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Milwaukee
Reviewed 10 February 2014

My husband and I just returned from a week long honeymoon in Costa Rica, where we stayed at the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort for 3 nights. We LOVED the resort and highly recommend staying there. We were greeted with a cool washcloth and tropical drink on arrival. We were upgraded at a discounted price to a huge suite, perfect...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Mrose08 Congratulations on your wedding and thank you for sharing your honeymoon experience with us! It was an honor to be part of this memorable occasion in your life. Tabacón has key moments in which your experience becomes more enjoyable from a warm welcome, direct contact with nature, relaxation in our natural hot springs and so on. Our staff...

Southwest Harbor, Maine
Reviewed 10 February 2014

We drove inland from the coast to visit the hot springs. It was a fun adventure (overpriced for a day ticket) but the staff was very helpful and supportive. We'd been delayed by road construction and they kindly let us stay another hour or so into the afternoon. If there is every another time, I would vote for a stay-over...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear moongazer849 Thank you for sharing your review with us! We are glad to know that you enjoyed your visit. Our resort features the tropical rainforest and a natural hot spring river that makes Tabacon really unique. We would love to receive you as our hotel guest, we have special packages where you receive complimentary access to the thermal springs...

Kingston, Jamaica
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Talk about luxurious, then you're talking about this resort. It was our honeymoon, so there were a lot of expectations. Its a bit off the beaten path with fairly good roads, but at one point I wondered if we were on the right path. Upon arrival we were greeted by the front desk by name as if we were being...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hi Randy J Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us, we appreciate it! First of all, let us congratulate you on your wedding. We are glad you decided to visit Tabacon to celebrate your honeymoon, it was an honor to received you as our guest, having the opportunity to be part of this memorable occasion...

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Spent 3 nights at Tabacon - what a beautiful place. The hot springs were awesome!!! We were celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary, and we had a special candlelight dinner in a private cabana - how romantic!!! Food was fantastic, and the staff was very attentive.

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Dear judy s Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and thank you for choosing Tabacon for this special celebration. Tabacon´s main philosophy is to offer a memorable experience to all our guest, the natural beauty of our hot springs and the sounds of nature become part of your vacation experience. Our signature Gala Dinner invites you to enjoy a very special...

woodstock
Reviewed 10 February 2014

So happy we chose this hotel for our visit to La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano Region. The hot springs made up for the not being able to see the volcano due to the weather being cloudy & raining for the 2 days we were visiting. Our rooms was quite large with all the amenities and a spacious bathroom. We were located...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear hunkydoreyWoodstock Thank you for your review, we are pleased that you decided to stay with us during your visit to Costa Rica northern region. We are glad you experienced our worldwide recognized hot springs that emerge naturally from Arenal Volcano to offer a relaxing and wellness experience. We are happy to know you had a pleasant stay enjoying your...

Reviewed 10 February 2014 via mobile

My favorite spa experience in the world. Nothing better than a massage in a hut in the jungle by a natural hot water spring while birds chirp, breezes blow bamboo, light rain falls. Every time I go I dont want it to end. I have sent many friends, all loved it. The springs are 5 star. The shower had some...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear KimTomBengard We really appreciate your preference, it was an honor to receive you at Tabacon. We appreciate your valuable comments and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. On a daily basis we improve and renew our services to offer new experiences to our valued guests, that's why we feel extremely happy that you always enjoy a new special...

Franklin, Michigan
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Quite the luxurious resort. Beautiful, well-appointed rooms in a great setting. The hot springs were truly a delight. We had a couples massage in the jungle accompanied by the sounds of nature - just a delight. They had a nice, well-equipped fitness center. It was a short walk or shuttle ride to the spa/hot springs. The food was outstanding, the...

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Georgetown, Texas
Reviewed 8 February 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Tabacon three nights in our drive thru Costa Rica. Kelly had wanted to visit this country for some time and I wanted to stay in a few resorts (we normally rent homes). Tabacon is truly impressive and had upgraded our room to a premium with a king size bed and a view. Our...

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West Hartford, Connecticut
Reviewed 5 February 2014

We stayed at the Tabacon for two nights in late January. It was truly an unique experience and we are so glad we made the trek out there! It was the perfect amount of time to enjoy everything Arenal has to offer when in Costa Rica for 5 nights overall. Pros: - The actual hot springs was by far the...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Stephanie H Thank you for sharing your comments with us, we are glad you enjoyed our thermal resort which in fact has been recognized as one of the best worldwide, thanks to its exuberant gardens and the natural hot spring river that our guests enjoy in the heart of the rainforest. Entrance to the hot springs area is complimentary...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 5 February 2014

If only I could allocate more stars. I went to Tabacon for a ‘Girls Only’ trip in early January. The atmosphere at the Tabacon is remarkable. The staff were incredible and attentive. The suite I stayed in was exceptional - very clean and spacious. We went for a massage on the second day there... Orgasmic, to say the least. The...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Kim G Thank you for your review! We are glad you spent a marvelous “Girls Only” trip in Tabacon. Our staff is always paying attention to every detail in order to provide memorable experience to our valuable guests, we are glad to know that you enjoyed the resort facilities, our restaurants, the suite. We are happy that you experience...

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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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Address: 13 Km Northwest, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: $465 - $833 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 103
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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/La Fortuna De San Carlos
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#2 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 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
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hello! My boyfriend and I are traveling to Tabacon in a few weeks! We are a couple in our late twenty's/early thirty's and this will be our first big trip together out of the country... I've tried to do a lot of research but I still have a few questions! Please help and be specific if you can! :)

We booked a private van to the hotel from the airport - but what about once we're there? I've seen a few posts about $1-$2 taxi rides about 10 minutes away into the town of La Fortuna, but I've also seen some people say it cost them $20 to get to La Fortuna.

1. How much should we expect to pay for a taxi from Tabacon into the town of La Fortuna? (or other nearby areas with restaurants)

2. How did you book these quick taxi rides?

When I travel, I am the adventurous type - I love to experience the culture of the area. I am terrified of heights but am still open to zip lining, hiking, etc. I also want to see as many animals and creatures as possible, and I love to photograph! On the other hand, my boyfriend is not as adventurous and would love to experience the culture but in a more relaxed way.

3. What are the best adventurous excursions/tours that you've been on, and how do you book them?

4. What are the most beautiful & relaxing tours that you've been on, and how do you book them?

5. Has anyone been to Extremo Ziplining? I've heard it's the best.

I've read numerous posts about how the food at the Tabacon isn't worth the money... which is fine because I would rather experience the culture anyways.

6. Where have you traveled for food and beverages that you would recommend us to go - and how did you get there?

Lastly, we only have 5 days here and our first and last day are wasted, due to the amount of travel time. (So really only 3 days)

7. What are the top things you recommend for us to do here, besides the springs?

Thanks in advance!!

11 months ago

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