Agua Ardiente Pool Bar, Courtesy of Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

A lush & luxury resort with access to some of the best hot springs in Costa Rica—perfect for couples seeking romance & relaxation

Overview

You’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the jungle at Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa, a luxury resort in La Fortuna. All 42 rooms feature natural tones, wooden accents, and views of the rainforest. Your room rate includes access to the thermal pools (a quick shuttle ride away) with a small area and pools explicitly reserved for resort guests. Enjoy daily breakfast near the onsite pool or reserve a 6-course private dining experience surrounded by the rainforest.

Kimkim's Take

Brittany
Brittany McNamara kimkim staff
Based on kimkim staff visit, January 2022 (Learn more)

Pros

  • As a luxury property with a relaxed and romantic setting, Tabacon is perfect for couples, friends, or small groups.
  • Although day visitors are welcome into the thermal pools, there’s a private adults-only area of the hot springs reserved for resort guests.
  • The hot springs at Tabacon are unique, appearing more like a natural river than separate swimming pools, as with other properties.
  • You’ll find plenty of food variety, including a beautiful restaurant at the hot springs with private dining available at an additional cost.
  • In addition to the thermal pools, the hotel itself features an outdoor pool and hot tub area with cozy cabanas for guests.
  • Guests requiring mobility support can enjoy the accessible main hot springs pool with a ramp.
  • Rooms include warm wooden features, and all have rainforest views.
  • Enjoy spa services for an additional fee, including body wraps, massages, and other treatments using natural materials, such as volcanic mud.

Cons

  • As the property is on the main road, some rooms may experience noise. 
  • You must take a shuttle from the hotel to the hot springs (complimentary).
  • The property isn’t walkable to the town or restaurants, and you need a car or taxi for self-guided offsite explorations.

Authenticity

Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa does a great job blending into its surrounding environment and highlighting the essence of the Costa Rican jungle, which makes sense considering a nature-loving architect created the luxury property and restored its natural, tropical origins. This small resort with just 42 rooms sits on 900 acres and offers views of the rainforest.

Location

Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa is just off Route 142, about 7 miles (11 km) west of La Fortuna and slightly north of the Arenal Volcano National Park. So although getting to town requires a 20-minute drive, you’ll be closer to the national park’s entrance. Note that the hotel and thermal pool are about 500 meters apart, so you’ll need to take a quick shuttle to get between the two areas.

Rooms & Bathrooms

You’ll have your choice of five different room types: two superior room options and three suites. All are warm and inviting with tile floors and small pops of colors, while some feature balconies overlooking tropical gardens. Upgraded units have in-room Jacuzzi tubs, and some suites include kitchenettes, seating areas, and multiple rooms. The bathrooms in the suites are huge, adding to the property’s luxurious vibe. The room price for all guests includes entrance to the hot springs, access to the Shangri-La Gardens (adults-only), and daily breakfast.

Other Highlights

The main highlight of Tabacon is, of course, its beautiful thermal pools, complete with waterfalls, tropical gardens, wooden bridges, and thatched-roof buildings. You’ll have access to 18 different pools, open to hotel guests from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. There are onsite lockers that require a refundable deposit and a beautiful restaurant (reservations necessary). You can also book a private dining experience for an additional fee—a unique perk in the area and great for small group dinners, special occasions, or even a romantic proposal. 

Although there is one accessible pool area, the narrow stone pathways can be tricky. The spa services are also a treat, as they’re in an open-air cabana surrounded by trees and the sounds of the jungle.

Sustainability

Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa has numerous sustainability initiatives, including (but not limited to) water conservation and environmental education programs, water treatment facilities, the use of local and regional producers, an onsite organic garden for food sourcing, a clean energy project, solar panel installation, natural geothermal heating for the pools, and a “plant a tree” program to help reach carbon neutrality.

Hotel Information

4.5-star Hotel
+506 2479-2000
13 km oeste del centro de La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Free parking
Free wifi

Traveler Reviews

Overall Rating (12 reviews)
4.8 out of 5
Feature ratings
Authenticity & Character
4.9
Location
4.7
Staff
4.9
Cleanliness & Comfort
4.9
Balazs
Balazs L.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

This is a small paradise in Costa Rica. I know this luxury hotel may be intimidating at first, however, we had a wonderful time while we stayed there. Everybody is working on that you will feel relaxed and happy. The resort is beautiful, there is really no better word for like paradise. Just go there, you will not regret it. read more

This is a small paradise in Costa Rica. I know this luxury hotel may be intimidating at first, however, we had a wonderful time while we stayed there. Everybody is working on that you will feel relaxed and happy. The resort is beautiful, there is really no better word for like paradise. Just go there, you will not regret it.

