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Xandari Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 27 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 July 2007

Xandari is close to the San Jose airport, just a 20 minute drive to their 4500 ft. x coffee plantation location. A couple--architect and artist, own this peaceful, visually beautiful ,because of the colorful creative villas and the immense amount of tropical plants, and the view of the city in the distance. The villas are 700+ ft each...with high curved wooden ceilings, huge patios, overlooking the gorgeous vegetation and the city lights at night; double bathroom with an open plan shower that opens to a flowers and plants; there are floor to ceiling glass windows and doors. The dining area is open with a curved floor plan overlooking the lovely green area and the city; the staff is always friendly, helpful and very kind.
There are two pools; one secluded and one with a jacuzzi and more open.
You can't not stay at this fabulous place if you have some time in San Jose.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2007

We wanted a little taste of luxury during our Costa Rica holiday, so we decided to book two nights and check it out. We were so glad we did. It was absolutely by far our best hotel experience in Costa Rica. Sure it was also the most expensive, but you get what you pay for, and so much more in this case.

The hotel has great character and style, friendly and informal staff, spacious and well thought-out rooms with great design, a really good restaurant that was reasonably priced, very pleasant grounds to stroll in, including a coffee plantation, waterfalls and the list goes on and on. Finally the view of the Central Valley (from the restaurant or from your room) is truly stunning, day and night.

The only snag with staying here is that that you won't want to leave the place to go sightseeing! We recommended this place to anyone, it's a real treat.

We're not the people to give full marks liberally, but in this case it is truly worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank wildmushroom
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Reviewed 2 July 2007

I'd had friends spend part of their honeymoon here, and I had a few days to relax before heading down to the Osa, so I booked a night at Xandari, which became two. Sure, I was the only person traveling alone there at the time, but there is so much to do... if you like hiking, staring out at the gorgeous view from your private balcony, reading, swimming, sunbathing or just vegging out.

I love the villas. The moment I stepped into #14, I thought--yea, this is so my style. The food was very good and reasonably priced, in my opinion, and I found the service lovely and sweet. I'll add photos later.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled solo
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2  Thank Emm_Dash
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Reviewed 26 June 2007

Wow. My husband and I began our Honeymoon at Xandari, mainly because it had been recommended and was only a brief distance from the international airport. Once through customs, we were quickly at our hotel and on our vacation -- which is a tremendous plus.

The hotel is on a coffee plantation in Alajuela, which is just far enough from the airport to seem like an escape, and lushly remote enough to sincerely BE an escape.

We stayed in an Ultra Villa, which was one of the most phenomenal rooms we've ever been in -- and we typically don't stay in less than 4-5 Star hotels. It wasn't necessarily as opulent as typical 5-stars, but it was open, airy, artsy and beautiful -- it made us truly feel like we were in Costa Rica. High ceilings, tiled floors, and a spectacular outdoor terrace with a killer view are high points. The beautiful lap pools, restaurant, orchid garden, and waterfall hiking trails are also excellent.

The FREE juices, cookies and sodas in the fridge, plus the delicious free breakfast spreads -- with the best papaya, pineapple, mango, muffins, jams and juices you'll ever taste -- are truly stellar selling points. If you want elegance, opulance and total luxury, this hotel may not be for you -- but then, if you aren't willing to tolerate a little rain, a few bugs, and the natural humidity that comes with a major rainforest, you don't belong in Costa Rica anyway.

Xandari is a perfect, warm, lovely welcome to this country, which is full of perfectly warm and lovely people. The staff at Xandari bend over backwards to please. The artisan shop, with its rich, colorful wood products and hand-made leather bags is also a draw, as is the delicious local coffee. Sincerely, if you must begin or end a trip in Costa Rica, I cannot recommend Xandari enough. It was an fantastic beginning to our honeymoon.

We plan to return many times.

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3  Thank PassportGirlie
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Reviewed 7 May 2007

We stayed at Xandari for 3 nights at the end of April in a Prima Plus villa. The villa was amazing with wonderfully original decoration. It was spacious and airy with loads of natural light and patio doors that stretched the length of the villa. We had a large balcony with uninterrupted views over the valley. A particular favourite was the enormous shower!

The staff were professional and courteous without being overbearing and all in all we had a superb time - I would recommend this place without question.

I read other people's reviews of this hotel before we booked and I have to say that we didn't experierence any problems with noise (apart from the insects!). I think that was because we opted for a detatched villa rather than a terraced one. If you are going to Costa Rica then definitely book in with the Xandari.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank BMac3009
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Additional Information about Xandari Resort & Spa

Address: 1 km northwest of El Diamante Bar | Tacacori, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#1 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
#6 Business Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range: RM686 - RM1,564 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Xandari Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Xandari Resort & Spa offers the quintessential Costa Rica experience. The property’s forest reserve, with five waterfalls and miles of trails for bird-watching, provides the nature guests expect from a visit to Costa Rica. The landscaped gardens, the orchid house, and the farm all provide an additional abundance of tropical goodness. The Spa provides ample opportunity to unwind, to relax, to absorb the surrounding nature. All 24 villas, each uniquely designed and set within lush foliage, have spectacular views. And three times a day, our restaurant demonstrates the role of local cuisine in giving visitors an authentic sense of place. ... more   less 
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Xandari Resort And Spa
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