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Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos 13 Km, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos Costa Rica
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#3 of 12 hotels in La Fortuna
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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. 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 located The Spa, which combines a beautiful location with a singular spa experience, where treatments are rendered in open air bungalows all of them with private jacuzzi.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Hiking
Free shuttle or taxi services
Business Centre with Internet Access
Parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
24-hour front desk
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Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Safe
Seating area
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Sbalse1 wrote a review Yesterday
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
We are a family of 4 with 2 young kids and we had a great experience. The hot springs had many kid safe and gorgeous pools. The food was decent. The room was amazing. We are definitely going back when we can.
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traveltandb wrote a review Feb 2023
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts14 contributions1 helpful vote
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Tabacon was an outstanding resort! In our view, the service rivals that of hotels like Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton. We were greeted with included valet parking, a quick and friendly check in, complete with cold towel and welcome drink, and then a tour of the resort by golf cart. The property was impeccably clean. Each morning personnel would come out and sweep leaves off the sidewalk that had fallen overnight. Umbrellas are provided everywhere as rain can be frequent. The thermal baths were also amazing. A modern, clean shuttlebus brings you to the thermal baths from the hotel. It is only about a 3 minute ride down the road. Robes are in the rooms to use to go to and from the thermal baths. The thermal baths were amazing! The water is so warm and all landscaping is done beautifully. It definitely has a luxurious feel. There are multiple areas and pools for patrons to spread out. An extensive breakfast was also included in our stay, overlooking the hotel pool. The hotel pool is also filled with thermally heated water, so no complaints from kids (nor adults) about a cold pool. Our only negative of the resort is that their hot water supply is from the volcano and while the showers get very warm, it was impossible to take a steaming hot shower. Ideally the hotel could heat the thermal water the extra 15-20 degrees to be able to take a piping how shower, but the water temperature was acceptable. Certainly it would not deter us from staying at the resort again, just something to know in advance. The resort is in a good location. It is a little outside of town but close enough to get there for dinner if desired with ease. Also a short drive to see the volcano, go on zip lines, hanging bridges, coffee tours, etc.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear travelrandb, It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we're grateful to have your feedback. It's great to know that we were able to make your arrival seamless and that you got to enjoy many of the different amenities that we offer. We are happy to know you had the opportunity to enjoy our natural hot springs, the delicious breakfast from Tucanes Restaurant, and the service provided. Please know your concerns about the water supply have been passed on to our management team. We would love to host you again soon! Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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TravellerQueen wrote a review Yesterday
Connecticut73 contributions118 helpful votes
This the place you want to stay in La Fortuna. Other hotels have hot springs but not the exquisite waterfalls and setting of this rainforest oasis. Everything is perfect and the staff is so kind and helpful. We loved every minute. The only teeny tiny critisim is that the hot water in the shower is at the same temperature as the hot springs so it never really gets hot enough for a good shower. Small issue for an otherwise sensational experience. If you and your companions are over 18 your need to go to the adults only Shang Ri La area of the springs and those drinks in the pineapples are amazing.
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Larry V wrote a review Mar 2023
Clearwater, Minnesota1 contribution
We stayed 4 nights with our family of 13 people from Arkansas and Minnesota, ages 5 to 70. The grounds and hot springs are amazing. The resturants and bars were delicious. The staff were all extremely helpful. We will definetly go back.
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Del S wrote a review Mar 2023
White Bear Lake, Minnesota4 contributions
Our first impression of Tabacon was "Wow". The resort is beautifully landscaped and impeccably maintained. The on-site restaurant is wonderful with very accommodating staff and great food. We used Tabacon transportation on several occasions. The hotel staff assisting customers with arranging boarding taxis were outstanding. We needed assistance entering and exiting one of the large vans provided and the staff provided wooden steps to assist. Staff member Japheth was especially helpful - remembering us on subsequent visits and making sure the steps were available. The road from Liberia airport to Tabacon is challenging, but the stay made it all OK. We hope to visit again.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear 228dels, Thank you for choosing our hotel for this special trip. We're happy that we were able to deliver on your expectations, our goal is to stand out and ensure each guest has a wonderful experience. It is great to know you had the opportunity to enjoy the delicious gastronomy from our restaurants, and the service provided. Your comments will be shared with our team to recognize them for their hard work. We would love to serve you again soon! Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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Waterlilymay1 wrote a review Mar 2023
Tamarindo, Costa Rica33 contributions8 helpful votes
We had a day pass for the hot spring, which was really nice after a long day of hiking/ outdoor activities. Note that they are always fully booked, so maybe book at least one month in advance for the day pass? We tried to book a room 1 month in advance, and they were already full, didn’t expect that same goes to the day pass. Luckily, Bryan, who kindly added us on the waiting list, and kept us updated for any cancellation made it possible for us to experience this place. Great hospitality! Also, do try the Piña Colada at the pool bar :)
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book in advance!
