San Jose & Central Costa Rica
El Silencio

This truly special luxury hideaway, nestled within beautiful tropical cloud forest, is the perfect option if you love wildlife and nature but also appreciate all those little touches that really make a holiday memorable.

With the forest on your doorstep, hidden waterfalls, a stunning spa, hiking, horse-riding, zip-wire and delicious organic cuisine, if you want to ‘get back to nature’ this is the place to come.

Facilities & Activities

A great deal of thought has gone into every detail at El Silencio, making a stay here a memorable experience. It is the perfect base for exploring the ancient and mysterious Cloud Forest and close enough to use as a base to visit Poás and Arenal volcanoes as well as the Tabacón hot springs.

A notable highlight of the El Silencio experience is their signature eco-concierge service; guests are paired with a personal concierge to assist them throughout their stay. This special host leads the courtesy Forest Immersion Hike, the complimentary tree-planting activity and helps coordinate activities, tours, and special requests.

The hotel’s Esencia Spa is a unique wellness sanctuary that lets you enjoy the best of Costa Rica’s natural healing ingredients, offering relaxing massages, facials and body wraps (additional charge). There is also a yoga deck shrouded by dense tropical forest and private classes are available but must be pre-scheduled with the reservations department.

Other facilities include a media room with large LCD TV and DVDs and gift shop.

A stay here offers an intensely relaxing experience, but there are also lots of beautiful and fascinating nature trails and treks, bird-watching and even an optional cultural visit to a nearby village so you can experience the Costa Rican way of life.

El Silencio’s proximity to 2 national parks, also make it an ideal destination for bird-watching enthusiasts. Starting off at the Senses Trail and following the Melody Trail, you will have the opportunity to spot bird species which inhabit the riverbank and the open forest areas. Enjoy the sight of wild pheasants, sparrows, hummingbirds, euphonies, tangaras, perhaps even the legendary quetzal.

For the more adventurous, the hotel’s adventure park offers guests the opportunity to try out rappelling and zip-lining in the midst of the cloud forest. Horse-riding is also a popular option. Day trips can be arranged, including Class II & III white-water rafting on the scenic Sarapiqui River if you are looking for something more exhilarating.

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Las Ventanas Restaurant offers an exciting menu with emphasis on local flavours and fresh ingredients, created with inspiration and an international twist. There is a large outdoor deck area with fire pit for al-fresco dining in the evening.

The welcoming and cosy coffee lounge features a real fire for chilly evenings and complimentary Wifi.


The 14 stunning Suites are set amidst the cloud forest in a tiered layout for unrivalled mountain views. All feature premium amenities, private viewing deck with rocking chairs, a heated outdoor jet pool (screened for privacy) and heaters. Each suite is furnished with a king-sized bed and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Each suite is furnished with a king-sized bed, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and a sofa bed which can also double up as extra sleeping arrangements for children sharing.

Riverside Suites offer the most convenient access to the restaurant and Main Lodge.

In addition, a short walk from the main hotel, there are 2-3 bedroom Suites and Villas which are the perfect option for families with younger children or those looking for that extra level of privacy and comfort. The villas, which can sleep up to 6 people, have a TV, wifi and spacious lounging and dining areas.


Children who have a keen interest in nature and wildlife will love El Silencio. There are lots of interesting, fun and educational activities on offer, including family nature trails, tree-planting ceremony, greenhouse garden and mini-farm – children can help to collect eggs and vegetables.

The 2 and 3 bedroom villas are ideal for families offering more space with separate en-suite bedrooms.


El Silencio sets the bar high when it comes to sustainability practices having been awarded the maximum Five-Leaf Rating in Costa Rica’s Certification of Sustainable Tourism. Guests can take part in tree planting and tour the hotel’s organic farm which ensures year-round access to fresh vegetables, spices, herbs, free-range eggs and even a trout pond!


Just 2 hours from San José, El Silencio is located deep in the cloud forest near Bajos del Toro. The nearest airport is San José Juan Santamaria International Airport, just outside of San Jose. Depending on time of travel, weather and traffic the journey takes upwards of 90 minutes.

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