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    The Tabacon Story

    THE SPIRIT OF A TRUE NATURE LOVER LIVES ON!

    Our story is the one of a nature lover that became a legend in Arenal. Costa Rican born Jaime Mikowski was a trained and board-certified architect involved in projects that ranged from low-income housing developments to single-family luxury homes. Mr. Mikowski had a knack for thinking outside the box. His hobbies and life interests led him to distinctive personal goals that included running coffee farms, starting Costa Rica’s first vineyard, launching a solar water heating company, and designing hotels all over the country.

    In the late 1980s, Jaime fell in love with a property at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano, where a stream of hot springs ran through a marsh and grasslands. He convinced the local owners to sell him a share of the company that owned the land and spent the next few months persuading friends to invest with him on a wellness spa concept developed around the idea of a natural encounter.

    In January 1991, the original Tabacon pools and restaurant complex closed for a complete make-over, which took more than two years. Mr. Mikowski’s project aimed to reforest the existing pastures that surrounded the pools and restaurant.

    The river was given some form so as to transform the marshlands and have them resemble what it could have been like before the cows grazed here lands, decades prior. The pristine thermal waters now flowed into waterfalls, cascading pools and hidden bathing spots. Mr. Mikowski planted acres of native flora, which gave way to Tabacon’s beautiful botanical gardens. The restaurant and kitchen were expanded, locker rooms were added, a small spa was built and, on April 13, 1993, Tabacon opened as a day destination. Finally, in late 1997, the hotel was inaugurated, with 42 comfortable guest rooms. This marked the official beginning of Arenal as an international destination. And travelers around the world responded quickly, once word of Arenal’s unique beauty got out.

    Tabacon is set on more than 900 acres of lush tropical reserve, home to Costa Rica’s largest network of naturally flowing hot springs. Tabacon offers 103 luxurious guest rooms and suites; two restaurants; four bars a world-class spa and.

     
  • Awards & Accolades

    Tabacon has been recognized over the years by some of the most reputable industry groups and respected publications focused on luxury hospitality and experiential travel. We constantly receive accolades based on guest-originated recognition. This is a direct reflection of our commitment to deliver world-class service. Here are highlights of the more recent awards and accolades Tabacon has received:


    • Ongoing

      Present

      • Member of The Leading Hotels of the World
      • Five-Star Designation – Costa Rican Institute of Tourism
      • Certification for Sustainable Tourism (5 leaves out of 5)
    • 2016

      Trip Advisor, Traveler’s Choice Awards

      • – Top 25 Hotels in Costa Rica

      World Luxury Spa Awards, Country Winner

      • Costa Rica: Best Luxury Destination Spa
      • Costa Rica: Best Luxury Resort Spa

      Travel + Leisure 2016

      • Best International Destination Spa #3

      World Luxury Spa Awards, Continent Winner

      • The Americas: Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa
      • The Americas: Best Luxury Day Spa

      World Travel Awards 2016

      • México & Central America´s Leading Green Hotel
    • 2015

      World Luxury Spa Awards, Continent Winner

      • The Americas: Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa
      • The Americas: Best Luxury Day Spa
      • The Americas: Best Luxury Spa Manager

      World Travel Awards

      • Mexico & Central America’s Leading Green Hotel

      World Luxury Spa Awards, Country Winner

      • Costa Rica: Best Luxury Destination Spa

      Costa Rican Tourism Board

      • Certification for Sustainable Tourism 5 leaves (highest level)

      Trip Advisor, Eco-Leaders Gold Level

    • 2014

      Travel + Leisure World´s Best Awards

      • Top Resorts in Central and South America (#9)

      World Travel Awards

      • World’s Leading Green Resort
      • Mexico & Central America’s Leading Green Hotel
      • Costa Rica’s Leading Spa Resort

      Trip Advisor, Travelers`s Choice

      • Top 20 Luxury Hotels in Central America (#15)
      • Certificate of Excellence 2014

      World Luxury Spa Awards, Continent Winner

      • The Americas: Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa

      World Luxury Spa Awards, Country Winner

      • Costa Rica: Best Luxury Destination Spa
      • Costa Rica: Best Spa Manager

      Top 10 Organic Spa Awards

    • 2013

      SpaFinder Wellness 365, Readers’ Choice Awards

      • Country Award Winner – Favorite Spa in Central America
      • Category Award Winner – Best for Mineral or Thermal Springs

      World Travel Awards

      • Mexico & Central America’s Leading Green Hotel

      World Luxury Spa Awards, Global Winner

      • Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa

      World Luxury Spa Awards – Continent Winner

      • The Americas: Best Luxury Resort Spa
      • The Americas: Best Luxury Day Spa

      Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards

      • Top Hotel Spas in Latin America (#3)

      Trip Advisor

      • Travelers`s Choice Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Costa Rica (#8)
    • 2012

      World Travel Awards

      • Mexico & Central America’s Leading Green Hotel
      • Mexico & Central America’s Leading Luxury Resort
      • Costa Rica’s Leading Spa Resort

      Organic Spa Magazine

      • Top Ten Organic Spa Awards

      Trip Advisor – Travelers`s Choice

      • Top 25 Relaxation/Spa Hotels in Central America
      • Top 25 Luxury Hotel in Central America

      Condé Nast Johansens, Awards Finalist

      • Most Excellent Resort
      • Most Excellent Spa Hotel

      World Luxury Spa Awards, Global Winner

      • Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa

      World Luxury Spa Awards, Country Winner

      • Best Luxury Destination Spa
      • Best Luxury Resort Spa
      • Best Luxury Day Spa
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    How to get here

    Tabacon is happy to help arrange private transportation to and from the airports and other hotels in Costa Rica. Additional charges may apply according to destinations. Please make arrangements in advance. For assistance contact us at sales@tabacon.com

    Driving Directions from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose

    Take the Inter-American Highway North to San Ramon. Exit in San Ramon and drive through town. Continue past Los Angeles, Balsa, Bajo Los Rodríguez, Santa Clara, Javillos, El Tanque. Once in La Fortuna, stay in the main street to Arenal Volcano National Park. Continue for 8 miles (13 km) to Tabacon

    Driving Directions from Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste

    Drive north to Liberia. Turn right towards Cañas / San José on the Interamerican Road South. Turn left in Cañas and follow the signs to Tilaran. In Tilaran turn left in the main intersection towards Arenal Lake. Continue around the Lake past Arenal Dam. Drive for approximately 15 minutes to Tabacon.

    GPS Coordinates – 10°28’43.18″N y 84°44´07.62″W