El Silencio Lodge and Spa, Costa Rica

Perched by the side of a twisting road, but still quite hidden in the cloud forest reserve, the El Silencio Lodge simply uses its name to make an appeal to the tranquil travelers. It’s a special inn indeed, an idyllic retreat certainly, and an eco luxury hotel undoubtedly. This upscale hotel in Costa Rica is just the best place for nature lovers, relaxation break offs, wellness travel, and family holidays.

As the Spanish name suggests, Silencio befits a holiday hangout where the usual or above normal stress shuts down, while the music of nature soothingly starts. Your this experience starts as soon as you step into your villa that is on no ordinary level, but on the forested hillside at a height where the luxury and style fuses to offer 100% comfort. Herein, enjoy the natural tune of relaxation by opening the doors of the wide balcony or by reclining in the hot tub. No matter what you do, the green nature is bound to surround you: wide clean skies, misty forest, and calling birds. So, the intelligence of El Silencio Lodge lies in its harmonized fusion of wilderness and elegance.

The main appeals at this luxuriously silent inn are its elegant suites, rejuvenating spa, 500 acres of cloud forest offsetting carbon, hiking, organic cuisine, secluded waterfalls, meditation, and tours to the close by hot springs of Arenal and Tabacon as well as the Poas Volcano. So, why not explore this exciting inclusion in the best travel options of the nation accessible in 1.5 hours from San Jose?


There are all airy suites here numbered from 1 to 16 of which 1, 12, and 16 are the most remotely perched on the hillside. The décor here engulfs warm earthy tones, hardwood accents, woven bamboo mats, flower paintings, huge glass doors for breathtaking vistas polished-wood porch, and rocking chairs all boasting a traditional ecotourism atmosphere.

The amenities in each of them include built-in sofas for optimizing space, king-sized beds, fluffy comforters, teak headboards, mini bar, fireplaces, tea/coffee maker, balcony for the green and sloping vistas, Egyptian cotton linens, down blankets, free wireless high-speed Internet, double sinks, showers, slippers, bathrobes, L’Occitane toiletries, safe, phone, clock radio, nightly turndown service, hair dryer, premium bedding, private bathroom, mirror, shower only, electronic/magnetic keys, opening window, and curtains.

In this Sarchi Norte hotel, all suites are non-smoking.


• Airport transportation (surcharge) • Express check-in and check-out • Lounge • Audio-visual equipment • Fireplace in lobby • Currency exchange • Front desk (limited hours) • Wireless (high-speed) Internet access – surcharge • Porter • Gift shops • Laundry facilities • Front desk hours • Parking (free) • Multiple small meeting rooms • Restaurant(s) in hotel • Eco concierge services • Security guard • TV in lobby • Safe-deposit box – front desk • Wheelchair accessible


Massage – spa treatment room(s) • Yoga class • Eco tours • Spa • Rafting nearby • Horse riding nearby

Before you explore the spa, a stroll to reach it itself is rejuvenating as you pass beneath a vine-covered lattice packed with loads of blooming Emperatriz Eugenia. As you reach in the nature-immersed spa, the fragrance of enriching orange as well as calming vanilla coming from the candles complement you healthy action of sipping herbal tea. It is only after this that you go for one of the many massages, treatments, wraps, and facials with local natural products. I would recommend being in its special conical treatment room whose strange layout will pour all the energy of nature into you.


Your stay at the El Silencio Lodge includes three meals daily in a la carte style, which are prepared by Chef Marco González. What is admired here is the fact that a majority of the ingredients are grown organically in the impressive gardens of the inn. The chef who is much inspired by the local as well as healthy California cuisine is an expert in serving brilliant vegetarian soups and salads, several entrees including delicious vegetarian pasta, and Asian and Indian flavors. This is the best feature of the chef at this stunning, glass-enclosed restaurant from where you also enjoy the vistas of the river. You can also choose to dine outdoors amidst the green nature.


In the list of Most Promising New Luxury Hotels in 2008 by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.


Amarillo Sarchi Norte,
Bajos de Toro,
Costa Rica.


From $365 per night.

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