Xandari Resort And Spa
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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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
We saw Platos Costaricenses on the menu in our room which featured traditional dishes we wanted to sample. The menu stated they are served from noon to 3 pm and 6pm to 9pm. Unfortunately, at the restaurant we were told that that menu is only available for lunch. It's a shame and misleading. We ordered other dishes which wee genererously portioned and good.
We stayed at Xandari on the first night of our Costa Rica trip, and drove there in the dark from the airport. The view when we woke up was beautiful! The breakfast was delicious, the service was great, but the best part was a hike around their grounds where we saw several waterfalls, the highlight being the 70 ft waterfall. It was breathtaking and a great start to our trip. We drove up to Arenal after that. We also picked some limes that we found on their grounds which paired perfectly with the tequila we bought in duty free at the airport.
Only about 30 minutes from the airport, Xandari is a little piece of paradise. The grounds are beautiful - gorgeous and well-maintained gardens, natural jungle paths that lead to real rivers and waterfalls within the hotel premises, and villas with amazing views.
After a business trip, I decided to stay and Xandari for a day. It was so peaceful. I had an hour-long hike down to see the waterfalls and then rewarded myself with a dip in the pool and hot tub. Dinner and breakfast (breakfast is included - but you can order other fancier dishes for an extra fee) and both were seriously delicious. I'm still thinking about the fish dish I had at dinner, and the eggs and fruit platter at breakfast.
One thing I would say - there's no air conditioning. At first I was a little worried but the ceiling fan worked and the night I was there, it was quite cool.
Lovely stay and very helpful staff. Thanks! I will be back!