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“Best hot spring in the world” 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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Alhambra, California
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“Best hot spring in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This hot springs was simply amazing. That alone is worth every penny because we paid $200 a night which includes entrance to the hot springs, which is $65 pp. The garden is a beautiful place to lounge until you're ready for the hot springs again. Its like paradise, but better, and the rooms were nice too. It's a bit far from the city, but the perfect retreat. Would never stay anywhere else in Costa Rica.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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dpape, Gerente at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, September 15, 2012
Dear Johnson T.

Thank you for writing down and sharing with us your opinion. Our Resort is a inimitable place with no comparison to elsewhere. Relaxing in the gardens with the sound of the water gives you the opportunity to disconnect. To be 13 km from La Fortuna adds the tranquility of nature that makes our property special. We really appreciate to know that Tabacon is your favorite destination in Costa Rica and hope you will have the opportunity to come back soon.

Best regards

Daniel Pape
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Tabacon is a great hotel and of course as all the other reviews state the hot springs really make for an unusual experience. The hot springs are wonderful and there is a real unwordly feel about them. They are very close, walking downhill, taking around 7 mins from hotel, but we did get the free shuttle back to the hotel most times. The hotel sits in the shadow of Arenal Volcano and that also makes the place magical. The food was delicious but very expensive. We did go to La Fortuna one evening but adding another $30 to your bill for the taxi there and back also makes it an expensive dinner. I also did the "sweat lodge" - temezcal, which was a wonderfully healing experience, I believe for all of us involved. The lady who ran it, sadly whose name I cannot remember, was a wonderful facilitator and kept the whole experience safe. That will always be my memory of Tabacon and I am very glad that I did it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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dpape, Gerente at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, September 15, 2012
Dear Cicigregory,

Thank you very much for sharing your impressions you have lived with us. It is nice to read that you had a nice time with us. At Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort the magic of Nature makes it all an extraordinary experience. To enjoy the hot springs, with the water sound, the green of the gardens and the sounds of the different animals as for example the birds make it a oasis to relax. The close distance Hotel and the rooms can round up this experience together with our F&B experience. We are happy to see that the changes we made in our food menu where to your satisfaction.
It is nice to know that you fully enjoyed the Temazcal with our female shaman and I will let her know that her ceremony is the memory you connect with Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. Whenever you want to relive this experience just visit us again, it would be a pleasure to have you again with us.

Best regards

Daniel Pape
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Ra'anana, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Tabacon and we did not want to leave this fantastic Resort.
The Hotel level is very high, and the Hot Springs, make this Hotel, to become a 7 Stars Hotel.
The Hot Springs Gardens are just a small Paradise and there are many areas where you can enjoy, even when there are many people around you can find peacefull places to enjoy the Hot Springs and the Nature.
The Spa services is outstanding and all the Hotel Services where excelent

Room Tip: Our Room was in the 2nd floor, and then you can see the Volcano and be at the same time inside a Rai...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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dpape, Gerente at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, September 15, 2012
Dear Hila M,

First of al I would like to thank you for taking the time to share with us your experience here on TripAdvisor. It is very delightful to read your review about your outstanding stay at our grounds. All the property is surrounded by majestic Tropical Rain Forest Gardens where nature is an essential element to reach genuine relaxation. The resort is big but the garden area with the different plants, bushes and trees make it possible to hide away alone in one pool in the middle of the hot river. Our Springs are indeed totally natural, meaning that we do not pump the water up to create the river. We do regulate the temperature in our main pool only by mixing cold water from an other Spring of the property to the hot water. I will let the whole team know that the service we provided was part of your nice experience and I appreciate that you told me and I can pass this positive information to them.
In respect to your tip of having a room in the second floor, we do not guarantee volcano view as we respect nature as much as we can and do not cut trees. Additional the weather can make it impossible to see the volcano; therefore we do not guarantee the volcano view.
We are very glad you have enjoyed your stay at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back any time you wish to return.

Best regards

Daniel Pape
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Ra'anana, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

This is second time we visited TAbacon .LAst time we have stayed for 2 nights and then we move to Manueln Antonio and even that the Manuel Antonio beach is beautiful. We all missed. Tabacon Thermal resort
This time we have come. For 3 nights. And the quality of the Grand Spa THermal. Resort improved a lot, the rooms are very good, the service is fantastic but the most important is that seeing the nature, being the Hot Springs surrounded by such a beatiful nature, is easy to believe that. Paradise existed as you can see this with your eyes, No Photo can sow these views.

Nest time we will plan to come for a Whole weeke

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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dpape, Gerente at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, September 15, 2012
Dear Judith H

We appreciate very much that you took the time to share your comments with us. It is always a pleasure for us to welcome our clients again here in Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. We always do constant updates on the property and it is nice to read that you found the product even better as your first visit. We will be more than glad to welcome you back at our outstanding natural paradise.

