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Reviewed 26 June 2007

Wow. My husband and I began our Honeymoon at Xandari, mainly because it had been recommended and was only a brief distance from the international airport. Once through customs, we were quickly at our hotel and on our vacation -- which is a tremendous plus.

The hotel is on a coffee plantation in Alajuela, which is just far enough from the airport to seem like an escape, and lushly remote enough to sincerely BE an escape.

We stayed in an Ultra Villa, which was one of the most phenomenal rooms we've ever been in -- and we typically don't stay in less than 4-5 Star hotels. It wasn't necessarily as opulent as typical 5-stars, but it was open, airy, artsy and beautiful -- it made us truly feel like we were in Costa Rica. High ceilings, tiled floors, and a spectacular outdoor terrace with a killer view are high points. The beautiful lap pools, restaurant, orchid garden, and waterfall hiking trails are also excellent.

The FREE juices, cookies and sodas in the fridge, plus the delicious free breakfast spreads -- with the best papaya, pineapple, mango, muffins, jams and juices you'll ever taste -- are truly stellar selling points. If you want elegance, opulance and total luxury, this hotel may not be for you -- but then, if you aren't willing to tolerate a little rain, a few bugs, and the natural humidity that comes with a major rainforest, you don't belong in Costa Rica anyway.

Xandari is a perfect, warm, lovely welcome to this country, which is full of perfectly warm and lovely people. The staff at Xandari bend over backwards to please. The artisan shop, with its rich, colorful wood products and hand-made leather bags is also a draw, as is the delicious local coffee. Sincerely, if you must begin or end a trip in Costa Rica, I cannot recommend Xandari enough. It was an fantastic beginning to our honeymoon.

We plan to return many times.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank PassportGirlie
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Reviewed 7 May 2007

We stayed at Xandari for 3 nights at the end of April in a Prima Plus villa. The villa was amazing with wonderfully original decoration. It was spacious and airy with loads of natural light and patio doors that stretched the length of the villa. We had a large balcony with uninterrupted views over the valley. A particular favourite was the enormous shower!

The staff were professional and courteous without being overbearing and all in all we had a superb time - I would recommend this place without question.

I read other people's reviews of this hotel before we booked and I have to say that we didn't experierence any problems with noise (apart from the insects!). I think that was because we opted for a detatched villa rather than a terraced one. If you are going to Costa Rica then definitely book in with the Xandari.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank BMac3009
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Reviewed 23 April 2007

We stayed in Xandari for the last 3 nights of our honeymoon and it was the perfect end to our trip. When we arrived there was a welcome note and a bottle of wine to celebrate the honeymoon. We were upgraded free of charge and stayed in one of the luxury villas. The style of the villa was very arty and perfectly clean complete with fridge and a really good walk in shower. We didn't venture outside the resort at night as the restaurant was excellent and the relaxing atmosphere overlooking the city was breathtaking. Staff were very pleasant and even lent us mosquito spray when we ran out. Overall we couldn't fault the resort and would love to revisit. A perfect location to watch the sunset over the valley and a complimentry shuttle to the airport.... It was hard to leave.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Galway145
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Reviewed 22 April 2007

One of the best places that I've stayed in for a long time. Great pool area, lovely villas, and outstanding property. They would bring food to your villa even if your on the other side of the property. Don't want to walk up the huge hill? You can use their golfcart service anytime just call the front desk. Great staff, fun activities offered, an overall good time!!

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1  Thank BenPaster
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Reviewed 15 April 2007

The otherwise excellent rooms are badly let down by poor sound insulation, we were constantly disturbed by sounds from the neighbouring villas either side, both during the day and in the night through hearing next door snoring! This rather defeated the tranquil paradise the hotel tries to promote.

In addition the overall service was poor. During breakfast one morning the staff were actually sweeping up around us only minutes after the official breakfast time had ended. This followed being served by a rather abrupt waiter who was busy clearing the buffet breakfast away 30 minutes before the end time. For a hotel of this standing this is really out of order.

There were other instances of poor service such as not being met from the airport as promised, staff not being able to find our meal bill on checking out.

I would unfortunately not recommend this overpriced hotel, the idea of a non chain place is great as are the rooms, but its let badly down by noise and the mixed quality of staff.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank JonathanEngland
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