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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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We arrived there at 12 midnight from a flight that landed at 8:15 pm in San Jose. This is not so relevant to the hotel but if I had to book the inbound portion again I would have chosen to fly in through Liberia because of my originating city (Philadelphia). LIR and SJO are equidistant to Tabacon but I forgot...

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Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful resort. Excellent, friendly service. From a 2am arrival to departure, we felt a level of service that is rare. Rooms are lovely, food is excellent (breakfast included), thermal spa is not to be missed. Shuttle to and from spa is efficient and it's not a bad walk either. About my only complaint is that the gift...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Jahan786, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and sharing your experience with us. We are glad to read you enjoyed the wonderful service provided by our staff. At the same time, it's great to read the room was lovely and the food service was excellent. Just as you mentioned, we offer to all our guest shuttle service that it is...

Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

My boyfriend and I chose Tabacon primarily for the hot springs. We stayed four nights in the Orchid Room and it was lovely. Our windows opened to a garden view, the shower was luxurious and the room was very spacious with a separate seating area for relaxing and dining. There was a lot of attention to detail to the service...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Mandi G, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read your boyfriend and you chose Tabacon as a destination in Arenal area. It's great to know you enjoyed the attention from our staff. it's wonderful to hear you consider to come back again because of our immaculate rooms and hot springs. On the other...

Jupiter, Florida
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The hot springs are spectacular, and so is the the place. It would be 5 stars if more attentive to the guests needs such as breaking large bills from local currency to smaller denomination. Also, the restaurant "Los Tucanos" should keep some open tables for guest of the hotel that did not previously reserved for diner as we got turned...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello AndreLexulois, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are glad you enjoyed our spectaculars hot springs setting in a 100% natural environment. We are sorry to read we didn't exceed your expectations in relation to breaking large bills from local currency denomination, we appreciate your observation as now we can take it into consideration. In...

Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our family stayed in Costa Rica for 9 days to travel around. The most amazing place is the Tabacon Resort, and the Hot Spring service. Their Service is the best! Friendly, clean, and they achieve the best in all you can imagine. The place you should always choose for vacation. Seven stars!! The restaurants and the SPA are the best....

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Mary x, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read Tabac was the most amazing place you stayed at when visiting Costa Rica. It's wonderful to read you enjoyed the service from our staff as well as our services which made your experience the most relaxing while in Costa Rica. It's great to know...

Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Staff are consistently polite and responsive. Rooms are clean, comfortable bedding, well maintained - but have drawback of no separation from bathroom (no real wall, so if you turn on the light you will wake a companion). Restaurants are adequate but service was spotty (one night it took 1.5 hours to receive main course after appetizer...despite multiple inquiries to waiter...

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Hello Jessica K, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you enjoyed the service provided by our staff who was always polite and responsive. At the same time, it's wonderful to read you found the room comfortable and well maintained. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience you experienced in relation to our restaurant...

Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great hotel, the food is good, breakfast is phenomenal, staff is very courteous. The spa and massage in the rain forest is unreal.

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Dillon H, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you had a great experience while staying with us. It's wonderful to read you enjoyed our facilities and services as well as a massage experience in our open-air bungalows. We appreciate your review and hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again in...

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my second time at this resort, the first was six years ago. I remembered it as one the coolest places I've ever been to. This time it was even better. Our room was in a better area and the breakfast buffet was as good as it gets. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We arrived early and...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello D7897THjohnc, Thank you for choosing Tabacon and sharing your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read this was the second time at Tabacon and that you experience was even better than the first time you came. It's great to read you liked the service provided as well as our more than 20 thermal pools surrounded by the rainforest...

Florida
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tabacon Thermal Resort is *the* place to stay in Tabacon. The architecture of this luxury hotel blends perfectly into the natural environment. Access to the only completely natural spring in the area is included with the hotel stay. The springs are nothing less than stunning and after a long day of hiking and ziplining are a welcome respite. Onsite...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello FloridaGiraffina, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are glad to read toy had a5 star experience during your visit and that you like the architecture of our hotel and the perfectly natural environment. As you mentioned, our hotel guests have complementary access to our hot springs. As you were able to experience, our thermal...

Washington, D.C.
Reviewed 1 week ago

Trip of a lifetime. Worth every penny. The hotel is beautiful, the service above and beyond, the grounds dreamlike. You could be quite happy here without ever setting foot in the hot springs next door (though that would be a ridiculous mistake -- they are even prettier and more luxurious). The spa is terrific, too.

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Hello ieateverything, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you had a trip of a lifetime while visiting Tabacon. It's great to know you consider our grounds to be dreamlike. As you mentioned, coming to Tabacon without visiting our hot springs it will be a terrific mistake as our hot...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Breakfast included
  • Meeting Rooms
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  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center with Internet Access
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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 

Additional Information about Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

Address: 13 Km Northwest, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $322 - $534 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 103
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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 Thermal Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#13 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hello! My boyfriend and I are traveling to Tabacon in a few weeks! We are a couple in our late twenty's/early thirty's and this will be our first big trip together out of the country... I've tried to do a lot of research but I still have a few questions! Please help and be specific if you can! :)

We booked a private van to the hotel from the airport - but what about once we're there? I've seen a few posts about $1-$2 taxi rides about 10 minutes away into the town of La Fortuna, but I've also seen some people say it cost them $20 to get to La Fortuna.

1. How much should we expect to pay for a taxi from Tabacon into the town of La Fortuna? (or other nearby areas with restaurants)

2. How did you book these quick taxi rides?

When I travel, I am the adventurous type - I love to experience the culture of the area. I am terrified of heights but am still open to zip lining, hiking, etc. I also want to see as many animals and creatures as possible, and I love to photograph! On the other hand, my boyfriend is not as adventurous and would love to experience the culture but in a more relaxed way.

3. What are the best adventurous excursions/tours that you've been on, and how do you book them?

4. What are the most beautiful & relaxing tours that you've been on, and how do you book them?

5. Has anyone been to Extremo Ziplining? I've heard it's the best.

I've read numerous posts about how the food at the Tabacon isn't worth the money... which is fine because I would rather experience the culture anyways.

6. Where have you traveled for food and beverages that you would recommend us to go - and how did you get there?

Lastly, we only have 5 days here and our first and last day are wasted, due to the amount of travel time. (So really only 3 days)

7. What are the top things you recommend for us to do here, besides the springs?

Thanks in advance!!

over a year ago

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“top floor room with the view to the vocanoe mountain”
 of 5 bubbles , 4 days ago | Read review
“Spring for the larger rooms with living area. The open space is luxurious and relaxing. Ground floor rooms have walk out gardens.”
 of 5 bubbles FloridaGiraffina, 1 week ago | Read review
“Honeymoon suite had great view but furthest on the property from the lobby.”
 of 5 bubbles megans277, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Ask for the honeymoon or the Orchid suite if you can afford.”
 of 5 bubbles johntJ121LU, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“all the rooms are equiped with all you need and great big king-size beds and they are so comfortable.”
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