Symphony of Natural Wellness

Experience Costa Rica's cloud forest magic

The Perfect Costa Rica Experience

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a perfect eco-luxury retreat for travelers who seek authentic experiences and a deep connection to nature.  This unique hotel showcases the most beautiful elements of Costa Rica’s tropical cloud forest and countryside traditions.  Located in the picturesque Bajos del Toro region (just 90 minutes from the San José International Airport (SJO), El Silencio Lodge & Spa is ideal for a dream honeymoon, family vacation, or wellness holiday.  It is the first destination in Central America to be included in Relais & Châteaux’s global portfolio of independent luxury hotels.


  • Flanked by Two National Parks
  • Private Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Waterfalls & Hiking Trails
  • Las Ventanas Restaurant
  • Esencia Spa
  • Eco-Adventure Park
  • Coffee Lounging Area
  • Events/Media Room
  • Minimum Age: 8 years old

Glance at Your Relaxing Accommodations

From Suites to Private Villas

Your Experience

What type of getaway are your looking for?

Dream Away
Esencia Spa
The Yoga Deck
Plant a Tree
Las Ventanas Restaurant
Oxcart Colors

Recharge through deep sleep

Your room features cloud-comfort bedding for the most regenerative sleep possible.  Artisan rocking chairs on your private deck let you relax while enjoying forest views.

Foster soothing wellness

A forest-immersed wellness center.   Featuring relaxing massages, nourishing body wraps, and invigorating body scrubs.

Draw from nature's energy

Enjoy the healing elements of Costa Rica’s cloud forest wonderland.  Waterfalls, hummingbirds, and wild orchids will delight your senses.

Find inner peace

Trimmed by a creek and shrouded by Costa Rica’s dense tropical forest, the spacious al-fresco Yoga Deck prompts full communion with nature. Fragrant earth, billowing wind, fluttering candles, and streaming water fully engage the senses and enliven the spirit.

Leave a positive footprint

The best way to honor nature and establish a connection to the land.  A complimentary tree-planting ceremony will let you leave a meaningul legacy.

Savor fresh tropical flavors

Take slow-food to the next level.  Visit our onsite mini-farm to pick fresh vegetables and herbs, collect free-range eggs, or fish for trout.  All to be prepared at Las Ventanas Restaurant.

Experience mindful art

Painting the mandala-like patterns of the traditional Costa Rican oxcart channels mindful relaxation.  Learn from local expert Ronald Jiménez and create your own colorful version.

Blue Waterfall Trek
Horseback Riding
Del Toro Waterfall
Arenal Volcano
River Rafting

Zip-line & waterfall rappel thrills

Fly over the forest canopy or descend down the face of waterfalls.  For full bragging rights, schedule both adventures for the ultimate adrenaline spike!

Intense hiking to find hidden treasure

The Bajos del Toro region is dotted by hidden waterfalls that must be accessed by raw hiking.  The Hidden Treasure showcases a mesmerizing blue-hued river that leads to a unique waterfall of storybook charm.

Ride away through fun trails

Explore the landscape on horseback, cantering through trails, crystalline brooks, and up Costa Rica’s signature mountains.

Hike to the base of a crater waterfall

A thundering body of water drops 400 feet into the mouth of an extinct volcano crater.  Hike to the bottom and enjoy a spectacular scenery of mist, rock formations, and geological layers.

Enjoy impressive sights and hot springs

A day trip to one of Costa Rica’s most famous attractions.  Its impressive cone towers over mineral springs to soak in nature’s heat.

Pure whitewater adrenaline

This day adventure takes you to the Sarapiquí River basin for the ultimate whitewater ride or leisure float.

Your Perfect Suite
Your Private Whirlpool
Conical Room
Romantic Dinner
Wine Tasting
The Kissing Rocks

A private romantic retreat

Our Suites and Riverside Suites are romantic retreats featuring privacy and a spectacular outdoor heated whirlpool.  For the most romantic Costa Rica honeymoon.

Relax in a heated jet pool

Every Suite and Riverside Suite is outfitted with an outdoor heated whirlpool.  Shrouded by bamboo screens and lush tropical vegetation, they offer the most dreamlike romantic setting in Costa Rica.

Share an unforgettable massage

Esencia Spa’s most distinctive treatment room is perfect for tandem relaxation.  Its unique shape and panoramic slit window draws in the surrounding forest energy.

