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 1069 Reviews
Beautiful but bland
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful resort, luxuriously large rooms, lovely vistas from this hillside spot. But would not recommend for a stay with kids, ours were bored within a half day of arrival (we stayed one night prior to our early morning departure). Detailed review posted at katemohit-awaywego

A wonderful gem just 20-30 minutes from San Jose Airport. Don't miss out!
Reviewed 6 days ago

I cannot recommend Xandari highly enough! We needed to stay overnight in San Jose one night at the beginning of our trip down to the Osa Peninsula. The hotel is unique with its art and gorgeous setting. Don't miss a walk to the waterfalls! I have never been to a hotel with such magnificent grounds before. But on top of all of that, my friend's plane was late getting to San Jose. Alex, the wonderful manager of the restaurant at the hotel, kept the kitchen open beyond its normal closing time so that we could have dinner together after my friend arrived. He was so extraordinarily gracious and kind. Everyone at the hotel was lovely. I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica, but would go back in a second just to stay at Xandari!

Perfect way to start and end a Costa Rica trip
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no better place to start and end a visit to Costa Rica than Xandari. Its location 20 minutes away from the San Jose airport makes it the perfect place to head to as soon as you land: friendly, relaxing, utterly beautiful, and a perfect antidote to an airplane flight. The colors and landscaping at this property are done with such care and thoughtfulness that every minute spent on the grounds is refreshing and energizing at the same time. The infinity pool is wonderful, and the breakfasts lavish with ripe fruit and delicious coffee. I can't recommend Xandari highly enough!

Great location, incredible views
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend and I stayed at Xandari for our final night in Costa Rica because of its convenient location near the airport and because it was recommended to me by a coworker. They are not very prompt in responding to emails, but they do honor the price match guarantee advertised on their website if you find a lower price elsewhere. We were not given the 20% discount on our dinner from booking directly through them, my guess is that that's not noted anywhere and you have to remember to ask for it. For early flights they will give you a packed breakfast to take with you, but they might not give it to you if you're not taking their airport transfer since they don't ask what time you'll be checking out.

There are five waterfalls, a hot tub, and a heated infinity pool on the property, all of which have beautiful views of the landscape. Be mindful of the ants as you're trekking to the waterfalls but they are worth the hike to see them. There are two other pools on the property but why bother with those when you can enjoy the view from the infinity pool! Dinner was delicious, you really can't go wrong with any choice, and the prices are reasonable (entrees around $30 and bottles of wine starting at $30). Our room was near the restaurant which meant we could hear the rowdy group eating there well into the night, but the view from our terrace down the mountain of the volcano, Alajuela, and San Jose was fantastic.

We left wanting to see more of Costa Rica, regretting not spending more time and Xandari, and deciding it would be part of all of our future trips to the country. Tightening up their communication and room maintenance would bring them closer to a true luxury hotel and bring them up to five stars in my book. All minor complaints and a very positive experience overall.

A quirky, friendly hotel with stunning gardens.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here on the first and last night of our holiday. Xandari was designed by a Californian architect and his artist wife, and their influence shows everywhere in the colourful buildings, decor and artwork both inside and outside the hotel.
But it's the spectacular view of San Jose that is the main attraction. Situated high on a hill about 30 minutes from the airport, this is an ideal place to stay if you don't want to be in the city centre. The bonus comes in one of the most stunning gardens we have ever seen in a hotel anywhere. Manicured pathways lead you around acres of floral jungle, so beautiful that some people have had their ashes scattered here. Whilst dinner is quite pricy, the food and service are excellent and the view is amazing.
Congratulations to Luis and his charming staff on a first class hotel.