Tabacón Resort: A Spendorous Natural Paradise
Deep within the lush rain forest of Costa Rica, Tabacón Resort is a nominee for a Luxist Awards' Readers' Choice Award for Best International Spa. Tabacón Grand Spa & Thermal Resort is committed to sustainable tourism with a core mission that includes the protection and improvement of the environment.
Tabacón Resort is an oasis embedded in a primary rain forest, featuring twelve natural thermal spring pools and lagoons, waterfalls, exotic gardens and trails. Geologically, Tabacón Resort's hot springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based. The resort is a three hour drive (150 km) north of the San José International Airport. The resort sits near the base of Arenal Volcano, and is surrounded by the wildly diverse flora and fauna of the tropical rain forest.
The Tabacón Resort originated during the eighties as a local hot spring pool and restaurant known as Balneario Tabacón. The resort was developed by a group of Costa Rican investors who wanted to build a world-class hot springs complex, while taking advantage of the natural assets of the location. A complex was designed that puts nature in center stage, supported by an infrastructure of five spring pools, one restaurant of international standards, lockers and other services.
The 114-room hotel offers a thermal mineral spring pool and Jacuzzi filled with thermal mineral water, the perfect place to enjoy the natural surrounding s of the rain forest and volcano. There is also a formal restaurant, guest rooms and a meeting room for groups.
The Grand Spa takes advantage of its prime location in the rain forest, the thermal mineral waters and the active volcano to offer therapies and treatments that are highly energetic and holistic. The main feature of the Spa is 11 open-air bungalows, where every treatment is carried out by professionally trained therapists. The Spa specializes in invigorating hydrotherapy therapies and volcanic mud therapies, special massages and skin-care treatments. Its certified therapists specialize in massage, traditional healing techniques, with the natural resources provided by Tabacon's extraordinary surroundings, leaving you refreshed and with the feeling of natural beauty. Tabacon also offers group and private yoga sessions as well as the ancient contemplative therapy of Temazcal.
Adventurous guests at Tabacón can choose from a wide selection of excursions and experience the thrills of adventure and ecological activities in the Arenal area. The different tours in the region include amazing white water rafting; canyoning; rain forest sky trek and hiking to the Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall.
The resort has the distinction of a five-star category hotel by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute while the hotel was awarded membership into The Leading Hotels of the World, one of the most important luxury hotel associations in the world. Rates for the rooms at the hotel typically range from $175 for a superior room to $508 for a suite. Rates are higher during the holiday season.
Luxist readers described Tabacón this way:
"The hot springs and spa as well as the rain forest setting are incredible. There are lots of animals, the resort is green and there's something for the entire family."
"There's a great range of choices for adventure at this resort, from rappelling down the waterfall, white water rafting, hiking to the volcano, caving, zip-lining, canopy tours and more."
"With a fabulous spa, swimming pools with great slides, nature cruises and more, this resort is something that the entire family will enjoy. It is easy to combine with a trip to the beach, as well."
Reservations can be made on Tabacón's website. Reservations from the U.S. and Canada can also be made by calling the resort's toll free number (877) 277-8291.
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