Symphony of Natural Wellness

Costa Rica's cloud forest magic

The Perfect Costa Rica
Cloud Forest 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 Costa Rica luxury mountain hotel showcases the most beautiful elements of the country’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.


Crisp highland mountain weather

Flanked by Two National Parks

Private Cloud Forest Reserve

Waterfalls & Hiking Trails

Las Ventanas Restaurant

Hierbabuena Family Restaurant

Esencia Spa

Eco-Adventure Park

Coffee Lounging Area

Events/Media Room

Onsite Organic Mini-Farm

Las Ventanas Restaurant

El Silencio’s Las Ventanas Restaurant pampers foodies with local flavors, fresh ingredients, and a careful selection from 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 the travel experience.

Las Ventanas’ dishes draw directly from the land, presenting ingredients from the onsite organic garden.  Guests can visit and pick veggies and herbs, collect free-range eggs or fish for rainbow trout.  The culinary goal is to echo and amplify a deep connection to nature, triggering powerful memories through dining options that heighten wellness, bliss, and balance.


The new Hierbabuena Restaurant offers a lively ambiance for all ages.  This trattoria-style family restaurant welcomes guests and day visitors with homestyle dishes that highlight fresh simplicity.  Located near the Private Villas and Master Suites, Hierbabuena features El Silencio’s signature forest-immersion panoramic architecture and Costa Rica’s homestyle flavors.

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.

Your Relaxing Accommodations

From Suites to Private Villas

Your Experience

What is Your Travel Style?

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

Recharge through relaxation

Your room features cloud-comfort bedding to sleep deeply.  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 energizing 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 Costa Rica’s dense tropical forest, the spacious al-fresco Yoga Deck prompts full communion with nature.


Leave a positive footprint

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


Savor fresh tropical flavors

Take slow-food to the next level.  Visit our onsite mini-farm to pick fresh vegetables, herbs, and free-range eggs.  Or fish for trout!


Experience mindful art

The mandala-like patterns of the traditional Costa Rican oxcart channels mindful relaxation.  Learn from local expert Ronald and paint your own.


Adventure Park
Horseback Riding
Las Gemelas Waterfalls
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!


Ride away through fun trails

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


Blue magic quest

Blue-hued reflections give these two twin waterfalls a spectacular glow.  Entails moderate hiking.

Hike to the base of a waterfall

A thundering body of water drops 400 feet into the mouth of an extinct volcano crater lined by mist and rock formations.



Sights and hot springs

A day trip to a famous Costa Rica attraction.  Arenal towers over mineral springs that let you soak in nature’s heat.


Whitewater adrenaline

A day expedition 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

Suites and Riverside Suites are romantic retreats featuring privacy and a spectacular outdoor heated whirlpool.


Relax in a heated jet pool

Every Suite and Riverside Suite is outfitted with an outdoor heated whirlpool.  Shrouded by bamboo screens.


Share an unforgettable massage

Esencia Spa’s unique treatment room is perfect for couples.  Its unique shape and slit window draws in the forest energy.


Private dining experience

An unforgettable torch-lit dining experience.  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 enthusiasts 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
Tico Flavors
Zarcero Wonder Park

Deliciously fascinating

Costa Rica’s signature beverage!  Coffee is deeply tied to our cultural roots and economic history.  Learn about the beverage and diverse brewing methods.


Create your own design

The kaleidoscopic patterns of the Costa Rican oxcart is deemed a cultural treasure by Unesco.  Our resident expert, can teach you how to color your own.


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.


The tasty side of Costa Rica

Our Chef will share the secrets behind Costa Rica’s favorite dishes in a fun hands-on cooking lesson featuring the intense flavor of fresh ingredients.


Shop and cook like a local

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

On the way to El Silencio Lodge, stop at Zarcero to enjoy an iconic Costa Rican landmark:  A topiary garden, created and maintained by a visionary local gardener.


Milestone Celebrations
Friendship Getaways
Meditation Retreats

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.


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!


Share and laugh

Exploring, sharing, and laughing with your best friends!  What better way to celebrate friendship than a fun Costa Rica Amigas getaway?


Trigger your next great idea

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


Bonding experiences

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


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, and more.


The sweetest gift from nature

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


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.  Offers adventure, fun, and plenty of photo ops!



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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!

Isla Chiquita

Island-Glamping Fun

Grupo Islita’s newest hotel blends the thrills of a camping adventure with the comforts of a traditional hotel.  Isla Chiquita is a tiny destination with a big heart.  Surrounded by artisan-fishing communities and unique maritime sights and attractions, Isla Chiquita offers a novel concept to enjoy one of Costa Rica’s hidden facets.

Three-layer spacious tents are set in a tiny island along Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya.  Featuring creature comforts like king-sized bed, private bathroom, spacious viewing decks, and ceiling fans.

A sea-to-table restaurant and complimentary self-guided kayaking and SUP are perfect for ocean lovers who seek a unique coastal experience in Costa Rica.

Sustainable Excellence

Relais & Châteaux

We open a unique concept of luxury that stands out for unscripted wellness, superb hospitality, and earnest charm.  We frame Costa Rica’s authentic Pura Vida mantra by highlighting Costa Rica’s natural intensity, agrarian roots, and simplicity.

Crafting a unique destination that lets visitors delight in novel experiences and authentic heritage is the new hallmark of excellence and El Silencio Lodge & Spa indeed offers a singular experience where local culture and the cloud forest are celebrated.

Relais & Châteaux groups distinctive hotels that fully embrace engaging travel experiences through harmony, flavor, and surprise.  As the first hotel in Central America to be granted membership in Relais & Cháteaux, El Silencio Lodge & Spa joins a select collection of the planet’s best retreats.  

Established in 1954 with the goal of spreading a unique art of living philosophy across the globe, Relais & Châteaux groups about 500 of the finest hotels and restaurants created 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.