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Elegance, simplicity, and tranquility are at the heart of the Xandari experience
Xandari originated in the coffee-growing hills of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Architect Sherrill Broudy conceived a spa resort two decades ago on a 40-acre estate with lush gardens and a large forest reserve within its borders. His simple, elegant architecture complements the quintessential Costa Rican landscape design: meandering paths through native vegetation and carefully planted edible gardens, each villa with access to miles of trails through the forest reserve’s green canopy, with rivers and waterfalls and invigorating mountain air.
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Today there are 24 villas complemented by one of Costa Rica’s most beautifully designed spas, with treatment jalapas overlooking forest and valley. All buildings at Xandari, as well as garden areas, benefit from the touch of Charlene Broudy, a successful artist whose work includes paintings, textiles and sculpture.
In 2013 the Broudy family entrusted Xandari to the new ownership by a family from Kerala, India who shared the Broudy family’s vision. The Muthoot family, having fallen in love with Xandari, were determined to bring the essence of Xandari back to India. Each of the three Xandari properties in Kerala, India offers its own interpretation of Xandari Costa Rica’s authentic sense of place. The conservation ethos of Xandari is displayed in the crown jewel of the group, a wellness retreat set on 2,000 acres, half of which is committed to forest reserve.
You may now experience Xandari at the following properties:
Xandari Resort & Spa offers the quintessential Costa Rica experience. The property’s forest reserve, with five waterfalls and miles of trails for bird-watching, provides the nature guests expect from a visit to Costa Rica. The landscaped gardens, the orchid house, and the farm all provide an additional abundance of tropical goodness.
The Spa provides ample opportunity to unwind, to relax, to absorb the surrounding nature. All 24 villas, each uniquely designed and set within lush foliage, have spectacular views. And three times a day, our restaurant demonstrates the role of local cuisine in giving visitors an authentic sense of place.
Simplicity at its soul. The name Xandari implies elegance, simplicity, and tranquility. Xandari Harbour embodies these key attributes, surrounded by the spice trade, maritime merchants and local fisherman. Xandari Harbour is about the winds of history moving forward to a modern, innovative and forward looking culture. We honour the materials of the past, forming a backdrop to clean design.
Raxa Collective has captured the zeitgeist of colonial Fort Kochi in Xandari Harbour. This waterfront merchant property once stocked spices and lodged ship captains. In the heart of Fort Kochi’s spice trading district, Mattanchery, the 16-room gem box of a hotel is a walkable distance from Calvathy boat jetty and midway between Vasco de Gama Square and the Dutch Palace.
Simplicity is an orienting theme at Xandari Pearl on Mararikulam Beach, rated one of the top five “Hammock Beaches” in the world by National Geographic. Here at this ‘secret’ locale, in the company of those you most want to be with, simplicity is the perfect setting.
This is the beach hideaway you have been daydreaming about. Come with those you most want to be with. White sands, waves, coconut trees and a calming breeze. Homes have been set back from the beach in Marari for many generations. It was never crowded. Following the historic use of Xandari Pearl’s 18 acres we built 20 villas.
Welcome Aboard! From the viewing deck or your bedroom’s window you will see life on the backwaters, and the result is immediate: slow down, de-stress, rejuvenate. The waterways of Kuttanad district weave through the area’s unique below-sea-level method of paddy cultivation.
The kettuvallams - as the houseboats are locally known - are a testament to the ancient rice trade of this region and uphold a tradition pre-dating industrial engineering techniques. Hand stitched by local craftsmen with coir and strengthened with fish oil, they are built using jack-wood, an indigenous variety of hardwood commonly used in local construction.
Xandari is a journey of discovery
Visitors to all of the Xandari properties have commented on how the architecture fits its surroundings. Simplicity and harmony are two words frequently used to describe Xandari. Over the years this has made us realise how important our core values are in everything we do, from the tangible to the intangible.
The villas in Xandari Costa Rica are spacious, with abundant views of the distant valley as well as of the lush surrounding gardens. Simply harmonious. The buildings of Xandari Harbour were featured in Architectural Digest noting the graceful restoration of historic buildings in south India’s scenic harbour town, Fort Kochi. Xandari Pearl, on the beach one hour south of Fort Kochi, has curvaceous villas that create a pure zen experience.
Since Xandari’s earliest days in Costa Rica, it has been a community enterprise. Recruitment of the team that built the property was carried out within the local community of Tacacori.
Most of the community members hired at that time stayed on as members of the maintenance and grounds-keeping teams. Their extended families and neighbours were recruited for resort operation positions prior to opening.
Many of those original employees still work at Xandari today, two decades later, as do their sons, daughters, nieces and nephews. We have followed the same pattern in India, with the community playing a crucial role in our staffing.
Sustainability and Organic Produce
The grounds at Xandari Costa Rica highlight a commitment to sustainability and conservation. The gardens produce much of the organic fruit and vegetables for the Xandari kitchen, as well as its coffee and many of the herbals used in the Xandari Spa treatments.
The restaurant is a destination on its own for Costa Ricans of the Central Valley, who appreciate both the quality of the cuisine and Xandari’s commitment to natural produce.
Coming Soon! Xandari Reserve
Our newest property under development, Xandari Reserve, reflects one of our other core values, conservation. The 2,000-acre setting gives us plenty of space to create a world class wellness retreat, with a small footprint that also allows us to commit 1,000 acres of primary forest to be preserved in perpetuity.
All this is a collaborative effort. Costa Rica inspired India, and now the same happens in the opposite direction, with best practices from the newer properties in India shared with Costa Rica.