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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


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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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


4.5 Very Good 966 Reviews
Loved it!
Reviewed 3 days ago

I really liked tis hotel. It is so unique in design and very personal with all the art. The rooms are large and have excellent views of the city. The staff was gracious and attentive. The property was beautiful and well maintained. You can hike, swim, go to the spa. The restaurant was a pleasant surprise and the food and service very good. I would certainly go again. Plus for the price you can not beat it.

2 night stay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the hardest review to make. This hotel has so much potential but is lacking in so many areas...

Has great views and amazing staff. Those are the two things that are saving this place.

Some of these things are beyond hotels control but they still effect the stay.

- We were kept awake all night by dogs barking non stop all night.

- Blinds are see through and let light in starting at 5am

- Blinds are stained

- Bed sheets don't fit the bed

- Geckos pooped all over the bed all day and night. Landing on our face.... we actually had to set up umbrellas over the bed to try and fix this.

- Food was expensive, you can find a better steak house just down the road.

- Very loud security alarms activated by mistake I imagine throughout the night and day

- Wifi did not work for more then half our stay and the front desk could not fix.

- Patio furnature damaged and broken.

Sad because as mentioned this place has so much potential

Very Peacful place
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking to rest and be in a quiet peaceful place this is the place for you. The property is beautiful, away from all the city commotion and noises. It is more of a retreat property since it does not have air conditioning or tv in the rooms. It has an amazing view of the city, Alajuela. It is very safe. It is gated and there is a security guard registering and verifying anyone coming into the property.

Everything is very natural they have organically in-house grown fruits which they serve with natural juices and in-house baked bread and muffins during breakfast.

The grounds are well kept. The property is extremely big and has about 5 waterfalls inside the property. Everything is very clean and the staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The property also has amazing gardens.

It's not centrally located so you don't get tour bus pickups in hotels as others that are located closer to the airport do. We used Uber to get to and from the airport, it was not more than $10. We also used Uber to get to other hotels where the tour buses do pickups.

Nice resort
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice chill resort with an amazing view in the rooms and outside. They pools are amazing and you could hike to the waterfalls it is beautiful !!. The food here is expensive they give you a free breakfast but for lunch and dinner you could eat at the resort but it’s pricey. Lucky my husband and I rented a car and ate in the city which was really good and budget friendly. The waitresses and waiters are friendly and the staff of the resort as well but I’m giving this resort a three star because the cleaning staff would go into your room without your permission to clean the room and in a way we didn’t like that because we had left all our things out in the open and thankfully nothing was touch but still the services wasn’t requested. But overall it is a nice chill relax resort

First class
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only stayed one night but found this place idyllic. Airport pickup and drop off were faultless and quicker than heading into San Jose proper. The check in was easy and Felipe was a great host on arrival. I ate at the restaurant in the evening and can’t recommend it enough for natural ingredients, presentation and service. Breakfast was equally good, superb banana bread. But above all it was the stylish Vila with its panoramic view and the stunning grounds with waterfalls that capture me. I will be back.