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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

Tabacon is a luxury 5 stars hotel in Arenal that offers all guests to the opportunity to comfortably immerse in the magnificent scenery; to leisurely enjoy the outdoors and get the desired state of harmony and relaxation.


Tabacon is bordered by the stunning Arenal Volcano at one end and the Arenal Volcano National Park on the other. The road here literally takes you to the heard of the jungle, so look forward to hearing the sounds and sights of the local flora and fauna to immerse your senses.

At Tabacon, the exclusive guests receive complimentary and unlimited access to the thermal experience and exclusive access to our adults-only Shangri-La Gardens. The hot springs resort is open to hotel guests from 8 am to 10 pm if you only wish to visit the hot springs. The extended hour’s access and admittance to Shangri-La are not available to one day visitors.

If you both love to be pampered, discover the luxuries of Tabacón Resort and Spa, the perfect LGBTI getaway destination.

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa offers a rainforest get away unlike any other.
The pursuit of a distinctive experience is satisfied at the minute you step into Tabacon, where you become part of the luscious scenery that unfolds before you.

Discover Costa Rica´s largest complex of naturally flowing thermal mineral springs in La Fortuna’s main and most beautiful exclusive, rainforest reserve.

There are five major springs source highly mineralized water that is heated underground by the Arenal Volcano’s magma. The thermal water flows right through the resort, forming the fresh Tabacon River. You will find dozens of cascading waterfalls and warm pools along the riverbed, of varying temperatures, water flows, and degree of privacy.

Our opinion

An LGBTQ-friendly getaway within easy driving distance of San José, from kick-your-feet-up spots where you and your partner can take a breath, explore pure nature, and enjoy romantic moments.

The best part for us is The Spa at Tabacon, definitely not a typical hotel spa. Unforgettable spa treatments are rendered in outdoors bungalows tucked away between the trees, lush gardens and exceptional natural hot springs.

Tabacon also offers a superb dining experience surrounded by the untainted tropical rainforest of the Arenal Volcano Region.

Couples looking for an intimate dining experience can pamper in a private dining experience with the Ephemeral Table – a Tabacon Signature Service – featuring a customized 6-course menu prepared by a passionate chef in a romantic, candlelit, open‐air rainforest bungalow. 


Orchid Room (King Bed or Two Queen Beds)

Relax in a vast open space with clear views of the exterior tropical scenery wonderfully complemented by a fresh interior with bright décor. The bathroom features a “rainforest shower” with its natural skylight. There is a comfortable sitting area. Included amenities: 42” flat screen TV, a king bed fitted with sofa bed or two queen beds, both with deluxe bed linens. Size: 35m2 (376sq ft.)

Size: 35m2 (376sq ft.)

Honeymoon Suite

Special suites ideal for couples on romantic getaways and perfect for those celebrating a honeymoon, an anniversary, or a special occasion. The natural beauty of the exotic rainforest forest and impressive views of Arenal Volcano becomes the environment for a stay full of romance and passion. The large and fascinating honeymoon suites feature a king-size canopy bed and an in-room Jacuzzi for 2. Included amenities: 50” Smart TV in the bedroom and 26” flat-screen TV in the bathroom

Rainforest Room

The stylish and unique Rainforest Room combines blend indoor luxury with an outdoor terrace or balcony overlooking the tropical landscape. Bathrooms include a two-person bathtub and a glass-enclosed shower. All Rainforest Room includes a king bed and a sofa. The furniture is handmade by Costa Rican artisans. Included amenities: 42” flat-screen TV and comfortable bed linen

Tabacon Suites

Tabacon Suites are the largest category, offering a luxurious setting and extraordinary views of the rainforest. Gracefully designed for leisure and comfort, all suites include a comfortable king bed fitted with a sofa bed with luxurious bed linens. Also includes a spacious dining area. The amenities include luxurious bath products chosen to complement the in-room, hot-spring fed, double hot tub, or the glass-enclosed hot spring shower. Included amenities: 42” flat-screen TV in the bedroom and 26” flat-screen TV in the bathroom. 

Size: 65m2 (700sq ft.)


Complimentary access to the thermal experience during the stay

Exclusive access to Shangri-La Gardens for hotel guests 18+

Valet Parking

Breakfast buffet

2 Restaurants and private dinner on request available

4 Bars

Welcome fruit cocktail (non-alcoholic)

Nightly turndown service

Wi-Fi Internet access

Tabacón Spa a true wellness experience


Gay – friendly

Honeymoon packages available


High Season: Nov  15 to Dec 19

Peak Season: Dec 20 to Jan 05

High Season: Jan 06 to Apr 30

Green Season: May 01 to Nov 14


La Fortuna, main street to Arenal Volcano National Park. Continue for 8 miles (13 km) to Tabacon


Green Season offers available


Private transfers at an extra cost can be organized from the hotel