& Hot Springs
Tabacon is two things, a Hotel plus natural Hot Springs and Spa. The Tabacon Hot Springs are located just a short 5 min. walk from the Hotel on a lit path that runs parallel with the road. A shuttle van is always making trips back and forth if you choose not to walk.
These Hot Springs are a must experience while in the Arenal Volcano area. There are SO many pools, water falls , and lush tropical flora. The paths just seem to go on and on, its easy to find your own private retreat too!
We arrived about 5 pm on a Monday, stayed that night and Tuesday night and left Wed. at 1:30 pm (time of shuttle back to San Jose). Many tours are offered that pick you up at Tabacon. We choose the Volcano Hike for Tuesday morning till noon. It was excellent! (Info. about it on our Arenal Volcano page). We didn't have enough time to enjoy any of the Spa services, but they all sounded lovely!
Views of Tabacon Hot Springs below....
Plus a huge bathroom with large oval tub, and we had fluffy white robes! Mark looking out our bathroom balcony window.
We have a remote control on our digital camera - thus how we got all these photos of the 2 of us :)
There is a breakfast buffet included in your room rate and it is
fabulous!!! Its offered in the Hotel's restaurant Los Tucanes.
cold items to choose from, such as lots of fresh fruit,
yogurts, cereal, pastries, cold meats, cheeses, breads, toast,
jams. Then hot foods, like fried yucca (amazing), pancakes, bacon,
fries, a meat dish, rice & beans (of course! :). And a few
varying hot items. Plus a great egg/
omelet station where you can get your eggs done your way, with any
veggies, ham or cheese. I was excited about the fresh
smoothies bar! You pick your the fruit you want (pineapple and
fav. choice) then you pick a fruit juice (blackberry good option!)
they mix it up in a blender with ice for you.
We also ate dinner here our first night at 9 pm (its open till 10) and really enjoyed it. Mark had a steak, potatoes & veggies ($10.56). I had cheese cannelloni in alfredo sauce ($8.12). Plus two strawberry daiquiris ($7.80).
restaurant called Ave de Paraiso, its located at the Hot
Springs. They boast a dinner buffet, but its not very good! We had
our second night and were hugely disappointed, especially at the
price - $19 a person! The options are very limited. Small
few hot items like fish, chicken, rice and potatoes. A pasta bar,
they don't seem to know what pasta sauce is? Instead you're
with pureed fresh tomatoes, which is essentially tomato water
obviously doesn't stay on your pasta, instead a yucky mess below
pasta! There's limited desserts and fruit. Its just
worth the price, if it was $19 for 2 people maybe we
have been so disappointed. We were surprised, since we enjoyed the
breakfast buffet on 2 mornings, so much at the other
Tabacon can arrange a pick up from popular Alajuela /San Jose Hotels to their Resort if requested. Its a 3 hour drive on newly paved smooth roads. The roads are very curvy and twisty though. The 1:30 pm pick up at the Hampton Inn worked out perfectly for us. As we just arrived off the Sansa flight at noon. Mark and I were the only ones on the van, so it was like our own private transfer for just $25 each! The driver Freddie was SO sweet. He'd stop at pastures of cows (vakas - one of the few spanish words I learned :) so I could take photos of them. We also stopped at a little store with munchies and great souvenirs. The cost of the ride is added on to your bill at Tabacon, making it easy and one less separate payment to make. We returned back to Alajuela through the Tabacon arranged ride as well. But our way back was with an Interbus white larger van/bus with 6-8 more travelers.
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