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Sustainable Luxury

As part of our commitment to being one of the best eco resorts in Costa Rica, El Silencio Lodge & Spa features an array of sustainable programs and initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint and protect and preserve the vital natural resources of the surrounding cloud forest. El Silencio Lodge & Spa promises a sanctuary where visitors can reconnect with our planet’s inspiring melodies. But our holistic concept of wellness goes further.

We envision a tourism model that protects its stunning natural surroundings, fosters the personal growth of staff, and promotes the development of neighbor communities. Harmonizing the well-being of all stakeholders is key to El Silencio's uplifting experience, fully reflecting Costa Rica’s happiness mantra. Engaging the services of Responsible Business Alliance, El Silencio Lodge & Spa has designed a sustainability model that is perfectly tailored to its natural setting and social context El Silencio Lodge & Spa authentically reflects the cultural legacy and traditions of Sarchí, Zarcero, Naranjo, and other landmark regional towns. More than 95% of our staff is local, imprinting the guest’s experience with the signature hospitality that characterizes our human context. In turn, El Silencio Lodge & Spa gives back through employment opportunities, local purchases, and the growing relationship with its closest neighbor, the Los Bajos del Toro community.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is proud to hold the maximum Six-Leaf Rating in Costa Rica’s Certification of Sustainable Tourism. This initiative, championed by the CostaRican Tourism Board (ICT), is a globally-respected tool to rate, monitor, and guide the country’s tourism industry. Its rigorous evaluation process contemplates water management, energy conservation, waste disposal and recycling, positive relations with surrounding communities, cultural authenticity, and guest safety.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa has been honored with six Ecological Blue Flags in full recognition of its environmental stewardship initiatives.  This annual awards program is led by a coalition of Costa Rican government authorities as an incentive to engage volunteer work and local committees in the pursuit of optimal management of water and other natural resources.  The overarching goal of The Blue Flag Program is to advance best practices to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa celebrates receiving the sixth honor in recognition of its environmental stewardship model.  This latest award places El Silencio Lodge & Spa as the only luxury destination in Costa Rica to earn Blue Flag status in six categories.

Climate Change

The program’s flagship award and one of the most salient in Costa Rica.  It encourages organizations to outline and follow clear social and environmental development strategies to minimize the effects of climate change.  The Blue Flag for Climate Change recognizes holistic approaches that involve diverse sectors and a proven multiplier effect of benefits.

Micro Basins

Promotes the responsible engagement of individuals and communities in the conservation, restoration, and protection of Costa Rica’s hydrological micro basins.  This award champions clean water, essential to human health and ecological stewardship

Sustainable Homes

The objective is to promote home-based environmental awareness and action, following the Education for Sustainable Development approach.  This integral vision inculcates best practices and choices in economic, environmental, and socio-cultural behaviors that effectively mitigate climate change.

Protected Natural Spaces:

 Recognizes the stewards of bio-intense areas and their efforts to promote and adopt planet-friendly practices, hygiene, and sanitation

Sustainable Mobility

Seeks to rethink mobility in pursuit of energy efficiency, human welfare, and carbon emission reductions.


Incentivizes best practices in farming to promote the sustainable management of natural resources.