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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

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.

Beyond

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

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 848 Reviews
Peace in the Clouds
Reviewed 8 hours ago

An amazing experience for our family with fabulous staff, delicious, fresh food, gorgeous surroundings and lovely rooms that connect you with nature. We didn’t want to leave!! I would recommend to everyone.

Amazing Honeymoon Stay
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed at El Silencio for three nights during the first part of our Costa Rica honeymoon. The room was amazing... very clean, comfortable, and peaceful. The staff was beyond great.

While there is only one restaurant on-property, the food was delicious! We really enjoyed the restaurant service from Mario, Alejandro, Juan Carlos and the rest of the crew who were always friendly and attentive.

We took two excursions (hiking and horseback riding) with Kenneth, who was an excellent and very knowledgeable eco-guide. Johnny from the horse barn was also a pleasure to ride with. We also got a couples massage... we found the spa experience to be great, and at a more reasonable price than the other hotels we stayed at in Costa Rica.

Overall an amazing and rejuvenating experience - highly recommended!

Stunning
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed 3 nights in a suite. Gorgeous room - large, clean, nice facilities. Outdoor hot tub was amazing. The location was lovely - quiet, peaceful with lovely walks. What made this hotel extra special was the service which was really good and attentive. The trips were good (Mistic hike and Blue Falls). The on-site water falls were much more impressive than I expected. The food was good. Prices a little on the high side but maybe just because the exchange rate for GBP not great at the moment. The wine was also quite expensive we thought. But other than that I couldn’t fault the hotel. And would recommend. Great staff.

Honeymoon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and i stayed here for the first part of our honeymoon, the fresh food was delicious, there were plenty of activities so do, and the staff was amazing. Oscar the manager goes out of his way to ensure every guest is completely satisfied, he even drove us into the town to the grocery market to translate from Spanish to English, he even taught us about the local area on the way there.
By far Mario was our favorite server, always greeting us with smiles , telling jokes , and very fast service
We also went on an excursion with Kenneth, who was a very knowledgeable young man who takes great pride in delivering satisfaction to the hotel guests, he took some great pictures with and of us and we had a great time.
The rooms are amazing , we had unit 16 witch had a river view and a little yard behind it. The beds were beyond comfy and we really enjoyed the personal hot tub.
THE ONLY DOWNER- it rains a lot up here (not the hotels fault) but a tv in the room would be nice to pass time during the showers.
All in all absolutely amazing stay

Amazing!!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our trip to El Silencio was incredible! It was set up by Chris and his team from Central America Vacation. Everything was taken care of and exceeded expectations. El Silencio truly is a little slice of heaven. The staff was very accommodating, the food was excellent, the rooms were very clean and super nice, and the views...priceless. The hiking trails and waterfalls were amazing as well. This is an incredible place to unplug, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Costa Rican cloud forest. I can't wait to come back!