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El Silencio Lodge and Spa

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Room rates from:
$199 $139
Per Adult Nightly
Hotel + Flight from
Starting from:
$1,159 $849
Per Guest for 3 Nights
Based on 595 reviews
El Silencio Lodge and Spa is an eco-friendly sanctuary perfect for soft adventure and the absolute best wellness resort in the country.
Style: Tropic Tranquility Destination
Room & Rates
Luxury Suites - Includes Breakfast  - El Silencio Lodge and Spa - 1

Luxury Suites - Includes Breakfast

Starting from
$199 $139
Per Adult Nightly
El Silencio Lodge and Spa offers suites with a view of the river or cloud forest vistas. Each includes a private viewing deck and whirlpool, gas fireplace, complimentary mini-bar, and premium amenities including L’Occitane personal care products.
The suites do not offer TV and the minimum age to visit this jewel of relaxation is 8 years. Best suited for children who have a keen interest in nature. Daily A la Carte Breakfast is included
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El Silencio Lodge and Spa
Bajos Del Toro, San Jose, CC Costa Rica Alajuela


El Silencio Lodge and Spa is located on 500 acres of hills and forests only 90 minutes north of San Jose.

Why Stay Here

  • Local Market Shopping
  • Coffee Tasting
  • Hiking
  • Mini Wine Tasting
  • Horseback Riding
  • Canopy Zip-Lining
  • On-Site Spa

Resort Details

In an immaculate area called Bajos del Toro, it is a crisp mountain air hotel with cool night time temperatures and the freshest air. El Silencio Lodge and Spa is an eco-friendly sanctuary perfect for soft adventure and the absolute best wellness resort in the country.

Silencio, Spanish for silence, is a perfect fit for an enchanting destination where daily stress hushes and you hear nothing but the sounds of nature. Gorgeous cloud forest, lost waterfalls, healthy cuisine, a pampering spa, and premium amenities set the perfect ambiance to relax and enjoy the pristine natural beauty of Costa Rica`s central volcanic region. In accordance to its health theme, El Silencio Lodge and Spa is a non-smoking facility.

At El Silencio Lodge, the experience of ``being`` is complimented with over 5 miles of hiking trails to 3 waterfalls on-site. And what about your contribution?  EVERY Guest at El Silencio plants a tree upon departure, and that tree keeps your name and quickly becomes part of the exuberant forest. There is no experience similar to El Silencio lodge.

Accommodation Details

In an effort to further separate you from the stress of daily life, at El Silencio there is no cell phone coverage and the suites do not offer TV. As crowds can be stressful, the hotel only offers 16 suites, making each stay personal and special for each and every Guest. Imagine yourself in a place so peaceful, so relaxing that you completely forget about the outside world while being completely wrapped by the peace of a natural world.

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

El Silencio Lodge and Spa offers an exciting menu which emphasizes local flavors made with fresh and organic ingredients. Wellness-inspired dishes feature regional fish, poultry, and always fresh, organic-when-possible vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The hotel does not offer red meats, basing its offering in fresh vegetables, healthy food, poultry and fish. Wellness is not only of the body but of the mind as well.

For the Family

A personal Eco-Concierge is available to guide guests along spectacular hiking trails, through the forest and past hidden waterfalls to discover exuberant flora and wildlife perhaps even the mystical Quetzal Bird. Nearby activities include horseback riding, river rafting, mountain biking, and canopy zip-lining.

Pools & Spas

The SPA at El Silencio is a marvel in itself offering:

  • Massages
  • Aropatherapy
  • Stone Massages
  • Facials
  • Exfoliations
  • Body Wraps
  • Four Hands
  • Treatments with Avocado, Banana, Coffee, Chocolate
  • Over 60 Different Wellness Treatments That Will Renew You to a Point of Utmost Relaxation
Without a doubt, one of Costa Rica`s premier experiences is the El Silencio Lodge and Spa.

Entertainment & Activities

Other activities available for a fee include:

  • Wi-Fi in Conference Room
  • Daybreak Birdwatching Hike
  • Los Bajos Cultural Tour
  • Trout Fishing
  • Waterfall Rappel
  • Chocolate Tour
  • Souvenir Shopping
  • Coffee Hacienda


The El Silencio Lodge and Spa 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. Children must be at least 8 years old.


