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St. Maarten-St. Martin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2013

We have stayed here twice, a very unusual thing for my wife and I who are always going somewhere new. The way the hot rivers - they are too large to be called hot springs - have been sculpted in tune with nature gives the feel of a natural environment and the amazing beauty of a formal garden in a... More 

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

Dear StMaartenman Thank you for your time writing this review, we appreciate your preference! We were pleased to have you and your wife as our guest for a second time in Tabacon. As you mention our resort is a Paradise on Earth and what makes Tabacon so unique is nothing man made, it´s nature. A hot springs river with a... More 

Austin, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

Beautiful Resort! The springs alone are worth staying here. We would hike and do excursions all day, and have the springs to relax in at night. Highly recommend this resort! The staff was welcoming, but also left you alone for the most part. This is what we hoped for on our honeymoon. We enjoyed the location too. If you want... More 

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

Dear Emfgrant Thank you for your review! We are happy that you decided to stay with us during your honeymoon and that you enjoyed the mystical and romantic experience at the thermal springs as well as the different adventure activities in the area. Our hotel guests receive complimentary access to the thermal resort and it is the perfect place for... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2013

I stayed at the Tabacon Grand Spa Resort in mid-December and was very pleased. The resort includes both the hotel and the hot springs, which are located about 300 meters down the hill. You can easily walk back and forth or take advantage of the constantly running shuttle. The hotel was excellent. The lobby, restaurant, and pool are very nice;... More 

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

Dear Scott B Thank you so much for your appraisal, it is very rewarding for us to be informed that you enjoyed during your stay with us. Tabacon is located at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano in the heart of the tropical rainforest, our hotel guests receive complimentary access to the thermal area, where you can enjoy a... More 

Boynton Beach, Florida
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

This place was wonderful. We came here for our first stop on our Costa Rican honeymoon. The room was amazing, the housekeepers were on top of everything, and the bell hops were very helpful. The front desk wasn't the greatest, just not as helpful as we were hoping. We booked a few activities through them, but on arrival they never... More 

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

Dear Vanessa w We really appreciate your comments! We are happy that you decided to visit Costa Rica and stay with us during your honeymoon. Tabacon’s main philosophy is to offer a memorable experience to all our guest, our wonderful location in the heart of the rainforest at the base of the impressive Arenal Volcano combine with our unique thermal... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2013

This hotel and spa are a little hard to get to but once you arrive it is heaven on earth. The rooms and service are excellent. The food is great. The spa is spectacular in a setting that could be a tropical garden of Eden. There are volcanic streams and pools to relax and enjoy. There is an area especially... More 

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

Dear Ray5823 Thank you for your detailed and nice review about your stay with us! We are glad to know you enjoyed our resort located in the heart of Costa Rican rainforest, being one of the main attractions in Arenal. Tabacon is a natural paradise of nature, adventure and relaxation. A hot springs river with a perfect combination of volume,... More 

Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2013

Other reviews have used the word Paradise to describe this location, and I couldn't agree more. It is spectacular. The hotel is great, quiet and relaxing. We had a room with an amazing overlook view of the jungle and the Arenal volcano. The entire wall of glass slid away so that we could open up the room to the outside.... More 

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

Dear James Z Thank you so much for your appraisal, it is very rewarding for us to be informed about the pleasant experience you and your wife enjoyed during your stay with us. Tabacon is meant to be an experience to be remembered, that is why we focus our efforts to exceed all customer expectations. As you mentioned all our... More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2013 via mobile

The hotel's grounds and the friendliness of the staff welcome you to this nice, but somewhat average hotel. The views of the volcano in your very room are a delight, the rooms are spacious and unlike some other reviews; Neither me or my girlfriend had any issues with the beds. The highlight of the place is really the springs, which... More 

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

Dear BabyJaan-and-me Thank you for taking the time and share your review with us. We firmly believe that every single detail is part of Tabacon experience, all our team works to offer an unforgettable experience and the cultural tradition about service and friendship is always present in our staff. Tabacon is a five-star carbon neutral resort, member of the Leading... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2013

My room was spectacular, and the hot springs are heaven - beautifully landscaped and maintained and so relaxing. The breakfast buffet had a huge assortment of food, all fresh, and yummy. I would stay there again in a heartbeat!!

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

Dear Kelly H Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us, we are glad you enjoyed a memorable vacation at the resort and also that you relaxed in your marvelous room and the magical ambience in thermal springs that are the only natural ones in the Region. We hope to receive you as our guest at... More 

Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2013

We arrived early night and went imminently to the pools . It was fun but only at day time we saw how amazing is the place . Being at the falls and the pools are like staying in paradise , amazing. The rooms are big nice and clean . We had cabin with the Arenal view . The breakfast was... More 

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

Dear Izak P Thank you so much for your appraisal, it is very rewarding to know about the pleasant experience you had during your stay with us. We are glad you had the opportunity to enjoy our thermal experience. Our hot springs are in a completely natural setting and you can enjoy it during the day and discover the different... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2013

Before checking in, I wasn't aware that this hotel/resort was two distinct properties owned by Tabacon - the hotel with guest rooms/lobby bar/gift shop/restaurant, and the resort with pool/pool bar/hot springs/restaurant/guest and day pass access. My husband and I stayed in their hotel 3 nights while in Costa Rica and thoroughly enjoyed our stay! We had their standard room, and... More 

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

Dear callmej5 Thank you for your detailed review and for sharing your experience with us! We are glad to know you decided to stay at Tabacon during your Costa Rican vacation. Tabacon is a unique property where nature, adventure and relaxation combines to offer a memorable experience. Tabacon sits over 872 acres of lush tropical gardens, a hot springs river... More 

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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, Alajuela, Costa Rica, 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: ₹ 17,577 - ₹ 41,584 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 102
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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 Grand Spa Thermal Resort 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
#5 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!!

9 months ago

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