Nestled in the heart of the Costa Rican tropical rainforest in a truly mystical setting at the base of the Arenal Volcano, Tabacon provides luxurious accommodations with inspired new designs and a fresh service philosophy accompanied with elevated standards. The resort´s unique healing thermal mineral spring river emerges from the volcanic Earth, forming Costa Rica´s largest network of naturally flowing hot springs.  Explore Shangri-La Gardens, the perfect hideaway (exclusively for our hotel guests over 18 years of age), delight your senses with world-class cuisine inspired by local fares, or experience a memorable spa treatment in an open air bungalow.

Property Information

Year Built: 1997
All rooms non-smoking: 102
Buildings: 7
Total rooms: 102


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory There is a required deposit of $50 for lockers and $20 per towel person (or the equivalent in Costa Rican colones). The payment can be made in cash or by credit card. This deposit will be refunded once the customer returns the locker key and towel ticket and departs the resort. If these items are lost, the deposit/s will not be refunded.
Advisory A change in the last name of the reservation, after the reservation is guaranteed, is not permitted under this contract.
Advisory The Government of Costa Rica and the Health Authorities have announced a new regulation that establishes that as of January 08, 2022 a proof of vaccination against Covid-19 will be required to enter most commercial establishments. including hotels, restaurants, shops, museums, spas, and tours.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy -
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy -
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy -
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

General Information -
Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 6131 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Impeccable 5-start resort and extraordinary hot springs

    Tabacon lives up to its 5-star status. The resort grounds are immaculate, the rooms clean and contemporary, the daily breakfasts scrumptious, and the endless number of hot spring pools are just extraordinary. You absolutely pay for these privileges and it was worth the price of admission. Be advised: the actual hot springs is NOT within the gated compound of the hotel, most likely because non-hotel guests can pay to visit the hot springs during the day. The hot springs is accessible via vans that constantly run between the hot springs and the hotel lobby. Alternatively, you can walk there via a trellis covered path (see picture)

    May 30, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fabulous stay at the Tabacon!!

    Unbelievable stay at the Tabacon! Resort is stunning and every staff member was extremely friendly. The hot springs are wonderful. Our bartender, Arnold was spectacular! Made delicious drinks and gave great recommendations on places to visit!!

    May 30, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Tabacon was an amazing resort. The staff went above and beyond to ensure our comfort and satisfaction. The location was convenient for all guided tours and local restaurants. The hot springs were fantastic and very clean. The food was incredible! Would highly recommend staying at the Tabacon Thermal Resort!

    May 29, 2023
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Outstanding service

    The service was outstanding. Lupita at the main bar was great. Oscar at the valet desk was was stand out. The property was amazing and the rooms were fantastic. The food was terrible, but if you stick with bar snacks it’s fine.

    May 29, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing stay

    Atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. You want to feel relaxed and in tune with nature this is the place to be. Food is outstanding! They went beyond our expectations from the minute you walk into their lobby.

    May 28, 2023
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see Frequently Asked Questions), hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats /PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Miami Air operated by TUI Airlines Belgium N.V. : PC 19-085 & PC 19-117, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Swift Air: PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/ PC 19-079, A320-180-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats. CST2139014-20 120319