A unique private dining experience

An unforgettable torch-lit dining experience.  A private table is set on the forest-shrouded meditation deck, featuring a special menu that celebrates romance.

Fall in love with wine

This fun mini-wine tasting session is ideal for wine-lovers who happen to be in love.  Learn the secrets of wine pairing from our Sommelier!

Share a special kiss

Don’t miss the two boulders that seem to pucker up right behind the fire pit.  Local lore says that kissing while seated on them seals a lifetime of shared bliss.

Coffee Lovers
Oxcart Colors
Los Bajos Community
Costa Rica Flavors
Zarcero Wonder Park

Delicious, fascinating, engaging

Costa Rica’s signature beverage!  Coffee is deeply tied to our cultural roots and economic history.  Learn about the nuances of coffee cultivation, harvesting, and roasting.  And prepare your favorite cup using diverse and traditional brewing methods.

Create your own design

The bright kaleidoscopic patterns of the Costa Rican oxcart is deemed a cultural treasure by Unesco.  Our resident expert, Ronald will teach you how to create and color your own mini-oxcart wheel.

Countryside charm

This colorful little town is emblematic of Costa Rica’s rural traditions.  Palm fresh tortillas at Doña Olga’s home or learn about beautiful orchids at Don Martín’s private garden.  Explore, learn, and share!

The tasty side of Costa Rica

Chef Carlos Andrés will share the secrets behind Costa Rica’s favorite dishes in a fun hands-on cooking lesson featuring the intense flavor of regional and local ingredients.

Shop at a regional market & get cooking

We will visit an authentic regional market, with a shopping list for the most authentic ingredients to prepare Olla de Carne, a favorite homespun Costa Rican tradition.

A one-man's topiary dream

Not far from El Silencio Lodge, the Zarcero community features an iconic Costa Rican landmark.  Its topiary garden has been created and maintained by local gardener, Evaristo Blanco.  His creations have delighted visitors since the 1960’s.  Explore!  You may even spot Evaristo himself.

Milestone Celebrations
Friendship Getaways
Meditation Retreats

You have found the location of your dreams

The storybook setting of Costa Rica’s mountain cloud forest is perfect for couples who seek a unique backdrop and personalized details.  A variety of settings and themes are available to cater events of up to  60 guests.

Create lifetime memories

Your imagination is the limit!  We will gladly host a one-of-a-kind babyshower, anniversary, graduation celebration, or retirement party.  Just get in touch with us!

To get away and laugh

Exploring, sharing, and laughing with your best friends!  What better way to celebrate friendship than a fun Costa Rica Amigas getaway?  Be as adventurous or as low-key as you want.  From eco-adventures to Spa wellness.

Let nature trigger your next great idea

Surrounded by panoramic windows, our conference room/ gallery is a versatile space that fosters creativity, inspiration, and great ideas.

Extraordinary bonding experiences

Your company event can blend cultural, eco-adventure, or relaxation activities to prompt camaraderie and collaborative work.

Forest-kissed relaxation

Perfect for yoga or wellness enthusiasts.  Blending forest-immersion with a special healthy menu, and select Spa treatments.

Private Villas
Chocolate Bliss
Bird Watching
Riverside Lunch
Horseback Riding

Your home in the cloud forest

A private and spacious home-away-from home is ideal for a bonding family vacation or fun friends’ getaway.  Minimum age: 8 years old.

Explore the forest wonderland

The cloud forest is perfect to explore and learn about our planet’s beautiful balance.  Enjoy our trails, waterfalls, hummingbird garden, the organic mini-farm, or any of our nature-inspired activities.

The sweetest gift from nature

A nearby adventure to discover the secrets of cocoa and learn how to make chocolate, the planet’s favorite sweet treat.

Mesmerizing creatures of color

Flanked by two national parks, El Silencio Lodge & Spa’s private reserve establishes a thriving biological corridor.  Perfect to spot colorful bird species including Quetzal birds during the months of March-June.

An experience to share and savor

Overlooking the Gorrion River, a private deck is set up for a unique family lunch experience, combining fun, delicious food, and spectacular scenery.

Join a fun cantering caravan

This family favorite can be tailored to different ages and experience level.  Discovering El Silencio Lodge & Spa’s surroundings on horseback offers adventure, fun, and plenty of photo ops!

