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El Silencio Lodge & Spa in Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica

Located on 500 private and lush acres, punctuated with hidden waterfalls and a tropical cloud forest, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a cutting-edge eco-retreat in Costa Rica. Ideal for honeymoons, relaxation getaways and wellness travel, come to this secluded hideaway to release the stress and tension of everyday living . Named to the Cond Nast Traveler Hot List and top the Travel + Leisure It List, this acclaimed resort is a sensory experience and a destination where the sounds and sights of nature prevail over everything. El Silencio Resort & Spa features an environmentally-immersed spa, organic cuisine and deluxe meditation rituals - all with the purpose to renew and re-energize its guests.

The 16 zen-like suites appear to be one with their surroundings, with each abode resting on stilt-like pillars to ensure the natural topography remains uninterrupted. The suites contain ceiling tiles crafted from bamboo, wood floors cut from wide planks, ambient and energy-efficient lighting, gas fireplaces and expansive viewing decks to give you a serene perspective of your environment. Each stay includes three daily meals at the signature restaurant, where ingredients are locally harvested. The spa provides necessary healing, the open-air yoga room adds focus, and the conical room was created to channel energy from the region's forest. A stay here is not just about pampering and indulging though, it is about embracing beauty. Visit a nearby volcano, do some canopy zip-lining, participate in a tree-planting ceremony, or help pluck veggies from the resort's organic garden. You are sure to depart El Silencio Lodge & Spa feeling revitalized, with a greater respect for your planet and more.

Location of El Silencio Lodge & Spa

El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Next to Gorrion River
Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica

Nearest Airport: SJO

Amenities for El Silencio Lodge & Spa

  • General Information
  • 16 Suites
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Only 8+ Years Permitted
  • Pets Not Permitted
  • Dining
  • Restaurant
  • Organic Cuisine
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Gardens
  • Private Whirlpools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Luxury Linens
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
  • Activities
  • Cultural Classes
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Ecological Excursions
  • Nature Walks
  • Yoga
  • River Rafting
  • Rappelling
  • Cultural Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Meditation
  • Zip-Lining
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nature Hikes
  • Interests
  • Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
  • Spring Break
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for El Silencio Lodge & Spa

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful hotel very out of the way. The road to get there was very windy and bumpy but was worth it to get there. It was certainly peaceful and the surrounding landscape breathtaking. Our cabin was so impressive and luxury. The decoration was modern yet fitted with the natural setting perfectly. We had a kitchenette and a lovely jacuzzi on our terrace. Also two cute rocking chairs for watching the beautiful scene and mountains. Loved the fireplace and big shower with steam. Our cabin was perfect. We went for a walk around the grounds which was lovely too. The spa space was beautiful. We had a good couples massage. I loved the greenhouse where they grow their own veg and produce. The restaurant was impressive but we were disappointed by the two dinners we had there. They got our orders wrong and the food was ok but nothing spectacular. Breakfast was tasty though and nice juices. Unusual and unique setting. Good place to relax and get away from it all and retreat.

Roxy-Edamame - London, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Our travel agent suggested El Silencio as an alternative to Monteverde Cloud Forest. We were very happy he did. Superb lodge with great service, beautiful surroundings and environment, and helpful & knowledgeable naturalists. Surprisingly good meals at a reasonable price. Enough options for excursions, on and off property, to keep one occupied. The cabins are well-appointed and very comfortable with the only suggestion being that the hot tub was not quite hot enough. Plenty of space and privacy. Note: internet service in the main building is very good; it is virtually non-existent elsewhere even with a booster. This is an out of the way destination but well worth it.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed at many, many hotels, at a variety of price points and locales. And El Silencio, tucked away in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, provided the best hotel stay I have ever experienced. I attribute this almost entirely to its staff. They are friendly, but not obsequious. We were a party of 6 – 3 couples – and upon our arrival the waitstaff took the time to learn our names, and greeted us by name for the remainder of the stay. (Big shoutout to George in particular.) We enjoyed a wine tasting with Alonzo – replete with visual aids – which was the most unusual and enjoyable wine tasting I have ever experienced. The food (with the exception of desserts which need a total rehaul) is excellent. Each “room” is a private bungalow with its own hot tub. Rooms are comfy and private and offer fantastic views of the scenery. Turndown service includes a hot water bottle in the bed – best thing ever. What also distinguishes this hotel is its grounds. There are hiking trails to 3 magnificent waterfalls which, given that they are on the hotel property, are secluded and pristine. The day activities booked through the hotel – a trip to a botanical gardens and a hike to a different waterfall – were fun and worthwhile. I was a little worried about staying at this hotel, as without a vehicle we were essentially stuck there for all meals and activities. But this hotel surprised and delighted me. My deepest thanks to the staff for providing an exceptional hotel experience.

Alice M - Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my favorite place to stay during a recent trip to Costa Rica. The setting is spectacular - in the midst of cloud forest, with gorgeous hiking trails leading to, among other things, three waterfalls. The birding was amazing, and botanical treasures were everywhere. For orchid lovers, El Silencio offers a tour of a local orchid garden created by a master; we went there with resort guide Gregory, who has a deep and spiritual knowledge about plant and animal life of the cloud forest. The trails through this enormous preserve are filled with mystical and magical surprises. But we didn't have to walk far to see natural wonders. We enjoyed bird watching from the hot tub on the deck of our villa - watching trogans, mot-mots and other avian treasures move through. The hotel restaurant is stunning, and the food was quite good. The lodge was experimenting with a second restaurant having a more typical Costa Rican menu, and it was there that my husband and I had one of the best meals of our lives. We very much hope that they manage to keep that "typico" restaurant open, as we hope to return many times on future visits. We met Costa Rican families that had been coming to El Silencio for many years, which made our experience there even more outstanding. Our villa was perfectly equipped, sleek and very comfortable. Our only suggestion is that our hot tub was an older model (there are newer ones on the property), and while it was perfectly delightful, it required about an hour and a half to warm up. It did not have a cover to keep the water warm, and we did not like to leave it running for long periods. It would be more in keeping with the sustainability goals of the lodge to equip it with a cover. Also, we did not find separate recycling waste receptacles in our villa, which was a surprise.

Donna C - Southbury, Connecticut

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Silencio lives up to it's name. Very quiet and serene. No Wi-Fi or TVs in the suites. Suites are individual "cabins" so no noise from other guests. We had suite #2. Large main room with king bed and 2 daybeds that served as couches. Bathroom had separate little rooms for shower and toilet. There was a Jacuzzi outside the bathroom. Not much closet space. Quite a climb up a trail to get there from the main lodge/restaurant areas.If you have mobility issues, be sure to let them know when making reservations. Most suites are situated on the hillside. 3 beautiful waterfalls on the property. Many trails to hike. Food was terrific, but a limited menu. Raise chickens and trout on the property along with a large greenhouse for herbs and produce. Temps were in the 60 & 50's. Misty or raining most of the time but then you are in the cloud forest. Remote location. 1.5 - 2 hours from San Jose airport. Last three miles on a very rugged gravel road that took over 15 minutes to drive. Be sure to get there before dusk as the fog/mist rolls in and driving can be hazardous.

Mamaduck2348 - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

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