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Tabacón Hot Springs Resort and Spa

Address: Camino La Fortuna - Lago Arenal


City: La Fortuna

Phone: 011-506-2479-1010 (877-277-8291)


Expert Review

The offshoot of a famous, dozen-year-old hot-springs complex was built in 1998 and quickly became (and remains) the crema de la crema of this area’s luxe resorts. The look and feel of the place is tropical contemporary, with terracotta-tiled floors, bamboo/wicker furniture, and exotic floral arrangements throughout. There’s a great pool with waterfall, swim-up bar, and a smashing view of the mighty nearby volcano, along with two very good eateries: Tucanes, for lighter fare, and a destination restaurant called Ave de Paraíso, for sophisticated, Latin-international-fusion cuisine. But the biggest perk is, without question, the complimentary access to the eponymous hot springs – spread throughout several acres of exotically landscaped flora and artificially enhanced pools you’ll find streams, waterfalls, and pools flowing with mineral waters ranging from tepid to hot-enough-to-poach-ya. Amidst this lovely landscaping, you’ll find the low-slung, creamy yellow complex of 114 rooms. The rooms themselves are appealing with yellow-and-white color schemes, terracotta-tile floor, locally-made dark-wood furniture, and tiled baths with granite counters.

Tags: luxury | swimming pool | hot springs

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