Presenting what the hotel terms a “symphony of natural wellness”, it is certainly hard to argue with the amenities at this top-class spot. Set in 500 acres of tropical ‘cloud forest’, the hotel is very much a retreat. Wood, bamboo and glass make it a perfect fit for its environment, and the sixteen suites enjoy classy viewing decks and spectacular views.
El Silencio Lodge & Spa in Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica became one of only thirteen properties to be awarded Five Leaves in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), an initiative led by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). Its rigorous evaluation process looks at water management, energy conservation, waste disposal and recycling, a positive relation with surrounding communities, cultural authenticity and safety.
The main draw for visiting is the famed Cloud Forest Reserve, a heavily forested area brimming with wildlife and exotic fauna. Navigate the jungle with expert guides, and use zip lines and suspension bridges to cut through the trees and plants. Jaguar, ocelot and tapir are all waiting to be spotted by the eagle-eyed.