We stayed for 3 nights and had 2 adults and our almost-8 year old daughter in our group. The lodge is secluded and the roads were not that easy to drive, but we came from San Jose (near airport) and stopped by Grecia, Zarcero, and Sarchi on the way, so it was more fun than grueling. Once we got there, we were warmly greeted by Ronald, who was our eco-conciege. He checked us in, showed us to our little house, and even asked them to hold lunch for us (we got there late in the afternoon). The grounds and buildings are understated and rustic, but elegant and sophisticated in design. This is perfect for being a responsible tourist and not feeling too guilty about trampling down a cloud forest to build a resort, and yet, I didn't feel any sacrifice in comfort or aesthetic appeal. My husand is less apt to sacrifice comfort on a vacation, and was wary of eco-tourism (he thought he might be showering with zero-water pressure in an outdoor structure :), but he absolutely loved it too. The food was impeccably prepared and most impressively, much of it was grown organically on the grounds or made from scratch in the kitchen on-site. There are many options for both vegetarian and meat-eating guests.Our servers were very educated and took obvious pride in the food and doing their jobs well. The massages at the spa my husband and I got were wonderful, especially after we did the rainforest hike and cultural tour that day. The hike to all 3 waterfalls was lovely and not hard for our 8 year old. On the cultural tour, making tortillas at Dona Olga's was great and her whole family was so warm and welcoming! Visiting Martin's orchid garden was enchanting as well. We also did the zip-lining and horse-back riding at Poco Azul (45 minute drive by truck) and while we loved the zip-lining, I think the horses were better-groomed and maybe next time, I would have done the riding right here at the lodge...
The best part of our experience was all the little touches: the child-sized rocker they put on our porch, getting a pot of hot cocoa and chamomile tea with warm-from-the-oven cookies or homemade focaccia sandwiches made with the local soft cheese every afternoon (and eating it in our own private hot tub), getting to plant a tree with my daughter, and wandering down to the stable to be invited in to pet the horses and hang out. EVERYONE is just SO nice...There are less than 20 little houses and the guests pretty much nod and smile at each other and it's a great feeling. The price is not cheap, but we got a good package via Luxury Link, and it was definitely worth every penny :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a unique luxury cloud forest hotel set in Costa Rica's pristine Bajos del Toro region. Flanked by two national parks, this all-suite and private villa hotel combines upscale comforts with an intense natural immersion experience. Outstanding features include farm-to-table cuisine, a wellness spa, an adventure park, and authentic cultural experiences. Zip-lining, rappelling, horseback riding, waterfall hiking, oxcart painting, Tico cooking lessons and more can be enjoyed by couples and families (minimum age: 8). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Silencio Hotel Bajos Del Toro
- El Silencio Lodge & Spa Costa Rica/Bajos Del Toro