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Xandari Resort and Spa

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

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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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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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