Grupo Islita is an independent Costa Rican hotel development and management enterprise. Its select properties artfully blend upscale comfort, cultural authenticity, and an unwavering commitment to sustainability. Grupo Islita’s mantra is to prompt the ongoing betterment of our natural and human surroundings while inspiring the soul of the consummate traveler.
Partner and Managing Director, Karin Zurcher was born and raised in Costa Rica. Her extensive travels through Costa Rica instilled a genuine appreciation for its marvelous beaches, mountains, and landscapes. After earning a degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, she founded one of Costa Rica’s first on-line travel agencies. Following her hotelier father’s footsteps, she conceived El Silencio Lodge & Spa as a novel addition to Costa Rica’s luxury tourism offerings. Karin is an avid runner and a wellness enthusiast.
Gustavo Segura is at the helm of El Silencio Lodge & Spa’s parent company, Grupo Islita. His innovative vision outlines a signature hospitality model that combines sustainability, superlative services, premium facilities, authentic cultural experiences, and thrilling eco-adventures. Gustavo holds an MBA from INCAE Business School and has a fourteen-year track record in the private and public sectors.