Our family recently stayed at the Xandari for two nights ( husband, myself, 2 college age kids and a high schooler)The Xandari has a beautiful setting and atmosphere. It has great hiking and waterfalls in the surrounding forest. The distant city views along with the lush greenery surrounding the resort, and colorful artwork and buildings is a sight to behold. The rooms are clean and spacious. We loved the design of the bathroom! We ate at the restaurant twice because it was delicious. The staff is friendly and always willing to help but do not bombard you with a fake enthusiasm. The whole place is both vibrant and tranquil at the same time. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to our friends who might visit Costa Rica some day. Book as many days here as you can; you will love it.
Traveller from Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
Xandari Resort and Spa is inspired by a vision of healing, beauty and inner peace. Our approach to enhance health is based on …More
"a drive away from the city. make it an adventure"
we chose this hotel because of the picture. Only knowing that we wanted to see Volcan Poas, we knew it was close. so we arrived and it was a long drive but a perfect starting point. if i were to plan again, I would drive to La Fortuna from here and book a hotel near the North west coast (playa hermosa), and then move down the pacific coast to Jaco or Manuel Antonio to Bahia Uvita. when traveling to costa rica, you either choose a "stay in one place" vacation or travel. And if I were to do it again, I would defeintely stay on the Carribean side even though most of the tourist attraction is the list i just detailed.
Asclepios is a good get away with friendly staff, a pretty location, well maintained grounds. The spa services are reasonably priced (relative to the US) and the food is ok (although the menu is somewhat limited). The included breakfast is a fruit plate, bread (some good whole grain breads), and nice teas... if you're typically hungry in the mornings, they do offer an extended menu, but expect to pay extra for breakfast.
Location wise, you should understand that this hotel isn't centrally located for most of the tourist stops... so if you want to head over to Poa (Volcano), Doka (Coffe), Downtown San Jose (Museums), etc... anticipate some expenses related to transportation (ask the front desk to call Milton - excellent taxi driver - tell em' Anthony and Silvia said hi). There really isn't much around the hotel in walking distance (this includes ATMs, Grocery stores, etc...)... so also plan accordingly.
Our room was nice and spacious, with a pretty view, a water carafe w/ mint every day... overall pretty good. It should be noted that the walls are pretty thin and sound travels (though most people are pretty quiet). Our room (Weng Ching) had one oddity... the switch for the fan/ light, also operated the light in the adjacent room... which lead to a few late night surprises... part of the adventure.
Very pleasant and helpful staff at this property. Good "typical" breakfasts and dinners as well, plus other nearby eateries. Like everything else in the country, the property is a little hard to find (reference Hotel Buena Vista when inquiring or using GPS), but it is worth the effort to start or end your trip. This is easy to/from the airport and less than an hour drive to visit the Poas Volcano NP. For the money, this is a gem and we would stay there again without hesitation.
The city of Alajuela is in Alajuela province, 20 km (13 mi) northwest of San Jose and just 3 km (2 mi) north of Juan Santamaria International Airport. Many visitors to Costa Rica stay here on their way in and out the country. Colonial architecture is still evident in the city center. The central market, covering an entire city block, is a great place to buy souvenirs.
Payments accepted on expedia.co.uk include American Express, Diner's Club International, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, Visa Electron and PayPal.
Flight-inclusive holiday packages and Flight-Plus arrangements created on Expedia.co.uk are financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (under Expedia, Inc.'s ATOL number 5788). But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then your booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our general terms and conditions for further details on ATOL or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.
For the sale of travel insurance Expedia Inc. is an Appointed Representative of Mondial Assistance (UK) Limited trading as Allianz Global Assistance which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Mondial Assistance (UK) Limited's FCA registration number is 311909. FCA authorisation can be checked at the Financial Services register at www.fsa.gov.uk/register/
Expedia, Inc., is not responsible for content on external Web sites.