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear Waterlilymay1, Thank you for choosing Tabacon and for taking the time to write a review of your experience. We are pleased to know you had the opportunity to relax in our natural hot springs after the tour around Arenal and enjoy the delicious Piña Colada from Agua Ardiente Pool Bar. This gives us a great opportunity to recognize our team for their hard work. We would love to serve you again soon! Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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Av S wrote a review Mar 2023
Toronto, Canada5 contributions23 helpful votes
Decided to take a mini girls trip here for 1 night while in Costa Rica for a destination wedding. From check-in to check-out, you are reminded that this is a luxury hotel. Perfect for girls trips, honeymoon or anniversaries. It was the perfect wind down to the hustle and bustle of the busy resort we stayed at for rest of vacay. Very quiet and the hot springs are so big that you can find your own place of quiet unlike other tourist attractions. Will be back!
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Dear Av S, Thank you for choosing our hotel for this special trip with your friends. We're happy that we were able to deliver on your expectations, our goal is to stand out and ensure each guest has a wonderful experience. We would love to host you again soon! Best regards, Tabacon Management Team
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Catherine W wrote a review Mar 2023
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This is a big hotel but really nicely done. We had a great suite that was huge with a jacuzzi bath and very luxurious. It was quiet and private. The main restaurant was great but really busy - potions are huge so we shared a starter and a main which they were fine with. Breakfast was good but hot food was very local - they need to have at least bacon. Fab fresh fruit though. There is a public water park/ hot springs 5 mins away - we were told to go there for lunch when we arrived (room not ready) as that’s the only place they serve lunch - mistake! It was awful - like being at a theme park. However we quickly learned that there is the Shagrila garden for hotel residents (not kids) higher into the park which was amazing - fab restaurant and fab food. Stunning hot springs (you need to wear something on your feet though). Really loved the private pods in the warmth of the volcanic gardens. The reception in the main hotel is also the bar area which can be chaotic at busy times - they also need to stop kids from taking over the bar near the restaurant as it means there is nowhere to have a quiet drink. Main bar was fine but closes at 9pm. We did the volcano walk which is pretty hard work - lots of steep steps - but we enjoyed it and came back exhausted. We had a number of older people on our tour who had to turn back as it was too steep. We both had a massage at the spa which was great (expensive at $125) but very good and in lovely facilities. Once you get the lay of the land it’s a lovely place to stay.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Do not eat at the public water park unless you are with kids! Shangrila gardens and lunchtime...
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Responded 4 days ago
Dear Catherine W, Thank you for visiting our hotel and for writing such a detailed review of your experience. We are happy to know you had the opportunity to enjoy our natural hot springs, especially Shangri-La gardens, our guest's exclusive area. It is also great to hear you enjoyed the amazing experience of our Spa treatments, the tour around Arenal, and the comfort of our rooms. Your concerns about our restaurants and breakfast have been passed on to our Food &Beverages director. We hope to serve you again in the future. Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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Brenna H wrote a review Mar 2023
Boise, Idaho1 contribution
My family and I booked one night at Tabacon and it was absolutely incredible. The friendliness of the staff and the approach to customer service was absolutely outstanding. In my experience a one night hotel stay can often be disappointing because of late check in times and early check out times. The opposite was true at Tabacon. We were contacted ahead of time and offered spa services and dinner reservations. The reservation assistant let us know we were welcome to start using the hot pools at ten am the morning of our reservation. When we arrived at 1:00 our room was already ready. It was a wonderful check in experience with delicious welcome beverages and a tour of the grounds. When we checked out they let us know we were welcome to come back to the resort and use the pools until ten pm that day. The rooms were beautiful, clean, and luxurious. The hot pools and gardens were incredible. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and soaking in the thermal pools was magical. My whole family agreed that it was the most relaxing place we had ever been. My husband and I were both lucky enough to visit the spa for a massage and the experience was intoxicating. Each massage is given in a private outdoor cabana surrounded by jungle with the sound of the river in the background. I had the "spa" massage and can honestly say it was one of the best massage experiences of my life. I cannot recommend a stay at Tabacon enough!
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Responded 5 days ago
Dear 319brennah, Thank you for choosing our hotel for this special trip. We're happy that we were able to deliver on your expectations, our goal is to stand out and ensure each guest has a wonderful experience. We are glad to hear you had the opportunity to enjoy our natural hot springs, the comfort of our rooms, the amazing treatments from our Spa, and the service provided. We appreciate you recommending us and look forward to welcoming your family back in the near future. Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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ver0nicaclarke wrote a review Mar 2023
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Perfect romantic get away! The tasting menu at Tucanes was fabulous. We were not impressed with the food at Ave. the idillic spa treatment for couples was divine. Expensive but worth a few days of splurging! We will return
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Dear ver0nicaclarke, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to write a review of your experience. We are pleased to know you had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing experience of our Idyllic treatment from our Spa, and the delicious gastronomy from Tucanes Restaurant. We would love to serve you again soon! Best Regards, Tabacon Management Team
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US$401 - US$653 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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tabacon grand spa thermal hotel la fortuna de san carlos, tabacon grand hotel thermal, tabacon grand resort thermal, tabacon resort, tabacon hot springs
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkLa Fortuna de San CarlosLa Fortuna
NUMBER OF ROOMS
105
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TABACON THERMAL RESORT & SPA - Updated 2023 Prices & Reviews (La Fortuna, Costa Rica)

Frequently Asked Questions about Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge (7.4 km), Ecotermales Fortuna (5.1 km), and La Fortuna Waterfall (7.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Ventanita, Soda Los Rodríguez Restaurante, and Restaurante El Coloso Arenal.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.