Arenal, Costa Rica

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Award-winning eco-friendly resort with 18 popular hot springs
  • 20-minute ride to the town of La Fortuna, where there's zip-lining, hiking and rappelling
  • Each room has a breathtaking rainforest view, and some rooms have a view of the volcano
  • Sleek, spacious rooms are 100% smoke free 

“One of Central America's most famous and compelling resorts” -- Fodor’s


Map & Directions

Tabacon is located about one hour and 15 minutes from Juan Santamaria Airport. Private transfers are available for up to five people at $181 each way. If you arrive at the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Tabacon is about one hour and 45 minutes away, and the private transfer is $200 each way for five people. Taxis are available for about the same price, but are not recommended due to the long distance.

Rooms & Rates

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With 18 natural hot springs, threaded through myriad hidden pools and waterfalls, Tabacon invites guests to rejuvenate and de-stress. Perfectly manicured jungle paths can take you to each spring and hidden pool, or to spa treatments in a bungalow that opens up toward the rainforest. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the hot springs area.

Due to its popularity, the resort can get extremely crowded with day trippers paying to use the hot springs for the day; however, day passes expire at 6pm making late afternoon the optimal time for quiet.

The rooms are huge with views of the rainforest. Walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads are abundant. Some rooms face the volcano, which heats the water used for showering, making Tabacon one of the most environmentally conscious hotels in the country.

Wi-Fi is free at Tabacon, so you can share your trip on social media. Meals are not included and can be expensive, ranging from $30-$60 per person per meal. The nearest town of La Fortuna is a 20-minute car ride away and offers more local flair and excursions.

From the press:
  • “Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort is at the forefront of active environmental change” -- Gayot
  • “One of Central America's most famous and compelling resorts” -- Fodor’s
  • “Rooms are large, modern, and sophisticated, with beautiful rainforest (and sometimes volcano) views” -- Oyster



  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport. Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the resort prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • A resort fee is included in the total price displayed.
  • Up to 2 children 4 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: CRC 15192 per person (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

The charges below are included in your overall room price:

  • Resort fee

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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