The Grand Spa at Tabacon

13 Km Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos Arenal Volcano National Park

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Hot Mineral Springs Jacuzzi at the rest area in The Grand Spa

When you think of Costa Rica spas, you think Pura Vida. But while the property bearing that name is fantastic, it does not have a monopoly on the Ticos' national sentiment, which is much like the Italians la dolce vita, except maybe with an additional deeper, spiritual element. "Pura Vida” is omnipresent in this lush Central American state. You hear it uttered from Rastafarians in Puerto Viejo, from local soda owners in the cities and waving fishermen on the rivers of Tortuguero. Pura Vida is a way of being.

The famed Tabacón Hot Springs, Resort & Spa is snuggled against active Arenal Volcano in the country’s Northern plains region. As you enter the property at the base of the volcano your gaze is immediately drawn to the steaming main pool and its pool bar, where people from all over the world cool off with caipirinhas, piña coladas and margaritas while immersed in the hot soothing water on submerged stools. As you continue to explore, you'll encounter a vast labyrinth of hidden thermo mineral pools, cascading waterfalls and rivers to lounge in, all varying in temperature and depth, and some varying in mineral count, all fed by Costa Rica’s most active volcano, a beast that once in a while rumbles like a restless grumpy sleeper.

This natural phenomenon is beautifully landscaped with lush foliage, bright, large tropical flowers and jungle plants, and the deeper you escape into the back areas, the fewer people you encounter. The majority seems to laze around the main area and the large massaging waterfalls near the hotel structure itself. You can truly lose yourself on the property, and floating on your back in a warm, secret basin, which you have all to yourself, is close to perfection.

The spa proper is named Iskandria after an ancient Greek myth, about a paradise set amid luxe gardens and awesome waterfalls where gods met to relax. Most people who come crave a good old-fashioned massage. Options here range from Thai, Deep Tissue and Aromatherapy to Volcanic Stone and Couples massage. They also offer Swedish, Four Hands and Shirodhara and, of course, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing. You can book your treatment in VIP rooms or bungalows and covered areas outside.

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Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort 13 Km Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos 21007 Arenal Volcano National Park Costa Rica


506-2479-2028, 506-2479-2027 Spa’s Website

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