Just 20 minutes from Sam Jose airport, Xandari offers spacious villa accommodation in 40 acres of private grounds set high above the Central Valley, making an ideal stopover at the beginning or end of your Costa Rican holiday, and also a good base for exploring the highlands.
Each of the high-ceilinged villas is individually decorated, with bold colours, stained glass windows, artworks and glass doors leading out to a private terrace with superb views of the valley and San Jose. There's also a walled terrace offering perfect seclusion.
The restaurant has indoor and outdoor areas, and the menu features produce from the lodge's orchard, greenhouse and gardens. The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools, each with a sun terrace. There's a spa with 5 treatment rooms where you can enjoy a massage or body treatment, or soak in a jacuzzi as you take in the views. The gardens, dotted with sculptures, are ideal for a quiet stroll, with over 4kms of trails leading to viewpoints and waterfalls.
Staff can arrange day trips to the highlands and Poas Volcano, and organise activities like rainforest canopy tours, coffee plantation tours and river rafting.
"Due to late pm arrival and very early am departure the following day, all we saw was our room! The staff were helpful in sorting out the issue related to our subsequent luggage collection by Swiss Travel for forward delivery to Arenal, though."