Xandari Plantation

Coffee Region, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • Overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley and only a short drive from the airport

  • The villas are uniquely furnished with original paintings, mosaics, tapestries, stained glass and sculptures

  • Extensive spa and two lovely outdoor swimming pools

  • Numerous nature trails surround Xandari

  • Much of the food is produced onsite in the organic greenhouse, orchard and gardens

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At an elevation of 3900 feet (1200 meters), Xandari enjoys a near–perfect temperature of around 27°C all year, although November to April are the best months for sunshine. The ‘Green’ season, from May to October, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October. Rafting is possible all year round, though the river might be slightly colder during the green season.

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The Xandari Plantation is very easy to get to from the international airport in Alajuela so works incredibly well for one or two nights on arrival to relax after a long flight, enjoy the stunning central valley and adjust to the time difference.

Try out the heavenly spa – the views from your massage table are divine!

Try the fresh mint lemonade in the restaurant – perfect to cool off after a long hot day.

Don’t fight the natural alarm of the birds here - get up early and indulge in an early morning swim in the infinity pool just as the sun rises over the central valley - breath-taking.

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Xandari Plantation is a tropical paradise of 24 individually designed villas nestled on a 40 acre plantation overlooking the Central Valley of Costa Rica, and only 30 minutes from the San Jose International Airport.

The Xandari Plantation is located on the outskirts of San Jose, north of Alajuela, overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley, surrounded by exotic gardens and a fruit orchard. The villas are built in a contemporary style and decorated with colourful artwork, are spacious and have large terraces and secluded patios.

The restaurant serves a variety of cuisine, with many of the ingredients grown at the hotel’s orchard and organic vegetable and herb garden.

Activities include horse riding, rafting, and visits to Poas Volcano and biological reserves. After a leisurely stroll along the properties forested trails and visiting nearby waterfalls, indulge in a treatment at Xandari's Spa Village or take a dip in the pool or Jacuzzi.

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Xandari Resort & Spa’s 24 spacious villas are each individually designed and unique. All villas feature private garden terraces and panoramic views of the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

Their original 17 villas and two lap swimming pools are on the East Hill, with easy access to the Main Building which houses Reception, Dining, a Full Bar, Arts and Crafts Shop, plus TV/DVD Room. Six villas are located on the West Hill, close to Xandari’s full-service Spa Village and their new Sunset Pool and Jacuzzi. A trail walk through botanic gardens leads to the Main Building... or an electric cart is available on-call.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Xandari Plantation. Babysitting can easily be arranged upon request, however, there are no other specific facilities or interconnecting rooms available.


Facilities at Xandari Plantation include two lap swimming pools, heated outdoor Jacuzzi, central dining room with a panoramic view of the Central Valley, spa, bar and nature trails.


Activities during your stay at Xandari Plantation can include horse riding, rafting, and visits to the Poas Volcano and biological reserves.



Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)

Only 20 minutes away from San Jose international airport, this property is by no means an airport hotel, with its colourful colourful, spacious villas bursting with character, beautiful views over the Central Valley, and romantic trails and waterfalls - it is the perfect place to immerse yourself completely in true Costa Rica, from the very first day. It's restaurant enjoys sweeping views of the valley, not only to be appreciated by day, but offers the glittering lights of San Jose to accompany it's dinner service. These views can be enjoyed from villas and the three swimming pools - a wonderful way to watch the sunset come up over your first full day in Costa Rica. With a commitment to the environment, the menu at Xandari commits to a real farm to table selection of interesting and exciting a la carte options, mostly sourced from the impressive on site greenhouse and farm, which you can enjoy a leisurely stroll to see in action on the main trail.


Cheska Goodwin (Staff)

This retro hotel is really quite unusual, definitely not a run-of-the-mill place. Its quirky and arty design means it attracts a rather bohemian crowd, and the food is really something special.

It's well located to make the most of nearby activities and excursions, and it was a welcome escape from the busy streets of San Jose.

The spa was heavenly, its treatment rooms had a 'palapa' thatched roof, with incredible views of the valley. Well worth indulging!


Sarah Lee (Staff)

The Xandari Plantation has a lovely setting within tropical gardens overlooking the central valley and I really enjoyed spending time here on arrival in Costa Rica. The hotel is brightly decorated and showcases art from the owner, which might not be to everyone's taste as it is quite tropical however I really liked it and the fact that Xandari is so totally unique with lashings of character. It is a nicer option than staying in San Jose city itself and the views are lovely. The great thing about Xandari's location is that it is well placed for guests looking to take part in a range of outdoor activities such as volcano excursions, zip wiring and white water rafting but also for those looking to chill out and do nothing and they have an excellent spa.



There are 22 villas in the bird- and butterfly-filled grounds of the Xandari Resort on the outskirts of San José. Some of the coffee plants in this 40-acre plantation have been replaced with native plant species to encourage the wildlife, but there is still more than enough coffee to go round. As well as being served in the hotel's restaurant, some of the beans are crushed and used in the spa's Coffee Scrub treatment. This being Costa Rica, the emphasis is on the natural surroundings, and guests can explore Xandari using a series of walking trails that criss-cross the grounds. They are also encouraged to plant a native tree before they leave.


  • Coffee Tour at Finca Rosa Blanca

    Wake up and smell the coffee on a morning tour of Finca Rosa Blanca's coffee farm; the guides are knowledgeable and passionate to teach you all about the process from picking to the packet, whilst taking in beautiful mountain scenery.

  • Irazu Volcano Tour

    Enjoy spectacular views of Irazu's volcanic crater lake and, on a clear day, both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Pass through a variety of vegetation as you ascend its slopes, exploring coffee plantations and fern forest before reaching the summit.

  • Rafting the Pacuare River

    The Pacuare River offers some of the finest white water in Latin America, winding through rugged canyons deep inside one of Costa Rica's impressive rainforests. As no roads lead to Pacuare Lodge, rafting in and out is the perfect way to arrive in style!

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Location & directions

Coffee Region, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Xandari Plantation has a stunning location overlooking the central valley of Costa Rica on a secluded coffee plantation outside of San Jose.

How to get there

12-hour international flight to San Jose Juan Santamaria International. Xandari Plantation is a 20-minute car transfer from the airport.

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