• Tabacon is home to Costa Rica’s largest network of thermal hot springs – perfect for relaxing in after a long day of adventuring!
  • Couples and solo travelers love the adults-only Shangri-La Gardens located at the top of the springs.
  • Nine hundred acres of rainforest reserve surround Tabacon, so you’ll often see and hear wildlife from your balcony!

The Experience

We always recommend that travelers to Costa Rica spend at least a few days in the Arenal region. With a location near the base of the volcano outside of La Fortuna, Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is a perfect base to explore the area!

As you may guess from the name, the biggest draw of Tabacon is their thermal spa and hot springs. The resort sits on the largest network of thermal mineral springs in Costa Rica, fed by the Tabacon river and heated by the Arenal volcano. The thermal waters flows into dozens of cascading waterfalls and warm pools, offering plenty of spots to relax and soak away the day! While day use passes are available, all Tabacon Resort guests receive unlimited access to the hot springs.

If you’re looking for a little more privacy during your soak, make sure to visit the Shangri-La Gardens. Located at the top of the hot springs, this area is designated for adults and is only open to guests staying at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa. The open-air rainforest lounge is a great place to unwind after a spa treatment, enjoy six adults-only springs, or curl up with a book in a cocoon-shaped cabana. Plus, dedicated butlers are always on hand serving up tropical drinks and light snacks.

The resort’s 103 eco-friendly guest rooms and suites are all well-appointed, most with balconies overlooking the surrounding rainforest. Recent renovations brought in local artwork and furnishings designed by Costa Rican artisans. We love that all hot water in the bathrooms comes straight from the hot springs, so you’ll start your thermal experience in your morning shower!

While the town of La Fortuna offers shops and restaurants nearby, there are also several great options to enjoy at Tabacon. The resort offers two restaurants, Ave and Tucanes, that specialize in Costa Rican and international cuisines – so you can enjoy everything from typical casados to homemade Italian pastas. However, we highly recommend booking their private dining experience called Ephemeral Table. You’ll get to enjoy a custom 6-course menu prepared by a personal chef in a candlelit open-air rainforest bungalow. Talk about romance!

Advisor Tip

For a unique culinary experience, arrange for the resort’s Ephemeral Table Dinner in a private rain-forest bungalow, attended by your personal chef and server.

River Oaks Travel Extras

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit

Contact your River Oaks Travel advisor to reserve your stay at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa:

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