Nestled in Costa Rica’s central highlands, this sophisticated eco-lodge and spa offers a gateway to the splendours of the tropical cloud forest. Sliding glass doors guarantee breathtaking views of lush picture-book vegetation, emerging from the clouds. Suites blend into the landscape and offer unrivalled mountain or river views from rocking chairs on a private deck. All are spacious, decorated in natural tones and boast a private outdoor heated whirlpool. The soothing atmosphere of peaceful wellness is in perfect harmony with the property’s magnificent surroundings. The restaurant highlights ingredients sourced from its organic mini-farm, serving dishes inspired by traditional Costa Rican cuisine.
With almost 200 hectares of rainforest, El Silencio Lodge & Spa establishes a biological corridor between Costa Rica’s Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano National Parks. For the owner Karin Zürcher, an uninterrupted terrain was paramount, allowing the cloud forest’s flora and fauna to thrive and enchant visitors.
In addition, the ingredients he uses in his kitchen are homegrown on site. 90% of the vegetables and 60% of the fruits served to guests come from the estancias’s 1,000m² organic kitchen garden. There's a plentiful supply of other organic produce too: breakfast omelets are made with fresh eggs from the estate's hens; milk is delivered by Margarita, the hotel’s resident cow; cheeses are prepared by artisans from the neighboring area.