Fodor's Expert Review Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort

13 km (8 miles) northwest of La Fortuna on Hwy. 142, La Fortuna, Alajuela, 21007, Costa Rica

At one of Central America's most relaxing and romantic resorts, it's the hot springs and lovely spa, coupled with attractive rooms (the suites are some of the country's finest) that customarily draw happy guests inland from the ocean. Most rooms have a terrace, all with either volcano or garden views. Luxurious touches include nightly turndown service, bathrobes, a minibar, a movie library, and free access to the hotel's hot springs (day passes for non-guests cost $66). Although the standard rooms are, well, "standard," the elegantly designed suites are enormous with marble Jacuzzis, lounge areas, and personal laptops. As the most romantic and beautifully designed hot-spring facility in the area, the 20 pools tend to get crowded with outside visitors. For a break from the public, hotel guests have access to the Shangri-La Gardens, an exclusive adults-only hideaway. If you are visiting on account of a celebration, be sure to tell them in advance, since it often leads to room upgrades and surprise desserts. The hot springs and spa are actually 300 meters east of the hotel; you can either walk from your room or take the complimentary shuttle.


  • elegant hotel
  • luxurious hot springs
  • great volcano views
  • good restaurant


  • hot springs can get crowded
  • breakfast costs $30 if not included in rate
  • two-night minimum stay




Phones: -2479–2000 | -2519–1999-in San José | 855-822–2266-in North America


74 rooms, 28 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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