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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

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14/05/2017 15/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Stamford, Connecticut
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

I stayed here with my adult son because we wanted to tour the Arenal area. We came from the Andaz hotel which was too far from Arenal to do multi-day tours near the volcano. Tabacon has a very different vibe from the Andaz in Guanacaste. More homey and felt more authentically Costa Rican. Room was very spacious and comfortable and...

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New Castle, Delaware
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

This resort is marvelous and I highly recommend you stay at least one night. The entire resort is spotless. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. You don't have to think twice so book this resort.

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

From the arrival till departure, nothing short of awesome. Genuinely friendly staff. We arrived earlier than check-in time and they took care in every way they could. We had to change our spa appointment at last minute and were accommodating. The hot springs were terrific and clean. Kid friendly pool and pool side service was great duribg the rush hour...

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

Hello Rashmi B, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and sharing your experience with us. We are glad to read that during your visit everything was awesome. It's a pleasure to read you enjoyed our services and facilities as well as our breakfast buffet at Los Tucanes restaurant which offers a wide variety of dishes for all tastes. At the same...

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Awesome property ! We were greeted by friendly staff. All details were taken care of. The room was outstanding, very clean and comfortable. The breakfast buffet - superb. We thoroughly enjoyed the thermal waters and our stay there.

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

Hello _sallyholberg, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are glad to read you enjoyed our awesome property and the service from our always attentive staff. At the same time, it's great to know you enjoyed the outstanding, very clean and comfortable room. It's a pleasure to read you had a great time during your stay....

Devon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fabulous hotel easily earning it's superlatives. Fantastic staff who always greet you with a smile and pleasant greeting, huge, well designed rooms and the most gorgeous thermal spa area with beautiful gardens. We could easily have spent another night here on our Costa Rican tour. If I had one small complaint, it is that the Shangri-la gardens are supposed to...

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Thank Sue S
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Hello Sue, It's a pleasure to know through this review your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you had a fabulous experience at our hotel and that you enjoyed the fantastic attention of our staff. At the same time, it's wonderful to read you consider our thermal spa area was beautiful as well as our gardens. We truly...

San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have stayed here several times and it is very calm and relaxing. Food is good in the hotel area, and ok over at the hot springs area. Rooms are nice and comfortable great location Service is very good just try to stay away from peak seasons, you will have a much better experience.

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Hello Tizoc S, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and sharing your experience of your visit. We are glad to read you have stayed at our hotel several times and you enjoyed our tranquility and relaxing atmosphere. At the same time, it's great you read you liked our Food and Beverage service as well as the room in which you stayed....

California
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

After making us wait for our room to be cleaned (we were taken/checked into a room that was dirty), we were upgraded to a super amazing honeymoon suite! What a nice surprise especially since we were on our honeymoon! Hot springs were beyond amazing and we enjoyed going to the private adults area for hotel patrons only. Snuggled in a...

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Hello Charlene, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tabacon. It's a pleasure to read you enjoyed our amazing honeymoon suite during your honeymoon. Our aim is to fulfill all our visitors with unforgettable experience at our hotel.At the same time, it's great to know you enjoyed our Shangri La Gardens, a private sections for hotel...

Minden, Nevada
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wow!! So beautiful. If you are going to Costa Rica do not miss staying at this amazing place. The hot springs are truly incredible and there are so many little paths to take and find another quaint little pool to soak in I thought I would get lost. We had dinner at the the main restaurant and the food and...

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

Hello kwhilden, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and share your experience with us. It's a pleasure to read you consider Tabacon is a must visit when in Costa Rica. At the same time, it's wonderful to know you enjoyed soaking into our more than 20 thermal pools and having dinner at the main restaurant where the food and service were...

Fremont, California
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The stay part is in a very luxurious area - the rooms are massive! The bathrooms are even bigger and the staff is uber helpful and courteous. The breakfast spread is superb - too many things to choose from. i could not do justice to all of it. Concierge and front desk are extremely efficient. The hot springs part is...

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

Hello Harsha S, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. We are glad to read you enjoyed our services and facilities as well as the service from our staff. Our aim es to provide memorable experiences to all our visitors and it's a pleasure to read yours wasn't an exception. We appreciate that you consider Tabacon the perfect place...

Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I traveled with my husband and 5 year old to three places in Costa Rica. Our trip was amazing but Tabacon was a real disappointment. I realize that there are many positive reviews of Tabacon and so it may be that this place is not for everyone and I'm hoping this review can be helpful for the group that might...

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

Dear Jenn, Thank you for providing us with your input. Please rest assured that your comments will be reviewed. Our valued clients’ feedback is essential in our effort to offer the best quality of service and features. We are sorry that the decor of the interior did not meet your expectation. Offering a large variety of rooms we could have...

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  • Breakfast included
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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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 

Additional Information about Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

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: $390 - $633 (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
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 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!!

over a year ago

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