Best regards

Daniel Pape
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Tabacon. The main attraction of this hotel is the hot springs and gardens. The hotel itself is nice, but average. You have to take a shuttle or drive to the hot springs and gardens which are a mile or so up the main highway. The hot springs are like the Garden of Eden with gorgeous lush flora! Definitely a must, if you visit La Fortuna, Arenal area. We didn't feel the restaurant offered the kind of quality of food that the price justified. The breakfast buffet was $28. per person, the mexican buffet theme night $42. per person (they also add the 13% tax and 10% gratuity on to that price, which is done throughout Costa Rica). Not the best value, nor the best food. We had dinner twice at the Arenal Nayara Spa & Gardens, the dinner was beautifully prepared and phenomenal (was surprisingly an awesome value, would have had to pay twice as much at Tabacon for lower quality food/service). We would recommend staying at the Nayara Spa & Gardens and buy a pass to the Ecotermales hot springs or a day pass to Tabacon hot springs. We stayed at the sister property to the Arenal Nayara Spa & Gardens, the Rio Celeste Hideaway which was absolutely exquisite. In all, we stayed at five different hotels on our trip to Costa Rica. The staff at Tabacon were friendly but not hospitable or personal. We have stayed at many hotels, large to boutique style, and have had impeccable service at both types. Tabacon seems to cater to the crowds vs. the individual. The hot springs while beautiful, were overcrowded, at times. They sell passes to bus loads of tourists. We were able to find some of the "adult only" springs unoccupied which made up for the overcrowding in the main springs.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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dpape, Gerente at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear 5womack,

we really appreciate you have taken the time to share your opinion with all of us. The feedback of our clients is what helps us to improve. Our Tropical Rain Forest Gardens and all natural surroundings create heavenly landscapes and some customers even describe it with the Garden of Eden. The natural river we have on our property is something no other property nearby can offer and to have this same water in all the rooms reduces our carbon output a lot as we do not heat the water additionally. I appreciate the comments of our Food and Beverage Service I will speak about the points you mention with our F&B Director.
In our resort area we do welcome day tours as well, but we always make sure we do not have too many customers on site.
It is a pleasure to know that you had the chance to see all the other properties in the area and still describe our property as Garden Eden.
Hope you will have the opportunity to visit us again soon.

Best regards

Daniel Pape
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Tabacon Resort in early August. Wonderful experience with different restaurants and hot springs. A great trip to Arenal with the family. The resort upgraded us to a honeymoon suite with a volcanic view and provided a rainforest suite for my 2 adult sons, since we are members of The Leaders Club. Every night the hotel treated us with a assortment of gifts - cake (my wife's birthday), a bottle of wine and fruits and a assortment of pastries on the last day. I would highly recommend this hotel/resort. The entire staff at Tabacon treated us as their special guest and since my older son is a assistant to a reputed director in Hollywood, we were treated royally. As it rains in Arenal, Costa Rica every day around 4 Pm, the hot springs was the star attraction for every evening. I would love to go back again........ Excellent service indeed. P.S. My sister is travelling to Arenal in October and she is also requesting a honeymoon suite.

Room Tip: Get a room on the second floor (honeymoon suite) with the volcanic view.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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dpape, Gerente at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Dear Mr. Narenmehta,

We appreciate that you took the time to write this review and share your experience with all of us. At Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort all visitors are special to us, we always give to provide nice and personal treats that would make you feel as comfortable as possible. That makes us become a great destination with the comfort, accommodations and recognized service that all our customers deserve, making you feel as special as you are.
The climate is indeed often rainy in the afternoons, but we do need the rain here to be able to have all this beautiful Flora and Fauna all around us. Indeed as you mentioned the Hot Springs are best to enjoy in the evenings.
It would be a pleasure to welcome you all back on a future birthday celebration.

Best regards,


Daniel Pape
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48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

I really love this resort. The resort is really beautiful, and the Tabacon hot spring is awesome. The hotel is beautiful and the room is perfect with a nice view of gardens. The staffs speak English very well, and very friendly. The room is very comfortable with a sitting area and safety deposit box. The bathroom was well decorated. The restaurant at the hotel is really great. The breakfast buffet is great with diverse fresh juices and fruits, and the al-la-carte dinner is also great with wonderful atmosphere and wonderful music.
The Tabacon hot spring is a must with a really fantastic view and awesome hot spring waters. It is really amazing. The pool area by the hot springs is also great. There are various pools of varying sizes and temperatures. The hot springs are a short walk from the hotel, about 5 minutes

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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dpape, Gerente at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear Chul A

First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time to write your feedback and shre it with us. On behalf of Tabacon`s staff I will like to thank you for the warm and positive comments regarding your stay! Our aim is to always give a superior customer service and I am glad to see that the team members went above and beyond to make your stay more comfortable. I will post this comment, as well as the other comments on our blackboard and share your feedback with them. Every area of the Hotel mentioned on your review; gardens, resort, pools , rooms and the restaurants are well kept by all the employees.
We have been promoting our new a-la cart menu at our Restaurant los Tucanes and your comments encourage us to keep improving. As well the live jazz music is relatively new in the restaurant and our clients love it.
The Hotel has its own pool right next to the Restaurante Los Tucanes, but 5 min walking down the road we have our resort area with many different pools, in size and even in temperature all surrounded by the rainforest. The resort is difficult to describe, for sure unique in the world, the combination of the location and the flora and fauna. Best is to experience it…..
It would be a pleasure to welcome you back in the future.

Best Regards,

Daniel Pape
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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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#12 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#14 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*
Number of rooms: 102
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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