Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

4.5 star property
Mountain resort with spa, near Tabacon Hot Springs
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Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

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Outdoor pool
Honeymoon suite
Portable bathtub seat

Overview of Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

9.4 out of 10 Exceptional
9.4/10 Exceptional

Property highlights

  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
13 Km Oeste del Centro, de la Fortuna de San Carlos, La Fortuna, Alajuela
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 2 restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Hot springs
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
  • Children's pool
  • Spa tub
  • Waterslide
  • Swim-up bar
  • 24-hour room service
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Children's pool
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace

Room options

Orchid Room King Bed

  • 36 sq m
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed

Orchid Room Two Queen beds

  • 36 sq m
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Queen Beds

Tabacon Suite King Bed

  • 80 sq m
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed

Honeymoon suite

  • 70 sq m
  • Mountain view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed OR 1 Double Sofa Bed

Rainforest King Bed

  • 60 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed OR 1 Double Sofa Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the riverwalk
  • Tabacon Hot Springs - 1 min walk
  • Arenal Volcano National Park - 7 min walk
  • Lake Arenal - 6 min drive
  • Baldi Hot Springs - 7 min drive
  • Arenal Volcano - 10 min drive
  • La Fortuna Waterfall - 17 min drive

Getting around

  • La Fortuna (FON-Arenal) - 15 min drive
  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 135 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • Shopping center shuttle (surcharge)
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)


  • Restaurante El Novillo del Arenal - 10 min walk
  • Restaurante Que Rico Arenal - 5 min drive
  • Surá Bar & Bistro - 6 min drive
  • Soda La Palma - 18 min walk
  • Cascajo's Restaurant - 17 min walk

About this property

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and puts you 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Arenal Volcano National Park and 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tabacon Hot Springs. Guests can visit the spa to be pampered with deep-tissue massages, body wraps, or facials, and Los Tucanes, one of 2 restaurants, serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. An outdoor pool, a bar/lounge, and a fitness center are other highlights at this luxurious resort. Fellow travelers like the room service and overall property condition.


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 103 units
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 3 PM - 11:30 PM
  • Express check-out available
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 2 children (4 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • No cribs (infant beds)
  • Babysitting*


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Electric vehicle charging point on site


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle*
  • Beach shuttle*
  • Shopping center shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • 2 restaurants
  • Bar/lounge
  • Swim-up bar
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • 24-hour room service
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)
  • Children's pool
  • Waterslide
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Children's menu

What to do

  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)
  • Yoga classes
  • Hot springs
  • Shopping
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Ziplining nearby

Working away

  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Hair salon
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)
  • Romance packages


  • 7 buildings/towers
  • Built in 1997
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Fitness center
  • An outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa tub
  • Sauna
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Waterslide
  • Vegan dining options
  • Vegetarian dining options
  • Locally-owned & organized tours & activities
  • Local artist showcase
  • Local culture & ecosystem education
  • Comprehensive food waste policy
  • Comprehensive recycling policy


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • DVD player
  • Plasma television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes and slippers

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Alarm clock

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Energy-saving switches
  • LED light bulbs

Special features


The Grand Spa has 11 treatment rooms including rooms for couples and outdoor treatment areas. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and Thai massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and Ayurvedic. The spa is equipped with a mud bath and a spa tub. The spa is open daily. Guests under 12 years old are not allowed in the spa. There are 15 hot springs on site.


Los Tucanes - Overlooking the pool and garden, this fine-dining restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.
Ave del Paraiso - Overlooking the pool and garden, this restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Reservations are required. Open daily.
Arenal Wet Bar - This poolside bar specializes in international cuisine and serves light fare only. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.
Cana Brava Lobby Bar - This lobby lounge overlooks the garden. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: USD 150
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per child: USD 50 (from 6 to 11 years old)

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Area shuttle, beach shuttle, and shopping center shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Guests under 12 years old are not allowed in the spa
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.


Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
This property does not have elevators.
This property uses solar and geothermal energy.
This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ+ friendly).
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Grand Tabacon
Tabacon Gr Thermal
Tabacon Gr Thermal Fortuna
Tabacon Gr Thermal Resort
Tabacon Gr Thermal Resort Fortuna
Tabacon Grand Resort
Tabacon Grand Spa
Tabacón Thermal Resort La Fortuna
Tabacon Grand Thermal Resort
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort La Fortuna
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal La Fortuna
Tabacon Grand Hotel Thermal
Tabacon Grand Resort Thermal
Tabacon Resort
Tabacón Thermal Resort
Tabacón Thermal La Fortuna
Tabacon Thermal & La Fortuna
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa Resort
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa La Fortuna
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa Resort La Fortuna

Frequently asked questions

Does Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool.
Are pets allowed at Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa?
Yes, there's free self parking. Electric vehicle charging is available.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa?
You can check in from 3 PM - 11:30 PM. Check-out time is noon. Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities like boat tours, hiking, and rafting. Additional recreation onsite includes yoga and hot springs. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and soothe your senses in the spa tub. Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa also has a waterslide and a sauna, as well as a fitness center and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa?
Yes, there are 2 onsite restaurants, featuring international cuisine, garden views, and poolside dining.
What's the area around Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa like?
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is located by the river, a short 7-minute walk from Arenal Volcano National Park.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Luxurious getaway
You will not be disappointed. Great staff, great amenities. Right in the middle of the rainforest. Truly breathtaking and the spa is amazing as well. Would definitely return.
2-night trip with friends
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Quality of food is not as good as it used to. Last time i went was 2019, they said many things were changed, i found most to be the same, only food was different tho not for the best. Service was great as aways.
1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Karel, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Incredible property, staff and service!
Kristine, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Tabacón is an absolute beautiful resort and spa. The staff are all so welcoming, kind, and extremely helpful. The staff helped me with contacting excursions, drove me to my room when I hurt my ankle, and soo much more. If I come back to Costa Rica I will most certainly stay here again. It’s like paradise here!
Bria, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

The Hotel was amazing, however booking it to Expedia was a total disappointment. Several Spirit Airlines across the state had a system failure and they cancelled our flight to LaFortuna. I called Expedia explaining the issues they refused to help or reimbursed us not even a discount or credits was giving to us. Will never book through Expedia again.
Choumate, 3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

William, 3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Great staff
Sadaf, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Joseph, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

The pros: The hot springs are breathtaking. The nature, mixed with the gardens, creates the perfect combination for a peaceful place to let yourself go. The staff is well-trained, and you’ll receive only top service. We went to Los Tucanes Restaurant just one night, and we had a tomahawk; it was Soooooo delicious!!!!!!, five stars there. The Cons: After 10 pm, there’s nothing else to do, NO NIGHTLIFE!!!! There is just a bar and it is way too expensive for the standard room’s quality. The soap bottle didn’t even pump properly. I have been in hotels where I have received great rooms for less than half of the price; however, in general, it was a good experience for the hot springs and the restaurant. If I go again, I will get a day pass for the hot springs, and dinner at Tucanes Restaurant, if possible, but I'll pass the hotel; the rooms are not worth it.
Yolaisy, 2-night romance trip
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