El Silencio Lodge and Spa

A symphony of natural wellness” and cultural immersion awaits you in the cloud forest highlands of Costa Rica at El Silencio Lodge and Spa. This Bajos del Toro eco-boutique hotel offers guests upscale comfort, cultural authenticity, and unwavering commitment to sustainability practices. With luxurious touches, fantastic service, and excellent dining, it’s no wonder great names like Conde Nast and Relais and Chateaux have recognized El Silencio Lodge and Spa as one of Costa Rica’s most select destinations. This boutique lodge sits only 90 minutes from San Jose and is an excellent choice for couples, families (children 8 and older), and small groups interested in nature, wellness, eco-luxury, birding, yoga, canopy zip-lining, rappelling, and/or spa opportunities.

There are only 16 cottages divided between three different categories – Suites, Riverside Suites, and Private Villas and Master Suites. Every cottage comes with upscale amenities such as private outdoor whirlpool, luxurious sheets, cloud-top mattress, and deck with traditional rocking chairs for your evening glass of wine. Standard amenities include safe, hairdryer, snack bar, and electric heaters for cooler nights in the cloud forest. Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge/restaurant areas. An a la carte breakfast is included with your stay as well as a traditional afternoon “cafecito” consisting of hot chocolate or coffee and pastries.

El Silencio Lodge and Spa sits on 500-acres of cloud forest full of rivers, waterfalls, and hiking trails for a plethora of scenic, cultural and adventure experiences. A guided tour called Mystic Hiking (included with your stay) introduces guests to the magic of the cloud forest. Local guides used solely by El Silencio offer various cultural immersion activities and guided nature/adventure tours in and around the property. The dining at Las Ventanas and Hierbabuena Restaurants is a special treat as it’s surrounded by panoramic windows of the cloud forest hillside. Intricate, delicious dishes are created with a farm-to-table concept using fresh produce, herbs, free-range eggs (from their own chicken coop), and fresh trout from the pond in their organic mini-farm. Esencia Spa also utilizes fresh ingredients from the organic mini-farm for delightful spa treatments – massages, facials, and wraps. An open-air yoga deck and a conical room are also available for private, pre-arranged sessions. Choose between many onsite and offsite activities while at El Silencio Lodge: zipline, waterfall rappelling, horseback riding, oxcart painting, wine tasting, coffee tasting, nature and waterfall hiking, local market shopping, chocolate and coffee tour, and full day whitewater rafting.

  • Located in Bajos del Toro, 90 minutes north of San Jose
  • 500-acre private cloud forest reserve
  • 16 luxurious cottage suites
  • Every room category comes with private outdoor whirlpool/jacuzzi, deck with rocking chairs, safe, mini bar, and electric heaters
  • Suites and Riverside Suites are adults-only
  • Villas and Master Suites are 2-bedroom units perfect for families
  • Villas come with fully equipped kitchens
  • Las Ventanas Restaurant serves typical Costa Rican dishes with flair (fine dining restaurant)
  • Hierbabuena serves Italian dishes (family restaurant)
  • Yoga deck and Conical Room
  • Esencia Spa offers massages, facials, and wraps
  • On-site organic mini farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in restaurant dishes and spa treatments
  • Main lodge has fire pit, conference room with TV/DVD, and complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary in-room “cafecito” every afternoon includes warm beverage and pastries
  • Complimentary Mystic Hike tour and tree planting tour
  • Awarded/listed by Condé Nast Traveler and Trip Advisor
  • Travel+Leisure Hotel
  • First Relais & Châteaux destination in Central America
  • Level 5 CST certification (Certificate for Sustainable Tourism)
  • Hike the nearby Del Toro Waterfall