El Silencio Lodge & Spa - Costa Rica - Alajuela, Costa Rica

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First Relais & Châteaux Hotel in Costa Rica | Central America

Inclusion in prestigious global portfolio signals Costa Rica’s rise in experiential and culinary excellence.

January 28th, 2015 Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica

El Silencio Lodge & Spa has been recognized as a world-class model of hospitality by Relais & Châteaux, a collection of the world’s finest independent hotels and restaurants.  Relais & Châteaux’s by-invitation membership entails a rigorous incognito evaluation process that celebrates the “5-C’s”: Character, Courtesy, Calm, Charm & Cuisine.

“The Relais & Châteux imprimatur is the best acknowledgment of the beauty of our location, the comfort of our facilities, our singular menu, and the extraordinary hospitality of our team,” said Karin Zurcher, Owner of El Silencio Lodge & Spa. “This development affirms our signature commitment to personalized details, cultural authenticity, and a planet-friendly, people-positive model. Placing Costa Rica and Central America in the top rungs of excellence signals the region’s growth as a premium travel destination, appreciated not only for its natural riches but for its culinary offerings.”

Flanked by two national parks in Costa Rica’s Bajos del Toro district, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is raising the bar on the country’s authentic cuisine by updating traditional dishes and cooking techniques. Its Las Ventanas Restaurant relies on fresh local ingredients –many sourced in situ. Guests can actively participate in the culinary experience by fishing for trout, picking vegetables, collecting free-range eggs, or venturing out to a community market before enjoying fun interactive cooking sessions with the Chef.

Relais & Châteaux’s announcement follows El Silencio Lodge & Spa’s 2014 inauguration of an Adventure Park, the development of immersive cultural experiences, and the expansion of its organic mini-farm. ABOUT EL SILENCIO LODGE & SPA El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an inspired wellness retreat set in Costa Rica’s pristine central volcanic region. Surrounded by emerald cloud forests and mystical waterfalls, it offers a seamless natural immersion experience that showcases the signature elements of Costa Rica’s rural traditions, colorful culture, farm-to-table dining, and enthralling natural landscapes.

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December 2013

"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."


Living Large in Costa Rica -CNN

"Not so long ago, Costa Rica was a backpacker's game.  Other than a few business-class hotels in the capital of San José and a handful of isolated luxury properties scattered about the scenic hinterlands, travelers could expect little in the way of genuine comfort while exploring one of the most beautiful and eco-conscious countries on the planet.
Over the past decade, however, Costa Rica's fastest-growing crop has been a collection of opulent hotels and resort communities, complemented by marinas, golf courses, gourmet restaurants, hot springs and other world-class facilities."



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