Bahía del Sol Hotel - A Unique Potrero Wedding Destination

Bahía del Sol - A Unique Potrero Wedding Destination

INTRODUCTION

While searching for wedding venues in Guanacaste for our Most Unique Wedding Destinations in Costa Rica article, we came across Bahía del Sol Hotel, a great location to tie the knot on the beach.  At the hotel, we interviewed Guido Foltran, the hotel’s manager, and Larissa Banting, their very experienced wedding planner, and were given an exhaustive tour of the hotel, access to the Honeymoon Suite and a standard suite, in addition to the various sites for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and dinners.  If looking for a unique place for an unforgettable Costa Rica beach wedding, Bahía del Sol Hotel is an excellent option.

LOCATION AND TRANSPORTATION

Bahía del Sol Hotel is a beachfront hotel located in Potrero, Guanacaste.  The hotel offers round-trip transportation to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia (LIR), which is a bit more than a 1-hour drive.  Another option is to fly in to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, which is between a 4-6 hour drive depending on the route and traffic.  If arriving in SJO, you can charter a short regional flight to LIR from where you can use the ground transportation offered by the hotel.

REPUTATION, HISTORY & DESIGN

Bahía del Sol Hotel has a rating of 4-Stars and has been hosting beach destination weddings in Costa Rica for 23 years.  The hotel’s reception building, accommodations, restaurant, and pool are located about 100 feet from where the beach's shorline.  Between the beach and the buildings, there are two large lawns and a wood pavilion for open-air and covered wedding day events.  The guest rooms and other structures have a rustic, ranch-type feel and design, and are surrounded by and imbedded in a lush tropical garden. 

Why Bahía del Sol Hotel is UNIQUE

Its direct access to the beach, its beautiful, unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and sunsets, its spacious beachfront lawns, its dark beach sand are just a handful of reasons why Bahía del Sol Hotel is unique.  Despite being a tourist destination, Potrero limited its development thereby preserving its local culture and natural beauty, making the hotel, its surroundings, and the experience guests have in the town more unique.  Add to this its magnificent botanical garden, the dark beach sand that contrasts with the blue water and sky, its outstanding customer service, and its elegant and delicious dishes and you have a remarkable wedding destination and experience. 

BEST TIME FOR YOUR Bahía del Sol WEDDING

In planning a destination wedding, there are many things to take into consideration to make sure your wedding day is a success.  The weather, climate, and knowing when the busy and slow seasons are, are two factors that can make or break your big day. 

THE Climate

Guanacaste - the province in which Potrero is located - is the driest and hottest province in Costa Rica, especially on and near the Pacific Coast.  The dry season in Potrero is from November to late may.  February and March are the driest months and are the best times to get married at Bahía del Sol, according to Mr. Foltran.  The wet season runs from late may to November with the most precipitation in August through October. 

BUSY / SLOW SEASONS

The high season kicks off in early December, peaks around February, and tapers off around late April.  The busy season is when Costa Rica experiences an influx of tourists, namely to its beaches, and is when Costa Ricans tend to go on vacation, further increasing the number of people in tourists destinations.  Consequently, the cost of airfare, accommodations, and services increase and the availability of rooms decreases.  Whenever you plan to tie the knot in Costa Rica, it will be a great experience in a beautiful country.

Hanging glasses and spirits at the sunken bar located next to Nasu Restaurant

WEDDING PLANNING SERVICES & PROVIDERS

Bahía del Sol Hotel provides in-house wedding planning services.  Larissa Banting, their wedding organizer who is from the United States, speaks fluent English and will help you design your dream Costa Rica beach wedding.  Upon request, she will send you their wedding packages and connect you with their recommended wedding day providers, providing you a list of the florists, stylists, officiants, entertainment providers, decorators, videographers, and photographers they work with on a regular basis.

BRIDAL PREPARATION SERVICES

Have your makeup done, hair styled, pedicure and manicure all done in your room or in the spa on your wedding day.  The choice is yours.  Bahía del Sol Hotel will accommodate all of your wedding day preparation wherever you are most comfortable. 

WEDDING CEREMONIES – TYPES AND SIZES

Whether eloping, having a small intimate beach ceremony or a wedding-day bash with 250 guests, Bahía del Sol Hotel can meet all of your wedding day needs and can accommodate any type of wedding, from a traditional Catholic ceremony, a civil ceremony, a secular wedding to an international wedding.  There is nothing more important to Larissa Banting and Bahía del Sol Hotel than to make your dream wedding a reality, whatever it may be.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Bahía del Sol Hotel has 35 guest rooms – their Honeymoon Suite or King Sun Suite, Standard Suite, Deluxe Superior, Family Suite, Deluxe Room, and Standard Rooms that come with either1 or 2 queen beds – and can comfortably accommodate up to 100 of your guests.  All their tastefully designed and decorated guest rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, which is a must when preparing for your wedding day, have either a beach and garden view or a views of their unique botanical gardens.  While at the resort, we had the opportunity to take photos of a honeymoon suite and a standard suite, which will give you a good idea of the design and quality of the rooms we were unable to photograph.

1. Honeymoon Suite – King Sun Suite

Their Honeymoon Suite, also known as the King Sun Suite, is a wonderful and romantic suite for your wedding night and day after given its privacy and that it faces the beach, giving you and your beloved an impressive view of the Pacific Ocean.  It comes with an artisan king size bed made of solid wood, an ample bathroom and shower with elegant finishings, a private patio with a hot tub, a private waterfront terrace bordered by their tropical garden near the pool. 

