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“Great resort in Arenal area, hot springs a must!”

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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

My husband and I just got back from a two night stay in Tabacon as part of a week long trip to Costa Rica. We were able to arrange private transportation from the airport through the hotel for $160 - and then transfer to Manuel Antonio as well.

Pros: The hot springs! Worth the stay alone for access to the hot springs - whimsical gardens and pools. One night it poured while we were in them really bringing to life that rainforest feel. Check out the back for the over 18 pools (hot and less crowded). Our room was nice and spacious.

Cons: Leaving the hotel without a car is difficult - $15 each way to town and back. We went to the Arenal observatory and it cost $30 each way! Breakfast buffet is good but not included. Lots of bugs in the hallway to the room.

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is truly a five-star and must stay, in the Arenal area of Costa Rica. It is definitely one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in, and I highly recommend the honeymoon suite, which has a jacuzzi, more like a spa, and over looks the volcano. The thermal springs, are on the bucket list, and definitely, are natural unlike other resorts in the area. The service and staff were above and beyond anything we could ever expect. Food was great too! This was an amazing resort, definitely a must-stay! Thermal springs were an amazing experience and so beautiful! Don't go for a less-expensive option ... this is one of the leading hotels in the world. Simply beautiful!

Room Tip: Spend more money and get the honeymoon suite, which overlooks the volcano, has a living area, and ha...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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TabaconGuestService, Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2013

Dear Stacey201012

Thank you so much for your appraisal, it is very rewarding to be informed about the pleasant experience you had during your stay with us. Tabacon is meant to be an experience to be cherished and remembered, that is why we focus our efforts to exceed all customers expectations. We look forward to receive you as our guest in the near future.

Best Regards
Yendry Espinoza
Resort Manager

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We stayed one night at the resort and were disappointed. Staff seemed to be distant and uninterested in their guests, the room was adequate but the a/c was ineffective, the smoke alarm beeping at regular intervals and no cold water in the morning.
The resort was in the process of some renovation and the swimming pool closed.
On the positive side, the a la carte restaurant provided a good dinner and the buffet breakfast was comprehensive with a good range of fresh fruits.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

This was our first trip to Costa Rica. My boyfriend and I rented a car and drove around the pacific side. La Fortuna de San Carlos was on our last stop. We were at Tabacon for 3 days/ 2nights. Everything to the service,room and spa was amazing. We did excursions through out the day and went to the thermal springs afterwards. Our first night there we decided to get the Idyllic treatment. I believe this is treatment is for the honeymooners. All good, we wanted something romantic anyway! The service was top notch, the setting was VERY romantic. We had amazing experience that we came back everyday after that. We both had foot massages and I received a thai massage. Overall, I can't say anything bad about Tabacon. Of course it was pretty far to get there from Tamarindo. Easier to get back to San Jose.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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TabaconGuestService, Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2013

Dear NotAtouristA,

Your comments are very much appreciated. Furthermore, our service is aimed to always be the best, guaranteeing the highest quality of service to all customers, who are our reason to be and to always enhance their experience. We are sincerely grateful and thankful for your marvelous visit and hope you will come back soon.

Warm regards
Yendry Espinoza
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

I have fortunately had the chance to stay here two times so far, and I WILL go back. What an amazing place. Where to start... the service is outstanding, the food and the drinks are great, the thermal spa and pools are the best I have ever been to and I have traveled around the world. The price is very very high for the drinks and hotel, but if you can get just one night, do that! The location is perfect!

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

What a magical place! The room was great, and the hot springs were amazing! If you want to visit the springs, it's definitely worth staying there since it's $60 per person to visit the hot springs. Close enough to the springs to walk from the hotel.

Very romantic to stroll around finding little nooks and cranny's to hang out in. Highly recommend! We also got a couples massage and it was wonderful. It was all outside and near the river. It was great to be amongst the nature for that.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Go here. Stop researching and please just go here. This place is unreal - beautiful, fun, romantic, and relaxing. There are so many different hot springs and waterfalls to explore and you can also have lunch/dinner. We had lunch and it was very yummy. Earlier in the day we went horse back riding near the arenal volcano and it felt SO GOOD to dip in the warm natural pools after all that activity. There is also an adult only 'garden' with lounge furniture where you can continue exploring the hot springs and also grab a drink or a nap ;)

Tip: go during the day but stay after sunset. The place is so fun to explore at night as well!

This was the absolute highlight of our costa rican vacay!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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TabaconGuestService, Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2013

Dear Masha05,
We are thankful for your comments.Tabacon main philosophy is to offer a memorable experience to all our guests and we are glad to know we met your expectations, the hot springs and the rainforest make our resort a unique place to relax. In the resort as you experienced there are more than 20 different pools, ponds and cascades all of them with different temperatures and a high mineral content. We do have several options, our hotel guest have in their room rate the access to the hot springs included but we also offer Day Passes where our guest can add one or two meals. We also have the Day Spa Package Deals, so you can add an spa treatment in an open air bungalow during your visit to complement the thermal experience of an unforgettable vacation. We really look forward to receive you as our guest in the near future.

With kindest regards
Yendry Espinoza
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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 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
Price Range: $282 - $538 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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