Rainforests, powdery beaches, white-water rivers and towering volcanoes: this relaxed Central American country offers exceptional wilderness adventures in stunning landscapes.
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Xandari Resort And Spa
Alajuela, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica|www.xandari.com|
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Only a half-hour drive from San José international airport, this re-wilded former coffee hacienda is a good choice for a pre- or post-flight stopover. There are wonderful views from pretty much anywhere in the hotel.
The plush Ultra Villas – with floor-to-ceiling glass windows – look across the central valley to the twinkling lights of San Jose and the rippling Cerro de Escazu mountains.
The hacienda sits in extensive gardens on the edge of forest, cut by wildlife trails – some leading to beautiful waterfalls.
The hotel sits in bucolic surrounds in the Central Valley close to San José. The hotel offers plenty to do on the doorstep – jeep-riding to the sulphur-rimmed cone of Poás volcano, coffee estate visits and bird-watching tours.
There are well-marked walking trails, running from the hotel buildings through the extensive forest gardens to waterfalls and rushing mountain streams.
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