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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 1048 Reviews
Rude Check in - No Shower Curtains
Reviewed 3 days ago

The check in process was lengthy, done by rude, snippy staff members. The shower has no curtain and unless guests lock the entrance door (NOT the room door which of course is locked), people entering the area can see guests in the shower. The view was good, but the food was overpriced and only average. No one in our group could find the waterfalls on the walk, so don't expect to see it. The resort would not even mail my postcard, so don't expect guest service. Stay somewhere else.

In the hills above San Jose. Ideal for the airport.
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was our last stop to enable an overnight prior to flying back to the UK. A very good choice as the hotel was located within its own large ornamental park, created some years ago by the owner. Lovely to walk round. Has three pools and the lounge and rooms are chock full of interesting art works. High above San Jose and the restaurant overlooks the city from some height. Twinkling lights during the evening meal and a fine view during breakfast. Food very good. fish dishes recommended. Also managed good cocktails, not always the case in Cost Rica! All the rooms are located external to the main hotel and all with private entrances, via garden paths..

Overnight Stay in San Jose
Reviewed 5 days ago

We only stayed at this hotel for 1 night as are flight didn't arrive into San Jose until 17:00 and the plan was to travel to Tortugero the following day. The hotel is very nice, lovely view back to the city and grounds. My only negative point and its not an issue with the hotel its self, but more the time it takes from the airport to the hotel. Due to the extremely busy traffic in San Jose, although the hotel is only a couple of miles outside the city centre it took over an hour to drive from the airport to the hotel. Our driver said it can take unto 2 hours on some days, so if you are in transit and only need a bed for the night I would look at more central hotels.

Great Hotel, Best Gardens
Reviewed 1 week ago

Easily the best hotel gardens and walks on Costa Rica. Rooms are huge, quirky bordering on unique. Staff very good with that personal touch. But, while the food isn’t bad it’s just not served hot enough for dinner and breakfast lacks real choice (hence my 4 stars). That said this place is pretty damn good. Did I mention the restaurant view, it’s unrivalled. Recommended.

Stunning grounds
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved it here. A lovely relaxed hotel set in amazing grounds, which we enjoyed walking around. We were only sorry that we had just the one night here. Eclectic furniture with fab artwork. Our villa had a spacious terrace with amazing views out to San Jose. The food in the restaurant was excellent. My husbands grilled red snapper was outstanding and he said it was the best meal he had eaten on our whole trip. The restaurant has spectacular views. Loved it.