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Elyria, Ohio
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did not stay at the hotel-we just visited the thermal hot springs. This is a terrific spot for an evening. There were about 20 different nooks and crannies to get lost in. Sitting in the thermal springs and under the waterfalls was very therapeutic and relaxing. We spent about 21/2 hours in the different areas then soaked in the...

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Most hot springs are basically naturally heated swimming pools, not this one. It's a flowing river broken into several small pool areas. I loved sitting under small waterfalls, allowing the water to impact me like the world's most intense hot tub jets. We had booked the spa package, which gave us all day access to the hot springs, a buffet...

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tabacon Hot Spring is a place everyone must visit. You feels like you're in a paradise. The lunch that was included in the price was very good. The portion was large enough. Its a great place, I would come back again.

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Thank Ngan D
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Over the past 5 years I've visited Arenal Volcano area 15+ times. If I'm visiting again, Tabacon is THE hot-springs I'd like to go to, and have access to adult-only Shangri La Gardens, which are now EXCLUSIVE to Tabacon hotel guests. NO crowds after peak season, bar service, canopy lounge beds for even more privacy, in a simply magical setting....

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Minnesota
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Pros: lovely, clean rooms - loved our Rainforest Room with its balcony & giant whirlpool. Staff were mainly helpful, all friendly. Delicious food in Los Tucanes, just OK in the buffet in the springs area. Loved the separate Shangri La area, but see below. Cons: Terrible, cold snacks (calamari, quesadillas) in Shangri La. They really need a bathroom & shower...

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McCormick, South Carolina
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Tabacon is a wonderful resort; it is so beautiful sitting in the rain forest of Costa Rica. The Warm Springs were great, felt so good to my bad back. Went every day. I would recommend this resort to anyone. It was a trip of a lifetime for us, hope we get to return again, maybe for our 60th!

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

Hello Ann, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are happy to read you enjoyed our location in the middle of the rainforest. It's great to read our hot springs felt so good to your bad back. We are glad visited our more than 20 thermal pools and that you hope to return again. We would...

Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Great service! The entrance was s bit tricky when driving your own vehicle. They truly keep this hot springs resort in top shape. You have many different pools to chose from and to relax in. The food and dessert was great so much so that I had to get tiramisu 3 times. Truly a unique experience seeing as this was...

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

Hello Jsanch, Thank you for choosing Tabacon and taking the time to share this great review with us. We're delighted that you enjoyed the service that was provided as well as our more than 20 thermal pools. It's wonderful to read you liked our food choices especially our tiramisu and it's even more satisfying to know you consider our place...

Houston
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you want a place to visit , that will give you a peace of mine and great customer service Tabacon is the place to go. The fruits were so fresh , the food was so appetizing. We love the spa, and hot springs as well.

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Hello kcm775, Thank you for providing your great feedback about our hotel and the service you received. We are happy to read you found peace of mine while visiting Tabacon and that you enjoyed all our services and facilities. We're happy you had such a great experience and that we were able to assist in making it special for you....

Tucson, Arizona
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When I'm talking luxury, I'm talking the hot springs. The grounds of the Tabacon Resort are beautiful and exceedingly relaxing. Green plants and colorful flowers abound, and the hot springs are nirvana. The room was very nice, but I don't spend much time in any hotel room if I can avoid it. It was stylish and well done. I don't...

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

Hello lesliefe, Thank you for sharing your great experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you enjoyed our location in the middle of the rainforest surrounded by green plants and colorful flowers typical of the region. It's great to know that you consider that our rooms do not lack anything and that are also well equipped. We are glad...

Chicago, Il
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

First time visit to Costa Rica. We were on a CR bike tour and stayed here for two nights. The resort is immaculate and staff wonderful. Your stay includes the not only the hot spring but the private shagria-la gardens area, where no minors are allowed in the upper area of the Hot Springs, which was nice. The resort is...

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

Hello Mikecohike, It's great to hear that you loved everything about your stay and that we had the pleasure of serving you during your first visit to Costa Rica. It's wonderful to know you enjoyed the service form our staff as well as your experience at Shangri La Gardens, which is the perfect hideaway four our hotel guests over 18...

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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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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: ₹ 21,794 - ₹ 42,118 (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 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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