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

4.5 Very Good 1093 Reviews
Perfect for every member of the family.
Reviewed 9 hours ago

Location
It's 30 min from the airport. We booked it as the last stop in CR before returning to NY. No stress in getting up crazy early for our flight.

Food
We are a family of 4 with 2 picky eater kids. My kids cleaned their plates because they actually listen to what we wanted. Johnny ,our waiter was so good to us. We ate there every night of our stay. Remember to try their banana bread...DELICIOUS. I had a huge plate of stir fry veg with salmon the night before we flew. My kids took it all off my plate and ate it up.

Room:
I was alarmed when I read no AC. But they have a ceiling fan in the common room and portable fan stands you can place wherever you needed. We opened the little side windows and surprisingly needed a light blanket during the night.
Plus no TV is actually a plus for me as a parent. We are on vacation. You can watch TV some other time. WE are in a beautiful resort and I DEMANDED quality family time.
Of the 3 resorts we stayed in our Kids loved Xandari the most.

The Pool, the waterfalls and the fact that they have their own nature trails is mind blowing. We spent 7 prior days at 2 different resorts and they don't come close to what is offered here. The view is surreal. Our kids played and we relaxed by poolside. We took a walk to their waterfalls and visited their chickens.

The pics are an understatement of Xandari. It's views and colorful cottage like rooms are magnificent. The security at the front gate made me sleep easy knowing we are safe.The staff is warm and made us feel welcomed.
PLUS THE BEST PART...They let us plant our own tree and tag it. YES !!! a baby tree.

We shall be back ....very soon.

Natural Beauty and Lovely People
Reviewed 6 days ago

Being greeted with fresh coconut juice when you're feeling a bit fried after a long flight is a real treat. The hotel lobby staff were very friendly and helpful.

The grounds, including pools, were excellent. Breakfast was very tasty; a generous continental-style with pinto gallo, eggs, lovely fruit and pastries. Make sure you try the kale juice (mostly not kale juice, but lime, water, pineapple, and a bit of kale).

Had a lovely lunch and were served by Alex, who was sensational and happy to share recommendations for additional activities throughout the country.
The rooms were decent and spacious.

Only recommendation is to skip the shuttle from the airport to the hotel and just get a cab. Will likely be cheaper.

Make sure to set aside some time for the nature trails - butterflies galore - and seek out waterfall #5. Pura vida!

Below Expectations
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been traveling in Costa Rica for a bit and were really looking forward to finishing our stay at Xandari. In truth it was disappointing. On the good side, the grounds are exceptional and the rooms have modern design elements and amazing views. I also really enjoyed the pool which came with a cool feature for pacing laps in what is otherwise a leisure pool. On the downside, the water simply stopped flowing in the middle of a shower, the room phone was broken, the wifi was horrible and the service was Walmart-esque; when we raised an issue with management over guest treatment, we got an earful about 'rules', 'procedures' and 'process' and absolutely nothing about hospitality. Our advice: pass.

Stunning views and great property.
Reviewed 1 week ago

The resort is very beautiful and everyone is very friendly. Rooms are spacious and have amazing views. It was wonderfully cool at night even in July. The lush grounds and flowers are beautiful as well

Enchanted By Nature
Reviewed 1 week ago

The total immersion in nature with some of the best gardens in Costa Rica and natural jungle trails with 5 waterfalls brings an enchantment of nature to this luxury hotel and spa near the San Jose Costa Rica Airport. My second visit this year confirms it as one of my favorite hotels in all of Costa Rica along with the restaurant and spa! And they helped me have a truly happy birthday week! And as always I got a lot of bird and other nature photos!