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El Silencio Lodge & Spa

48 Kilometers Northwest from Juan Santamaría International Airport, Bajos del Toro 20101 Costa Rica
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#1 of 2 hotels in Bajos del Toro
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.8
Value
4.6
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Luxury hideaway and soul retreat in Costa Rica. El Silencio Lodge & Spa, a distinguished member of Relais & Châteaux in Costa Rica, is a captivating gateway to the ethereal beauty of the mystical cloud forest. Nestled within a 500-acre nature reserve that cascades down the slopes of Poás Volcano, verdant canopies and roaring waterfalls set the stage for the authentic, heartfelt experiences that are the initial stage to a transformative journey.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Outdoor pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Archery
Bicycle rental
Children's television networks
Valet parking
Wifi
Yoga room
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycles available
Hiking
Horseback riding
Bicycle tours
Fishing
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Car hire
Taxi service
Meeting rooms
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Bathrobes
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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1,254 reviews
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Nestled in the heart of Costa Rica, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is lauded for its serene atmosphere and natural beauty, with guests frequently praising the Zen-like ambiance and private hot tubs. The attentive staff and high level of service consistently impress, ensuring a memorable stay. While the hotel's pricing is acknowledged as steep, many find the unparalleled tranquility, pristine cleanliness, and luxurious amenities, such as horseback riding and yoga, to provide value that justifies the expense. The rooms are celebrated for their spaciousness and stunning nature views, making El Silencio a quintessential retreat.
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Expensive
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Attentive
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Carol B wrote a review Yesterday
Washington DC, District of Columbia6 contributions
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The setting in the Cloud Forest was spectacular. Wonderful wildlife and waterfalls. Several trails to explore the surroundings. The architecture was beautiful and fit into the environment naturally. Everyone we met was kind, courteous and professional. The restaurant and bar served delicious food and drinks. The Spa services were outstanding. The only drawback is that we have to leave this idyllic resort. Would recommend 100%
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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TheMacs99 wrote a review Jul 2023
Waterloo, Canada10 contributions
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My husband, daughter (19), and I visited El Silencio on a last minute visit to Costa Rica. We didn’t have much time to plan but were drawn to the location, reviews, and amenities of El Silencio. Bottom line: We loved it. It exceeded our expectations. Why? The staff was super friendly and willing to go above and beyond for any request. We walked into breakfast the first morning and they greeted us by name. On our last evening, sommelier Juan had pre-chilled a bottle of wine he thought we’d enjoy. The location is off the beaten track in Baias Del Toros which is slowly starting to get developed but El Silencio’s property is extensive with hiking trails, three on-property waterfalls, a hummingbird garden, lots of places to sit and watch the mist float over the mountains, and an adventure park offering repelling and zip lining. The area is mystical - and only 90 mins from San Jose (but it’s a tricky drive…so we recommend driving during daylight or having El Silencio arrange transit for you. We did the latter and it was stress-free). The activities were endless and what we loved most was the personalized service. All our activities were just our own family with an engaged guide. We enjoyed the time with Kenneth, Jose, and Juan Carlos on hiking, archery, adventure park and mountain biking. (And this isn’t all the activities they offer) The spa was next level. I’ve been to many spas around the world and this was by far the best experience I’ve had with a Deep Wellness and Facial service. It was flawless execution in a stunning facility. The accommodations were next level. The cleanliness of the rooms and the porch and the hot tub did not go unnoticed. We remarked several times how difficult it would be to keep the rooms so clean in the middle of a damp forest. Our villa slept us comfortably and we enjoyed the private outdoor jacuzzi several times. And finally, the dining was fabulous. The staff was consistent and were always welcoming at each meal. The quality of the food was excellent and tremendous mix of flavours and textures. We definitely lucked out on this hastily planned trip and are so grateful for the excellent service and high quality that El Silencio offers. In 4 short days, we felt we had an authentic Costa Rica experience.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Bring rain gear and hardy footwear (hiking boots) if you plan to do any of the outdoor activities.
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Responded Jul 26, 2023
We're celebrating your last-minute decision! Thank you, Carrie, for trusting El Silencio Lodge & Spa as the perfect destination for your quick getaway to Costa Rica. This little country is ideally situated for impromptu vacations, and we were honored to showcase some of its most impressive cloud forest wonderlands. We are grateful for your detailed account of the many experiences that elevated your stay. Fun adventures, impressive landscapes, wellness spa treatments, delicious cuisine, and top-notch comforts are the hallmarks of El Silencio, a proud Relais & Châteaux member. Our warm hospitality is the finest example of Costa Rica's signature 'Pura Vida' life mantra. We eagerly anticipate your return!
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Nicole B wrote a review Feb 23
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This resort was spectacular, it was above and beyond our expectations. The property is pristine and absolutely gorgeous. The staff will go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. They were extremely informative and helpful when planning excursions on and off property. We will definitely be coming back!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Stacy E wrote a review Feb 23
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The service is fantastic. Grounds and cleanliness amazing. We were here for five days and in the rain, a bit long. It’s like super boujee glamping! Gorgeous cabins. Great food. In the jungle. Fine except when it rains for days on end. 3 day trip max.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Bob Pohl wrote a review Feb 16
Dayton, Ohio22 contributions
There are many folks to thank and we will do so. What must be emphasized is the culture of the Resort, the dedication across the board to service, to flexibility and to competency. We love living in a cloud forest which differs from our previous visits to the coast of Costa Rica. The weather is very fickle, the hikes eye opening, the food delicious and the birding extraordinaire (as by the way is the coffee). Great yoga and sound healing. Thank You, Thank You, Johan, Enricho, Mike, Michael, Milton, Randall, Alejandro, Alejandra, Luis, Julia, Brian, Daniel, Kenneth, Jean Carlos, Jose, Nicole, Daniel (front office) Mitzi (yoga) and Jimmy and anyone we have forgotten.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Response from Oscar Esquivel, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Responded 1 week ago
Hey Bob, Thanks a bunch for the shoutout! We're stoked you and Susan had a blast at our place. It's awesome to hear you dug the vibes of the cloud forest. Big props to our team for making your stay top-notch. Swing by anytime for more chill vibes and epic adventures!
