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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

97 Excellent 900 Reviews
Tropical luxury hotel with upscale accommodations, an eco spa, and open-air fine dining restaurant. Within the Arenal area, the hotel offers unique access to the hot spring thermal pools and the adults-only Shangri-La Gardens. The resort has a minimum stay of two nights.

All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also include buffet breakfast for two daily at Los Tucanes Restaurant, a $75 spa coupon and $25 beverage credit per room/per stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeem in full, restrictions apply), unlimited entrance to the hot springs resort during the stay, and exclusive access to Shangri-La Gardens adult´s only hideaway (for guests 18 years of age and over).

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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
Nestled in the heart of Costa Rican rainforest in a mystical setting, Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano. The luxury property offers luxurious accommodations, fresh service philosophy accompanied with elevated standards, and detail-oriented boutique style services.

The resort's unique healing thermal mineral spring river emerges from the volcanic Earth, forming Costa Rica's largest network of naturally flowing hot springs—10,000 gallons of natural thermo-mineral water flows every minute from the rocky, volcanic ground. Close to the volcano where water temperatures are hottest, Shangri-La Gardens offers an adults-only hideaway exclusively to hotel guests 18 and older. Renovated in 2016, luxury guest rooms and suites are beautifully appointed with rich handicrafts and furnishings made by Costa Rican artisans. Rooms feature cable television, DVD players, personal safes, mini bars, coffeemakers and WiFi Internet access. Guest bathrooms include luxurious bathrobes, deluxe bath toiletries, hair dryers and bathtubs.

The hotel's Los Toucanes Restaurant offers an open-air environment with chef-prepared world-class cuisine inspired by local flavors. Plus, guests can unwind at one of Costa Rica's best eco spas, where treatments are offered in open-air rainforest bungalows to the sounds of gently rushing streams and local wildlife.

Please note: Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa has a minimum stay requirement of two (2) nights.

Hotel Address:
  • Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
  • 13 km West of La Fortuna
  • La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela
  • Costa Rica

Location Summary
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is located in La Fortuna de San Carlos, in the middle of the rainforest at the Arenal Volcano National Park.

Directions to Hotel
By car from from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO): Take the Inter-American Highway North to San Ramon. Exit in San Ramon and drive through town. Continue past Los Angeles, Balsa, Bajo Los Rodríguez, Santa Clara, Javillos, El Tanque. Once in La Fortuna, stay in the main street to Arenal Volcano National Park. Continue for 13 km to Tabacon.

By car from Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR): Drive to Liberia. Turn right towards Cañas/San José on the Interamerican Road South. Turn left in Cañas and follow the signs to Tilaran. In Tilaran turn left in the main intersection towards Arenal Lake. Continue around the Lake past Arenal Dam. Drive for approximately 15 minutes to Tabacon.
Note Bene
Tabacon has received several international awards including the Five Stars Certification, making it one of the top hotels and resorts in Costa Rica.
Meeting Space
Property can host meetings with up to 60 attendees.
Fine Dining On Site
Los Toucanes Restaurant offers an open-air environment with chef-prepared world-class cuisine inspired by local flavors.
Pool Outdoor
Natural hot springs pools.
Spa Facility
Eco spa where treatments are offered in open-air rainforest bungalows to the sounds of gently rushing streams and local wildlife.
Ecological Tourism
Nature walks and tours.
Hikes along Arenal's Hanging Bridges, and in the rainforest.
Horseback Riding
Horseback tours available nearby.
Recommended Rooms
The Orchid Room has a vast open space with unobstructed views of the exterior tropical setting, complemented by a modern interior, with a rainforest shower featuring a floor meticulously pieced together with local stones to create an exhilarating rainforest atmosphere.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Meeting Space
    - Disabled Access
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fitness Center
    - High Speed Internet
    - Pool Outdoor
    - Spa Facility
Available Activities
  • - Ecological Tourism
    - Hiking
    - Horseback Riding

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