Authenticity & Character
Location
A small wonder of the world. In the middle of a rainforest, with a view to a smoking volcano, while simmering in a crystal clear river which is never too cold or too warm, sipping your perfect cocktails. A small paradise.
Staff
I have never experienced a hotel which had friendlier staff than Tabacón. I would even like to mention Diego, the chef who was responsible for our breakfasts and always took the extra mile so that we were satisfied with everything. Additionally, Diane was like an extra sun who brightened our days with her cheerfulness and kindness whenever we met her.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless and perfect. I would recommend room 109, as that has the best view of the volcano in my opinion.
Stayed in September 2022
Blair
Blair H.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Simply beautiful. This is an elegant hotel. The hot spring fed pools were amazing. The restaurants were delicious. The views and location could not be beat. read more

Simply beautiful. This is an elegant hotel. The hot spring fed pools were amazing. The restaurants were delicious. The views and location could not be beat.

Authenticity & Character
Very simple and zen like. Lovely taste.
Location
View of the volcano!
Staff
So polite and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Perfection.
Stayed in August 2022
J
Julie G.
Lake Butler, FL | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

First class all the way. Loved the modern feel of the rooms, the hot springs were the best, and the restaurants simply delicious! Small and inviting, you feel like you’re in your own corner of the jungle. read more

First class all the way. Loved the modern feel of the rooms, the hot springs were the best, and the restaurants simply delicious! Small and inviting, you feel like you’re in your own corner of the jungle.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stayed in July 2022
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Tony Z.
Milton, MA | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Relaxing great to have thermal on site
Known by everyone who’s been to CR read more

Relaxing great to have thermal on site
Known by everyone who’s been to CR

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stayed in May 2022
Moriah
Moriah B.
Israel | Reviewed on Jun 03, 2022

We stayed at the honeymoon suite, room was big but had some issues, floor is always wet, window didn't close so bugs could got in. so did the door.
Bright white light next to our room brought all the bugs by at night.
No real hot water in the shower so we didn't use the hot-tub :[
Small TV.
Big, comfortable room.
Breakfast is great, dinner less...
Hot springs included was wonderful! we went twice.
The view from the lobby was great, saw some amazing birds.
Staff are nice.
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We stayed at the honeymoon suite, room was big but had some issues, floor is always wet, window didn't close so bugs could got in. so did the door.
Bright white light next to our room brought all the bugs by at night.
No real hot water in the shower so we didn't use the hot-tub :[
Small TV.
Big, comfortable room.
Breakfast is great, dinner less...
Hot springs included was wonderful! we went twice.
The view from the lobby was great, saw some amazing birds.
Staff are nice.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stayed in May 2022
G
Greg L.
Albuquerque, NM | Reviewed on Apr 06, 2022

It was great! It offered everything that we wanted. I would highly recommend it! read more

It was great! It offered everything that we wanted. I would highly recommend it!

Authenticity & Character
The spa and restaurant
Location
Great view of the volcano. Great location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stayed in March 2022
M
Merlita G.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL | Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022
Tips for future travelers

The Tabacon resort and spa was the perfect escape for my husband and I. We enjoyed our luxurious suite, spa and thermal hot springs. read more

The Tabacon resort and spa was the perfect escape for my husband and I. We enjoyed our luxurious suite, spa and thermal hot springs.

Tips for future travelers

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Stayed in February 2022
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Seth G.
Santa Rosa, CA | Reviewed on Feb 08, 2022

Great place to stay and enjoy your beautiful surroundings and hot springs.

Recommend going to the pool bar and have Douglas make your drinks and have great conversation.

Pura Vida

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Great place to stay and enjoy your beautiful surroundings and hot springs.

Recommend going to the pool bar and have Douglas make your drinks and have great conversation.

Pura Vida

Authenticity & Character
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Staff
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Stayed in February 2022
D
Danielle M.
McHenry, IL | Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

This place is absolutely magical!! We truly enjoyed everything about this hotel except for the lack of water pressure in the shower. That was disappointing, but it by no means ruined our trip. The robes to walk around in were a very nice touch. The restaurants on site were really good and the signature drinks were fun to try. Shang ri La Gardens- the adult section for hotel guests only was incredible. We spent a very large amount of time there. We loved the server Adrianna. She was... read more

This place is absolutely magical!! We truly enjoyed everything about this hotel except for the lack of water pressure in the shower. That was disappointing, but it by no means ruined our trip. The robes to walk around in were a very nice touch. The restaurants on site were really good and the signature drinks were fun to try. Shang ri La Gardens- the adult section for hotel guests only was incredible. We spent a very large amount of time there. We loved the server Adrianna. She was fantastic. The little cabanas to rest in were perfect. It was so quiet and calming. Incredible!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stayed in January 2022