Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica

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Rooms & Suites: 102

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is a five star luxury property spread across 900 acres of private natural reserve at the base of the Arenal Volcano, just outside La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

The spa-focused property features a natural thermal springs river that flows by gravity throughout the resort, forming in-river pools and cascading waterfalls that are naturally heated by the volcano's magma. In addition to its thermal springs, the resort features 103 eco-friendly guest rooms and suites, an adults-only Shangri-La Gardens, open-air spa, two international restaurants, one lobby lounge, and a pool with swim-up bar and waterslide. The property is carbon neutral and features a sustainable Green Program that allows guests to aid in conserving the region's natural resources. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Travel Leaders and Signature Travel Network, the resort has been named among the top 10 spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine and Travel + Leisure.


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Accolades & Articles

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Travel+Leisure World's Best, Conde Nast Johansen's Most Excellent Award, SpaFinder Award, Green/Sustainable Hotel Certification, Conde Nast Readers' Choice Award, A-List - Luxury Travel Magazine Award, Five Star Diamond Award

Trip Type

Adventure/Eco/Nature, Business Meeting, Family Vacation, Romantic Getaway, Spa & Wellness, Wedding

Wow Factors

• Dramatic location with spectacular waterfalls and thermal springs adjacent to an active volcano • Four-handed massages

Insider Tips

• Guests must wear required wristbands at all times. • WiFi is available in the main lobby and restaurant. • This is the jungle, so wild monkeys and other animals roam the property freely. • The resort is full of family friendly offerings like white water rafting and rainforest hikes, but the atmosphere is more honeymoon/romantic. • The lava flows down the far side of the volcano. • You can head down to La Fortuna for dining options outside the hotel.


Tabacon has 73 guest rooms and 29 suites that feature 42 inch flat screen televisions, DVD players, safety boxes, Internet, coffee makers, mini bar and hairdryers, to mention a few. Other services available are a 500 DVD movie library, 24 hours room service, and a private Gala Dinner for couples in a private bungalow in the rainforest with a private Chef and waiter.

Amenities & Services

• Wireless Internet connection in most public areas. • Adjoining and connected rooms, only superior category. Ideal for families with children or groups that wish to sleep in separate quarters while having direct access to each other through inter-connecting interior doors. • Romantic candlelight dinner at private open-air bungalows, ideal for honeymoons or other romantic occasions. • Non-smoking rooms. • Wheelchair-accessible rooms. These rooms feature wider door frames, bathroom with showers instead of bath-tubs and security handle bars, only garden category. • Cribs for small children. Imported from the United States, these cribs fit U.S. Government standards and guidelines. • Room service. Food and beverage services provided by the Los Tucanes restaurant staff. • Emergency medical attention. • Fitness center & Grand Spa. • Transportation between the hotel and the Thermal Springs complex.


Hotel Pool Area and Jacuzzi - The Hotel features a quiet swimming pool and outside Jacuzzi filled with thermal mineral water, the perfect place to enjoy the natural surroundings of the property: the rainforest and volcano. The Tabacon Hot Springs perfectly combine mineral content, volume and temperature. While there are many hot springs destinations around the world, few offer this special balance set in a splendorous natural paradise.


The Grand Spa covers 35,000 square meters, and offers treatments in 11 open-air bungalows located in the middle of the rainforest. The signature Tabacon massage begins with a series of bends and stretches to regulate the body's flow of vital energy, and concludes with volcanic mud vigorously massages into the body.


The Arenal Region, with its splendid and famous volcano, its National Park and the Arenal Lake, has become a unique and exciting destination for nature lovers and explorers. Adventure - Adventurous guests at Tabacon can choose from a wide selection of excursions and experience the thrills of adventure and ecological activities in the Arenal area. The different tours in the region include amazing white water rafting; canyoning; exciting canopy tours; rainforest sky trek and hiking to the Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall. Nature Lovers - Beside the outstanding tropical gardens and forest at Tabacón's hot springs, our guests can enjoy an extraordinary experience by taking local excursions to wildlife refuges and private reserves, where you can observe the rainforest. Tours such as hikes to the volcano; float trips on canoe; bird watching; and the perennial favorite, the Arenal sky tram and the hanging bridges; are some of the nature activities to discover for an exceptional and memorable stay at Tabacón.


San Jose-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)

Airport Distance

90 miles/150 km

High Season

November through April

Getting There

Transfers can be arranged through the property for approximately $150 (1-4 people), each way, to/from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) (2.5 hours away). Tabacón Grand Spa & Thermal Resort is 150 kilometers from San Jose, Costa Rica's capital, on the road that connects La Fortuna to Lake Arenal, in the country's northern zone. The resort sits near the base of Arenal Volcano, and is surrounded by the wildly diverse flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest. 150 km / 90 miles from San Jose International Airport. Tabacón offers a continuous complimentary shuttle between the hotel and the resort's hot springs. To request this service, please contact the front desk. Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort 13 km West of La Fortuna La Fortuna de San Carlos Alajuela, Costa Rica Tel: (++506) 2519-1999 (Reservations) Tel: (++506) 2479-2000 (Hotel) Fax: (++506) 2519-1940 Email: