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Central Valley Hotels

Xandari Resort & Spa

  • 5 km (3 miles) north of Tribunales de Justicia; turn left after small bridge, follow signs Map It
  • Alajuela
  • Design
  • Fodor's Choice


  • Amazing service
  • Ideal setting for romance
  • Guilt-free gourmet delights


  • Some noise from other rooms
  • Should have car to stay here

Updated 04/09/2014

Fodor's Review

The tranquil and colorful Xandari is a strikingly original inn and spa, tailor-made for honeymooners and romantic getaways. Its bold design is the brainchild of a talented couple—he's an architect, she's an artist. Contemporary pueblo-esque villas along a ridge overlooking Alajuela and San José are spacious, with plenty of windows, colorful paintings, large terraces, and secluded lanais (sunbathing patios). It's the kind of place that makes you want to take pictures

of your hotel room. Some villas stand alone and some share a building, but nearly all of them have spectacular views. So does the restaurant ($$), which serves tasty, often organic, low-fat food. A 4-km (3-mile) trail through the hotel's forest reserve winds past five waterfalls. The place is a favorite among posters for their last night in Costa Rica.

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Hotel Information


5 km (3 miles) north of Tribunales de Justicia; turn left after small bridge, follow signs, Alajuela, 20103, Costa Rica

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/2443–2020; 866-363–3212-in North America; /2442-4847


Hotel Details:

  • 24 villas
  • Breakfast

Updated 04/09/2014

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