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“Lifestyle and Wellness Program was great!” 5 of 5 stars
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Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   13 Km Northwest la Fortuna de San Carlos | Arenal, Alajuela, Costa Rica, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Austin, Texas
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“Lifestyle and Wellness Program was great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

My husband and I just spent a week at the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort participating in their Lifestyle and Wellness Program, and we can't say say enough about our wonderful experience. We didn't know what we wanted from the Lifestyle and Wellness Program, but Dr. Carvajal, the program director worked closely with us to plan a week of new and delightful experiences. We were served elegant meals and snacks from their Ayurvetic menu, custom designed for our individual health and preferences. We received nutritional counseling showing us how to incorporate healthier foods into our diet. We were offered a wide choice of spa treatments which we received in private bungalows hidden in the rain forest. Yoga classes were scheduled for us and we had several private cooking lessons with the the gifted and creative head chef. Tabacon's entire staff continually amazed us with their flexibility and their eagerness to ensure that we were fully satisfied and extremely happy. The beauty of the resort was astounding, and our room was big, elegant and comfortable. We had some time during our busy days at the spa for some adventures outside the resort (a canopy tour and a bicycle ride arranged through the tour desk) --but we didn't want to leave Tabacon for too long because we were having too much fun being pampered in every way.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jmiguelmolina, Manager at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, October 20, 2011
Dear Mr. & Mrs. CarlynTX, thanks for sharing your experience with all readers. Definitely our Lifestyle and Wellness Program is the best way to have healthy vacation. We have created this program thinking about our customers´ needs and requirements. Participating involves learning about the best habits for healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. The program itself tries to teach our customers how to properly combine the best ingredients in order to get the balance of life, eat healthy and delicious food, work out, relax and pamper yourself; all of these at the same time with no worries and at the best spot to reach true relaxation. We hope lots of people can experience this unique adventure that you had during your visit at Tabacon!
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Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

Our stay at Tabacon was wonderful. We stayed here for two nights and were really looking to check out their spa, the cuisine and the hot springs. We visited Arenal during October which is during their low season and were pleased to find that we had the resort almost to ourselves. Although the drive over there is a little difficult, once we were there: it was awesome. I definitely recommend visiting this one straight from San Jose and with a driver. Once we got there: Not only was it a relaxing experience; but it was a truly magical setting. The room was clean, comfortable and had a view of the Volcano. The service was good and the employees took great care to see that we were enjoying our experience. The food at Los Toucanes Restaurant near the room was awesome - we tried the Ayurvedic Cuisine and were delighted to taste the different spices. The spa was top notch and offered a menu with two massages that we had never seen before--the Lomi Lomi and Shirodhara. Both were fantastic and highly recommended. The hot springs were some of the best I have seen in Costa Rica and well worth staying at the resort so you can have access to them up until 10PM at night. One of my favorites was the cooler spot in the Shangi La Gardens that offer a very private spring to hang out in. The yoga classes by Erika were wonderful and given in a beautiful calm and tranquil studio. They are highly recommended as well. Over all, this was an excellent experience and I would visit again and hope to do so often.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jmiguelmolina, Manager at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, October 20, 2011
Dear Surfinnhermos, thanks for your comment, Our Grand Spa is one of the five best Spas in Central and South America. All services at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort are organized thinking about how to exceed all expectations, the cuisine offers a variety of choices to suit everyone`s taste form international to local food plus delicious pastry, offering Romantic Dinners and events were you can really enjoy the real taste of Tabacon´s food. We address our daily tasks to the guest comfort and relaxation by offering services such as complementary Yoga classes for Hotel guests, our hot springs and Hotel with gorgeous views all around the property, renovated services such as the The Shangri La Gardens and the best attentions form our staff members. We look forward to welcome you on your next visit!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights and loved every second. The staff was kind and attentive. The room was beautiful with a view of the volcano. The hotel was beautiful and extremely well decorated. Room has safe, free wi-fi, and cable tv.

The hotel guests have all access to hot springs which are open until 10 pm. They are awesome by day and by night. Check out the Shangri La garden with chairs to lay on and a bar Biden in the maze of hot springs. The trials in all directions are fun to explore but not super well lit by night and can get confusing. Plus pool has slide and swim up bar. Plus, several ore smaller pools. Pool/springs area has locker room with showers, free lockers, and free towels.

Hotel is far from town- 10 minutes and $12. The hotel has limited and expensive options for food. $35 buffet, $16 sandwiches in bar, or high priced dinner poolside. Excellent breakfast buffet.

Tours here are expensive but good.

This hotel is an incredible place to go with a group or with a significant other. Go and enjoy it. It is totally worth it!!

