Built and run by the folks behind Punta Islita, this luxurious lodge and spa features a small collection of large and plush individual cabins, set on a hillside in an isolated mountain setting. Each room features a king-size bed with luscious bedding, a modern marble bathroom, and private outdoor Jacuzzi. There are no televisions in the rooms, but the main lodge features a lounge area with a large plasma-screen set and modest DVD library. The spa here offers a range of excellent treatments, and the restaurant specializes in healthy spa cooking -- no red meat is served. Hiking around the grounds will take you through their organic gardens, and a relatively easy loop trail passes by three nearby waterfalls. Day tours to Sarchi, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, and Arenal/La Fortuna are all offered.
To reach El Silencio, you must first get to the town of Sarchi. From the Pali supermarket in the center of town, head north and follow the signs. El Silencio is approximately 22km (13 miles) outside of Sarchi.
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