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El Silencio Lodge and Spa

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

El Silencio is such a special retreat. The grounds are beautiful, and with an ever changing climate we were able to experience something new each day. Perfect for hiking adventures, exploring waterfalls, amazing photography, and relaxation. The spa is a must! There were tons of surprises once we got there...things like exploring the local town, fresh chocolates each day, and warm heat packs in our bed in the evening. In terms of resort staff, Kelvin and Martin were exceptional, and always had great wine recommendations. Along with great menus and food, there was fresh squeezed juice each morning. Orlando and Amelio, the adventure guides, were fun and knowledgeable. Their skills sets go SO far beyond just one type of tour, so be sure to ask them for recommendations in the area. We coupled our stay at El Silencio with a 3 night stay at their beach retreat, Punta Islita, in one of the vacation packages. Definitely the right way to go. In the package we did, we received airport pick up, resort transfer (about 5 hour drive from mountain to beach), and airport drop off. Tons of other perks too...meals included, sparkling wine, welcome drink, couples massage, bar credits, activities. It made planning so much easier! Highly recommend seeing what specials and packages they are offering. Just an amazing trip! Went in with very high expectations and was just blown away by the details and delights of this lodge.

My husband and I stayed for only three nights at this gorgeous lodge for an anniversary vacation. Upon arrival we were greeted by William. He explained to us that our suite which we reserved was under some maintenance and they had upgraded us to one of their villas as we were there celebrating our 20th anniversary and he promised we would not be disappointed although it was a bit larger than what we probably needed. Well , he brought us to the villa xalachi and it was beyond our expectations. The most beautiful house on top of hill with amazing views from every room! Top notch accommodations, wonderful restaurants with very friendly staff at our beck and call and plenty of activities and excursions for young and old. We took a hike to beautiful waterfalls. Went to cooking class and made empanadas and picked our own vegetables from their garden greenhouse. This place is beautiful!

We teased our kids that this would be a "no talking" portion of the trip, but it turns out that this property is equally wonderful for families as for couples seeking some alone time. The property is magnificent -- with the on-site trails and waterfalls equally anything we did elsewhere. The bungalows are large and luxurious. Martin also runs a top notch restaurant with innovative cuisine and wines worth enjoying. We did a number of activities -- horseback riding (Emilio), trail hiking (Daniel), Spa, and yoga, and all were very special. We also managed to relax and rest and get to bed every night by 8:30....

we really enjoyed the hotel, we have booked two different kind of room, the first one was a regular suite, it was nice, but the two bedroom suite was even more beautiful! we loved it, well decorated, great jacuzzi, great patio with privacy. Staff was very nice, especially our guides who were amazing. The food was good and staff in the restaurant was very nice as well. the quality price ratio was great especially for Costa Rica where hotels are quickly expensive. The hotel is located in a luxurious nature, and is extremely well located in order to do amazing trek. The waterfalls around are must do and the guides were very nice. We loved our stay here and wish we could come back soon!

If I'm honest, when we first arrived we were worried. El Silencio is very low-key. Coming straight from the utter chaos of our real lives in London the calm felt jarring at first. We arranged an airport pick up with the hotel (definitely recommended, the drive would not be fun in the dark and Jimmy the driver was excellent). We arrived at around 7:30 pm so the sun had already set and with the lack of lighting around the resort we really had no idea where we were. We unpacked and went to straight to bed, skipping dinner. We awoke to a thud. On opening the curtains we found a hummingbird had flown into our window and was lying very still on the deck. We went outside, he was bit dazed but still breathing. We prodded him a bit with a sock, he jumped up and flew to the nearest bush where he stayed for some time while we got some beautiful photos. It was then that we started to understand the appeal of El Silencio - we found we'd spent nearly an hour outside in our pyjamas watching a hummingbird. A wonderful use of time, neither of us had read our emails, checked the news, updated a spreadsheet - exactly what the resort is about, leaving everything behind. Over the five days of our stay we chose not to do much, but there was plenty on offer. We joined the complimentary nature walk with Kenneth which was very interesting, the forest around the resort is relatively new so while the wildlife isn't as abundant as you might find in other areas, there is still a lot to see. We walked both the trails and really enjoyed the three waterfalls, we went back the next day and swam in the largest one - La Promesa. It's cold but so beautiful. We warmed up in the hot tub before dinner every evening. Food was generally excellent, breakfast in particular (no buffets, all à la carte) and we enjoyed a pre-dinner Guaro Sour every night in the bar watching the monster moths. The tico restaurant is great but a little bit lacking in atmosphere, I think we were there in peak season and we didn't eat at unusual times but we only ever saw one other couple in there. We had a couples signature massage at around $140 each, it was only time we had rain and the sound on the roof of the spa combined with the massage was bliss. The best part of of the whole experience, however, was the people, we were genuinely sad to leave. My wife wanted to go and find specific members of staff and say goodbye, which we have never done before. If this resort is your sort of place you will love it, but realise it might not be for everyone. I think children could get a bit bored. If you have mobility problems you will struggle to get about (they have golf buggies but we didn't see them used for guests, only staff and luggage). The weather is cold and changeable (no shorts and t-shirts, trousers and jumpers all the way). Also if you're expecting 'international standard' luxury you might be a bit disappointed (but you should probably ask yourself why you're going to Costa Rica). This is a truly calm, quiet, beautiful, friendly eco-resort and we loved it.

