El Silencio Lodge & Spa

A charming retreat set in the enchanting cloudforests of Costa Rica.


Bajos del Toro

Accommodation Type

Eco Spa Retreat

Accommodation Level

Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.

Price Guide

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an eco-luxury hotel that showcases the best of Costa Rica’s tropical cloud forest and rugged highland mountains. The name Silencio (Spanish for silence) befits this travel destination where daily stress is hushed by the natural surroundings of the cloudforest. The upscale hotel is built in 500 private acres of carbon-offsetting forests, with hidden waterfalls, hiking, horseback riding, meditation, authentic cultural experiences, an Eco-Adventure Park, and delicious farm-to-table cuisine. The main building faces the base of a tree-lined canyon, embracing Costa Rica’s nature at its most whimsical. It houses Las Ventanas Restaurant, a coffee lounge, a conference/media room, the reception office, and a gift shop. It is trimmed by an outdoor deck with views of the Gorrion River and a fire pit. The suites and villas are built on the hillside, within the rainforest and the floor-to-ceiling glass doors make the rainforest feel part of the room. On the edge of the property, surrounded by forest and rippling streams is the Esencia Spa, a haven enveloped by the natural surroundings. There is an array of treatments to be enjoyed from couples massages to chocolate body wraps all designed to relax you and harness the forests energies.

Why go to El Silencio Lodge & Spa?

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is the perfect place to reconnect with nature, relax, and explore authentic Costa Rican culture, hidden waterfalls, and emerald green forests. Its intimate setting and character is enhanced by excellent personal service. The Eco-Concierge serves as a local guide to the region’s culture and biodiversity and provides insights to make your stay more engaging. From hiking to the waterfalls to planting a special tree to having fun rappelling and zip-lining to enjoying a wellness treatment at Esencia Spa, guests find opportunities to be inspired and commune with nature. Picking fresh ingredients at the organic garden or fishing for trout is the perfect way to connect to the surroundings. Rocking chairs set at the private decks allowing a front-row view of misty clouds as they roll over the mountains. Cultural activities include oxcart painting, traditional cooking lessons, wine tasting, and coffee tasting.

Wildlife around El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Surrounded by cloudforest, bird watching has to be El Silencio’s most intense and rewarding wildlife viewing experience. From tiny hummingbirds to the occasional sighting of the stunning resplendent quetzal, birding enthusiasts will find extraordinary photo opportunities along the property’s private trails. Other creatures that may be occasionally spotted along the trails are white-nosed coatis, boars, and the endearing sloths.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa Highlights

  • Personal eco-concierge for each visiting party
  • Farm-to-table organic produce
  • All rooms have private deck with heated whirlpool
  • Member of Relais & Châteaux
  • Relaxing luxurious spa treatments

El Silencio Lodge & Spa Location

El Silencio Lodge & Spa


  • n rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Breakfast and a guided hike are included
  • Children over 8 years old are welcome


  • Las Ventanas Restuarant
  • Private dining deck
  • Esencia Spa
  • Mini organic farm
  • Private hiking trails
  • Eco-adventure course
  • Meditation deck
  • Gift shop
  • Each room has a panoramic windows, electric heaters, king size beds, local organic toiletries and a private outdoor heated whirlpool.
  • Wi-Fi is available in the main building and most, but not all, suites and villas.


  • Zip-lining
  • Waterfall rapelling
  • Horse riding
  • Cookery lessons
  • Oxcart painting session
  • Coffee and chocolate tours
  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching
  • Medicine forest walk

El Silencio Lodge & Spa Rooms


The suites are built in a tiered layout for unrivalled mountain views. All feature a private deck with handcrafted rocking chairs and a heated outdoor whirlpool. Inside the suites have electric heaters to keep the chilly mornings at bay, king-size bed complete with a cloud-top mattress for the most regenerative sleeping experience in Costa Rica. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors guarantee amazing vistas of the cloud forest. Twin day beds with end tables complete a perfect lounging and reading area, doubling as sleeping arrangements if required.

Riverview Suites

In addition to the standard Suites’ luxury amenities, these suites offer the most convenient access to the restaurant and main lodge. They also have complimentary WiFi, and the intensely relaxing whisper of the river’s flowing water.

Private Villas

Offer homely amenities plus spacious lounging, dining, and reading areas. A master bedroom with ultra-comfort king-size bed and a second bedroom with two full beds bookend the large common areas. Each bedroom has its own full bathroom. Ideal for family vacations with special amenities like writing desks, complimentary WiFi, satellite TV, and a private parking area.

Rana the frog likes this because…

“The lodge works hard to implement sustainable programmes and initiatives to reduce their environmental footprint and protect the natural resources of the cloudforest. Over 95% of staff is from the local area. They proudly hold the five-leaf rating from Costa Rica’s Sustainable Tourism body.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Costa Rica Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of latin America through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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