• Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa

About Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa

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).

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13 kms North West from La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Area, Alajuela, 0 Costa Rica
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Hours of Operation
Monday: 9am  -  9pm Tuesday: 9am  -  9pm Wednesday: 9am  -  9pm Thursday: 9am  -  9pm Friday: 9am  -  9pm Saturday: 9am  -  9pm Sunday: 9am  -  9pm
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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.

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Customer Reviews for Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa (14)

January 18, 2015
A Wonderful Experience
My husband and I visited for our anniversary and we absolutely loved everything about Tabacon. The hot springs were amazing and so very relaxing. We had a couples massage which was so relaxing my husband fell asleep (he never does that). It was followed by a very romantic milk bath which came with champagne and fruit. We spent a whole day here but I could have spent out whole vacation there. We ended the day with the buffet served there. Everyone was so friendly and the facilities were wonderful. Looking forward to the day we return!
December 6, 2012
Absolutely amazing place! Went here for my anniversary and had an incredible time! The staff was extremely friendly and the grounds were gorgeous! The hot springs are a once in a lifetime experience!
September 2, 2012
wonderful vacation
its very good, i will come again in my next vacation
September 1, 2012
it is a good .and i will again come here .its services are very good .
August 30, 2012
what's a item
i like it
August 29, 2012
very good
August 26, 2012
this is very good
August 26, 2012
nice services
nice services
August 23, 2012
i like this place
its the best ever for spa and relaxation
August 23, 2012
good spa
best resort to destination
October 24, 2011
Incredible experience
This stunningly beautiful spa-resort is of outstanding quality. I received a scrub and a massage in one of the private open-air huts; Between the treatments I was guided to rinse off in a private, completely secluded miniature stream and a pond, set in a lush tropical canopy. Overall experience is absolutely undeniably the greatest there is to have! The professionalism of the staff, a broad range of services and paradise-like environment makes this spa one of the very best establishments in the spa industry.
August 4, 2011
Tranquility in the jungle
This was the first spa I ever went to...and boy did I start at the top! Outdoor massages, with water running under the open air thatched huts surrounded by jungle foliage and bird, were amazing. The sweat lodge experience was safe and spiritual. Staff are excellent and professional. The environment is serene and unlike any spa I have ever been to. It's a long journey to get to this hotel and spa....but worth the effort for a unique experience.
October 26, 2010
Idyllic atmosphere and the most relaxed I have ever been. I highly recommend this spa experience.
February 25, 2010
The number one best spa treatment of my life. All others are measured by my experience at Tabacon. First, the resort is amazing. The entire atmosphere is about service and casual elegance. The hot springs (heated by the volcano) are a treat in themselves (admittance comes with the price of your room). My spa treatment (a facial and massage) took place in an open (but extremely private) hut in the rain forest. The sounds of the hot springs running and soft jungle sounds in the background. An extremely competent technician (Monica). The treatment itself expertly executed. Heaven.
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Facilities & Amenities

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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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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