San José

Xandari Resort & Spa


Character and colour

Xandari Resort & Spa rural retreat in a lush 16 hectare estate a short way north of San José in the verdant Central Valley.

Owned by an architect and an artist, its 24 villas are each uniquely designed with vibrant interiors and decor that take inspiration from the tropical gardens outside and local culture.

Xandari's terrace restaurant features a variety of healthy choices, from Costa Rican specialities to Mediterranean and Californian cuisine with farm-to-table menu featuring produce sourced from the estate. There’s also a celebrated spa with all-natural products. The estate also contains a forest reserve with 5 km of trails leading to beautiful waters.


At a glance

  • 24 villas

  • Three swimming pools

  • Restaurant

  • Spa and yoga studio

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Community & Culture

The Certification in Sustainable Tourism (CST) program has awarded Xandari the second-highest level of achievement for its efforts to be environmentally, culturally and socially responsible, with especially high marks for our efforts to get our guests involved with our community in the CST program.

Many of the predominantly local employees have been with Xandari since its inception, and provide a real sense of place. Costa Rican crafts and products are used and featured in all aspects of the hotel, from the carved wood bowls and locally made furniture in villas to the lotions and oils used at the spa. This emphasis on authenticity to the culture supports the artists, craftsmen and companies of the region.


There is a goal is to reduce the environmental impact of Xandari more and more each year, and to protect the nature reserve. Xandari is pretty good at the basics, with a comprehensive recycling program, waste byproducts being composted and used to fertilize the gardens, fruits and vegetables grown organically on-site, and laundry dried outdoors in the sun as often as possible.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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