Escape to: Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, Costa Rica

In preparation for a trip to Guatemala later this year, I have been pouring over old travel journals from my first visit to Central America in 2003.  That trip was jam packed with tons of incredible experiences but one in particular remains securely fastened in the memory bank - a day spent luxuriating in the natural hot pools at the Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa.  

Nestled near the base of Arenal Valcano, Tabacon's network of mineral rich river pools are naturally heated underground by the volcano's magma.  The lush, tropical Costa Rican jungle surrounds the pools making it an experience for all the senses.  My favourite memory from that day was sitting at the spa's swim up bar in the evening and sipping a Caipirinha while watching red hot lava roll slowly down the peak.  I couldn't help but think "Man...how the hell did I get this lucky?!"