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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 Condé 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
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
- Organic Cuisine
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Multilingual Staff
- Private Whirlpools
- In-Room Amenities
- Luxury Linens
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
- Cultural Classes
- Mountain Biking
- Ecological Excursions
- Nature Walks
- River Rafting
- Cultural Tours
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Nature Hikes
- Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
- Spring Break
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Itâ€™s a beautiful resort but is very remote and difficult to travel too. Part of the road is gravel with very steep drops on the side. Not an enjoyable trip. There is not as much wildlife as in OSA or Arenal. It has a nice fast moving river where folks fish and does have horses available. Frankly since I donâ€™t fish or horseback ride I didnâ€™t think it was worth the trip. Would have gone directly to Naraya in Arenal.
Gizmo013_13 - Los Angeles, California
During our two night stay, I have been having a mixed impression. The location is quite far away from anywhere, and especially from the sea. Situated half way up a vulcano at 1600 meters, the place can be quite chilly, even in the summer. The heaters in the various casitas help, but the bathroom remains unheated and can be as low as the mid fifties. Guests ought to be aware of this and bring warm sleepwear, underwear and wool sweaters. The pros outweigh the cons considerably. The food is exquisite, the rooms are large and offer privacy and an outdoor jacuzzi with ample hot water. There is also a most beautiful easy one hour hike to three most grandiose waterfalls. Unfortunately, the weather seems very unpredictable und when it rains, the place loses much of its attractiveness.
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
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.
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 â€“ 3 couples â€“ 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 â€“ replete with visual aids â€“ 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 â€śroomâ€ť 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 â€“ 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 â€“ a trip to a botanical gardens and a hike to a different waterfall â€“ 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