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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Fallbrook
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everyone needs a chance to experience this amazing property. Tabacon sits near the base of the Arenal Volcano. The property is set among beautiful lush vegetation with the most amazing thermal springs and waterfalls running throughout. The rooms are large, the beds very comfortable, and tastefully decorated. The service is impeccable from your arrival to your departure. I highly recommend...

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
HOTEL’S FAVOURITE REVIEW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After seeing where a few other people stayed, I would only recommend this hotel. The grounds were beautiful, food was great, staff was fantastic and the accommodations were delightful. If you are going to Arenal, don't consider any other hotel. The hot springs were the cherry on top of a delightful stay. And the area designated for hotel guests only...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello eewmda, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and sharing your experience with us. We are glad to read you enjoyed our beautiful grounds, great food and beverage services, our accommodations and the service of our always attentive staff. It's a pleasure to read our hot springs were the cherry on top of a delightful stay. We appreciate your wonderful review...

Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Ended up walking into Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa after an air bnb fail (our first fail ever) and it was the best decision we made while on our honeymoon! We had no reservation and the staff treated us like a king and queen. They were SO polite, friendly & professional. We explained what had happened to us and Randall...

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Hello Ashley, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tabacon with us. We are glad to read we had the pleasure of hosting you during your honeymoon.It's great to know you had such a great experience that you even stayed one more night. Our main goal is to provide to all our guest unforgettable experiences and...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Tabacon in April. There were 3 couples. All of us loved our rooms - they were great to incredible with in suite spas! It was a clean, unique and beautiful location with great amenities. Of course it had great pools where you could go down a slid or sit at the bar which was in the pool...

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Dear valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tabacon.It's a pleasure to read you were traveling with to other couples and all of you had a wonderful time. We are glad to read you enjoyed our rooms as well as our services and facilities. Our aim is to provide unforgettable experiences to all our...

Carle Place, New York
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

cannot say enough about the professionalism, attentiveness of the staff at this hotel . The Costa Rican's working there and in general, are the nicest people who truly love their job, their country and appreciate the beauty of landscape of Costa Rica. If you wait more than 5 seconds for someone to attend to your needs, at the hotel, it...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello mguad24, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and sharing your experience with us. We are glad to read you consider there are no enough stars for our hotel. At the same time, it's a pleasure to know you enjoyed the service and attention of our always attentive staff. Our aim is to provide unforgettable experiences and it's our pleasure to...

Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is a magical fairy-tale experience. That is to say it's fulfilling in a contrived way that I found very enjoyable. Our room was plush and comfortable, with a view of the volcano that must have been one of the best on the property. The complementary breakfast is a huge buffet with everything from made on demand omelets to......

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Anushri D, Thank you for taking the time to share with us your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you enjoyed our location.It's great to read you had a wonderful experience at one of our rooms and that it had a view of the Arenal Volcano. Just as you mentioned, our thermal pools are located a few...

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

Located under the mountain in its tropical gardens Tabacon resort is well layout giving maximum privacy to all guest. The rains came early for us in May so we really got the message - this is a subtropical rain forest location. There are many hotels in the area to choose from but that is not my department and I like...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello JeftheRef, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and sharing your experience. We are glad to read you had a 5 star experience. We are glad you enjoyed our restaurant as well as Shangri La Gardens, which is the perfect hideaway for hotel guest only over 18 years age. Just as you mentioned, a short shuttle drive around the corner you...

Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

amazing place very relaxing and the attention. The restaurant is very big and the food they provide is very very delicious. They also have a one day pass which is better to enjoy it with the meals included

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello ignacio_tortuga, Thank you for visiting our amazing resort and taking the time to share your experience through this review. We are glad to read you enjoyed our resort and our food and beverage services. Just as you mentioned we also offer day pass package which can include different options depending on the hour, feeding schedule and if you want...

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second visit to Tabacon but my wife's first visit. When the staff found out we were on our honeymoon they pulled out all the stops! We thoroughly enjoyed the hot springs during our stay. The food at their restaurant was amazing and tabacon will be a must visit on our next trip to Costa Rica!

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Moq_hasan, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience in Tabacón. We are glad to read this was tour second visit to Tabacon. It's a pleasure to know we had the opportunity of hosting you during your honeymoon. We appreciate your review and hope to host you again during your next trip to Costa Rica. Pura Vida,...

San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just got back from a stay over the weekend. Better to call them at their website you might get a better deal. The bad...We got placed in one of the buildings that was being painted. The room was comfortable. First day was pretty good on the second day went off to Místico which by the way is totally worth the...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Rolando, Thank you for visiting us and sharing your experience at Tabacon.We are glad to read you enjoyed the beauty of our gardens and nature. At the same time, it's great to know that you took advantage of our location to see different types of amphibians, birds and butterflies. As well, It's wonderful to read you enjoyed the attention...

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  • Breakfast included
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano in the northern Region of Costa Rica. This five-star carbon neutral resort offers a unique blend of nature, adventure and relaxation. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Tabacon provides luxurious accommodations, services and amenities in a picture-perfect natural setting. The resort's unique healing thermal mineral spring river emerge from the volcanic earth, cascading to form waterfalls, streams, tranquil pools and ponds. Explore Shangri-La Gardens an hotel guests and adults-only hideaway, delight your senses with world- class cuisine inspired by local fares or surprise that special person with a gala dinner in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the gardens is the resort's Grand Spa, member of The Leading Spas of the World which combines a beautiful location with a singular spa experience, where treatments are rendered in open air bungalows all of them with private jacuzzi. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

Address: 13 Km Northwest, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: €237 - €393 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 103
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Also Known As:
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Tabacon Grand Hotel Thermal
Tabacon Grand Resort Thermal
Tabacon Resort
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#13 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hello! My boyfriend and I are traveling to Tabacon in a few weeks! We are a couple in our late twenty's/early thirty's and this will be our first big trip together out of the country... I've tried to do a lot of research but I still have a few questions! Please help and be specific if you can! :)

We booked a private van to the hotel from the airport - but what about once we're there? I've seen a few posts about $1-$2 taxi rides about 10 minutes away into the town of La Fortuna, but I've also seen some people say it cost them $20 to get to La Fortuna.

1. How much should we expect to pay for a taxi from Tabacon into the town of La Fortuna? (or other nearby areas with restaurants)

2. How did you book these quick taxi rides?

When I travel, I am the adventurous type - I love to experience the culture of the area. I am terrified of heights but am still open to zip lining, hiking, etc. I also want to see as many animals and creatures as possible, and I love to photograph! On the other hand, my boyfriend is not as adventurous and would love to experience the culture but in a more relaxed way.

3. What are the best adventurous excursions/tours that you've been on, and how do you book them?

4. What are the most beautiful & relaxing tours that you've been on, and how do you book them?

5. Has anyone been to Extremo Ziplining? I've heard it's the best.

I've read numerous posts about how the food at the Tabacon isn't worth the money... which is fine because I would rather experience the culture anyways.

6. Where have you traveled for food and beverages that you would recommend us to go - and how did you get there?

Lastly, we only have 5 days here and our first and last day are wasted, due to the amount of travel time. (So really only 3 days)

7. What are the top things you recommend for us to do here, besides the springs?

Thanks in advance!!

over a year ago

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