overall experience was really nice.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Seattle
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Surrounded by a coffee plantation far above the hustle and bustle of San Jose, this idyllic, architecturally designed hideout is perfect for relaxing and enjoying fine food. We were picked up at airport and had a rental car delivered to Xandari the following day. A couple's massage under the hatched roof parlor became hypnotic as the afternoon rain beat a lullaby. The peace and tranquility is almost "tent and tree-like" with convenience of "plumbing and power". Highly recommended.

Room Tip: We only stayed in one room and it was fantastic.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

I have been privileged to visit the Xandari on three different trips to Costa Rica. I have stayed in a different type of villa each trip. In my two most recent trips, I had the opportunity to stay in the Star Villa (when traveling as part of a group of 4) and the round Jalapa when traveling alone. In short, the Xandari is the perfect destination when you need beauty, peace or a break. The rooms are lovely, the walking paths and hikes are inspiring and the spa is a delight. The good at the restaurant is healthy, delicious and varied. Are all of these delights why I return to the Xandari? No! I return due to all of the above plus the friendly, authentic and caring staff. It's like coming home.

Highly recommended for families, couples and solo travel.

Stayed March 2014
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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96 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Beautiful boutique hotel located in the mountains above Alajuela (15 minutes from the airport).
The place has spectacular views of the Central Valley and the mountains. Nice gardens. Very nice Spa . Take the trails to the waterfalls, they are worth the trip. Three swimming pools one of then allows you to watch sunset. The design of the bungalows is very nice, they are always cool even without A/C. The place is ideal to relax, recharge your mind and body and enjoy the views.

Room Tip: The villas in the north side have a more expansive view of the valley.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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new jersey
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2014

This is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. The villa where we stayed (23) was decorated and designed like something out of a magazine. We were in awe the entire time we visited. The staff was excellent, the food was excellent, the guided hike was excellent. There are no words to describe how wonderful this place was. Very eco friendly as well. WE LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: villa 23 was amazing
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Xandari Resort And Spa
Xandari Hotel Alajuela
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