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The Complete Costa Rica Vacation

Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita is El Silencio Lodge & Spa’s sister property.  Set in a pristine cove along Costa Rica’s Pacific coastline, it offers a unique and engaging beach destination. Perfect to complement a stay at El Silencio for a complete Costa Rica experience.

Featuring a full menu of complimentary eco-adventures, tours, and cultural activities, Hotel Punta Islita is ideal for couples or families who enjoy off-the-beaten-path travel. This secluded destination interweaves spectacular beach scenery, wild tropical forest, and colorful communities.

See our combined packages to find your full Costa Rica honeymoon, family getaway, or special celebration. Simple, convenient, and a great value!

Las Ventanas Restaurant

El Silencio’s Las Ventanas Restaurant pampers foodies with local flavors, fresh ingredients, and a careful selection of our own organic mini-farm.  Framed by floor to ceiling windows, it draws in soothing forest sights, creating a dining ambiance that fosters relaxation and a joyful celebration of Costa Rica’s emerging culinary scene.  Farm-to table options to best savor terroir cuisine.

«At El Silencio Lodge & Spa, guests have a unique opportunity to draw from the land, selecting ingredients from our organic garden or fishing for their own trout. My goal is to echo and amplify this connection to nature, triggering powerful and delicious memories of a traveler’s experience through dining options that heighten wellness, bliss, and balance.” -Chef Carlos Andrés Meléndez


Esencia Spa

Forest- Inspired Wellness
Our unique wellness sanctuary lets you enjoy the best of natural healing ingredients in an enchanting hotel destination. The sound of flowing water, whispering breeze, nourishing earth, and the candles converge in harmony for relaxing massages and nourishing body wraps. Standout features include the al fresco Yoga Deck and the Conical Room, designed to channel the Costa Rican forest’s essential life energy.

Yoga/Meditation Deck

Trimmed by a creek and shrouded by Costa Rica’s dense tropical forest, the spacious al-fresco Yoga Deck prompts full communion with nature. Fragrant earth, billowing wind, fluttering candles, and streaming water fully engage the senses and enliven the spirit.

Sustainable Excellence

Relais & Châteaux

Crafting a unique destination that lets visitors delight in novel experiences and authentic heritage is the hallmark of excellence.  A connection to the land you explore and the people you meet is what becomes truly memorable about travel.

Relais & Châteaux celebrates special hotels that fully embrace engaging travel experiences through harmony, flavor, and surprise.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is the first hotel in Central America to be granted membership in Relais & Cháteaux, a select collection of the planet’s most unique retreats.

Established in 1954 with the goal of spreading a unique art of living mantra across the globe, Relais & Châteaux groups 530 of the finest hotels and restaurants managed by a family of independent owners, innkeepers and chefs.  For more information, visit:



El Silencio Lodge & Spa is affiliated with Virtuoso, a network of the world’s best travel agencies featuring savvy advisors who draw upon first-hand experience to craft the perfect vacation. Virtuoso advisors have global connections with the best hotels, cruise lines, airlines and tour companies.  If you are a Virtuoso member or a Virtuoso Travel Agent, you will find exclusive amenities and the personalized service you expect and look forward to.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa has been awarded Gold Status for its sustainability practices.

Trip Advisor Green Leaders 

Developed in consultation with the United Nations Environment Programme, Energy Star, and the US Green Building Council, Trip Advisor’s Green Leaders program showcases the best examples of eco-friendly hotels.  El Silencio Lodge & Spa holds Gold Level status.

Costa Rica’s Certification of Sustainable Tourism (CST)

The CST is a novel initiative led by the Costa Rican government to champion and encourage sustainability in the travel and tourism sector. Its holistic focus includes a periodic evaluation to asses a company’s commitment to human welfare and environmental health. El Silencio Lodge & Spa holds the maximum 5-Leaf CST sustainability rating.

The Blue Flag Program

The Blue Flag Ecology Program is a joint venture among Costa Rican authorities, including the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, MINAE (Ministry of Environment), National Water Service, Ministry of Public Health and CANATUR (National Tourism Chamber).  Its inclusive focus involves the local community in an educational effort to ensure environmental stewardship as focused on water management.  El Silencio Lodge & Spa has attained distinction as a Blue Flag bearer.