Down-to-earth eco-chic comes standard at El Silencio Lodge. This 500-acre cloud-forest- resort offers an indulgent wellness experience amidst the calm rhythms of the tropics. The romance and intimacy of this remote land comes alive in fifteen rustic-luxurious villas, which float in a sea of green, with generous decks and massive windows opening up to the leafy surrounds. In the main lodge, Las Ventanas restaurant offers a healthy fusion menu, in an open space bathed with natural light and surprise scenes of the wildlife around it. An evening at this inspiring place involves good food, storytelling and stargazing.Deep in the forest, enveloped by tinkling streams and roaring torches, Essencia Spa provides pampering natural treatments. A wide variety of soft-adventure experiences are also offered on site, hiking, yoga, horseback riding, bird watching among others. El Silencio Lodge & Spa befits a destination where daily stress is hushed by nature's melodic symphonies.
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El Silencio Lodge & Spa fosters synergy among its wild surroundings and community. This resort was awarded with maximum Five Leaves in Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), an initiative led by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). Among a large list of efforts, el Silencio protects 90% of its 500 acre property, providing a biological corridor between two national parks, actively minimizes waste and mitigates CO2 emissions, 100% of light bulbs are energy efficient, 100% of cleaning products are certified as environmentally responsible and its organic waste is used in the hotel's organic garden.
Suites are scattered in an untamed landscape with uninterrupted cloud forest views. The suites sit on pillars, minimizing their footprint on the forest and are built of environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo tiles, with lamp bases and towel racks fashioned from logs and twigs.Its design is contemporary but with a hint of Costa Rica's traditional rural farms. The interiors have clean lined furniture, bare wood furniture and colorful tropical flower photographs. Private verandas attached to each suite open up to supreme river or forest views. All porches have rocking chairs and freshwater-fed stone Jacuzzis.
Suites feature:• King-size bed • Feather pillows • Egyptian cotton linens and cloud-top mattress • Bathroom with twin basins • Lounging area with two plush sofas. • Private viewing deck with rocking chairs. • Private outdoor whirlpool tub. • Safe box • Central Heating • Coffee/tea making • L'Occitane toiletries • Bathrobes and sandals The host provides:• Daily home-made breakfast • Complimentary minibar • Personal Eco-Concierge per party. • Guided trail hikes through the property
A river-trimmed 3000 ft2 Spa will feature 5 unique pampering ambiances. A Yoga platform will be ensconced in the lush forest for the purest mountain air, the crystalline sound of flowing water, and relaxing shades of green. A personal eco-concierge will guide guests along spectacular hiking trails, through the forest and past hidden waterfalls.Esencia Spa lets you enjoy the best of Costa Ricas natural healing ingredients in a luxury hotel setting. The sound of flowing water, whispering breeze, nourishing earth, and the primal flicker of candles converge in harmony for relaxing massages, facials, and body wraps. Standout features include the al fresco Yoga Deck and the Conical Room, designed to channel the Costa Rican forests life energy. El Silencio Lodge & Spa fosters synergy among the hotel, its local neighbors, and surrounding ecosystem. Local purchasing and hiring policies and environmental stewardship set a healthy, welcoming, and authentic Costa Rica travel destination for caring visitors. Through its reforestation program, El Silencio Lodge & Spa has been designated as ''Climate Change Friendly'' by the Costa Rican Tropical Science Center, an environmental and scientific NGO.
The Ventanas Restaurant, pampers visitors with wholesome aromas and an innovative Costa Rica fusion cuisine. The dining room is a large, glass-walled extension of the main building area, with beautiful rattan chairs and sleek wooden tables. It's a perfect place to contemplate the cloud forest.The menu features delicious healthy food with standouts like the Silencio Salad prepared with organic vegetables and a fragrant lime coriander dressing, Los Bajos Chorreadas - wonderful corn crepes with sautéed vegetables and Chicken Kebabs.
Cultural Discovery Tour Guests will visit to the hotel's hometown, Los Bajos del Toro Amarillo, a thriving rural community with rich traditions, unsurpassed landscapes, and intriguing flora. They will meet the neighbors while taking the guided tour to Finca Cimarron, a local orchid farm with a private collection of over 400 species. Afterwards they will visit the local school where a traditional dance will be presented, a picturesque church, a soccer field, and a fun stop at Doña Olga's Pulpería where they can palm fresh tortillas and buy local traditional pastries. This tour includes a typical meal at local El Rancho Restaurant where visitors can taste Agua Dulce – a warm raw sugar beverage – and fresh tortillas or empanadas (dough pies) made in a traditional woodstove. They can even learn to make their own!Tree Planting The Tree Planting Ceremony is a uniquely rewarding and memorable tour and one of guests' favorite activities. Visitors will plant a tree in the midst of Costa Rica's cloud forest. Each seedling is tagged with a commemorative card and photo updates are given periodically. Inner artist At this experience guests will embrace their inner artist through local culture. Authentic Sarchi artisans will teach them about the traditional oxcart painting techniques. This is a national symbol that reflects Costa Rica's insertion in the coffee world markets of the mid 1800s. Although rarely used today for transportation, its intricate patterns remain a cultural legacy. It was recognized as part of mankind's cultural heritage by the United Nations. The best oxcart artists still create these masterpieces in Sarchí's picturesque workshops and craft stores.It takes bold strokes and brilliant colors to create one of Costa Rica's most emblematic crafts. At this fascinating adventure guests will make their own.