Tabacon Hot Springs, San Carlos, Costa Rica
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
What it is
A 900-acre jungly paradise where warm thermal waters flow, with 103 guest rooms and a jaw-dropping spa.
What it isn't
Hungry. Two open-air restaurants (and four bars, because #priorities) will have you trying everything from local ceviche to passion fruit white chocolate mousse.
What we think
Imagine stepping in a pristine river and learning it’s not ice-cold, but the temperature of the perfect hot tub. That’s what happens here, in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano, thanks to thermal waters that flow through the lush paradisiacal grounds—with waterfalls that are seemingly tailor-made for extended soaks. Guests have unlimited access to the waters—including a private, adults-only portion aptly named Shangri-La Gardens where butlers dispense tropical cocktails. We love that rooms themselves are just as spa-like and zen, with rainforest showerheads, local “massaging” stone floors and skylights in the bathroom, plus downy beds you’ll want to linger in. Did we mention your stay includes buffet breakfasts and plenty of other perks, including a “plant a tree” adventure?
You're here because
There is a swim-up bar with painkiller cocktails among the resort’s four watering holes, and if that doesn’t say #Vacay, nothing does.
Strolling through a verdant rainforest, you feel a little like you’re dreaming. But when you dip your toes in the glass clear river and find it’s 105 degrees, you pinch yourself. This can’t be real—but it is.
Restaurants & Bars
Ave del Paraíso- Costa Rican cuisine and international fare
Los Tucanes Restaurant- a la carte dining international fare
About a three hour drive from San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (and yes, hotel staffers would be delighted to arrange your transfers).