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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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  • I would like to say a massive thank you for organising our Vietnam trip. The itinerary and execution were superb, as was the attention to detail. I would also like to thank the agent who was on the end of my whats app chat (I have no idea who they were!) – always available, always quick to respond, and kept me updated regarding times etc. Also, the guides Dan (north) and Tien (mid) were just excellent, and we really enjoyed their company. The lady (whose name I have forgotten) who was our additional guide for the DMZ day was exceedingly good and made that day very special.

    Missingfiona g reviewing Complete Vietnam For Families on 15 April 2024

  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

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