Welcome to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is a 15-minute drive from Arenal Volcano National Park. The resort is a 20-minute drive from La Fortuna’s main square and an hour’s drive from the Venado Caves. Juan Santamaría International Airport is a 2-hour drive away.

This hotel will provide you with a comfortable balance between architecture and nature. They strive to bring the great outdoors into their room by showcasing the lush landscape that characterizes the fertile lands that flank the Arenal Volcano.
Their room designs assimilate local culture by including artwork and furnishings designed by Costa Rican artisans.

In this Hotel, all hotel guests receive complimentary and unlimited access to the thermal experiencewhich includes dozens of hot, mineralized river pools and exclusive access to the adults-only Shangri-La Gardens, for the duration of their stay.

Thermal Experience

Many hot springs destinations in the Arenal Volcano Region and around the world drill wells and rely on pumps and mechanical systems to fill their pools. Others re-circulate and/or re-heat their supposed “thermal” waters, by means of gas boilers and other heating methods. All of Tabacon’s water has always been and will always be true, thermal water, naturally heated by the volcano and slowly mineralized, underground.

An essential part of exploring the wondrous world of the Tabacon Hot Springs is soaking in the cascading thermal waterfalls. This natural hydrotherapy is a surefire way to achieve proper relaxation. Guests tend to thoroughly enjoy exploring the numerous river pools, with their varying temperatures and water flows.


Tabacon offers a memorable dining experience surrounded by the untouched tropical rainforest of the Arenal Volcano Region. There are two open air, full-service restaurants and four bars. The region’s top chefs masterfully blend flavors and create new gastronomic experiences that evoke the most beloved, local culinary concepts and utilize regional ingredients. The restaurants at Tabacon, Ave del Paraíso and Los Tucanes, specialize in Costa Rican cuisine and creative international fare. The Caña Brava Lobby Bar is a perfect spot for a snack.

Connection with Undisturbed Nature

The Spa at Tabacon is not your typical hotel spa. Memorable spa treatments are rendered in outdoors bungalows tucked away among the trees, gardens and natural hot springs. The setting offers complete privacy, which key in order to achieve the desired state of peace and balance.

The rainforest setting helps our spa guests recall the splendor and serenity of the natural surroundings.

Each treatment is preceded by Tabacon’s signature spa ritual, which starts in our beautifully designed, award-winning open-air resting area. Your pre-treatment preparation includes a dip in the hot spring fed Hot Tub…remember: none of the water at Tabacon is artificially heated, chemically treated, or recirculated.

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