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Auburn, California
Reviewed 31 May 2014

There are some things about this place that are absolutely stunning. The landscaping, grounds, and our room were nice. However, in my opinion for a 5-star hotel my experience didn't measure up. The staff were friendly, mostly. The shuttle bus to the hot springs was always prompt and polite. However, I found the staff at the tour company desk much...

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St. Petersburg, Russia
Reviewed 31 May 2014

4 of 5 for the perfect termals ever. Hot, clean and full of energy for your health. The rooms are okay: dated and not very clean. Expensive services and $35 for quite poor breakfast buffet extra. Forget about service. It is a hotel for "package" groups, so, you can enjoy high prices and average service coverage. Great to go for...

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

Dear alexzhdanov Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us, we are happy to you decided to stay at Tabacon during your visit to Arenal Region. We are glad to know you enjoyed the grounds and the natural hot springs that in fact have been recognized as one of the best hot springs worldwide where the...

Falls Church, Virginia
Reviewed 30 May 2014

The spa area was gorgeous! Beautiful paths wandering through volcano warmed streams and waterfalls. Lots of secluded patios tucked away along the paths. The drawback was that it was several hundred yards and across the street from the hotel. They had a shuttle bus, and we never had to wait on it. But it would have been nicer if the...

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

Dear MarianneEv We appreciate your time for sharing with us your comments. Tabacon sits over 872 acres of lush private rainforest reserve and all our thermal springs emerges naturally from the majestic Arenal Volcano forming cascades and natural pools through the property, since part of our philosophy is to keep nature as an integrated part of Tabacon experience, we offer...

Flagstaff, Arizona
Reviewed 30 May 2014

I have read some of the other reviews and our experience was not nearly as positive as many others have stated. I will start off with the positive experience. The thermal spa area is truly amazing! It is unbelievable and except for all the other people there, it is the nicest thermal spa I have ever been to. It is...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 27 May 2014

If there was space for another couple of stars, I would gladly put them in. This is the finest hotel my hansband and I have ever stayed at. From inception to the end we could find nothng to complain about. As I compalin about anything, this was the first time where everything was terrific. The staff were extrmely welcoming, the...

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

Hello LesBarkhan, Thank you for taking the time and share your review with us, we really appreciate it. Our aim is to provide world-class service to our beloved guests, and our staff is always happy to serve you to offer a magical and memorable experience. We are pleased to know you enjoyed a wonderful time at our resort; relaxing in...

Orange, California
Reviewed 25 May 2014

I don't know where to begin to say how much I love this place!! We came here on our honeymoon and it is the most beautiful place I have visited! The staff and hotel are amazing. After doing the 3 hour drive from San Jose we were greeted with a fresh fruit juice and aromatherapy hot cloth. To our surprise...

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

Dear Sarah B, Thank you for your review, we are pleased that you decided to stay with us and live Tabacon experience, having the opportunity to relax in natural thermal mineral springs and then get some rest in a comfortable room as the perfect mix for total relaxation. We are glad to know you enjoyed the upgrade, as you could...

Park City, Utah
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Everything at this hotel was absolutely perfect. From the complimentary smoothie at arrival, to the friendly front desk staff, the perfecft suite with an amazing volcano view, the hot springs and the spa!! We had an outdoor jetted tub outside of our ground floor room which was put to great use. We would sit and just watch the volcano smoke...

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

Hello CelesteA23, We appreciate your comments, thank you for taking the time and share with us your experience. We firmly believe that every single detail is part of Tabacon experience. Check in process, our tropical welcome drink, your suite, our food and beverage options, the spa and the hot springs are key moments in which your experience becomes more enjoyable....

Campbell, California
Reviewed 23 May 2014

We spent one night at this hotel. We loved the thermal spa. The hotel experience was so so. Our room was well appointed and comfortable but generic. We could have been at a any upscale chain hotel. The property is well kept.

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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 21 May 2014

We didn't actually stay here, but we stayed close and bought a day pass for the dinner and the pools. I am not really one to be happy just sitting still and soaking for hours didn't seem like something I would like, but based on the reputation of this place decided to try it. It might well have been one...

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

Dear Shelli16 We really appreciate your comments. We are glad to hear you experienced a memorable day at Tabacon and you loved to explore or just chill at our pools and thermal waterfalls. Every single night at Ave del Paraíso our guests are able to enjoy a different theme buffet prepared with the most enticing ingredients, turning your dinner into...

Gainesville, Florida
Reviewed 20 May 2014

The hotel is slightly on the older side but still very beautiful a place to stay if you plan on visiting the Thermal Spa. Our room was large with a great view of the volcano. The food was also very nice at the hotel with even more options at the Thermal Spa area. Best place to stay if you will...

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

Dear MandAforever We are thankful for your comments. We are glad to hear you had a wonderful time at Tabacon, we appreciate the way our valuable guests share their experiences. We are happy to know you enjoyed our thermal mineral spring resort as well as Shangri-La Gardens, our adults-only private area for hotel guests. As you mentioned, we offer different...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Breakfast included
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Conference Facilities
  • Free Parking
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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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: €301 - €511 (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 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Luxury 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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