I booked a 4 day/3 night hotel stay at Tabacon through Skyauction.com, for a price that was at least 50% off the regular rate. My girl friend and I took a trip to Costa Rica for 10 days for some R & R. Our first destination when we arrived was at Arenal. When we arrived at Tabacon, we were amazed at the expansiveness of the resort. It is truly deserving of the 5 star hotel and resort rating - apparently one of the "Leading Hotels in the World". The rooms are very comfortable - that you never want to leave your room. We had a large balcony that overlooked the Garden - so you can hear the tranquil and calming sounds at night. You can also have a Volcano view room. The restaurants on site had amazing seafood and spa cuisine selections. The hot springs and surrounding gardens were truly breathtaking. The Grand Spa offers a Volcanic mud massage - it is a must do! The spa experience was unlike anything I've ever had. You get your massage in the middle of an outdoor cabana close to the hot springs. You can hear the water rushing and the sounds of nature while I get a relaxing massage with exfoliating volcanic mud. You can then rinse off the volcanic mud in a private hot springs. We didn't want to leave after our 3rd night. Tabacon was the best choice we could have made for our "girls' getaway".