The Tabacón Experience
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is a rainforest escape unlike any other. Guests go completely off the grid from the moment they arrive at the resort’s lush, tropical grounds, which are tucked away on a winding road that climbs from the small Costa Rican village of La Fortuna.
Enveloped by a maze of endless green dotted with colorful, exotic flora, the first thing you’ll want to do is slip into your plush bathrobe and head straight to the thermal mineral springs, where you can soak in the natural pools and steam with the sounds of local wildlife in the background. Just a stone’s throw from the majestic Arenal volcano, the rushing Tabacón river feeds the thermal springs’ cascading waterfalls and warm pools lined with soft, black sand.
Closest to the volcano where temperatures are hottest, visit the secluded Shangri-La Gardens, where you just might enjoy a hot spring all to yourself. If you’re feeling like you’re in an enchanted fairy tale, remember it’s not make- believe.
The Thermal Springs at Tabacón
In 1991, Costa Rican architect Jaime Mikowski discovered the Tabacón river and its thermal springs while in search of fresh drinking water for a water bottling project. After purchasing the resort from the local Cedeño Gonzalez family, Mikowski renovated and reopened with a fresh vision of a natural and sustainable spa and wellness escape. The result? Costa Rica’s leading thermal springs experience and an idyllic jumping off point for wellness, romance and adventure travelers who want to authentically experience the destination.
Climb the smooth stone steps to the top of the thermal springs where temperatures are hottest. There you’ll find the secluded Shangri-La Gardens, which feature six natural pools, a full bar, and cocoon-shaped cabanas where guests can curl up with a book or indulge in light bites and cocktails. The gardens are only available to overnight guests ages 18+ and are so stunning and tranquil, you might find it impossible to tear yourself away.
The Spa at Tabacón
There’s no better way to relax than with spa treatments performed in open-air rainforest bungalows to the sounds of gently rushing streams and local wildlife. The Spa at Tabacón blends natural rainforest elements with indigenous products and techniques to offer a highly private setting in which to de-stress, find balance and reconnect with nature. The spa is located adjacent to the thermal springs, with treatment bungalows tucked away within the trees, offering complete privacy to help you slip away. Each treatment is preceded by Tabacón’s signature spa ritual, which includes a selection of teas and soothing cucumbers with cooling cloths for the eyes delivered to you as you rest in the relaxation area.
– 11 treatment bungalows each with private Jacuzzi
– Relaxation area with Jacuzzi
– Locker Rooms
– Swimsuit Dryer
– Yoga Center
A Taste of Costa Rica
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa offers a combination of traditional Costa Rican cuisine and upscale, international fare made with fresh, local ingredients. The property features two full-service restaurants, Ave del Paraiso and Los Tucanes, in addition to the Caña Brava bar, located in the resort lobby. Couples seeking an intimate dining experience can opt for a private Gala Dinner where the property’s executive chef prepares a customized meal in a romantic, candlelit open-air rainforest bungalow. Guests can enjoy bites and beverages al fresco at the Arenal Pool Bar and Shangri-La Gardens Bar. In-room dining is also available.
A Leader in Sustainable Tourism
Did you know that Costa Rica is responsible for 6% of the entire world’s biodiversity? Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is located in the country’s northern region, a small territory responsible for 72% of Costa Rica’s agricultural production. The carbon neutral resort features a Tabacón Green program that encourages both guests and employees to conserve local resources and aid in protecting Costa Rica’s natural environment. Tabacón is credited with the highest category Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), Level 5, granted by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is responsible for an array of socioeconomic improvements in the region. In addition to employing a 95% native staff, the resort has created a community development program that encourages guests to donate $3 per night of their stay, with 100% of the proceeds going towards improving publication education in local schools. Fun fact: Costa Rica has one of the highest literacy rates among countries in Latin America.