We recently spent one night as a family at the Tabacon Resort. Our plans and their tight availability made spending another night impossible, which ended up being fine.
We had heard that the Tabacon was perhaps the nicest property in the Arenal area, and I suspect that it belongs in that conversation. The Springs Resort, however, blew Tabacon away, in my opinion.
Still, the Tabacon is nice. It gives one free access to the hot springs, which were nice and unique. That's pretty much how we spent our time during our short visit.
We had asked for adjoining rooms, which wasn't accommodated. That wasn't a big deal, though. I'd still say that the front desk was professional and very competent.
Meal prices were way too high, with a sense that "we got you" to them. So we drove into town for dinner.
Finally, the grounds are quite pretty, and the rooms were very nice, clean, and quiet.
All in, it was a nice experience. I'm not angling to return, but I certainly would if the circumstances came up!
- 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