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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 770 Reviews
Magical Place in the Clouds
Reviewed 14 hours ago

As a family not knowing what to expect, this place went beyond what we thought our experience was going to be. We loved every little touch El Silencio had to offer. The activities put you at one with the surroundings. The staff, management and ownership run this place so well and don't disappoint. Our family of four were not bored and spent six wonderful nights here. Horse back riding, Waterfall hiking, Zip lining, Repelling, Cooking Class, Painting - the list goes on. The team at the restaurant go beyond what is expected and make you feel at home at every meal, catering outside of what is expected. This magical place in the clouds disappoint you. As much as we would like as many people to experience this Lodge, it is a best kept secret and we kind of like it that way!

Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed here for three nights whilst in Costa Rica. The food was brilliant and felt like it was all prepared with love. The accommodation was perfect with good size room, sitting area, verandah, shower and hot tub. Walks, rapelling and zip wires on site.
Highly recommended.

A magical and memorable place
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and loved every moment. El Silencio is truly committed to caring for their guests and ensuring that every need and want is met. The staff here is warm, welcoming, professional, and attentive. Our individual suite with hot tub was spacious and a mix of rusticity and five-star luxury. The bed and linens were wonderful. We enjoyed each of our activities... rappelling, zip lining, hiking, horseback riding — and found our guides to be knowledgeable, attentive, capable, and extremely personable. My husband and I agree... we could come here again and again and never tire of the beauty of both the place and the people.

Best resort on our honeymoon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I just returned from our honeymoon to Costa Rica. Our first hotel was El Silencio and it was the hotel I was looking forward to but I didn’t know how my wife was going to enjoy it. El Silencio was by far the best place we stayed at on our honeymoon, we absolutely loved it. The staff is extremely friendly and goes out of their way to make your stay the best possible experience. They genuinely care about your happiness and they love what they do. We loved hiking to the three on property waterfalls and going on tours with the guides from el Silencio because they loved showing us the plants and animals along the trip. Juan Carlos, our super friendly waiter, was our favorite at the hotel because he made us feel like family and loved introducing us to incredible tastes of Costa Rica. My wife fell in love with the small things that El Silencio does to make your stay incredible. The hot pads, the free juices, the chocolate on her pillow at night... it was all so amazing. We will definitely be returning to El Silencio on a future vacation!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 3 nights at El Silencio and we enjoyed our stay. We had a suite room which was spacious and included a hot tub. The area around the hotel is lovely and we enjoyed a couple of great hikes. Unfortunately many of the activities aren’t on site, some are 2 hours drive away. The food was ok and the staff are nice. The hotel has a trout farm and the only fish option on offer on the menu is trout. The restaurant area doesn’t feel relaxed or luxurious, the lodge insists on guests having specific seatings for dinner in order to be able to deal with the large number of guests. Meals would be better with more staff and a shorter menu