4.5
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What We Love

  • 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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Artist-architect-owned boutique featuring handmade art and miles of nature trails overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley

The Review

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.

How to Get There

Xandari Resort And Spa
1 Km Ne Del Salon El Diamante
Alajuela, 4050 Costa Rica

Reviews

WONDERFUL place to go
Neva A

Its an exclusive resort with a small number of rooms available, so its never overcrowded. The prices of food are high, we're talking 35$ for a drink and some chicken and rice.. so buy liquor and some snacks if you dont want to pay. They have amazing views, walking trails with waterfalls on property, wonderful pools, the waitstaff is superb and I have no complaints.

Oasis near the city
travellingJW

Xandari ticks a lot of boxes, and excels on several levels. Stayed here for one night only, but wish it had been longer. The grounds and expanse of rainforest on your doorstep here are perhaps the most defining features of this relaxing resort and great care and attention has clearly been taken over the years to build up an impressive array of colourful plant life that will have you taking pictures in no time. The resort is spread out over a large area giving an amazing feeling of space and of being immersed in the rainforest. I really enjoyed walking the trails and exploring the numerous waterfalls, making this a great way to spend a few hours.

The architecture is particular, and a point of interest in itself, but somehow it blends harmoniously with the surroundings. The rooms are very spacious and well equipped - I had a little kitchenette with a fridge containing complimentary soft drinks - and the views from all over the resort are stunning.

Lots of options for cooling off in the hotels three pools (one of which is a cold water pool), but when I was there in the off season there was practically no one in any of them. The restaurant, with its spectacular view, is the perfect place to enjoy a few leisurely hours, as well as lunch or dinner. The food was of a high standard with a range of choice to keep everybody happy.

I found everyone to be super friendly and helpful which creates a very welcoming atmosphere in the hotel. I would have no hesitation in staying at Xandari again, and given its proximity to the airport it makes the ideal stopping off hotel at either the beginning or end of a trip to Costa Rica. Thank you Xandari!

Beautiful resort
marbe17

The entire staff at Xandari is very friendly and helpful. From the day we arrived until the day we left everything was perfect. The resort is beautiful a lot to see and do within the resort. The food at the restaurant was delicious and the restaurant staff very helpful and kind. Alex, Greg, Jose Juan, just a few names that I can remember provided us with excellent service. I highly recommend this resort.