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Xandari Resort and Spa

Our rating

8/10

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Highlights

- Upmarket hillside retreat
- Near San Jose Airport
- Stunning views, secluded location
- 3 pools, spa, restaurant

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Overview

Xandari Resort and Spa is the pick of places to stay for a first or last night in Costa Rica (or longer if you have the time). It has stunning hillside views, 3 elegant swimming pools an even on site walking trails to waterfalls.

Located just 20 minutes from San Jose’s international airport, this deluxe rural retreat offers spacious contemporary accommodation in unspoilt, secluded surroundings. This eco-friendly resort boasts 24 well-appointed villas with panoramic views, a restaurant, three swimming pools, a spa, and a yoga studio, all nestled within 40 acres of tropical plantation, forest, rivers, and waterfalls. It’s a fantastic higher end choice for travellers looking for an exclusive, tranquil base within easy reach of the airport and San Jose.

Communal areas include an airy restaurant with super views which serves international and Costa Rican cuisine throughout the day made from organic ingredients grown on the estate. Xandari promotes several environmentally-friendly practices including the use of solar power, recycling, and a tree planting initiative aimed at reintroducing indigenous species to the reserve. There are no less than three heated saltwater pools, all with lovely views, including a 125-foot pool which faces the sunset. The spa offers a wide array of treatments and massages, along with alfresco hot tubs and a Jacuzzi. There’s a small library and a TV room with a good choice of DVDs. Board and card games are available from reception, and there’s also a table tennis table, plus two on-site gift shops.

Activities include guided and self-guided hiking through the estate’s woodland trails and tropical plantations. Birdwatching excursions are also possible, with over 140 species noted to date. The spectacular Poas Volcano crater, one of the world’s largest active volcanos, is about 20 minutes’ drive away and well worth a visit.

The accommodation comprises 24 bright and stylish villas dotted throughout the estate, all featuring high timber ceilings, contemporary architecture, vibrant interior design and original artwork. Varying in size, each spacious villa has a king or two double beds, with some units housing an additional sofa bed in the lounge area. The expansive ‘Star Villa’ villa offers a whopping 132 square metres of living space, including a king size master bedroom, a second bedrooms with two double beds, two bathrooms, a lounge, dining area, study, and a full kitchen. All units come with satellite TV, CD and DVD player, hot drink facilities, mini bar, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. And each villa has a private garden terrace with lovely views.

Children are extremely welcome at the resort, there are plenty of accommodation options and reductions are available for little ones under 4 years of age.

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Average Rating

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(5.00/5)

  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

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  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

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