El Silencio Lodge, Costa Rica
Just returned from the LL package to El Silencio. Absolutely amazing. First, it is only about 1.5 hours from San Jose Airport. Roads were fine. Each couple stays in a cute bungalow with gas fireplace, outdoor hot tub, and two rockers on a beautiful deck. An eco-concierge is assigned to each couple. We had Andrey. Andrey was excellent. We had hikes with him in the hills and also into the village. He was a wealth of knowledge about the property and nature. He coordinated all of our activities both on and off the property. The food was PERFECT! Very healthy with an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, and local ingredients. The lodge area was lovely with sofas and blankets and two fireplaces. We really needed this as this was the coldest weather in 15 years in CR. The service was top-notch. At the end, we planted a tree...how sweet! Also kudos to "Jimmy" our driver. What a great guy and such an excellent ambassador for the lodge and his country. The price of this property with the auction is amazing. What a deal! Even though we felt CR was getting tooooooo touristy, we felt differently after staying here. The village was so natural and not touristy. It actually reminded me of an Austrian village. It was more of a farming community that a tropical resort. My only complaint was we had asked for a special room and it wasn't assigned to us; they said it was being painted however, it was assigned to someone else. No problems because after you see all of the cottages, you realize they are all in a great location and private. We would love to post photos but haven't figured this out!!