Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa

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13 kms North West from La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Area, Alajuela, 1 0 Costa Rica 


Nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest, at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano, Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort is one of Costa Rica's best-known hot springs destinations. 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 emerges from the volcanic earth, cascading to form waterfalls, streams, tranquil pools, and ponds, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Amidst the hot springs area is Grand Spa, which combines a beautiful location with a singular spa experience. All treatments are rendered in open-air bungalows with private Jacuzzis, enveloped by verdant foliage that shelters twittering tropical birds.
Spa guests enjoy free access to the hot springs from morning until night. Thermal pools contain mineral-rich water warmed in the veins of the Arenal Volcano to temperatures of up to 102° F (38.8° C).

Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Thursday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Sunday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Spafinder Best for Hot Springs Spafinder Wellness Travels Awards 2015 Nominee Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards 2014 Nominee Spafinder Best in Central America Spafinder 2011 Readers Choice Awards - Mineral or Thermal Springs Spafinder 2010 Readers Choice Awards - Central America Spafinder 2008 Readers' Choice Awards - MineralSprings Spafinder 2007 Readers' Choice Awards - MineralSprings


The Grand Spa is set amid the waterfalls and steaming natural pools of Tabacon's thermal mineral springs resort. There are 11 open-air private bungalows (each with its own Jacuzzi) surrounded by dense, lush tropical gardens.

Signature hydrotherapy and volcanic mud treatments offer exotic, earthy pampering. The Volcanic Body Wrap uses mud from the nearby Arenal Volcano, which is rich in detoxifying and nourishing minerals. Volcanic mud is also incorporated into facial treatments, which include the 75-minute Balancing, Born-Again, Timeless, and For Gentlemen rituals.

Guests can also indulge in a variety of exfoliation treatments featuring such ingredients as chocolate, coffee, coconut, grean tea and ginger. As well guests can unwind with either Porethec (Sea Crystal) and Echen Ulhaton (Milk) Balneotherapy treatments.

The signature Tabacon Massage involves the application of moisturizing volcanic mud said to detoxify skin and improve blood circulation. Other massage modalities available include Thai, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and four hands.

Fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of the exercise center. A swimming pool on the hotel grounds containing mineral spring water is available for guest use in addition to the thermal pools.








Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa Rooms & Dining

Facilities & Amenities

Most guests of Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort come to enjoy the singular natural setting, which includes rainforest scenery, close-up views of the nearby Arenal Volcano, and a variety of mineral pools containing hot spring water. Access to the hot springs is complimentary for overnight resort guests. Seven thermal pools varying in temperature (the hottest is 102° F) and depth offer relaxation in eco-friendly surroundings featuring indigenous flowers and dense foliage. Bathers tend to congregate around the springs' rushing waterfalls, which provide soothing natural hydro-massage.

Those inclined to rouse themselves from the mineral pools may take advantage of a variety of guided tours that introduce visitors to the Costa Rican landscape. Nature-lovers and adventure junkies alike can arrange excursions that suit their tastes, including white water rafting. A popular half-day option is a trip on foot to the enormous La Fortuna Waterfall and its adjacent natural whirlpool, which is ideal for a cool swim.

Hiking trails leading to a mirador (look-out point) allow visitors to safely view the Arenal Volcano (weather permitting) and its constantly flowing lava. The town of La Fortuna is of interest for its authentic rural architecture and atmosphere as well as quaint Costa Rican restaurants.


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Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa Facilities & Amenities

Rooms & Dining

Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort has 102 guest rooms including Tabacon Suites and Rainforest Suites. All of the resort's spacious accommodations feature wooden furniture created by local craftsmen, king- or queen-sized beds, and garden or volcano views. To these amenities, Senator Suites and the Ambassador Suite add living rooms and private whirlpools.

The resort offers international cuisine at both of its on-site restaurants. Los Tucanes, the resort's fine dining restaurant, serves gourmet Costa Rican and global delicacies for breakfast and dinner daily in an intimate, relaxed setting. The breakfast buffet combines tropical and American-style fare with freshly squeezed juices and flavorful Costa Rican coffee. Located at the hot springs area, Ave del Paraiso is open for à la carte lunch and theme buffet-style dinners. Both restaurants provide multiple vegetarian options at every meal.

A swim-up bar enables bathers in the hotel pool to enjoy tropical cocktails and snacks without leaving the water.


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