Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 89%Family Travelers
- 75%Green Travelers
- 60%Budget Travelers
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Member Reviews (35)
- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal ResortAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jan 02, 2014
An absolute must do while in Arenal. Hot thermal springs set in a lush, jungle-like setting, rich with various waterfalls and pools across its gardens. It looks just like I would imagine paradise to look like. This is part of a hotel, but separate entry is possible for 89 dollars. A bit pricey but worth every cent. It includes a generous lunch and you can easily spend a few hours here.
- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal ResortMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Dec 20, 2013
This is an absolute must do. Hot springs in a sprawling, amazing, landscaped garden with waterfalls, different pools and lots of privacy. There is also a hotel here where you can stay - have not stayed here but it looked very nice.
- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal ResortNov 24, 2013
Once of our favorite places to stay. Not too pricey if you plan on gooing to their hot springs just down the street, because it is included in the rpice of the room. So get there early for checkin!
- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal ResortMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Nov 07, 2013
Whether you stay at the hotel as well or just visit the thermal springs, Tabacon is a wonderful place to soak away long-term travel dirt, or just relax for hours on end.
- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal ResortMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1First to ReviewJul 30, 2013
Excellent resort high in the Costa Rica highlands. They host a fantastic playland combining naturally flowing thermal springs and rivers with constructed thermal pools featuring pool bars and areas of varying degrees of hotness. This is the place to stay when checking out the Arenal volcano, which is Costa Rica's most active - frequently sporting fire shows of molten lava. What more would you expect from Central America?!
- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal ResortMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Jul 19, 2013
A scenic hotel on the Tabacon.. love the healing waters of the mineral springs. Nice and clean accommodations. The staff is very helpful A definite Costa Rican destination.
- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal ResortMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Jul 09, 2013
An amazing, epic experience. If you can afford it, you can stay here. Otherwise, go hike the volcano during the day, and then come here in the evening for drinks and to soak in the natural hot springs. They are heated by the volcano itself, and guided into natural rock pools strewn throughout the jungle where you can go and sit and watch the red lava flow out of the volcano (on a clear night and the reason to go at night). You also stumble upon little bars set up around the area. Perfect spot, really cool.
- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal ResortJun 25, 2013
AMAZING! My friends and I stayed at Tabacon for 4 nights and we were all thoroughly impressed by the facilities, service, and food. Honestly this was one of the highlights of our trip.
The hotel is great! The rooms are clean and located in the middle of the rain forest. The rooms are routinely serviced twice a day. In the morning towels are replaced, beds are made, and everything is cleaned up. At night beds are pulled down and chocolates left on the bed. Honestly they take care of everything: picking up our trash, etc!
Beautiful! Normally cost about $60-70 a day, but free for hotel guests. A picturesque setting within the forest in Arenal. The natural heated springs are relaxing and surrounded with trees and waterfalls. The resort is filled with many secluded areas. There are enough small sections, such that every party or couple can have some privacy. Many of the pools vary in warmth to accommodate for all preferences. The even have a larger pool with a walk-up bar and water slide!
Impeccable service!The staff went above and beyond. Upon check-in we were greeted with a welcome beverage.
American Airlines lost our baggage, and the hotel told us to enjoy ourselves while they took care of it. They even took the time to find us at the Hot Springs to privde us with updates. The next morning our bags were in the room. Note that the staff at DoubleTree in San Jose didn't even bother to help. Thank goodness for the Tabacon Staff!
During the vacation I burnt my leg really badly. The guest services staff took the time to personally take me to their on-site medical clinic. Upon arrival the injury was cleaned and another medicine was suggested. The hotel even offered to buy the medicine for me, instead of my going to the pharmacy in town. The next day it was in my room along with a handwritten letter from guest services. They did all this and only charged the cost of the ointment ($7). I even saw the same exact tube at the airport pharmacy for $17.
Service was amazing!
Los Tucanes Restaurant:
I came to Costa Rice more for the adventure, but had little expectations for the food. However our dinner at Los Tucanes was great! Everything from the appetizer to the dessert. It even came with an amuse bouche, palette cleanser and small dessert! The service here was also exceptional. They even called a cart to drive us back to the room, because it was raining!
Ave del Paraiso Restaurant:
Decent food. You have the option of eating a la carte or buffet. The buffet changes each night. The Costa Rican Buffet was very good. I loved the carving station, which provided some of the best steak I ate during my entire vacation (with the exception of the tenderloin from Los Tucanes). Service was a little slow by American standards, but I think it was just a cultural difference -- the staff not wanting the customer to feel rushed.
The Grand Spa:
Beautiful spa with a great professional staff. Everyone is very attentive. They provide water, smoothies, coffee and tea along with your treatment. The Grand Spa also has a private tub in a nice relaxing setting. Each massage takes place in a private bungalow hidden in the forests of Arenal. While enjoying your massage you get to enjoy all the natural sounds of animals and running water. It's a great place to unwind and very romantic for couples.
I would definitely suggest that anyone visiting Costa Rica visit Arenal and go to Tabacon. It is very affordable compared to hotel rates in the states, and you are sure to get 5 star service!
- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal ResortJun 23, 2013
An epic relaxing adventure. Not to be missed. A river of hot water meanders through a lush , winding tropical landscape . Hot waterfalls, pools for swimming, cool pools for relaxing between the warmer pools Aladin style basket curtained beds for private naps beside the river with gentle spa music playing from the forest in the Shangrala Garden section of Tabacon. Great Restaurant. Wonderful adventure for a romantic couple or a whole family reunion.