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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
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Gilbert, Arizona
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“The hot springs are the highlight”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

We spent two nights at this resort for our Honeymoon. We were thoroughly impressed with the gorgeous hot springs. The winding pathways lead to pool after pool of naturally heated spring water which is perfect for the cool days and nights near Arenal. Unfortunately, the hotel itself seemed like an afterthought and is separated from the springs down the road. While the shuttles to and from the springs were complimentary, it still felt like planning an all day trip to go there. It is a very popular location amongst tourists and was crowded at times. The food was very expensive because you really had no other option but to eat at the springs or at the hotel. It is expensive to get a cab into La Fortuna if you are interested in eating in town. The rooms were nice but not spectacular. The volcano was shrouded in clouds our whole stay so we missed out on another reason why this resort is a great spot. The springs can make up for a lot of little inconveniences, if you like to sit at the pool all day long.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

We just got back from Costa Rica a few days ago and my bf and I are still raving about Tabacon. Besides the spectacular hot springs, beautiful gardens and gorgeous rooms, the service is top notch. All staff members we encountered during our 2-night stay were warm, friendly and very accomodating.

We were upgraded to one of the newly renovated suites when we checked-in and I have to say we were blown away. The bathroom was the nicest we've seen in a long time with marble floors, huge jacuzzi, separate toilet room w/bidets, glass shower with various shower heads & jets...incredible. The room was huge. With a dining table, lounge area, desk and large windows facing a lush private garden with a view of the volcano!

There are shuttles at the lobby always waiting to take you to the hotsprings.. which is literally a 45 sec ride down the road. The hotsprings is paradise. You have to experience it yourself to truly understand the magic of this place. The Shangri-la area (adults only) was secluded, quiet and very romantic.

Food at restaurants were decent.

I look forward to visiting again one day. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We bought a day pass to this resort and it was the highlight of the vacation. The hot springs felt amazing and every spot in the resort was so picturesque. The food was delicious as well. I would go back in a heartbeat. I tell everyone they need to visit this place!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This spa is amazing. I thought it would be artificial and crowded but when I arrived there I was astonished with everything. Several hot springs. All of them very natural and beautiful. Everything is very clean and amazing. The food was so delicious and I really wanna come back there. Best choice of spa in La Fortuna.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Splendid and unforgettable. Magnificent grounds, beautiful and spacious room with excellent appointments and housekeeping. Staff was gracious and accomodating. Good gym; hot springs were a pleasant diversion, but lost interest after two visits.

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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Not only was the hotel wonderful, comfortable, and welcoming, but the reception, service, and food where extraordinary. As a vegetarian I don't find many different menu options. The tabacon food was amazing! The various options they have me, made me feel as though it was modified specially for me. The Mediterranean buffet was so appetizing! I had a great experience in the beautiful hot springs but overall I think the food was what really made it memorable.

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Antioch, Illinois
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Really unique place. The volcanic hot springs are, of course, hot. Very relaxing. We walked around on a sunday but didn't take in the springs till Monday. It was a lot less crowded on Monday. Wife had an amazing expereince in the spa -- a bit pricey but worth it. The breakfast was outstanding. The buffet down at the springs, while very good, was a bit pricey. So was the breakfast, but it was included in our rate so no complaints. Stuff is more expensive here, but that is not unlike other resorts around the world (i.e. 4 or 5$ for a diet coke at the bar).

But, you are here to see the volcano (not much going on with it now, which was a shame, but still impressive) and to go to the springs. So nice and relaxing. Unlike anything I've seen. Go do it.

Had our 5 y/o with us and he enjoyed too. Turndown service and attention to detail good too.

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Property: Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
Address: 13 Km Northwest, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, 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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Green 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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 103
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 Thermal Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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