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Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos 13 Km, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos Costa Rica
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 07/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#3 of 10 hotels in La Fortuna
Location
4.6
Cleanliness
4.7
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4.5
Value
4.1
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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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. 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 located The Spa, which combines a beautiful location with a singular spa experience, where treatments are rendered in open air bungalows all of them with private jacuzzi.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Hiking
Free shuttle or taxi services
Business Center with Internet Access
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Massage
Salon
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Safe
Seating area
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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evelyn wrote a review Sep 26
Manila, Philippines8 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed at a suite that was huge . It was good for easily 4 adults . Food and drinks were first class . Tasteful interiors and homey feeling , friend and gracious service team. And the Hot spring and Spa was just out of this world Very Highly recomended
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear allcore, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to write about your experience and recommend us. We are glad to know you had the opportunity to enjoy our natural hot springs, the delicious gastronomy from our restaurants, the comfort of our rooms, and the service provided. We would love to host you again soon! Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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colbrido wrote a review Sep 25
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Highly recommend this. True paradise experience. The hot springs and variation of the pools was perfect. It is on the higher end as far as budget but I feel they really deliver on a good value for the investment.
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Dear colbrido, Thank you for staying at our hotel and sharing your review. We are glad to hear you had the opportunity to enjoy our natural hot springs. We appreciate you recommending us and we hope to see you again soon! Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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Margaret S wrote a review Sep 25
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We had the Senator room. It was amazing. Hotel couldn’t have been better. I loved the private area of the hot springs. For hotel guests only. The breakfast buffet was a wonderful addition to the day, awesome food.
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Dear Margaret S, Thank you for choosing our hotel and for taking the time to write about your experience. We are happy to know you had the opportunity to enjoy our natural hot springs, especially Shangri La Gardens, our exclusive area, the delicious breakfast from Tucanes Restaurant, and our Senator Suite. We would love to host you again soon! Kind Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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slave1 wrote a review Sep 24
vancouver6 contributions4 helpful votes
The gardens and hot springs are beautiful and magical. If you are looking for a place to relax and be taken care of look no further. The spa experience, a couples massage was fabulous and the food excellent. The service was also top notch and I can’t recommend this hotel enough. It does not disappoint!
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Dear slave1, Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write about your experience. We are glad to know you had the opportunity to enjoy our natural hot springs, the treatments from our Spa, the gastronomy from our restaurants, and the service provided. We appreciate you recommending us and look forward to your next visit. Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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jdavenportvp wrote a review Sep 24
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One of the most beautiful and enjoyable vacation experiences we have ever had! Definite for anybody who enjoys nature and beautiful landscapes! I would say the experience of the hot springs and Costa Rican culture was 5 Stars!
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Dear jdavenportvp, Thank you for choosing our hotel and for taking the time to share your experience. We are pleased to know you had the opportunity to enjoy our natural hot springs and experience Costa Rican culture and natural beauty. We look forward to your next visit! Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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James wrote a review Sep 23
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This was certainly not the caliber of service or property we expected for the price. Our trip came about because of an immigration issue requiring us to be on the ground longer than originally planned. We usually stay a week at the 4Seasons Papagayo and seldom venture out. Having added the additional nights and not wanting to only experience the beach for the entirety of our trip, we researched various luxury properties in the mountains. We ultimately selected Tabacon and Rio Perdido. It was a blessing to experience this property. Tabacon clicks all the boxes...great and very unique location, exceptionally talented and welcoming staff, great food (in truth, once we found "the spot", we stuck to it: the lobby bar is a great place for lunch and dinner as most everyone else goes to the larger locations and therefor you get the talented teams full attention and accommodation. Our favorite items were filet with one of