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El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

A 500-acre tropical forest, a river winding through the grounds, three waterfalls cascading down the mountainside – if it’s back-to-nature you want, El Silencio Lodge & Spa hotel will give it to you in eco-friendly spades. Take in picture-perfect panoramas from an outdoor hot tub, greet the sunrise from the yoga deck, and feast on natural, organic food. It’s what nature intended, only better.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, PO. Box 242-1225 Pavas, San Jose Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica

SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

A choice of a half-hour couple’s massage or horse-riding tour for two.

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am, but flexible and free, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Rates include daily breakfast and a guided nature walk. Over the festive season (from 20 December to 4 January) a two-night minimum stay is required.

FACILITIES

Gardens, spa, private nature reserve, library of books, free WiFi in the restaurant and bar. In rooms: iPod dock, outdoor whirlpool tub, minibar, viewing deck with rocking chairs, and bath products by Costa Rican line Aromas para el Alma. Villas have LCD TVs too.

PACKING TIPS

Pack light on bath products: El Silencio’s biodegradable potions are packed with natural goodies such as lavender and peppermint, (which handily double as all-natural bug repellents). Bring clothes for all temperatures (preferably in shades of green, naturally).

ECO-FRIENDLY

To ensure the safety of our staff and guests during these unprecedented times, we have made the decision to temporarily close our hotel. We apologize for any inconvenience, please check back at a later time wheen travel restrictions in the area have lifted. We look forward to hosting you in the future when the world is a much safer and happier place. We appreciate you, thank you for understanding.

ALSO

Each Suite is assigned an Eco Concierge, who leads your courtesy hike, coordinates activities, can arrange tree-plantings and can point out flora and fauna.
Sit back and let the wildlife come to you. The groundskeepers planted purple verbena flowers around each cabin’s viewing deck to lure hummingbirds. Keen eyes can also spot wild pheasants, sparrows, blue tanagers and, possibly, the iridescent, long-tailed quetzal.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Please note that daily rates (excluding special offers) include breakfast and are based on double occupancy. Rates for each guest are lower for triple or quadruple occupancy. For each additional guest in the room, there will be a $50 plus 13 per cent per night additional charge.

Rooms 

All rooms have the same floor plan and feel very private, with dramatic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as from the hot tub on each deck. The Suites higher up the hill feel more like they are situated in a cloud forest. Opt for 11, which attracts hummingbirds to the plants around its porch.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

The hotel’s Los Ventanas restaurant focuses on hyper-local fare, using produce from the hotel’s own mini organic farm to create dishes that celebrate Costa Rica’s culinary clout. This means a wide array of just-plucked veggies and herbs, fresh eggs for breakfast, and you can try to catch your own dinner in the hotel's trout ponds. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame lush forest greenery, and after-dark a fireplace and candlelit tables create a romantic atmosphere.

Liquid Bliss 

Warm and inviting, El Silencio’s Toro Bohemio Bar is the perfect place to unwind after an adventurous day of exploring. Thirst-quenchers include locally-inspired and classic cocktails, an extensive wine list and ice-cold beer. We recommend a couple pints of the hotel’s own home brews: El Silencio and La Gritona.

Experience the Extraordinary 

Your personal Eco Concierge can arrange for a tree-planting in the cloud forest surrounding the hotel. Your seedling will be tagged with a commemorate card marking your efforts, and El Silencio will send you periodic updates on the your addition to the preserve. The 2,000-acre Hacienda Pozo Azul (www.pozoazul.com) is an eco park and working ranch in the tropical rain forest. The park is packed with more natural adventures than any theme park could build. Try white-water rafting on the Sarapiqui River, sail over the trees and river on a canopy zipline, rappel down the canyon or try a free-fall from a platform built high on a tree trunk. The park also includes horse-riding tours on the Hacienda trails. Arrange a day trip to hike the nearby Poas, an active volcano with two crater lakes and numerous geysers. Visit early in the day for the clearest views of the top. Stock up on souvenirs from nearby Sarchí. The town is renowned for its arts and crafts, including colourful, decorative ox carts, which were once used to haul coffee from plantations to markets. Woodworkers in the town also produce decorative kitchenware, furniture and masks.

Transportation 

El Silencio Lodge & Spa occupies 500 acres of Costa Rica’s Central Volcanic Valley, sandwiched between the Juan Castro Blanco National Park and the Poas Volcano National Park.

Planes 

San Jose’s Juan Santamaría International (SJO) is the closest airport at 70km away. The airport is served by United Airlines (www.united.com), British Airways (www.britishairways.com) and TACA (www.taca.com). Flights operate from New York, Madrid, Miami, Toronto and other international cities. There's a departure tax of about US$26.

Automobiles 

Driving from San Jose takes about 90 minutes. The nearest city, Sarchi, is a 30-minute drive. Parking at El Silencio is free and easy.

Other 

Helicopters can land on the nearby soccer field in clear weather. Aerobell Air Charter has private planes and helicopters to hire (www.aerobell.com).

Location

Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, PO. Box 242-1225 Pavas, San Jose Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica

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