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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 1031 Reviews
Has a lot more potential!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly and attentative staff, always at your service. Lovely garden and trails! Spacious bungalow... But a lot of space in vain, just concrete walls. So much potential to create a genuine personal space. How about some green in the concrete, a hammock, a private little pool? Since there is plenty of space and the charge is very high, why not benchmark the offer with other properties in the country! After all, this was our last and most expensive stop before leaving the country, but it was not our best stay. Finally, for the prices in the restaurant, both menu and cooking art has to be improved! Big mismatch between value and price here.

Colourful hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here as our first stop on a fairly extensive tour of Costa Rica
The villas are very spaced out buggy transport is available but if you don’t use this it is quite a distance from some of the villas to reception and the restaurant
The staff were friendly and helpful the food good but there isn’t a lot to do here if it rains which it can do very heavily
We would not have wanted to stay longer than 3 nights

Wonderful stay with family!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family stayed here for two nights at the beginning and end of our vacation to Costa Rica. We had a wonderful stay, the perfect place to land after a long day of travel we were warmly welcomed on arrival. The villa was beautiful, wonderful views, very private. We ate at the restaurant twice, the food was excellent and the service was impeccable. We had to leave early for our flight and were provided with a breakfast to go in the morning which was a lovely touch. The staff were wonderful, we can't wait to return!

Short stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for 2 nights on arrival in Costa Rica, wish it could have been 3. The villa was modern, very spacious, private and had wonderful views. Comfortable beds and small coffee area. The grounds that we saw were just amazing but we did not have enough time to explore as much as we would have liked.
The breakfasts were buffet style but excellent choices and all very nice. We were slightly disappointed with the evening meal - quite expensive and restaurant recommended but not amongst the best we ate on this holiday.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful, would happily stay there again.

Amazing stay near Alajuela
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The private villa was amazing-so much space. The views were incredible from our private patio. The grounds are lovely, filled with many flowering tropical plants. There is a great pool and hot tub, set at the perfect temperature, with another amazing view. The waterfall hike is beautiful, right on the property. Just walking to breakfast through the botanical garden is a treat. All of the staff were very pleasant.