This blog post was updated on September 24, 2014.

Unusual Spa Treatments to Indulge in Costa Rica, Flickr: Jennifer Morrow

Tabacon Grand Spa


Costa Rica is not only a place to trek through rainforests, and marvel at the volcanoes and natural surroundings. It’s a place to dip your toes into unusual spa treatments using ingredients found in the country. Here are some you may want to try the next time you book flights to Costa Rica:

Nayara Hotel Eco Spa: Nayara Hotel has been awarded several accolades and also is known for its extraordinary romantic setting. The resort recently opened a full-service Nayara Spa with treatments inspired by nature including a Hot Volcanic Stone and Volcanic Mud Massage. The spa also offers an organic Costa Rican Coffee Scrub. How can one say no?

Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort: Know for its five-star luxury and five-leaf sustainability score, the resort is Manuel Antonio’s only luxury beachfront property. The Las Brisas spa at the resort offers a Basaltic Hot Stone Massage which places heated volcanic stones on the body, as well as a Cappuccino Scrub.

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn: Located right outside San Jose, this extraordinarily beautiful Inn boasts the fine El Targua Spa. Elegant and intimate, the spa features treatments with local ingredients; some include the Paradise Facial and a Citrus Jungle Scrub. It also features a Pure Vida Coffee Detox treatment.

Tabacon Grand Spa: The spa uses the combination of the energy of the Active Arenal Volcano, the heat of the Tabacon Hot Springs and the purity of the surrounding rainforests. The Grand Spa Thermal Resort houses 114 luxury rooms, and is committed to an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Treatments include the Tabacon Massage with volcanic mud, and Watsu, a combination of water and shiatsu.

Raindrop Spa: The spa’s website says it is the “most visited spa in Manuel Antonio” and the “best spa on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.” Asian in style, the spa features a Sirodhara 35 Minute Treatment that includes a warm herbal essence, and a Raindrop Holistic Pedicure.


Photo: Jennifer Morrow

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