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MyrtleWiltshire wrote a review Feb 15
Devizes, United Kingdom475 contributions
We found El Silencio an odd place which was “average” overall though some aspects were “very good”. It did not have the wow factor we were expecting from a Relais and Chateau property and basically there is not much to do on site. The trails are poorly marked and uninteresting. We went on the included Mystic Walk which was a general nature walk but even with a guide only saw one bird and he admitted animal sightings are rare. Among the good features were our beautiful 1 bedroom suite which thankfully was near the restaurant as some are quite distant. Also thankfully there was heating in the bedroom as the weather was quite chilly but the shower room remained cold. The food was good (“international” menu at dinner), the staff were pleasant and helpful and the hummingbird garden delightful.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Oscar Esquivel, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
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We appreciate your detailed feedback regarding your recent stay at El Silencio. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed aspects such as the beauty of our suites and the quality of the food. We apologize for the inconveniences you experienced with our trails and the bathroom climate. We are currently working on improving trail signage (given our constant weather challenges) and ensuring comfort in all areas of the room. We value your understanding and patience during this improvement process. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again and provide you with an exceptional experience.
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kellie wrote a review Feb 4
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What a wonderful, peaceful place with amazing staff and fresh, delicious food! We were only there for one day, but it would be a lovely place to relax and recharge for a few days. They also gave us an amazing surprise for our anniversary. Pura Vida!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The road up is very steep, but a really fun drive!
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Response from Oscar Esquivel, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Responded 2 weeks ago
We're thrilled to hear that you found our oasis to be so relaxing! Creating memorable experiences for our guests is what we're all about. It's fantastic to hear that our staff, food, and ambiance hit the mark for you. And a special surprise for your anniversary? That's what we love to hear! Thank you for choosing us to celebrate such a special occasion. We can't wait to welcome you back for more relaxation and recharge time. Pura Vida!
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lsuzanne06 wrote a review Feb 1
Gatineau, Canada2 contributions
A nice quiet place that offers superior quality cabins and food. It is very respectful of the nature. The cloud forest, the waterfalls made the treks magical. The yoga was of great level as they took everyone’s experiences in consideration.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: The wine was very expensive and the spa services. I took a rejuvenating facial and would not...
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Response from Oscar Esquivel, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Responded 2 weeks ago
What a zen experience! We're glad to hear you enjoyed our high-quality cabins and food while maintaining a deep respect for nature. The cloud forest and waterfalls truly make our treks magical. And it's great to know our yoga met your expectations. We look forward to seeing you again for more tranquility and rejuvenation! Namaste!
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Sammy wrote a review Jan 2024
Kuta13 contributions
This is one of the most special hotels I’ve ever visited. The location is magical. The rooms are big and well looked after. Each room has a large terrance and private hot tub which is the perfect way to sit down, relax and enjoy nature. We could hear the river from our terrace and it was magical. The staff at this hotel are some of the best I’ve come across - they couldn’t be more helpful, friendly and attentive. The food at the restaurant is top tier and nothing was ever too much trouble. The grounds of the hotel are massive and there are a a few trails starting outside the accommodation that lead to 3 waterfalls. We went on 3 tours whilst staying here and each tour guide we encountered was not only really friendly but extremely knowledgeable. My wife and I were on our honeymoon and they really made it special. I couldn’t recommend this place enough - if you are looking for a tranquil escape in a place that doesn’t feel real then this is the place for you!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Response from Oscar Esquivel, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you immensely for taking the time to share your enchanting experience with us. Your heartfelt words resonate deeply with our commitment to providing an extraordinary escape amidst nature's embrace. We are thrilled to learn that every aspect of your stay, from the spacious accommodations to the culinary delights and the attentive service, contributed to the magic of your honeymoon. It warms our hearts to know that our team's dedication to excellence left such a lasting impression on you both. We are immensely grateful for your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back for more tranquil escapes in the future.
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ryzee wrote a review Jan 2024
Vancouver, Canada241 contributions
We spend 2 nights in a 2 bedroom suite. The suite was perfect for our family of 2 adults and 2 children. The room in in perfect shape and we enjoyed the hot tub on the patio. Service was amazing from everyone. Food was outstanding at the restaurant and may be some of the best we had on our trip to Costa Rica. This area is such a contrast from the coastal areas we visited on our trip and I am glad we make the trek up the mountain. The road to the resort is very twisty so be prepared for that but it is so worth it once you get there. They are currently building a pool and this will be a great addition.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from Oscar Esquivel, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you and your family had a fantastic stay at El Silencio. It warms our hearts to know that the service, room, and dining experience were truly memorable. We're also excited to share that our new pool is now open, adding another layer of relaxation to our mountain retreat. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back for another unforgettable experience.
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LOCATION
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Poas Volcano (4.5 miles), Blue Falls of Costa Rica (3.2 miles), and Parque Nacional del Agua Juan Castro Blanco (4.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a view of the mountains, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Las Ventanas Restaurant at El Silencio Lodge, Mia's Pizza, and Restaurant Tipico Toro Amarillo.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does El Silencio Lodge & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is El Silencio Lodge & Spa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.