  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Rooms (+)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Deck, balcony or terrace
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Fine Dining
  • Fireplace
  • Fishing (+)
  • Free Breakfast
  • Guest Activity Desk
  • Horseback Riding (+)
  • Massage Therapist
  • Mountain View
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Spa Services (+)
  • Wake-Up Service
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 595 reviews
from Las Vegas
Submitted on 01-19-2017
This Lodge and Spa is a hidden gem high in a cloud forest! Individual cabins are spacious with luxurious touches, including an attached jacuzzi spa! Very large, modern bathrooms. Lovely wood and glass main dining room with attached cozy bar/lounge area with fireplaces. All meals were exceptional! The El Silencio has their own trout ponds and hatchery, grows their own fresh greens, and have their own hens that lay fresh eggs! Hiking trails to several waterfalls are a short walk away. This w... Read more
Submitted on 01-14-2017
We flew into San Jose. We rented a car and drove to El Silencio using GPS on my phone. Very beneficial while driving because there are no signs and would of missed many turns without GPS. Location is mystical. We hiked to the waterfalls, had massages, went to the stables and more. The people who work here are very pleasant. The food is excellence. A must!!!!
Submitted on 01-07-2017
Really looked forward to staying at this Relais & Chateaux property. It did not disappoint. Our room was lovely. The property was beautiful. The breakfast buffet was excellent. My only disappointment was the hot tub was not hot enough [others in our group said theirs was too hot]!
from Vancouver, Canada
Submitted on 01-04-2017
El Silencio is beautiful and awesome and truly one of a kind. It takes your breath away... the rooms, on site hikes, food, spa and extraordinary staff. We had not idea what to expect and were blown away. This is a piece of heaven.
from München, Deutschland
Submitted on 01-03-2017
We stayed three nights starting on New Year's Eve. We highly recommend the place if you are seeking for a quiet hideaway. Room: fantastic, spacious, clean and comfortable. The jacuzzi is great. However, as there is not heating in the bathroom my girlfriend and myself felt cold in there. Spa: my girlfriend described her massage as wonderful and extraordinary. Kudos to Gabriella for that. Activity: All the hiking and zip lining we booked were a great experience. We also highly recommend to explor... Read more
from San Francisco, California
Submitted on 01-02-2017
This past August, I stayed here with my family (parents + brother); we'd previously spent the earlier portion of our trip in the southern part of Costa Rica (Puntarenas). We weren't sure what to expect of El Silencio - as it's difficult to access (due to being located in the depths of a Costa Rican cloud forest via steep mountainous roads) - but boy, was it worth it. Due to us coming in the less-popular "rainy" season, we were able to snag one of El Silencio's villas for a slightly more cost-e... Read more
Submitted on 12-26-2016
The most beautiful place I've been to in Costa Rica. The absolute most serene Beauty that I've ever seen. The staff is unbelievable and very knowledgeable about everything there. Anything you need the staff is already thought of it before you asked. It's a great place anyone that wants to get away to luxury and happiness should go to El silencio! And absolutely beautiful most comfortable accommodations I've been to in the country they take care of everything. The atmosphere is amazing!
from Lucerne, Switzerland
Submitted on 11-27-2016
to the Villas - earth, stones and holes and un-lit at night. Dangerous I asked for close to main area so they put us in the farthest away ! As a long standing user of Relais & Chateau this is nowhere near their usual standard
from Ottawa, Canada
Submitted on 11-25-2016
This is a very special place tucked away in a cloud forest in central Costa Rica. Great suites with your own hot tub, fabulous meals in the airy dining room, and lots to do outdoors. Hiking , birdwatching, waterfalls, all in a wonderful natural setting.
from Marion, Iowa
Submitted on 11-22-2016
We just left El Silencio today and could not have enjoyed time more! The setting was amazing, the villas outstanding and the staff was suburb. We hiked, went horse back riding and the ladies in the family used the spa. It was a great chance to immerse ourselves into the rainforest. And our 2 teenaged kids were both sad to leave. Highly recommend!!!