My husband and I went with 2 other couples to El Silencio for 3 nights. What a special time. The food was great and the staff was so friendly. The accommodations are top-notch! My notes are below: Wine tasting Alonzo: interesting blind tasting with visual aids on white board On property hikes: stunning Las Gemeles waterfall hike: quite challenging but gorgeous. Scenery from top of ridge breathtaking. Bring shoes that have traction and that can get wet. Rooms: every amenity and comfortable. Love private hot tub. Love animal shapes in blankets at turn down. There's a front porch with rocking chairs where one can listen to the stream or birds. Bed sheets & towels: top notch Food: Included breakfast is simple but delicious; small dinner menu but enough variety; dessert was our one complaint Wine options: great Trout: fresh from their own farm Staff is very friendly and knows your name 2 fireplaces in reception very welcoming Met interesting guests from all over world

This Lodge is in an amazing setting and the peace and tranquility is special. It is very comfortable. Evening meals were great and the bar area is lovely. We did a hike and had a spa treatment-both were great and I would recommend them. The rooms had lovely decks with rocking chairs to drink in the surroundings. There was a hot tub which was lovely (but gets really hot if left on for too long) and you can do shorter walks alone from the Lodge. Rooms are looking a bit tired inside.

We are a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 teenagers). We have stayed at El Silincio 5 nights and we were busy each day with activities: 1. There is 3 water falls in the property. It is a 2-3 hour self guided or guided beautiful hike. And the falls are magnificent. Highly recommend. 2. Horse back riding was also beautiful and surreal. 2 hours. Highly recommend. 3. Rafting at Pozo Azul was great even though it was the dry season with not so much water. It was a 11km rafting with some water dipping. 2-3 hours. Recommend. 4. Zip lining at Pozo Azul was a great disappointment. Not exciting at all. Their staff was great but the zip lining itself didn’t give you the rush. 2-3 hours. Not recommend. 5. Hot springs at Eco Termales - do NOT go. Very disappointing. It was big man (or person....) made pools hot water that were coming from the ground. It was like being in a big hot tub without feeling any nature except the vegetation around you. NOT recommend. 6. Del Toro waterfall. AMAZING!! About 400 steps to go down and then up. Breathe taking view of 100m tall water fall and beautiful surroundings. Highly recommended. Re the rooms: Stay at the main lodge. The rooms are much nicer and better kept and up to date. For the first few nights we stayed at the 2 bedroom villas and it was equivalent to a 3 star hotel. Even the view was disappointing there. For the last night we moved to rooms 10 and 11 and we were amazed by the difference. It felt like a different hotel....a Relais & Châteaux property. Re the food/kitchen: Breakfast- Very small selection for breakfast but all is fresh and good. Lunch - is great and fresh. Dinner - menu doesn’t change much but there is enough variety. In general, we didn’t find the food was great but the kitchen is prepared to accommodate your needs. It is rarely when they say they are not able to do it. Re the bar: Excellent drinks. Priced with good value.

The lodge is snuggled in beautiful surroundings. The rooms are lovely and have all the comforts including a hot water bottle at night. The local activities are not extensive but enough for a busy 2 day stay with beautiful walks interspersing them, and there is plenty to do a drive away. The bar is very welcoming, the home made beer excellent, the food delightful and different. What makes it so special is the people who are all very friendly and welcoming, giving the place a very intimate feel. We would have happily stayed longer and lingered over the walks and the superb views.

I am certain this resort appeals to some, but cannot in good conscious recommend to anyone with families. I have been blessed to stay in many 5 Star resorts all over the world, yet I would not consider this one to be of the same caliber. The facilities are nice, but the activities are limited and are impacted by the significant precipitation in this part of Costa Rica. As someone from a northern climate, the last thing I want on a nice vacation is constant precipitation and being stuck in a hotel room staring at the wall. I checked out within 2 hours of arrival and traveled to the beach. Do your research before coming to ensure this resort aligns with your expectations.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

El Silencio Lodge and Spa places you 23.1 mi (37.2 km) from Aguas Zarcas Church and 23.2 mi (37.4 km) from Aquas Zarcas Square. This 15-room, 4-star hotel has private in-room spa tubs along with a full-service spa and free self parking. Doka Estate is 26.1 mi (41.9 km) from the hotel, which is in the mountains.


Free cooked-to-order breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy dining at the hotel's 2 onsite restaurants: Las Ventanas specializes in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Hierbabuena Restaurant offers relaxing garden views. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


All 15 rooms provide private spa tubs, furnished balconies or patios, and minibars. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries, and pillowtop beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters ensure a restful night. Coffee makers, safes, and phones are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of El Silencio Lodge and Spa enjoy features like a full-service spa, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for CRC 170.00 per vehicle. Front-desk staff can assist with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this spa hotel include coffee/tea in a common area, a library, and express check-in.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 744 reviews