The hot springs at Tabacon resort is something to write home about. Holy fabulousness! Hot springs aside, the Tabacon Thermal Springs Resort is such a unique hotel, and a definite must visit. As a Leading Hotel and Leading Spa Of The World, this resort does not disappoint, and after our morning hike and afternoon zip line, we spent the remainder of the day at this beautiful resort.
We ate a delicious lunch at Los Tucanes, before changing into our suits and enjoying the hot springs. So what exactly are these hot springs Costa Rica is famous for, and more importantly, what do they have to do with this resort?
Well, I’ll tell you.
The lava that flows from the Arenal volcano runs underneath this hotel. The lava warms these hot springs, which provides for a perfect swimming temp. Here’s more info from the hotel’s website.
There are three thermal springs that naturally surface and flow in the property at 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). Total volume generated by the three springs is 80 liters per second (approximately 20 galons / second). In total, there are five different springs that exist throughout the property, with temperatures ranging from 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). There are two main branches to the thermal river that flow through the gardens, and one cold river spring that flows down from the rainforest in the back area of the Temazcal. Two more springs are captured for cold water consumption for guest use in the resort. Tabacon was the first Hot Springs resort open to the public in the Arenal Volcano Region, and is still the top rated, most acclaimed and publicized luxury Hot Springs and Spa resort in Costa Rica.
Many hot springs resorts in the Arenal Volcano Region and around the world drill for underground wells and depend on pumps and mechanical systems to fill their pools. Others re-circulate the water and re-heat with gas or other energy means. Tabacon is COMPLETELY natural. Water flows by gravity throughout the property, forming in-river pools, waterfalls, and cascades and filling in the pools throughout the resort. An eco-friendly and carbon neutral resort, Tabacon places a big emphasis on turning the guest experience a close encounter with nature. These characteristics make the Tabacon Hot Springs the first to open to the public and the best known luxury hot springs resort in Costa Rica.
As the underground Tabacon River flows through the magma in the volcano, the springs absorb minerals. Hot springs provide many benefits stemming from various chemical, physical and biological effects, the most notable is relaxing tense and tired muscles.
We LOVED this place!
There are so many little nooks to relax in, and we had fun exploring them all. In fact, we were so tired from our day that initially, we weren’t expecting on staying too long. Boy were we wrong! We utilized every minute of our time here and felt completely refreshed in no time!
If you don’t want to utilize the natural pools, don’t fret – this resort has “regular pools” as well.
However, we stuck with the hot springs, because of their pure beauty and obvious uniqueness, but going in the natural dirt wasn’t really my thing! If it’s not yours either, don’t worry. They have tiled pools with the same water, so you’re not feeling the “yucky” dirt.
Our favorite area was the Shangri La Gardens/Spa. It was pure relaxation!
Since most of the pools are natural, they have sand/rock bottoms. And as much as I know fish and other grossness can’t really live in water that hot, it still made me cringe, and in this area, was the tiled part I was talking about. Tucked away in the private spa area, lies a hot spring pool with an all tile bottom. This is where you’d find us.
The most relaxing time of my life, I tell you! In (what felt like no time), it was time to leave, but really it was already early evening. Then, as we were leaving Arenal, the clouds cleared and we had the most perfect view of the volcano!
So stunning! After a fabulous day at Arenal it time for the three hour drive back to the Four Seasons.