In a trip to witness one of the largest stratovolcano in the region, Volcan Arenal, a thrilling dip in the hotsprings is a must. With a plethora of hotsprings, there are free public hotsprings for a rejuvenating dip, but choosing an upscale one like Tabacon is a good choice given the amenities you’d receive. Luxury travel takes a plunge with you in Tabacon with the fancy little coves, artificial waterfalls, and a chain of hot water springs.
Accommodation – We went during the holiday season, and as expected, the rooms were expensive, yet got upgraded to a honeymoon suite. We celebrate like honeymooners almost in every trip ;-). A welcome drink coupled with a warm and charming staff got us ready to enjoy the spacious room, a fancy TV, a hot-tub and a secluded patio with a great view of the Arenal volcano (shame that due to cloud cover, we did not see the summit often).
Thermal Springs – Located right outside the residential area was the famed Tabacon hot springs. Open also to non-guests, the cascading hot springs on a cloudy chilly day was a thrilling experience. We walked around the springs, and soaked ourselves in the volcanic hot water.
TIP – carry a pair of water shoes, else it will be painful to stand in the springs since the bottom is paved with rocks carried in by the springs.We had dinner and drinks in the resort, but was extremely overpriced, plus pretty low quality food. If you have a choice (i.e. a car or just visiting the resort), do not eat dinner in the restaurant (Ave del Paraiso Restaurant).There is a secluded adult only place called “Shangri La Gardens”, which is best visited after dark. Although the ambiance is created for adults to enjoy some personal time, we saw several raccoons and were afraid of encountering snakes, so could not quite enjoy the garden.
No trip to the hotsprings is complete without a spa day in the luxurious and secluded bungalows with nothing but dense canopy of trees for cover, while listening to the sound of birds chirping and cascading water of the hot springs. It is obvious to lose yourself in tranquility with hot volcanic stones lined up on your bare back, a gentle wind caressing the skin covered by aromatic natural oil and the masseuse’s fingertips working their magic on the sore muscles. End the experience with a detoxifying smoothie and a dip in the hot waters. Priced above $225 per person, it was an unforgettable experience regardless.
Tip – The resort can be availed by non-hotel guests too, so can get crowded. Also, the resort is about 10 minutes walk from the hotel, so plan your day accordingly if you are there for just a day.