El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Central Valley, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • Just over an hour from San Jose's Juan Santamaría International Airport

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows presenting spectacular river or mountain vistas

  • Private viewing decks from each suite

  • Set in 500 acres of private tropical rainforest

  • Sanctuary for soft adventure and wellness

  • Voted #6 resort in Central & South America by Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Choice Awards 2015

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

November to April is considered the best time to visit Bajos del Toro in Costa Rica. The ‘Green’ season, from May to October, receives the most rainfall however can still be a good time to visit with sunshine in the mornings and tropical showers in the afternoon. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly heavy in September and October.

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Insider's View

The hotel has 11 Suites but only 2 River View Suites, these are located right on the bubbling torrent which streaks through the property and offer more privacy in their outdoor jacuzzis that some of the other rooms.

Time your return from any activity in the forest just as the sun goes down, then relax in the hot tub just as the fireflies come out and light up your evening in the most magical way!

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El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an eco-lodge set amongst lush cloud forest just over an hour from San Jose in Bajos del Toro offering beautiful suites and villas, picture-perfect panoramas, and a whole host of pampering and nature-based activities.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an eco-friendly hideaway set in a 500 acre private reserve surrounded by tropical cloud forest and waterfalls. The lodge features 16 cottage-style suites, each with a private terrace, fireplace and Jacuzzi and as well as stunning spacious two-bedroom villas.

Food is prepared with fresh local ingredients from the organic garden. Guests can explore the surrounding nature trails accompanied by a private eco-concierge. As well as exploring the surrounding cloud forest and national parks, it is also a great place for rediscovering your inner self. The Lodge’s spa has a range of pampering treatments and a yoga deck overlooking the gardens.

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El Silencio has 16 suites with superb views of the cloud forest and new two bedroom villas that are ideal for families (up to 6 guests). Built with environmentally-friendly materials, each suite features a private whirlpool, a fireplace, a complimentary mini-bar, and upscale amenities. Suites do not have TV sets or WiFi and are best suited for adults.

The villas feature a master bedroom and a second bedroom with two full beds and each bedroom features an independent bathroom. The villas have a full kitchen plus dining area, private heated whirlpool and Wifi and satellite TV.


Children over the age of 8 are very welcome at El Silencio.


Las Ventanas Restaurant serves dishes based on home grown ingredients and the Esencia spa offers a range of pampering holistic treatments and an al fresco yoga deck.


El Silencio is a great base for a range of outdoor activities from nature trails, coffee tasting, horse riding, hiking, river rafting, bird watching, tours to nearby Juan Castro Blanco National Park, Medicine Forest Walk, night hiking, chocolate and coffee tours, rappelling, canopy zip-lining, and visits to the Arenal and Poas volcanoes.



Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)

Aptly named, El Silencio offered true, unadulterated peace after the excitement of the jungle. Located in the mystical looking cloud forest, this oasis of calm offered great food, luxurious furnishings, and a romantic setting to unwind in. The Villas in particular are wonderful - and perfect for families or groups looking for some refined comfort in the central area of Costa Rica. Featuring on the Relais Chateaux coveted portfolio, everything here just offers comfort and indulgence. Great food and stunning surroundings make this particular property the perfect place to have some privacy, and relaxation in calm of the cloud forest.


Dominic Atterton (Staff)

El Silencio feels like a complete retreat from the world perched high in the cloud forest it sits shrouded in mist a world away from the humid jungles and crystal waters of the rest of Costa Rica. This is not a hotel for those seeking sunshine and shorts weather. It is however an incredible place to soak up the wonders of the cloud forest from incredibly rare birds not found anywhere else on the planet to the thick forest trails easily accessible from the hotel that lead to towering waterfalls and secret plunge pools for the hardy swimmer. What really stands out about the hotel is the quality of its restaurant and commitment to providing the freshest and very highest quality cuisine. Our dinner here was fantastic and the fact it was served in such a wild and beautiful setting only added to it. It was on my walk the following morning that I discovered the substantial vegetable garden, trout ponds and chickens that has comprised the meal and all of a sudden it made sense!


  • Arenal Sky Tram & Sky Trek

    Soar through the rainforest canopy on this thrilling zip wiring adventure in the Arenal reserve. Experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest from a bird’s-eye view, admiring the wildlife and spectacular scenery from above. Minimum age 8 years old.

  • Arenal Volcano Walk

    The best way to get as close as possible to the spectacular Arenal Volcano is to walk the reserve’s easy series of trails, which will take you through secondary rainforest and former lava fields. The park is known for its diverse wildlife.

Holiday Ideas

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    inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Verdant coffee plantations, volcanoes, wildlife rich jungles and adrenalin fuelled activities
    • Exclusive jungle eco-lodges with far stretched views of the lush rainforest of Central Valley
    • Soak up the mesmerising views from the tropical rainforest reserve on the wildlife rich Osa Peninsula, stretching out to the iconic Arenal Volcano and wild Pacific Ocean
  • Ultimate Costa Rica

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    from £7000 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • Spot howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly coloured birds in the jungles of the Golfo Dulce
    • Visit a secluded hideaway in Costa Rica’s lush Central Valley
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Location & directions

Central Valley, Costa Rica

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is located in Costa Rica’s Central Volcanic Valley in Bajos del Toro. It features a 500 acre private cloud forest reserve and is flanked by the Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano National Parks.

How to get there

12-hour international flight to San Jose Juan Santamaria International. The lodge is a 90-minute transfer from the airport.

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