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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

We didn't stay at the hotel, but we did use the hot springs....and I'm really glad we did :) We almost didn't go in because of the $60 entrance fee, but I convinced my husband and off we went. The hot springs are AMAZING!!! The water is the perfect temperature and there are plenty of pools to choose from. There...

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

Dear Hillary78d Thank you for your review, we really appreciated your preference. Our aim is to provide wonderful experience to our guests, we have different Day Pass options to enjoy our thermal mineral spring resort and we are glad you enjoyed a pleasant experience. What makes Tabacon really unique is nothing man-made, it is nature. We are the only property...

Reviewed 8 July 2014

We stayed one night on June 27, 2014. Outstanding service, responsive to needs/requests, and we had a great view of the volcano in the 300 building. Hot Springs are a nice respite from the drive from airport. No restaurant experience other than hot springs swim-up bar....which was simple and good.

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

Dear Robertrharris We appreciate your comments and we are glad you chose Tabacon as your thermal resort in Arenal! We are pleased you enjoyed relaxation in the heart of the rainforest, exploring our hot springs pools and cascades where you can just sit or enjoy a water massage in our main waterfall. We are happy to know you enjoyed your...

Reviewed 5 July 2014

Hotel staff very attentive. Had an excellent room 201, a one story building with sitting area and sliding doors to a beautiful garden. Rooms 203-206 have Arenal view when not cloudy. Gurarded entrance with very comfortable open-air lobby and 3 station computers with many relaxing chairs amid the incredible flowered landscape.Ever-ready shuttle bus to the thermals about 200 yards next...

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

Dear 3s2 Thank you for taking the time and share your experience with us! Our aim is to provide a wonderful experience to our guests, we are glad that you choose Tabacon as your thermal destination in Arenal´s Region, we appreciate your preference. Our natural setting surrounded by the rainforest provides the most relaxing experience. We are happy to know...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 3 July 2014

So this is star rating is a little off - I'll break it down below HOT SPRINGS = 5 stars Ummm, amazing. The whole place is brimming with natural hot spring rivers that pool in areas and you walk around dipping in and out of said pools as you wish. Some are natural (leaves, dirt etc) and some are clean,...

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the Hot Springs. They are actually the only natural hot springs in our area. We take note of your experience at the Ave restaurant in the hot springs. While there may be different palates for different people, we have received many compliments for our Asian night, which includes sushi, tai...

New Orleans, LA
Reviewed 3 July 2014

I was skeptical given the poor reviews of Tabacon on this site, but I have no idea what people had to complain about. Our stay was perfect! We read that Tabacon is rated as one of the best hot springs in the world. I am convinced that it must be. You cannot even imagine how beautiful the springs are until...

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

Dear lkn123 Thank you for choosing Tabacon during your visit to Costa Rica, we appreciate your review. Our aim is always to provide our guests a high quality service and create unforgettable memories during your stay. We firmly believe that every single detail is part of Tabacon experience. From the beautiful Costa Rican scenery, a warm welcome with the tropical...

Miami Beach, Florida
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Beautiful resort. Great staff and enjoyed the thermal springs very much. The food was very good and the drinks. The hot springs is very romantic. Must try zip lining and white water rafting. Overall excellent vacation spot.

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

Dear Millie S Thank you for taking the time and share your feedback, we really appreciate it. We are pleased that you were able to explore more than 20 different thermal water cascades, pools and ponds with a high mineral content immerse in a natural location, providing a romantic and relaxing moment. As you mentioned Arenal area is also ideal...

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Everything was excellent from the time we arrived. Because of an issue with the room we had reserved, i was upgraded to a better room. The service was alsways top notice. Good breakfasts. The pool and hot springs were great and not crowed. My granddaughter like the swim-up bar where she could order a smoothie like adults. Would recommend for...

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

Hello bubba65 We appreciate your time for sharing your comments with us. We are glad to know you enjoyed the upgrade, you could notice we do our best to offer a memorable experience to our guests. At the resort you are able to explore more than 20 different cascades, pools and waterfalls all of them of natural thermal water with...

Willington, Connecticut
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We came with 12 family members and had only 1 reservation problem which was taken care of to our satisfaction. Rooms were spacious and comfortable and stocked with a great mini bar and wonderful room service. Restaurants on site pricey but being able to go to the springs any time was worth the extra cost. We included the breakfast with...

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

Dear ladyfalcons We really appreciate your comments! We are extremely happy that you spent your family vacation at Costa Rica and decided to visit Tabacon. We are glad you enjoyed our buffet breakfast where lots of choices including traditional Costa Rican dishes are included. In regards to cuisine, we offer different options: buffet, a la carte, and special menus for...

Galway, Ireland
Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed our honeymoon stay at this hotel. The staff were extremely professional, polite and friendly. The view from the room was spectacular when the clouds lifted and the access to the thermal hot springs was a fantastic resource with shuttles to and from the hotel. The food was very good at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Would highly recommend...

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

Dear May0320142014 We appreciate your comments! Thank you for choosing Tabacon for such a memorable occasion in your life, congratulations on your wedding. We loved the fact that you enjoyed our thermal resort during your honeymoon, our staff is always working to offer world-class service to our valuable guests, it is really nice to know you experienced our restaurants and...

Chandler, Arizona
Reviewed 26 June 2014

First off the service at Tabacon is amazing. Upon our arrival the staff was very attentive and accomodating. When we arrived the first night we had one of the lower end rooms and it was pretty average at best. For our second and third night we upgraded, for $75.00 more (which we talked them down from $150.00) to a suite...

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

Dear Callie D Thank you for sharing your comments with us. We appreciate your preference and we are glad to know you enjoyed your stay including the room upgrade, staff service as well as the hot springs. Our aim is to offer a pleasant and marvelous experience to our guests. We are sorry to know that you weren't impressed by...

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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 

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Address: 13 Km Northwest, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: €299 - €496 (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
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#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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“top floor room with the view to the vocanoe mountain”
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“Spring for the larger rooms with living area. The open space is luxurious and relaxing. Ground floor rooms have walk out gardens.”
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“Honeymoon suite had great view but furthest on the property from the lobby.”
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“Ask for the honeymoon or the Orchid suite if you can afford.”
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