the most amazing chimichurris of our lives, chicken Caesar salad with yet again, one of the best dressing recipes of our lives)...back to the greats...great rooms - we were upgrade to room 601 which was a suite - that have great techn like USB ports, Lutron lighting controls, and spacious bathrooms (admittedly the bathroom layout is so spacious that you end up with some awkward issues like the WC) but that was a tiny issue in my view consider everything else that was just superb. Oh, expect nature to join you whenever possible, be it stick bugs and colorful moths parked on your deck screens, lively and colorful birds on your walk to breakfast, and very funny looking and acting lizards at the pool bar. We will be adding this to our yearly trip to Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear JP305TravelsTheWorld, Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write this detailed review of your experience. We're happy that we were able to deliver on your expectations, our goal is to stand out and ensure each guest has a wonderful experience. We are happy to know you had the opportunity to enjoy the delicious gastronomy from our restaurants, especially from Caña Brava Bar, the comfort of our rooms, and the wildlife hidden in the rainforest. It is also great to hear you found our staff helpful and welcoming. We would love to host you on your next trip to Costa Rica. Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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Susan S wrote a review Sep 19
Huntington Beach, California63 contributions21 helpful votes
The hot springs setting is truly a tropical splendor featuring about 25 pools of varying temperatures for your pleasure. The pools feature waterfalls and are set amongst the most amazing tropical gardens displaying palms, orchids, anthurium and other tropical blooms, bromeliads and foliage representing every shade of green you can imagine. Lockers, first class dressing rooms and towels are provided. There is a swim up bar serving tantalizing cocktails and beer. The resort offers shuttle service to and from the hot springs and we never had to wait more than 5 min. The resort rooms are impeccable offering every luxury. Troop rate includes entrance to the hot springs and a magnificent breakfast buffet boasting a grand array of offerings. The staff is professional and friendly.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Hello Susan S! Thank you for choosing our hotel and for taking the time to write about your experience. We are more than happy to know you had the opportunity to enjoy our 100% natural hot springs, our tropical gardens, the delicious breakfast from Tucanes Restaurant, and the cocktails from our bars. It is also great to hear you found our staff helpful and friendly en enjoyed your room. We hope to have you back soon! Kind Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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Jered W wrote a review Sep 19
Keller, Texas1 contribution
Lightning struck and thunder rolled, face buried in a towel as the massage therapist melted the knot buried inside my left spina scapulae with the slightly less than boiling hot stone. Sitting in the puddle of relaxed bliss from the massage while sipping on our 2nd round of coconut filled mixed adult beverages in Arenal Volcano hot spring heated thermal pool. Experience Pura Vida at Tabacon as we did.
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Dear Jered W, Thank you for taking the time to write this beautiful review about your experience in our Spa. We are pleased to know you enjoyed your visit, our natural hot springs, and the delicious drinks from our pool bar. We would love to host you again soon! Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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hezlet wrote a review Sep 18
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Perfect in every way! Very accommodating and beautiful resort. The breakfast food was our favorite, we loved the staff here and felt very welcome. I would recommend this resort and we will be going back when we visit Costa Rica.
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Dear hezlet, Thank you for choosing our hotel and for taking the time to share your experience. We are pleased to hear you had the opportunity to enjoy the delicious breakfast from Tucanes Restaurant and all of our amenities. We appreciate you recommmending us and hope you visit us soon again! Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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ango114 wrote a review Sep 17
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
Loved everything, will definitely be back. Spa was a dream, got a massage in the middle of the rain forest. Bartenders created magical drinks. The adults only area at the Shangri La was amazing. Food was tasty especially the complimentary breakfast. Staff wad very friendly and helpful. Overall an amazing vacation.
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Dear ango114,  Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write about your experience. We are glad to know you had the opportunity to enjoy the treatments from our Spa, Shangri La Gardens, our exclusive area, the delicious gastronomy from our restaurants, especially the breakfast from Tucanes Restaurant, and the fantastic cocktails from our bars. It is also great to hear you found our staff helpful and friendly. We would love to serve you again soon! Best Regards, Tabacon Mangement Team
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PRICE RANGE
$308 - $486 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkLa Fortuna de San CarlosLa Fortuna
NUMBER OF ROOMS
105
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge (4.6 miles), Ecotermales Fortuna (3.2 miles), and La Fortuna Waterfall (4.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Ventanita, Restaurante Los Rodríguez, and Restaurante El Coloso Arenal.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Does Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.