Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

A world-class resort in the midst of the beautiful Costa Rican rainforest, near La Fortuna de San Carlos

Explore lush jungle, natural hot springs and wake up to a dawn chorus of tropical birds. Take in views of the brooding Arenal Volcano. To stay at Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is to immerse yourself in a Costa Rican paradise.

Set in more than 900 acres of a verdant rainforest reserve, this boutique hotel is a tranquil retreat with luxurious modern touches. Everything is designed to make the most of the inspiring setting – from the design of the rooms to the thermal springs that feed its internationally-renowned spa. Completely in harmony with nature, this hotel has also been awarded five out of five leaves for its sustainability by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).
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It’s an ideal launch pad for exploring the Arenal Volcano National Park. See (and hear) exotic Costa Rican wildlife in all its glory, from howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans and coatis. Then finish your day with a swim in Tabacón’s pool, before watching the sun dip below the canopy of the trees.

Enjoy your stay!

105 Rooms |  3 Floors |  2 Restaurants | 

4.8 /5

1390 reviews


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Environmentally Conscious

The Tabacón approach is to employ sound and sustainable principles throughout the entire life cycle of its infrastructure. Every drop of Tabacón water has always been and will always be true, thermal water, naturally heated by the volcano and slowly mineralised, underground. The installation of 836 solar panels means that the energy generated for the resort is clean and completely renewable, while over 1,500 trees have been planted on property as part of an ongoing reforestation project. The resort is also a pioneer in La Fortuna Electric Route, facilitating installations for recharging electric vehicles to make electric transport viable in Costa Rica.

Cultural Custodians

With its rainforest reserve setting, Tabacón makes a luxurious base for discovering the astounding Arenal Volcano region. In partnership with a local, ethical tour provider, Tabacón encourages guests to delve deep into Costa Rican culture, from coffee and chocolate making classes, to guided wildlife and waterfall walks and handicraft days spent with the Maleku tribe, the smallest indigenous community of Costa Rica. Meanwhile, the palm-thatched spa centres around the life-giving properties of its natural springs, using raw materials such as coffee, lemon grass, pineapple, cocoa, yucca, and rice to create a true ‘Tico’ wellness experience.

Community Minded

As one of the main employers in the area, Tabacón provides job opportunities to residents and neighbouring communities and recently launched the ‘Together We’ll Go Ahead’ campaign to provide meals to workers in the tourism industry affected by the pandemic crisis. The food was prepared in the Tabacón kitchen and distributed to different communities, positively impacting 850 families. The resort passionately supports local suppliers, not only through a sustainable gastronomy programme which showcases Costa Rican produce and regional delicacies, but also by supporting the ‘Tu-MoDeLo’ programme of sustainable local supply.

Covid-19 Measures

  • The Costa Rican Government requires proof of vaccination to enter most establishments starting 1st December 2021. In abidance to this, we will be requiring the officially sanctioned QR code to all its guests, with exception of children under 12 and guests with medical waivers.

  • New implementations such as personal protection equipment, certified cleaning products, special machines for disinfection, protectors for customer vehicles, thermal cameras and infrared thermometers, QR readers, Tablets, smart bracelets (keys and charge of bills), protective barriers in service areas, among others.
  • Each of our areas has the respective biosafety protocols, developed under the guidelines of the WHO and government entities of our country (Ministry of Health, Occupational Health Council, Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce, and the Costa Rican Tourism Institute).
  • The learning and training of our staff has been essential for the success of each preventive procedure against Covid-19. For this reason, 100% of this has been trained and the constant accompaniment for continuous improvement in quality services is maintained.
  • We maintain daily controls on the staff health status, vulnerable cases and the action plan in case of suspicion or confirmation by Covid-19. Also, guests fill out a health survey during their arrival, allowing us to identify any anomalies.

Our rooms

From $336 

Orchid King Room

Sleeps 3

Orchid 2 Queen Room

Sleeps 4

Rainforest Room

Sleeps 2

Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2

Tabacon King Suite

Sleeps 3

Senator 2 Bedroom Suite

Sleeps 4
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Global Rating

4.8 /5


1390 reviews


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Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa, Costa Rica

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Key Features

Family friendly
Room service
Air conditioning
Free parking

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Bell staff/porter
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Doctor on call
  • Turndown service
  • Hairdresser/barber
  • Laundry service
  • Free parking
  • Wedding services

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Bell staff/porter
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Doctor on call
  • Turndown service
  • Hairdresser/barber
  • Laundry service
  • Free parking
  • Wedding services
  • Meeting rooms
  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee shop
  • Accessible parking
  • Bar
  • Family friendly
  • Fire safety compliant
  • Full service housekeeping
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Security
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Massage services
  • Pets not allowed

Food And Drinks

Tabacón’s two restaurants– Ave del Paraíso and Los Tucanes – offer everything from breakfast buffets to fine à la carte dining. Tuck into sopa negra (black bean soup) and ceviche. Or savour a Tabacón speciality: lava steak, cooked to perfection on a volcanic stone at your table. For mid-day snacks and refreshing aperitifs, head to the poolside bar or the Shangri-La Gardens, an award-winning, adults-only hideaway.

Los Tucanes Restaurant

Served Meals: Breakfast Los Tucanes offers first-class dining in a relaxed setting. Located on the hotel grounds bordered by the rainforest. This welcoming and intimate restaurant serves a tropical breakfast buffet and a la carte dinners. The sounds of water flowing into the thermal mineral spring pool located right next to the restaurant.

Ave del Paraiso Restaurant

Served Meals: Lunch, Dinner Featuring lovely views of the main waterfall and our lush tropical gardens. Ave del Paraiso is located in the thermal resort area. The restaurant is designed to accommodate large group lunches and dinners and also for guests seeking a more informal setting.


With a philosophy centred around the life-giving properties of its natural springs, the spa at Tabacón takes wellness to leafy new heights. Start with a dip in a thermomineral hot tub before a treatment in your own private bungalow. Its palm-thatched roof and caña brava walls allow you to experience the scents and sounds of the rainforest in complete privacy. Tabacón also offers invigorating yoga in its open-air studio.

Location of your stay

Hotel Address

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

13 km Northwest

Arenal Volcano National Park

La Fortuna de San Carlos


Costa Rica

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Where is it?

130 kms to airport Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport

130 kms to airport Juan Santamaria International

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