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We felt so taken care of!
This is a wonderful hotel but what makes it special is the staff. We stayed at some wonderful places in Costa Rica - Villa Caletas, Arenas del Mar and others. They all have their charm and personality. El Silencio is special because the staff are so passionate about their hotel, and go above and beyond every single day. So many little touches - surprise chocolate truffle after dinner, willingness to solve any and all requests, making gluten free cookies and bread, free coffees and/or hot chocolate in the afternoon and more. The chef accommodated my gluten free requests generously - he reworked any meal I asked for into a gluten free masterpiece and came up with ways to spoil me with GF goodies. This is so much appreciated. The GM, the activity guides (Kenneth was wonderful), the service staff and the cleaners were exceptional. By the time we left we felt a connection to everyone and were sad to have to say goodbye. Thank you to everyone who made our stay such a lifelong treasured memory.
Normally I don’t review any destination, because of different perspectives each person may have, but I have to review this hotel because it is outstanding, since the moment you arrive you find a peacefulness that it’s hard to find now days, as well as the warmth that each person from the staff transmits, service, food, adventure activities, the surroundings, the amazing views from the restaurant, and the excellent chef (a Michelin start chef). This place has it all.
Fantastic escape in the rainforest
We stayed at El Silencio for 3 nights at the end of December/early Jan 2021 and it was amazing. Our villa was impeccable, so spacious with amazing amenities -- two jacuzzis, rainfall showerheads, heated floors. It was perfect. We mostly stayed on the property as there was plenty for us to do right there. We did the Hidden Treasure waterfall hike (such a good hike, we loved it), got massages in the spa (amazing), and did a coffee tasting experience (so interesting). All of our meals were delicious as well, and every staff member was so friendly. Everything seemed very clean, everyone wore masks and there was hand sanitizer regularly handed out/accessible throughout the property.
Retreat into nature
We stayed at El Silencio between Christmas and New Year. We were looking for a special place to celebrate our anniversary, to relax and to get away from 2020 for a while. We were recommended El Silencio and we were not disappointed. The level of service was outstanding, from our property tour guide, all the waiters, the booking helpers and of course Quentin the exceptional chef. Nothing was too much to ask, and every request was met with a smile. The individual cabins were nicely decorated, each with a private hot tub, and the new suites next to the river looked amazing. We enjoyed the yoga, hiking and a massage in the peaceful spa. Would we go back to try the horse riding, mountain biking and waterfall hikes? 1000% yes.
I loved El Silencio so much that my original two-night stay turned into four nights. The property itself is stunning. Although not too far from SJO, you feel as if you're in a completely different world. The lands are well-maintained with so much to see, there are gorgeous waterfalls on property, good hiking trails all around, complimentary mountain bikes for guests to use, and live music most evenings. I did a bunch of the experiences as well -- mountain biking and a twin-waterfall experience with Daniel, cooking class with Isaac, oxcart painting with Kenny, and the zip lining/rappelling course with Eduardo, as well as a couple of spa treatments. Speaking of the staff, all of them are so attentive, kind, helpful, and all around bring such a wonderful energy to the experiences. I also had Quentin, their head chef who has won a Michelin star in a previous endeavor, come and chat with me several times (PS - all the food is phenomenal). The whole experience had me feeling like a celebrity! :) I was also traveling solo over Christmas (much needed break) and I was worried that I might be a little sad being without my family over the holidays. The staff were so attentive and ensured that my experience was not so -- they left me a sweet note in my room, a couple of small gifts to unwrap, and delivered a delicious meal for me to have as I zoomed with my family back home. The rooms themselves are also incredible. You have your own porch with a comfortable swinging loveseat (great place to hang with a book and a glass of wine) spacious rooms, comfortable beds that look out through a massive window into the jungle (woke up each day to a sunrise and a smile on my face), and the best part... personal jacuzzi (where I spent probably most of my time). From start to finish my experience was smooth, enjoyable, and each person was so warm and hospitable. All the staff spoke English very well and patiently taught me several useful Spanish phrases (which I'm still butchering, but I'll get there!). I can't speak highly-enough of my experience -- If you're ever considering booking El Silencio, my opinion is ABSOLUTELY YES. I, personally, plan to visit many times over.
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