Want to visit Costa Rica but don’t have a lot of time? Want to experience the adventures that the rainforest has to offer but at the same time relax in the natural surroundings of the country’s ecological resorts? Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is the perfect place to stay. The resort has friendly concierge services that are partnered with the most trusted and popular activities around the area that provide intimate tours, have a relaxing naturally heated hot spring resort located within a 5 minute walking distance, pool and Jacuzzi– all set in a back drop of the famous breathtaking Arenal Volcano — in an all-inclusive resort – what a perfect stop in Costa Rica!
This five-star resort is located in the La Fortuna area of Costa Rica near the Arenal Volcano, approximately 3 hours away from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, and in where most international flights will land. One of the services of the resort is that for an additional fee of $40 each way (quoted by concierge desk at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resprt), a shuttle will pick you up from a hotel in San Jose and take you to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, This provides for an added convenience and relieves you from the headaches of worrying about booking a trusted transportation/taxi, worrying about getting ripped off, timing, etc.
Also, through the concierge (and which you can peruse from the website at www.Tabacon.com), You can book various activities – those of which make Costa Rica famous – such as zip lining, hiking through the hanging bridges, and touring the Arenal Volcano. The best part about booking through the concierge is that these tours are often very private as they are booked through the hotel and hence are limited to the guests only. Transportation is included and the service is impeccable. Personally, I found the Sky Trek/Sky Tram Tour to be the best, as they offered one of the highest zip lining experiences available. It provided for an incredible adrenaline rush, as you zipped through the beautiful rainforest and soared above the majestic Lake Arenal at up to 45 mph, according to the pamphlets from Sky Adventures (http://www.skyadventures.travel/index/index.html) .
One of the best reasons to stay at the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is, of course the hot springs! The entrance fee for the hot springs is included for the guests of the resorts, which costs $60/day for non-guests. So staying at the beautiful resort with spacious rooms makes it worth it, especially, when the five-star luxurious accommodations are available from approximately $175/night (rates vary, check www.tabacon.com for current rates). The hot springs are naturally heated from the volcanoes and there are numerous pockets of hot springs throughout the facility, varying in size and temperature, from lukewarm to extremely hot. Some even have waterfalls. There are also pools and even a swim up bar with slides. All this is surrounded by lush gardens and natural exotic environment that only a rainforest can provide. When you are relaxing in one of these hot springs it feels like all the stress is melting away and the worries of the world is evaporating up with the steam from the heat of the volcanically heated waters. To experience a different atmosphere and ambiance, you should come both during the day and night time, as each will give you a unique experience.
Whether you visit Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort at the beginning of your journey to Costa Rica or towards the tail end of your trip, it should definitely be one of the stops, as it provides a great snapshot of what the country has to offer, providing both adventure and relaxation in one location. The friendliness and cleanliness of the staff and location is superb and will undoubtedly provide for a comfortable stay that will make you forget you are in the middle of the jungle!