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What We Love

  • Spacious eco-chic suites with uninterrupted cloud forest views
  • The Esencia Spa is a rain forest beauty, in both the design and the amazing massages
  • Great birding and guided trail hikes though the 500-acre reserve
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What To Know

  • Children seven and younger are not permitted
  • The tranquil vibe’s a bit subdued; night owls won’t get their fix here
  • Television and WiFi in the main lodge only
  • Pack a sweater and some rain gear — the highlands can be surprisingly cool and rainy


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Luxe eco-sleep in a 500-acre cloud forest north of San Jose, with 15 hillside suites and a rainforest spa

The Look

Less than two hours north of San Jose, El Silencio Lodge & Spa blends style and service with pampered wellness and soft-adventure experiences. Intentionally remote and secluded, the Lodge invites its guests to disappear into the 15 hillside suites, dine on Costa Rica-fusion dishes prepared with imagination and flare, to hike to cascading water falls or count hummingbirds in the Magic Garden. The charm of El Silencio is its blend of style and service with pampered wellness and soft-adventure experiences.

Bed and Bath

Fifteen identical, totally private one-room cabinas sit hillside on pillars, minimizing their footprint on the jungle below. The rustic exterior belies a luxurious and spacious interior: king-size beds outfitted with 450-thread-count linens and cloud top mattresses; polished-stone bathrooms with twin basins and fluffy robes and sandals; two plush sofas; an electric heater and a well-stocked snack bar. The private porch has unbeatable river or forest views to be admired from the rocking chairs or freshwater-fed stone Jacuzzis. Worth noting: If the hike to and from the cabina gets tiring, a personal eco-concierge is on call to transport you in a golf cart.


In the main lodge, Las Ventanas restaurant (with indoor and outdoor dining areas) dishes up healthy fusion fare. Chef Marcela Chaves takes inspiration from traditional Costa Rican dishes and uses fresh fish bought from the local community, free-range poultry and a fiesta of vegetables, fruits and herbs from the on-site organic garden. Wines (Argentine and Chilean, Spanish and South African) and other alcoholic beverages are also available. Out in the forest, surrounded by bubbling streams and torches and candles, is the destination Esencia Spa. There are three rooms for treatments that include the Costa Rica Mud Miracle rub, as well as body polishes and body wraps. Couples can take Poas Healing Stone and Rainforest Aromatherapy massages side by side in the Conical Room, designed, like everything else here, to channel the forest’s natural energy.

In the Area

It is a scenic drive from El Silencio to Poas National Park, whose centerpiece is the country’s largest active volcano crater; a mile across, it is constantly steaming and bubbling. A 20-minute walk from there is Laguna Botos crater, which is filled with its own pool of turquoise water. And the Dokka coffee plantation is right in the neighborhood, ready for tours. An hour away is Sarapiqui, a more pastoral area in which to get active. Go whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River, where professional outfitters take thrill-seekers safely down Class II-IV rapids. For a dose of retail therapy, head to Costa Rica’s main center for crafts and furniture, Sarchi. Known for its brightly painted oxcarts, visitors can watch the cart-makers at work, and shop for everything from salad bowls to jewelry fashioned from beautiful hardwoods.

How to Get There

El Silencio Lodge and Spa
Bajos de Toro Amarillo
Sarchi Norte, 00000 Costa Rica


5.0 Excellent 778 Reviews
Beautiful retreat with excellent staff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The remote location is lovely. Ask for Milton if you need a driver from the hotel.
This is a huge property nestled in a canyon. The grounds are amazing, and streams and waterfalls make it all seem like a spa.
The staff and eco guides are friendly and knowledgeable.
If you stay there, walk into town to Dona Olga’s bakery!

Excellent hospitality!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Staff is warm, friendly, professional, flexible and happy in their work.
Accommodations were wonderful and food first class!
Amazing tours of property and nearby national park areas.
Glad to plant trees with coaching group I was with...all very eco-friendly.
Hope to visit here again.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Spent 3 night here as part of a 3 week trip to Costa Rica. We stayed in a beautiful 2 bedroom villa with every amenity you can think of. Hot tub was very welcome after some rainy hikes as were the hot water bottles in the beds and cosy word burner lit and ready to welcome us. Staff were friendly & helpful and we loved it. Tricky to get to but worth the effort.

An absolute "must" on any Costa Rica itinerary
Reviewed 4 months ago

The most beautiful location in the Cloud Forest within easy reach of San Jose. Enjoy the drive to the Lodge and then appreciate why it is called El Silencio. Digital distraction to a minimum and the most amazing hiking to enjoy (something for all capabilities). Service is super friendly - love the Eco Concierge who help with planning your day's activities. Excellent meal experiences were an important part of the day and I also enjoyed having a cocktail relaxing in front of the open fire (try their own brewed beer!). It was fun to visit the chickens and the trout farm (the trout are on the menu and are very tasty) and the most "zen" place to meditate on the beauty around you, is the Hummingbird Flower Garden - I need to go back to experience zip-lining!

Romantic hideaway
Reviewed 4 months ago

We spent a perfect two nights at El silencio for our anniversary. Food was amazing. We enjoyed the novelty of the Forest Dinner for two. The hiking trails were well kept. The Spa services were very relaxing.