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Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Arenal, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • Exclusive access to the famous Tabacon hot springs for hotel guests during a select period each day

  • Fantastic views of Arenal volcano

  • A good base for a wealth of activities including white water rafting, hiking, zip lining and horse riding

  • The only and biggest thermal hot river runs through the property creating relaxing pools and waterfalls.

  • Offers a selection of luxurious rooms and suites

  • Arenal's biggest and most famous resort

  • Award winning Grand Spa named one of the "best mineral spas" and "eco-spas" in the world

  • The hotel is separated from the springs making it tranquil and peaceful

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November to April is the best time of year to visit Arenal and is the 'drier' season in Costa Rica. The ‘green’ season is from May to September, which sees tropical showers most afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October. December to March is high season and hotels do get booked up months in advance so best to plan early.

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Insider's View

Use your Tabacon guest pass to get into the adults-only guest zone of Tabacon Hot Springs, where you can enjoy a cocktail in the warm, soothing waters of the famous volcanic hot springs of Costa Rica.

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The Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is set amongst lush rainforest, with great views over the Arenal Volcano. The lodge has lovely verdant landscaped gardens, a natural hot spring on site as well as thermal mineral water pools.

The Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is located in La Fortuna de San Carlos, in the rainforest at the Arenal Volcano National Park. This central region of Costa Rica is one of the world’s most topographically diverse; and plays host to a range of exciting outdoor activities such as white water rafting, trekking, horseback riding, kayaking and various canopy tours high above the treetops.

The resort has 95 guest rooms and 11 suites, each with private terraces and handcrafted furnishings. Room interiors feature plush bedding, ensuite bathrooms and modern amenities while some rooms boast direct views of the Arenal Volcano. Room service is available 24 hours a day while babysitting, laundry and concierge services can be arranged upon request.

Opened in 1993, the resort boasts naturally occurring hot springs (originating from the Tabacon River) a short distance on foot from the property where you can soak and unwind in addition to two bars and three separate restaurants, which feature cuisine varying from casual to upscale. The resort’s open-air Grand Spa offers guests the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation treatments, and is the perfect place to enjoy a massage in the ambiance of the surrounding jungle.

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Set under the rainforest canopy, Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort's 103 guest rooms include complimentary access to the on-site thermal hot springs as well as a pool, fitness center, spa and 2 restaurants. Comfortable and spacious Orchid Rooms are equipped with all the must have modern amenities including air conditioning, wireless internet dvd player and television.



Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)

Tabacon offers some of the best family accommodation in the Arenal area, with sumptuous multiple bedroomed suites, free entry to the Tabacon Springs and lots of great dining options. With the look and feel of a tropical resort, the Tabacon surprised in the middle of Costa Rica, with beautiful rooms and nature spilling into every pathway and facility, to make sure your vacation is as relaxing and comfortable as it is authentic as possible.


  • Arenal Canyoning - Waterfall Rappelling

    Get your adrenaline pumping with this exhilarating canyoning adventure as you rappel down waterfalls, climb through canyons and immerse yourself in the tropical surroundings; prepare to get wet!

  • Arenal Hanging Bridges

    Enjoy a fantastic natural history walk through primary tropical forest, crossing 1800 meters of canopy walkway, in the company of an expert naturalist guide. See a wonderful array of flora and fauna on the way including sloths, monkeys and exotic birds.

  • Arenal Volcano Walk

    The best way to get as close as possible to the spectacular Arenal Volcano is to walk the reserve’s easy series of trails, which will take you through secondary rainforest and former lava fields. The park is known for its diverse wildlife.

  • Caño Negro Wildlife Experience By Boat, canoe or kayak

    The Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve is wonderful for wildlife lovers looking to discover one of Costa Rica's most biologically diverse regions. It is considered to be one of the best destinations on the continent for bird watching.

  • Don Tobias Horseback Riding

    Enjoy a gentle three hour trail ride taking you through beautiful lush scenery and as close to Arenal Volcano as possible. The Don Tobias stables have horses to suit every riding ability.

  • Kayak on Arenal Lake

    Gently paddle around Arenal Lake and soak in the spectacular views of the volcano, best enjoyed on a clear day. Explore the shoreline and observe a variety of birds including herons, kingfishers and flycatchers.

  • Rafting the Pacuare River

    The Pacuare River offers some of the finest white water in Latin America, winding through rugged canyons deep inside one of Costa Rica's impressive rainforests. As no roads lead to Pacuare Lodge, rafting in and out is the perfect way to arrive in style!

  • Rio Celeste & Volcano Hike

    Witness the unearthly blue color of the Rio Celeste as you take a rainforest hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park. Geological oddities and the Rio Celeste waterfalls are additional fascinations.

  • Ultimate Zipwiring - Sky Tram & Sky Trek

    Soar through the rainforest canopy on this thrilling zip wiring adventure in the Arenal reserve. Experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest from a bird’s-eye view, admiring the wildlife and spectacular scenery from above. Minimum age 8 years old.

Location & directions

Arenal, Costa Rica

Just 3 minutes away from Tabacon Hot Springs, and 15 minutes away from the town of La Fortuna, this resort is perfectly located to enjoy all the delights of the Arenal Area.

How to get there

12-hour international flight to San Jose from London, then a 2-hour car transfer to the hotel.

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