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Reviewed October 19, 2019 via mobile

This was the perfect spot for our anniversary trip back in July. The resort was mostly filled with adults and older children. Some people came with small children and while the little ones didn't take away from the experience at all, I would highly recommend the resort for adults only. My little hooligans stayed home, and I'm really glad they did.

We stayed in one of the honeymoon suites and had an amazing view of Arenal out the back patio. The room was pristine and we were blown away by the thoughtful touches from the hotel staff throughout our trip. From the anniversary banner for our door, to the wine and strawberries awaiting us upon arrival, everyone in the hotel went above and beyond to make this a special trip for us. We ate at each of the restaurants and bars, and enjoyed all of them. The breakfast spread was so, so delicious, with hot items that changes daily and some authentic options to try out the Costa Rican cuisine. Outside of the included breakfast, is the food expensive? Yes, but it's not more expensive than any other resort that you would stay at, and the quality is top-notch.

The hot springs are a quick shuttle ride over to the other side of the resort and they are really lovely, and the Shangri-La garden, which is an adults only area for hotel guests only, is a really nice touch. I didn't find the hot springs to be overcrowded at all (we traveled in July -
not the peak travel season) and I loved the option of going into the pools OR the springs. The pool on the hotel side of the resort was practically empty so we got good use out of it as well. I do wish that that particular pool was open later, though I understand that because the restaurant overlooks it, it might take away from the ambience at night.

All this being said, our favorite experience of our entire trip was the Ephemeral Table dining experience. O. M. G. We splurged on this to celebrate our 10th anniversary and it was like no other dining experience that I have ever had. My husband and I were taken to a private cabana somewhere on the property, and had a six course meal prepared for us, complete with wine/beer pairings, by a private chef. Each course of the meal was completely divine, and then at the end of the meal, they left us with time to enjoy the serenity of the location, and played soft music for us to dance. We were blown away. It was worth every penny!!

We cannot wait to get back to Tabacon!!!

Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Community M, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2019

Dear valued guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you enjoyed your visit as well as our facilities and services. We appreciate your review and hope to host you again in the near future.

Pura Vida,
Marcel Stittner
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

We stayed one night to enjoy the spa and hotel. Hotel is nice but the spa takes the cake. Beautiful. The area in the back for hotel guests only is nice but a day pass to the spa would be just as nice. There were monkeys in the trees in the evening, water is perfect, warm. grounds are beautiful and the food is good.

Date of stay: October 2019
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Community M, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2019

Dear valued guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to read you had a great time and that you consider our spa to be absolutely gorgeous. We appreciate your detail review and hope to host you again in the near future.

Pura Vida,
Marcel Stittner
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

From the moment you arrive the staff are so friendly and cant do enough to make your stay one you will never forget. The hotel is amazing but the hot springs are something else. If you get the chance to go do as the setting of the Hot springs is beautiful beyond your wildest imagination. I just hope I get to return one day.

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Community M, Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2019

Dear valued guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you had a great time and that you enjoyed all our services and facilities. We appreciate your review and hope to have the opportunity of hosting you again in the future.

Pura Vida,
Marcel Stittner
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Reviewed October 15, 2019

i would highly recommend. we had an amazing dinner at Tocanes and we are foodies! the food and beverage isn't inexpensive, but we really enjoyed every course including some new wine we had never tried. Shangrila gardens is amazing.

Date of stay: October 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Community M, General Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2019

Dear valued guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you had a great time and that you enjoyed all our facilities and services. We are glad to read you had a fantastic time. We appreciate your review and hope to host you again in the near future.

Pura Vida,
Marcel Stittner
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Reviewed October 14, 2019

The best hotel in Costa Rica for sure - Tabacon is definitely perfect.
The staff was amazing, highly professional, helped with anything that we wanted and beyond and didn't let us do anything beside relaxing!
The room was super clean and really big. We had a garden behind our room that we could access.
We had a useful tablet in our room with all the information that we needed about the place.
You can move around the place using a shuttles, and it's really comfortable and fast.
The shower was well equipped, even with things that you not really expecting like disposable razors.

Tabacon has few resturants that you can choose from and all fo them are fantastic and really tasty - don't miss the volcanic stone at "Los Tucanes", that's crazy!
On one of the nights we took the Ephemeral Dinner option (private dinning) which was absolotly one of a life time experience, and we even got a small souvenir.

The spa is incredible with professional masseuse, everything is well organized and you can even select one out of 3 oils smells that going to be used during your massage.

Room tip: Try to get room with a view to Arenal volcano
Date of stay: October 2019
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Community M, General Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2019

Dear alued guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you had a great time and that you enjoyed all our services and facilities. At the same time, it's fantastic to read you even had the chance to try our Ephemeral Table Dinner and that it was absolutely one of a life time experience. We appreciate your detail review and hope to host you again in the near future.

Pura Vida,
Marcel Sittner
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