Looking for the perfectly romantic, secluded and luxurious honeymoon? Then look no further than Costa Rica! Specifically, a less frequented part of the country called Arenal. Located at the base of a volcano lies a little gem of a property called Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. A 102 hotel room spa retreat, built around natural hot springs to help restore your body from all that wedding work, Tabacon is sexy and sophisticated, yet unpretentiously blends into the natural habitat and culture.
Here you can wake up with the sounds of the jungle in your large (and I mean large), beautifully appointed room and hit the paths for hiking before you return to take a dip in the hot springs. For dinner, enjoy a private meal for two under an outdoor bungalow with chefs and staff tableside to cater to your every culinary need. If you’re not quite ready to retire to your room, pay a visit to the steaming waterfalls one more time for a night swim beneath the stars. During that time, the springs will be empty and oh-so secluded.
But if lounging around isn’t your style, that’s okay! Book a trip up the mountain with Sky Track and zip line on Costa Rica’s longest and highest track, which overlooks both the volcano and Lake Arenal. Want more thrills and chills? Take a tour of the canopy on the foot bridge if you dare!
By then, you’ll have earned a little spa time to relax and work out that tension from flying above the jungle shelf. Enter – the Grand Spa – it’s spectacular! A highlight of not only the hotel, but the area too; this indoor/outdoor oasis is one you’re guaranteed not to want to leave. I had the 90 minute hot stone massage in an outdoor bungalow. Need I say more? Well, I will. Set privately behind jungle trees and plants, the bungalows are just steps from the running hot springs water so you hear the sounds of the jungle and water as you fall into a state of total relaxation. Get the couples’ massage and you can experience it together with a private outdoor Jacuzzi to retire to once your treatment is done.
Arenal might just be the most special place to see in Costa Rica if you love nature, peace and quiet, and adventure all-in-one. And Tabacon is the perfect luxury home away from home in Arenal that you’ll likely never want to leave. Honeymooners enjoy!
ALL PHOTOS BY JOSHUA BOBROVE