Fodor's Expert Review Xandari Costa Rica

Alajuela, Alajuela, 20103, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

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 for that first or last night in Costa Rica, albeit a pricey one.


  • ideal setting for romance
  • guilt-free gourmet delights
  • eco-friendly, including on-site nature reserve


  • some noise from other rooms
  • should have car to stay here
  • far from any sights




Phones: 866-363–3212-in North America | 2443–2020


24 villas
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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