Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

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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


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 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

Know Before You Go

  • 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.
  • Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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