77 Degrees in April? Welcome to Costa Rica!

Today’s dream luxury getaway spot is: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort.

Located in Costa Rica’s Fortuna de San Carlos Region, surrounded by the  Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs, this 5-star resort is ranked among the “top ten eco-spas by National Geographic Magazine” and “a top 5 worldwide honeymoon destination.”

With the volcano providing energy to heat the hotel’s water and the abundant rain forest naturally facilitating the flow of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the atmosphere, Tabacon boasts the title of a carbon-neutral facility. Socially responsible as well, the Tabacon staff is almost entirely comprised of members from the local community, all tourist excursions are provided by local, small businesses, and all food items and hotel supplies are sourced as close to the community as possible, if not grown in the resort’s own organic and herb gardens. The recycling program within the resort donates all items to local schools to reuse or sell the materials to larger corporations, keeping the money and resources within the community.

While conventional resorts use underground pumps for hot springs (carelessly mined and intrusive to the ecosystem) to create the spa effect, Tabacon relies on the natural flow and radiation of the springs. Hydrotherapy relaxes muscles, helps regulate blood flow, and uses the natural minerals in the rocks and water to brighten skin and slow down ageing. Open air bungalows allow guests to immerse themselves in the gardens of the resort grounds and observe the wildlife of the rain forest in its natural setting.

So whether you’re planning your honeymoon or just need an extended spring break, look into Tabacon and permit yourself to indulge in nature, the world’s oldest luxury.


Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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