August 13, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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
El Silencio has the location; the central mountains of Costa Rica are breathtaking. The reserve on which the resort is located has numerous creeks and rivers, tropical flora and fauna in abundance and waterfalls unimaginable in their beauty and majestic scale. The climate is temperate year round. July is the wet season but we still had sunny mornings and temperatures in the mid 70s Fahrenheit. As we are from Denver, the elevation was comfortable. 5000 feet may take some acclamation for most travelers. The real story here is the staff. Everyone is not only friendly, they are professional and unerringly competent. Resort manager Wesley Vargas has a team that is spectacularly skilled but treats everyone like family. The food in the restaurant is truly 5 star. Attention to detail is evident everywhere with the best turn down service we've ever experienced. Simple luxuries like closing the blinds putting carafes of naturally flavored spring water bedside and hot water bottles on the bed are the touches you can expect here. We are somewhat concerned that the remainder of our trip to Costa Rica will be a notch below our experience here. If you are looking for relaxation in an idyllic setting where you can learn about and commune with the best that nature has to offer, you owe yourself a stay at El Silencio.
This was a very disappointing end to an otherwise perfect holiday. The area is beautiful and the hotel has a good (and very remote) location but the actual property is disappointing and lacks the Costa Rican charm we experienced elsewhere. If you want a very peaceful trip this might be the place for you. We had 2 seven year olds with us and it was lacking for them. Perhaps I should have realised. In hindsight I think I was influenced by the Relais & Chateaux brand which is usually high class and charming. There is no pool, no wifi in rooms, limited public rooms and other than walks to waterfalls in the mud there is little to do for this age group. That said we made the most of it and still had a nice time but given the other fabulous options in Costa Rica, I could not recommend this to families with young kids. I am amazed by how good the other reviews were. The food is ok but not even close to the amazing reviews I read. The dining room and bar are cold and uninviting. There are dead flies everywhere - with a large number of living insects buzzing round them. I had to move table at one point because it was so disgusting. I mentioned this yet no one cleaned it up. The dead flies in our room were not cleaned up either - I gave up and did it myself. The only time I sat at the bar there was a dead fly with a load of maggots wriggling on the bar next to me. I know inserts are to be expected but we also expect them to be cleaned up regularly and given we never saw anything like this in any of the other four hotels we stayed at, I assume the cleaning is not up to par. We also had a bad smell in our room (like stale urine). The hotel tried to clean the room, aired it and eventually offered to move us but given that the curtains smelled so stale and no one at the hotel acknowledged there was a smell we assumed the other rooms would be the same. The manager said he would compensate us for it but didn't. On a plus side the beds are comfy with lovely sheets. They bring hot chocolate (with stale buns) to the room in the afternoon - this was heartily welcomed on the wet/cool afternoons. They also put hot water bottles in the bed at night which the kids loved. It saddens me to see a hotel like this not meeting expectations. I hope they can improve it so we are the last to be so disappointed.
claire_m_warne - Stavanger, Norway
The lobby and restaurant are incredible in the way it gives a sense of tranquility the minute you walk in. The guides were lovely, we highly recommend the horseback riding, best way to visit the breathtaking surroundings. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the room service top notch; they bring you the complementary afternoon hot chocolate and snack to the villa after your afternoon activities. The spa is very relaxing and the therapists talented. Only reason I don't put 5 stars is the food was slightly disappointing. Although the products are organic and grown locally, the cuisine tries too hard to be continental and ends up lacking character. The lunch menu was quite actually quite good and more local, but the diner menu lacked healthy and lighter options. Overall a great hotel that you shouldn't miss! And don't be afraid of a little rain, it adds to the charm of El Silencio and the weather changes quite quickly.
Isa2989 - London, United Kingdom
We stayed here four nights and it was perfect. The staff is incredible. I have never met such genuinely nice and incredible people. The food was perfect, literally everything we ate was the best thing we had ever eaten. There is a lot of downtime especially at night when the tours are over so be sure to bring books to read or download Netflix movies on your phone.
mrcastro29 - Seaside, California
My husband and I stayed at El Silencio for three nights at the tail end of our week long trip to Costa Rica. The hotel is truly an escape from the rest of the world - high up in the cloud forest with no access to wifi (unless you're at the main lodge), it was a great place for us to relax and unwind before heading home. With that being said, we didn't realize until we were there how far removed the hotel was from everything else. We walked to the nearby "town" one afternoon, about a 20ish minute walk, but found it to be scarcely populated with only two open stores (a small market and a soda). Thus, you were pretty much confined to the hotel for all activities and dining. Not a problem, just something we hadn't anticipated. To their credit, the hotel did offer numerous activities both on and off property. We took two tours with Daniel (horseback riding and the Hidden Treasure hike), had a great time and would highly recommend both of them. We hiked to all three waterfalls on the property and walked all the available trails. At the time we went, there were two restaurants. The main restaurant, Las Ventanas, and the newly opened Hierbabuena. Of the two, Las Ventanas is more formal, serving prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner (I think it was $30/person for lunch and $50/person for dinner). We had dinner at Las Ventanas one evening and found it to be horrible. I was so disappointed because I had read such great things about the food but we just didn't find it up to par. The mushroom ceviche had thick slices of raw mushroom (incredibly unappetizing because it was not sauced), the trout ceviche had large salt crystals throughout rendering each bite a surprise between edible and non-edible, the pasta was so undercooked that some parts were actually crunchy, and the steak had a coffee sauce so sickly sweet that I requested a separate plate where I could scrape it off so that it wouldn't ruin the steak itself. We didn't bother to order dessert and spent the rest of our lunches and dinners at Hierbabuena. We found the food there to be much better, in fact, one of our favorite meals of the entire trip was the Chifrijo (a rice dish with beans, pico, avocado, tortilla chips and fried pork or fried cheese balls) that was recommended to us by the server. Hierbabuena had separate menus for lunch and dinner - lunch was Costa Rican food, dinner was Italian food - so we were never bored. As to the service, we found it to be impeccable except for one glaring incident. Our first breakfast, we were completely forgotten about! There was a miscommunication between the servers (I think each thought the other was responsible for our table) which basically meant that we weren't served. We kept asking for things - to see a menu, to get water, to get coffees, to get our order taken, etc. and I think each server thought he was doing the other a favor by answering us. We saw five (!!!) separate tables sit down, order, get served and leave before we had our entrees. Once the servers realized their mistake, they were very apologetic, but the fact that it took them over an hour to realize nobody was serving us was incredibly annoying. Overall, those two instances (one bad dinner and one bad breakfast) did not dampen our otherwise wonderful stay. El Silencio is a special property, an escape away from the rest of the world, and a great way to end our first trip to Costa Rica.
Jenn R - New York City, New York