The property’s original design, from the art-filled spacious villas to the outdoor sculpture gardens
The jaw-dropping location on 40 jungle-filled acres 3,900 feet above Costa Rica’s Central Valley
Wandering the miles of hiking trails, past jungle waterfalls and fruit orchards
The excellent garden spa, where an extensive range of all-natural treatments are on offer
The extremely friendly staff
What To Know
The property’s intimate nature is perfect for romance-inclined travelers
Families will love the expansive size of villas
There is no heating or air conditioning in villas
Villas don’t have televisions
The hotel has a rather progressive eco-sensibility
There are three heated pools on site, including the 125-foot long Sunset Pool
Parking on site
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Artist-architect-owned boutique featuring handmade art and miles of nature trails overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley
Xandari, in the hills above the city of Alajuela, is part hotel and part work of art. Its artist and architect owners (a husband and wife team) have infused the 24-villa resort with whimsical style and personality in spades.
Spread over 40 hilly acres of a coffee plantation, the property encompasses 24 freestanding or attached villas tucked into a lush forest setting. Each is individually designed and dressed up in a combination of barrel vaulted ceilings, thatch roofs, colorful walls, tile floors, original artwork by the owners, rattan chairs and traditional textiles. One uniform feature is lovely outdoor space — expansive terraces and covered palapas — not to mention the stellar views out over the surrounding Central Valley landscape.
Beyond the sleeping quarters, Xandari Resort & Spa exudes just as much charm. Indoor and outdoor public spaces are veritable galleries with paintings and sculptures covering most surfaces. As with all art, it’s a look that will delight or fall flat (read: it’s not for the minimalist crowd).
Days here are meant to be spent communing with nature (in fact, rooms don’t have televisions at all): wandering trails that snake in and out of the jungle, passing fruit orchards and waterfalls along the way; visiting the property’s resident goats; dining on healthy food made with organic ingredients from the on-site gardens.
Sybarites and relaxation-seekers can enjoy a little all-natural TLC at the spa village, a collection of thatch-roofed rooms surrounded by gardens. Pampering treatments include Jacuzzi soaks infused with freshly cut herbs, and scrubs and wraps featuring ingredients like ground coffee from beans produced on-property, raw sugar and honey. Or just lounge by the 125-foot heated Sunset Pool, which sits 3,900 feet above the Central Valley — the perfect place to top off a full day of relaxation.
Xandari Resort And Spa
1 Km Ne Del Salon El Diamante
Alajuela, Costa Rica
How to Get There
Flights are available to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from SJO, about five miles away, are approximately $25 for up to two people, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from SJO are approximately $15, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is free.