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El Silencio Lodge & Spa

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an inspired natural immersion retreat that celebrates Costa Rica’s charming cloud forest highlands.   It features a 500 acre private cloud forest reserve and is flanked by the Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano National Parks.  This unique destination draws visitors who want to live an intense nature-immersion experience.  Misty tropical cloud forest, roaring waterfalls, and colorful culture are showcased through heartfelt hospitality and upscale facilities.  Our local staff will make you feel right at home as you enjoy your honeymoon, wedding, family vacation, or special event.


Ninety minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Access roads wind through picturesque towns and spectacular examples of Costa Rica’s mountain scenery. Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, and the Sarapiquí River Basin are accessible for day excursions to Costa Rica’s signature attractions. Private transportation is readily available.  Our Reservations department will gladly assist you!


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  Please note that the access road through Sarchí is undergoing construction and features narrow passages.  The recommended route is through Zarcero.  If you use Waze or GPS first input the town of “Zarcero”. Once there, make sure to input “El Silencio Lodge & Spa” in Bajos del Toro.

Grupo Islita (Our parent company)

Grupo Islita is an independent Costa Rica hotel development and management enterprise. Its select properties blend upscale comfort, cultural authenticity, and a proven commitment to sustainability. Grupo Islita’s planet-friendly, people-positive mantra seeks the ongoing betterment of our natural and human surroundings while engaging the enthusiasm of the consummate traveler.




What is the weather like?
Whimsical!  El Silencio Lodge & Spa features highland mountain weather with temperatures ranging from 50º-70ºF.  Mild during the day, colder at night.  In a nutshell, expect sun, rain, clouds, and mist.

Can I arrive at night?
El Silencio Lodge & Spa strongly recommends arriving by 6:00 pm at the latest.  For alternatives, please contact us.

What clothes should I bring?
Bring a sweater and closed/hiking shoes.  Long pants and a windbreaker are recommended.  Cozy casual is the dress code!  Talk to our reservation’s department for the latest updates regarding weather.

How many nights should I stay?
A minimum 2 night stay may be required during certain periods.  We strongly recommend at least 2 or 3 nights to fully relax and best enjoy our ample selection of cultural experiences and eco-adventures. Our corner of Costa Rica is quite intense!

Are there beaches nearby?  No, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is located in Costa Rica’s central volcanic range.  You can combine your stay with a visit to our sister beach property, Hotel Punta Islita.  We will gladly help you plan a complete Costa Rica experience!

Can children visit?
We have set a minimum age of 8 to visit.  Our goal is to create a relaxing natural immersion experience. The ambiance is peaceful and subdued, especially during meals. The hotel is best suited for children who have a keen interest in nature.

Can I watch TV?
Suites do not feature a TV set. The view is so spectacular, you certainly won’t miss one! Villas do feature satellite TV. The Meeting Room in the main lodge features one large LCD screen.

Can I remain connected?
All guests can enjoy complimentary WiFi in the Conference Room.  Private Villas and the Riverside Suites offer onsite WiFi.

Is smoking allowed?
In accordance to Costa Rican law and its wellness theme, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a non-smoking facility. We thank you for your kind understanding.

Are pets allowed?
We apologize for any inconvenience, but pets are not allowed.

Can you accommodate special diets?
El Silencio’s Las Ventanas Restaurant offers delectable farm-to-table dishes highlighting local and organic flavors. In addition to the regular menu, we offer gluten free and vegetarian options. We will do our best to accommodate other special dietary requirements with prior notice.

Can I visit for the day?
Non-guests can enjoy lunch at Las Ventanas Restaurant but reservations are mandatory and subject to availability.  To schedule, please contact the hotel directly at: +506 2476-0303.  Day visitors may also have access to our private hiking trails, Adventure Park, and Spa Services   Please note that, although we try to comply with requests to the fullest extent possible, we are generally unable to accommodate dinner reservations for non-guests. Thank you for your kind understanding.