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"Escape the chaotic capital and get back to nature with a stay at Xandari where the airy villas come with wood ceilings, private gardens, paintings and tapestries, and terraces with views of the Central Valley. This is a place where you should maximise your time in the Great Outdoors: guests can hike past river vistas and waterfalls, enjoy dining on the hillside terrace and relaxing in the three swimming pools.”
Perched above Costa Rica’s Central Valley, Xandari Resort and Spa is surrounded by gardens with sublime valley views. A few kilometres north of Alajuela, this luxurious resort offers artistic villas, mouth-watering Costa Rican cuisine and a delightful spa, while its proximity to the airport means it’s a great introduction to the country.
There are 24 spacious villas dotted around the plantation. The colourful rooms feature unique artworks, mosaic tileworks, and stained-glass windows – the work of one of the owners who also gives art classes. All villas have terraces with daybeds and views.
The restaurant operates on a farm-to-table policy, using local ingredients for healthy Costa Rican, Californian and Mediterranean cuisine. Most of the fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown on the grounds.
There’s a 12-acre forest reserve to explore, which is a birding hotspot with numerous species. There are also three swimming pools and a wellness spa with Jacuzzis and a range of natural treatments.