Costa Rica. A thin slither of Central America bursting with greenery and lined in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. I spent two weeks in this beautiful chilled and happy country, moving between jungle, beach, volcanoes and clouds. This post and those to follow will document the journey and my tips on where to eat, sleep and explore this pocket of paradise.
After a 2 hour flight from London to Madrid, a 10 hour flight from Madrid to San Jose and a bumpy 3 hour taxi climb, we arrived at our first stop. El Silencio Lodge and Spa sits almost 2000 meters above sea level in Costa Rica’s Central Volcanic Valley and is surrounded in whipped, white cloud.
The lodge is positioned on 500 acres of private land and is made up of just 16 suites. Each suite, a private cabin staggered up the mountain overlooking uninterrupted views of the vast scenery of the cloud forest. Vast king size beds are lined with soft white sheets where a hot water bottle is tucked each night before you arrive to your room. Floor to ceiling glass doors overlook the private viewing deck and secluded n’ steamy hot tub.
Food is served from the organic farm on the property where there is a trout and chicken farm and large organic greenhouse. Breakfasts were the highlight. Starting with Costa Rican coffee, fresh juice, bread and warm slices of carrot and banana cake. Tropical fruits, muesli and yogurt followed along with a choice of french toast, pancakes, poached eggs, stacked muffins or Costa Rican rice and beans with eggs, cheese and warm tortillas. At 3pm jugs of hot chocolate and plates of cookies were delivered to the cabin.
In between all the eating, there is a spa, yoga deck, horseback riding and various walks and excursions to fill the days. In 3 days here we hiked through miles of forest swarming with creatures and life, we saw the rare Quetzal bird and swam in ice cold waterfalls followed by picnics of fruit doused in sugar and lime. We experienced a spot of local culture making traditional food and drank moonshine with locals in the quiet neighbouring village.
For a simple,tranquil and luxurious Costa Rican retreat this hotel is faultless. Staff treat you like family. Sleeps are dreamlike, views unrivaled, and you will be fed so much fine food you will waddle as opposed to drift out of the beautiful cloud forest when you leave.
More information of El Silencio Lodge and Spa here
Find El Silencio on Google maps here
(All hotels, flights and transfers were booked through Greig Smith Travels. An incredible bespoke travel company specializing in luxury tailor made trips, eco travel and wildlife tours)