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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is my second time at this resort, the first was six years ago. I remembered it as one the coolest places I've ever been to. This time it was even better. Our room was in a better area and the breakfast buffet was as good as it gets. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We arrived early and...

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

Hello D7897THjohnc, Thank you for choosing Tabacon and sharing your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read this was the second time at Tabacon and that you experience was even better than the first time you came. It's great to read you liked the service provided as well as our more than 20 thermal pools surrounded by the rainforest...

Florida
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Tabacon Thermal Resort is *the* place to stay in Tabacon. The architecture of this luxury hotel blends perfectly into the natural environment. Access to the only completely natural spring in the area is included with the hotel stay. The springs are nothing less than stunning and after a long day of hiking and ziplining are a welcome respite. Onsite...

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

Hello FloridaGiraffina, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are glad to read toy had a5 star experience during your visit and that you like the architecture of our hotel and the perfectly natural environment. As you mentioned, our hotel guests have complementary access to our hot springs. As you were able to experience, our thermal...

Washington, D.C.
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Trip of a lifetime. Worth every penny. The hotel is beautiful, the service above and beyond, the grounds dreamlike. You could be quite happy here without ever setting foot in the hot springs next door (though that would be a ridiculous mistake -- they are even prettier and more luxurious). The spa is terrific, too.

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Hello ieateverything, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you had a trip of a lifetime while visiting Tabacon. It's great to know you consider our grounds to be dreamlike. As you mentioned, coming to Tabacon without visiting our hot springs it will be a terrific mistake as our hot...

Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family and I stayed at Tabacon for two nights on our whirlwind Spring Break tour of Costa Rica. This hotel is very relaxing and unique. The rooms have everything you need in a luxury hotel. And no noise from the surrounding rooms! The hot springs were funned there were a lot of them. I highly recommend this hotel and...

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Hello Amy, Thank you for choosing Tabacon and sharing your experience with us. It's a pleasure to know your family and you had a very relaxing and unique experience during your visit. At the same time, it's wonderful to know you enjoyed our accommodations and our peaceful location in the middle of the rainforest. We are glad to know you...

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

We booked a full-day stay at this resort (10am - 10pm) for $ 105 each. Included was a rich buffet for lunch and a different and also very delicious buffet for dinner. We enjoyed the whole day the hot springs in the beautiful nature, as well as the pool and its pool-bar. Very friendly and attentive staff. Unforgettable experience!!

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Hello danseryf, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and sharing your review. We are glad to read you enjoyed a one day pass option with lunch and dinner included. As you were able to experience, Ave del Paraiso restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes for the enjoyment of all our visitors. At the same time, it's wonderful to know you...

Ottawa
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

Recommend to stay at this hotel if you want to experience Arenal hot springs as guests have free access to well-known Tabacon got springs in La Fortuna area. It opens from 9am to 10pm and there is secular area for hotel guests only.

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Hello Kanataman, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you recommend to visit us and enjoy our thermal springs experience. Just as you mentioned, our resort opens from 9 to 10 pm and our hotel guest have complementary access to the resort as well as to our private place: Shangri La Gardens. Which is...

Honolulu, Hawaii
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing, first-class resort situated on an unforgettable property. Upon our arrival, we were served a refreshing juice (pear and rosemary) with cold towels. We were driven to our orchid rooms by the staff on a golf cart, and our luggage was delivered shortly thereafter. The room and bathroom were spacious and well-appointed with a closet, drawers, refreshment...

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Hello EchoAloha, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are glad to read you enjoyed the service and attention of our staff. We are please to know you liked our facilities and amenities. Our greatest satisfaction is knowing that our visitors take a good memory of their visit to Tabacon, that's why we always try to...

Englewood, Colorado
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is truly the place to leave all your concerns behind. My husband and I stayed in a Rainforest room. It was quiet, comfortable, and clean. The staff were very attentive, pleasant and helpful. All the excursions were fun filled and the thermal springs were magnificent!! Can't wait to return.

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

Hello sn0wsh0er, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. It's great to read you consider Tabacon to be a great place to leave all your concerns behind. At the same time, it's wonderful to read your husband and you had a great experience at the Rainforest room which was very quiet, comfortable and clean. It's great to know you...

London
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We has an orchid room on the second level. It was spacious and spotless with comfy beds. We ate at the main restaurant one evening. The service was great, but the menu is quite limited. I had soup to start which was very nice and then the tenderloin again delicious but would've liked the option of ordering sides as there...

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Hello holidaychicLondon, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you enjoyed our hot springs as well as the room in which you stayed. At the same time, it's great to read you had a great time at our Shangri La Gardens which is the perfect hideaway from our hotel...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Tabacon for part of our first visit to Costa Rica. It was heaven! Both the resort and that area of the country. We splurged to stay at Tabacon. The room was so comfortable and the thermal pools were heavenly! The restaurant was delicious, too. And the staff were ALL so friendly! They all engage with guests with...

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Hello Sue S, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are glad to read you had a fabulous experience at the resort and that you enjoyed our location. It's great to read you liked our facilities and services as well as the attention from our staff. On the other hand, it's wonderful to know you had...

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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 

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: $423 - $709 (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 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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“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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