San Jose & Central Costa Rica
Xandari Costa Rica

Warm, welcoming and serene, only half an hour from the Airport but a million miles away from the hectic buzz of the capital.

You only have to walk out onto your balcony to know that you are truly on holiday as you drink in the breath-taking vistas over the Central Valley and listen to the sounds of the tropical birds all around.  A stay at Xandari is the perfect anecdote to long haul travel.

Facilities & Activities

Swim in one of the solar-heated lap pools or enjoy relaxing by the beautiful sunset pool overlooking the Central Valley. For lazy evenings, there is a TV room with a choice of DVDs to watch.

The lovely spa village, with its 5 private palm–roofed jalapas, is set in tropical gardens and includes jacuzzis and wonderful views over the valley.

Guests enjoy strolling through the tropical gardens interspersed with sculptures, and visiting the orchid house and greenhouse. Alternatively, you can hike one of the many private scenic trails which run through the 40-acre plantation, to be rewarded by river vistas and dramatic waterfalls.

The hotel can also organise day trips to see Poas Volcano, or one of the nearby coffee plantations and for the more adventurous, there are options such as rafting.

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The indoor/outdoor terrace restaurant features a healthy continental and Costa Rican menu. Much of the fruit and vegetables are produced organically on site. Children will love the delicious breakfast buffet served on the terrace with butterflies and tropical birds flying overhead and it goes without saying, that the views of the valley below are breath-taking.


The 24 individually designed rooms are set in villas and feature floor to ceiling windows to make the most of the wonderful views. Created to reflect the gardens and Costa Rican culture, each spacious villa is surrounded by gardens and has a large viewing terrace for enjoying the sunset and lights of the valley at night, plus a walled–in terrace for privacy and solitude. The design of the villas allows for natural ventilation removing the need for air-conditioning.

There are 5 categories of villa, but they are all entirely individual and equipped with either king-size or twin double beds. Bathrooms are finished with bright tiles and have imaginatively designed showers, some with curved walls which continue outside into the private garden making it feel like an outdoor shower.



Families can expect a warm welcome and, whilst it might not have the more obvious traits of a family hotel, such as a kids club, there is a lot that children will love about the villas and tropical grounds. The charming, informal atmosphere makes for a relaxing family holiday and the staff go out of their way to be helpful and friendly to guests of all ages.

The spacious Star Villa is particularly well suited to families, having its own kitchen and garden as well as 2 bedrooms and separate bathrooms. It is also well-positioned for the lovely sunset pool.

Alternatively, the Ultra and Ultra Plus Villa rooms have spacious lounge areas and generous outside terraces. Cots and extra beds can be provided on request.


Xandari has many sustainable practices in place to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact but we also love their commitment to the local community – 75% of the staff are from the local village and the manger grew up and still lives only 100m from the hotel entrance! The Plant-A-Tree programme is also a great way for families to get involved and a marker by your tree will be lasting reminder of who planted that tree and when!


The hotel is located in Alajuela, just half an hour from San José Juan Santamaria International Airport and a little further from San Jose city itself.

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