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jmiguelmolina, Manager at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, October 9, 2011
Dear Rrogoff, thanks for sharing your experience. We do as much as possible to ensure all guests get what they want on their well-deserved vacations. We want to go above and beyond to offer you only the best, that is why we always renovate and improve our services. Our amazing hot springs and our innovative Shangri-La Gardens help you find pure relaxation, in a perfect ambience and harmony with nature. We hope to welcome you back at our premises anytime you wish to return.
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

My friends and I spent two nights in the hot springs during a recent trip to Costa Rica. It was absolutely a beautiful, well-kept resort featuring not only an outstanding dinner buffet but a great bar in the main hot spring. There is a cool pool in case you get overheated and the series of hot springs are connected by waterfalls and beautifully groomed walk-ways. There was always a staff member around to utilize for any help and the locker rooms have private showers for rinsing off afterwards. In addition, they have a suit spinning dryer which is extremely convenient especially when its so moist down there anyway and things don't dry so well naturally. I would highly recommend splurging for just the "hot springs pass" to enjoy a relaxing evening there. My friends and I spent our vacation doing very adventure type activities like hiking volcanos, surfing, rapelling down waterfalls and zip lining so this was a welcome relaxation at the end of the night!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jmiguelmolina, Manager at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, October 9, 2011
Dear Emgirl1022 thanks for your assessments. Your words give us strength, and purpose to keep on working hard in order to offer the best to all our visitors. For Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort it is very important to make sure every guest is satisfied with our service.
Our luxury natural resort and hotel is the best place take a break, relax and enjoy the good life. We look forward to welcome you on your next trip to La Fortuna!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

Accommodations are spacious and decorated nicely with huge jacuzzi aqua mini tiled bath. The bed is most comfortable. The staff is friendly and always willing to assist. Wifi in the rooms. Food is excellent, with many choice. Hot Springs are H O T!! It is a good idea to wear sturdy sandlas or gym shoes in the hot springs-the water falls in the hotspsrings is a natural massage...and open until 10PM! Complimentary Quick Shuttle Service from the Hotel to the hotsprings; 4 minutes, is always available.
The Grand spa is sooooo relaxing and lovely and has talented masseuses with many services offered. Activities outside of the Resort is plentiful; with ziplining (very organized, safe and anyone can do it). Horsebackrding and hiking tours to the Volcanoo. A new addition, is the Shangri La for private parties outdoors with a fantastic videw fo the Arenal Volcano.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jmiguelmolina, Manager at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, October 9, 2011
Dear Mr.Botrip48, thanks for sharing your perceptions regarding your visit to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. All accommodations, services and food and beverages alternatives are provided by always thinking about how to please all our guests´ needs, you are our number one and our reason to be. We are honored to have a one of the Top 5 Destination Spas in Central and South America, which is always recognized for its great service and its magnificent and authentic setting. Furthermore, the Shangri La Gardens is a very recent improvement that has been created in order to renovate and provide always the best facilities for our visitors, it looks like real paradise with a great ambiance, this is a magic place where you can actually breath tranquility and relaxation. Hope you can visit us soon!
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San Diego, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

Working for a vacation rental company, it is important to know THE BEST day trips and things to do in the area to recommend to clients. Let me tell you, THIS IS IT! The hotel is beautiful and overflowing with lush landscape, great service, and friendly guests. Looking out the window from our hotel room, I felt like I was right in the middle of a tropical forest. The hot springs are truly a “luxurious” experience. Walking in with your robes, you automatically feel like you are in a top of the line VIP spa. Once you get to the hot springs they are absolutely magnificent. They are attached by trails and each one is unique with different temperatures, depth, and design. At night they have lit trails that give it a romantic and intimate feel Not only are you beyond relaxed, but captivated by the beauty. When you are done relaxing you can slide down the slide into the big pool and swim up to the bar and get yourself a cocktail and just enjoy yourself. I was asked to blog for Good Life Retreats about the one day trip I would recommend, and this was hands down the first thing that came to my mind!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jmiguelmolina, Manager at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, October 9, 2011
Dear friends form GoodLifeRetreats, thank you so much for your support and assessments. Totally agree with you, it is important to know and experience the product in order to sell it and ensure customers get what they want. Definitely, ¨Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is located right in the middle of the tropical rain forest. Our hot springs and facilities are great to be experienced during both the night and day time. Tabacon is truly one of kind experience, unique hot springs, magnificent ambiance, pure natural flora and fauna, mixture of unbelievable ingredients that make ones experience unforgettable. We are honored to be approved by your team.
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

great hotel with excellent customer service. The rooms are not bad although I would not consider them to be on par with other 5 star properties. The meals at the various restaurants were some of the best we had in Costa Rica. The hot springs are absolutely amazing and really incredible to enjoy at night.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jmiguelmolina, Manager at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, September 29, 2011
Dear TravelMothDave, we do believe the customer service can make one´s experience even more memorable and provide a plus to the service. We offer several food and beverages choices in order to please all our visitors´ requirements. Regarding our Hot springs, during the Night time they do have their own charm. There are no words to describe how the magical night nature sounds and the unique ambiance make out of this place a real paradise. Tabacon´s hot springs should be experienced both during night and day time, causing different experiences but same effects, providing our visitors tranquility and pure relaxation. The team of Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort looks forward to your next visit to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort.
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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
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#7 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#15 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#18 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort 4.5*
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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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/Arenal Volcano National Park

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