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
The best thing I can do for el Silencio is to compare it to a similar tier hotel. La Paz Waterfall / Peace Lodge is a direct competitor of el Silencio and sits on the opposite side of Poas Volcano. They both feature similar amenities, luxury accommodations, large grounds with waterfalls. However, the difference is striking. La Paz / Peace Lodge is a large garden that caters to busloads of tourists looking for relatively canned experiences. The animals are in cages. The pathways are sidewalks. The food is in bulk. The waterfalls are beautiful but you will share them with a crowd. El Silencio is on the other hand, is a boutique luxury. The landscape is actual cloudforest. The animals are free. The pathways are safe, but they are made of dirt and moss. The waterfalls are beautiful and you will have them all to yourself because there aren't a lot of rooms here and there certainly weren't any busloads of visitors. El Silencio is much more authentic experience. La Paz is the Disney version of Costa Rica. The town that el Silencio sits in, Bajos del Toro, is small and friendly, filled with world-class waterfalls and excellent choices for casado. From here it's an easy drive to Arenal, Sarchi, or Sarapiqui. It's an hour away from San Jose but feels a world apart. Rooms were great, fairly private, clean. Sleeping here is wonderful in the cool nights, waking to the sound of birds. Food was generally very good. We are vegetarians and discovered the wonderful "secret menu" for vegetarians. Many of the staff were not aware of this secret menu. We were there long enough to try just about everything on the secret menu and they were all excellent. The catch is that you have to pre-order what you want for dinner so they can source the ingredients. There were two vegetarian options on the primary menu.
Christopher T - Eustis, Florida
We really enjoyed ourselves here. You can be as active as you can be and you also can just simply relax. While at first I found my cabin's location a bit of a hike, by the second day I was almost sprinting up the hill with one of their beautiful walking sticks. I loved the privacy (you won't be seen naked in the outdoor Jacuzzi). I would have liked a bit more heat as the temperature (mid-February) drops at night and if the sun is not shining, and I sure would have liked wifi in the cabin. (I didn't mind not having a TV.) But this is a place for leisurely hikes (the waterfall is so beautiful), horseback riding, and first-time adventures (my husband went both rappelling and zip-lining--you wouldn't catch me doing either). We greatly enjoyed the "cultural experience," going to a local home and making tortillas. The food is good. They are trying to raise much of it including trout. I imagine the food could be a little more varied and creative. Housekeeping and maintenance could be improved too. But service--if that's even the right word--was wonderful. We consider ourselves very lucky to have been assigned Ronald as our "eco-concierge," and this in itself was revolutionary. He was assigned to us for the duration of our stay, to help us plan our days, to accompany us on our adventures when possible, to help us make sense of living a life in the cloud forest. We were sorry to have to leave this lovely resort.
El Silencio was such a truly lovely place to stay! Nestled near the cloud forest & surrounding jungle. The hike on their property leads to waterfalls and is really nice (it includes seeing their organic garden, trout farm & chicken coop). Ronald led the hike and was a wealth of information (or you can do it on your own as you really can't get lost if you stay on the path). They also have a zip lining available and horseback riding nearby. They offer coffee tasting, cooking classes, yoga, etc. for something to do. Because it is off the beaten track you have to travel an hour or more to other activities so keep that in mind but we had pre-arranged tours & drivers and everything went smoothly. One not to be missed was the cacao tour where they explained how chocolate was made. We actually saw more monkeys there then on specific hikes to see them and some other wildlife. There is a spa service available but no pool. However, our room had a hot tub so that was just fine with us! The restaurant is definitely gourmet and our dinners were as good as any fine restaurant. Most everything is organic and fresh. It is not inexpensive so keep that in mind but we don't mind paying for great food. I'm assuming all breakfast are complimentary as ours was and delicious too. They have a nice bar as well. We went around Easter so the lodge was not full or overly crowded which we prefer. Weather during our 3 days was very nice with only one major afternoon rainstorm. Really never had to deal with mosquitos although we always put on eco-friendly bug spray. If you haven't planned a tour, you might want to bring cards or games for kids (although a few games are available as well as being able to download movies). Ronald and William were beyond friendly and accommodating, as were all the staff. One of the wait staff, Francisco, was always willing to help us with our Spanish and to share stories & information. Would definitely stay there again! Great place for relaxing and enjoying the peaceful Costa Rican environment.
Shira B - Chino Hills, California
We chose El Silencio to start our Costa Rica vacation as it was a mid point between the airport and our next destination. It was the perfect introduction to Costa Rica for my family. We were greeted with a delicious fresh juice as we checked in. The check in host was so friendly and enthusiastic about the property and Costa Rican culture. Our suite was impeccable, by far the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. And the hot water bottle turn down was a lovely surprise! All the meals we had were delicious and the service was exceptional. We hiked to the waterfalls, checked out the chickens on the farm and relaxed in the hot tub. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend El Silencio to anyone visiting Costa Rica. And hopefully we will be back next spring!
mengkvist - Saddle River, New Jersey
I have traveled extensively in Costa Rica. Overall a good above average property and beautiful location in Costa Rica with nice cool temperatures. However, a couple of major issues. We arrived at around 10 pm. There was absolutely no one to check us in. Weird. I can't say that I have ever experienced that before. And 10 pm really is not that late. Where was everyone? Absolutely NO staff from the hotel. Our driver from the airport handed us a key to our room and that was it. Although our villa was lovely, we had a HORRIBLE sewer smell in there upon arrival. The next day, we complained 3 times to management with no appropriate response short of the housekeepers putting in oil diffusers and air fresheners. The smell was so bad, I had trouble sleeping for 2 days. The final day there we complained again and insisted the manager come to our villa to smell it. Finally he acknowledged the problem and moved us to another room for our last and final day of our stay. There was in fact a sewer problem in the pipes. Even though they compensated us with a free dinner on our last night, this issue did greatly affect our impression of the place. It is not your typical Relais-Chateaux property. The service is subpar. The housekeeping services were below standard as trash was left on counter tops and the sinks were unclean afterwards. They have a newer restaurant that caters to the villas, and the service is awful and the food is below average. For breakfast 3 times we were either the only ones or one of only 2 parties there and it took over an hour to get breakfast. While we sat there, there was a spilled smoothie on an adjacent table and on the floor that stayed there for an hour before anyone bothered to clean it up. The main restaurant, however, was great with good service and an amazing chef. The cooking class was fabulous and I highly recommend that! However, because we had no check in, we were unaware of it until the last day of the trip. Unfortunately for us, the server at the newer villa restaurant had told us incorrectly that it was the same exact menu which was not the case at all. I wish we would have had every meal at the main restaurant as the newer one is very bad and poorly staffed. Although the grounds are beautiful, it is odd how they have a car repair garage and the back kitchen area right in front of the main hotel as you head into the otherwise attractive main building. Quite the eyesore.
hsmd2016 - Las Vegas, Nevada