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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where do I start! The food, the room, and the entire experience of the resort were amazing. Would highly recommend staying here since you get full access to their geothermal hot springs. They have exclusive adult only hotel springs that only hotel guests can access. The location was convenient for hiking to the Arenal National Park, you had to drive...

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

Hello Swethapv, Thank you for choosing Tabacon and sharing your experience with us. It's wonderful to read you enjoyed our food options, rooms and the entire experience at Tabacon. As you mentioned, our hotel guests have complementary access to our thermal springs. Just as you were able to experience, our location is conveniente to experience many of the Arenal attractions...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived late morning, spent the day exploring the different levels of the springs. The higher you go, the hotter the water. The pools made by the waterfalls are very relaxing. Some of the pools have sharp rocks and gravel on the bottom. 2 of the 4 of us cut our feet. Many areas are slippery, so caution at all...

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

Hello rcs746, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are happy to read you spent the day exploring the different levels of our hot springs.As you were able to experience, as higher you go the hotter the water would be this because of the proximity of the hot springs in relation to the Arenal Volcano. Just...

Cincinnati, Ohio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall, the unique part of Tabacon is obviously their natural, volcanic thermal springs which vary from warm to pretty dang hot the further up the hillside you go. The two restaurants are above average, and service is pretty good. We stayed with another couple for 3 days/2 nights, and honestly felt like it was one night too much. From a...

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

Dear valued guest, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. It's great to read you enjoyed our natural hot springs which are directly heated by Arenal Volcano. At the same time, it's great to know you liked the food and beverage services from our restaurants. However, we are sorry to read we didn't exceed your expectations in...

Woodbine, Maryland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place, excellent service, expensive. This place was picture perfect, we were upgraded to the honeymoon suite, so our view was stunning of the valcano. Lots of raccoons! The hot springs were so impressive, there is an area for adults only, fit with cabanas, music and a bar, which is where we camped out for a few days. Best part...

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

Hello Sarah1954, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are glad to read your stay with us was the best part of your visit to Costa Rica. It's wonderful to know you enjoyed your visit and our more than 20 thermal pool which are directly heated by Arenal Volcano. Just as you mentioned, our hotel guests...

Exton, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent first four nights of our honeymoon in the honeymoon suite and loved it. Tub is nice to have yet rather difficult to get in and out of and unfortunately the shower is in the tub. Restaurants were expensive but convenient we opted to eat off the resort. I wish i would have known that the hot spring portion of...

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

Hello Megan, Thank you for sharing you experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you had an amazing experience while staying with us and a wonderful view from your room. However we are sorry to read we didn't exceed your expectations in relation to our food prices, our hotel offers different options of food, which offer variations in their...

Lake Charles, Louisiana
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an amazing stay at Tabacon Resort! Beautiful, clean rooms and property. Warm, friendly hotel staff. Great service from the front desk to the restaurants to guest services to the valet. The thermal pools are something out of a dream. Our six year-old had a blast going down the water slide. All the food was delicious, every time. We...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My bride and I were booked in the honeymoon suite at this higher end resort. We were not disappointed! The room was fabulous with a private view out to the forest and partial view of Arenal Volcano. The huge jacuzzi tub had a shower head overhead! The breakfast hall was next door with a fabulous buffet of typical Costa Rican...

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

Hello John T, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and sharing your experience with us. We are glad to read you weren't disappointed during your visit. It's wonderful to know you had a fabulous view of the rainforest and the Arenal Volcano. It's great to read you enjoyed all our services and facilities. Just as you mentioned, for our hotel guests...

Massachusetts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From being greeted with a cool drink and towels to freshen up after our travels, to the incense in the room, this resort is all about the details. The grounds are filled with lovely flowers, quiet sitting areas and lots of open space. The view of the rainforest from our balcony, and the sounds of the birds couldn't help but...

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

Dear valued guest, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you enjoyed our grounds and the view of the rainforest from the balcony. It's wonderful to know you had a great experience at our more than 20 thermal pools surrounded by the rainforest vegetation in the middle of a peaceful environment. At the same...

Florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at Tabacon for two nights while in this beautiful area of Costa Rica. I had high expectations and I was not disappointed. We stayed in the Honeymoon suite (room 508) and were treated to a lovely view of the Arenal Volcano. The king sized bed was amazingly comfortable, as the pillows were so soft! The room comes with...

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

Hello ViajamosAMenudo, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are glad to read we exceed your expectations and you weren't disappointed. It's great to read you enjoyed your rooms as well as our facilites and services. At the same time, it's wonderful to know you liked our buffet breakfast at Los Tucanes restaurant. We thank you for recognizing...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow is all I can say! This place is a must go to! From the moment we checked in to the moment we checked out, was nothing but an amazing experience! As soon as we arrived we were greeted with a cold cloth and a refreshing drink. Our room had a window that looked straight out to the volcano. The...

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

Hello Lindsi M, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. It's wonderful to read you had an amazing experience during your visit. At the same time, we are glad to know you enjoyed all our services and facilities. As you mention our location is ideal to enjoy the many tourist attractions and adventure activities that the area has to...

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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
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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, 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: €297 - €493 (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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“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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