2. Standard Suite

Your guests will likewise find comfort, tranquility, and pleasant views in Bahía del Sol’s Standard Suite.  Equipped with a queen-sized bed, a full kitchen, a living room, and a breakfast bar among other amenities, this suite is quite comfortable and is just a short walk through a lush botanical garden from Potrero beach and the hotel’s pool. 

LOCATIONS – Ceremonies, Dinners, & Receptions

If eloping, having a small intimate ceremony or a large all-day wedding with hundreds of guests, Bahía del Sol Hotel has three beautiful sites for your ceremony, reception, and dinner, all of which have a marvelous view of Potrero beach and the Pacific Ocean.  The location you choose will depend on the size of your wedding party and the time of year you decide to tie the knot. 

1. Palapas Pavilion – Ceremonies & Receptions

Palapas Pavilion is primarily used for wedding receptions, mainly for the buffet food service for large weddings whose ceremony takes place on the lawn or beach.  It can also accommodate wedding ceremonies consisting of between 70-80 guests, which may be a must if getting married during the rainy season.  Palapas is a rustic open-walled wood structure with a thatched roof supported by solid wood columns with beautiful wood floors that is located on the lawn area about 100 feet from the beach, ensuring you and yours guest amazing views. 

On the day of our photo session, a martial arts retreat was taking place, and Palapas was where they held classes, hence the mats. 

2. Lawn Area – Ceremonies & Receptions

The spacious lawn located between Palapas Pavilion and the beach is an ideal site for wedding ceremonies and receptions of up to 250 guests.  Its openness, tropical vibe, and its views of the beach, ocean, and rainforest will make your wedding day a day to remember.  

3. Beach - Ceremonies

The marvelous stretch of beach at Bahía del Sol's footsteps is a great venue for a romantic wedding ceremony of up to 250 guests, which is the capacity of the wedding reception site.  Its proximity to the ocean will ensure you hear the crashing of waves as you say "I do".  If planning a beach ceremony, it is advisable to consult Ms. Banting quite a bit in advance to ensure your ceremony is planned in accordance with the tides, which can reduce the size of the beach dramatically and limit the number of guests.

 

Nasu Restaurant

Nasu, Bahía del Sol Hotel's gourmet restaurant and bar, is where you can enjoy delicious internationally-inspired cuisine as well as tropical drinks from its submerged bar before and after your wedding day.  Similar to Palapa, Nasu Restaurant is a rustic structure with wood columns supporting a thatched roof whose lack of walls allow for unobstructed beach and ocean views.

ACTIVITIES

Before and after your wedding day, there are many activities and natural wonderes at Bahía del Sol Hotel, in Potrero, and in Costa Rica that will keep you entertained, in awe, and never bored.

AT Bahía del Sol

At the hotel, you can ride jet skis, charter a catamaran, go kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling, or you can go surfing or horseback riding on a neighboring beach. 

Beyond the Hotel

The hotel can organize excursions to Rincón de la Vieja Volano National Park where you can see a wide variety of exotic flora and fauna, soak or swim in thermal pools, sit in a hot mud pool, take in marvelous views of its volcano and waterfalls, and much more.  You can also go horseback riding in inland as well as visit Palo Verde National Park where you can take a boat tour during which you will see a wide variety of exotic birds and other animals.  Another option among many others is taking a trip to a coffee plantation in Monte Verde. 

A small iguana taking in a bit of sun while in the botanical garden. 

AMENITIES

Planning a destination wedding can be a bit stressful, as can hours and hours of international travel, followed by what may be even more hours of waiting and traveling until you finally reach Bahía del Sol Hotel.  Their massage therapists and spa technicians will make it a distant memory with their relaxing massages and spa treatments, leaving you floating on a cloud for your wedding day.    

AMBIANCE

Bahía del Sol Hotel is a tranquil tropical getaway and an ideal venue for a Costa Rica beach wedding.  Its tropical botanical garden adds a unique richness to the area surrounding its guest rooms, its expansive lawn area is a serene space to pass the time while taking in views of the beach and ocean as a sea breeze passes through your hair, and the gourmet dishes served at Nasu Restaurant will tantalize your taste buds as the friendly staff tend to your every need and whim.       

Hotel Punta Islita - A Unique Guanacaste Wedding Destination

Hotel Punta Islita - A Unique Costa Rica Wedding Destination

Introduction

While searching for the most unique wedding destinations in Guanacaste for couples wanting to have a truly amazing beach wedding in Costa Rica, we discovered Hotel Punta Islita.  For our article, we interviewed Paola Bolaños and Alonso Bermúdez, the hotel’s Events Planner and the General Manager, who gave us an extensive tour of the hotel and access to a honeymoon suite, standard room, locations for wedding day events, and restaurants.  If you are looking for a unique beach venue for your Costa Rica destination wedding, we hope this article makes finding the right place that much easier.        

LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION 

Hotel Punta Islita is located on the Pacific Coast and is isolated in a dense rainforest near the southern-most tip of the Guanacaste Province that extends into a peninsula.  There are a number of ways to arrive at the hotel. 

The nearest international airport is Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia (LIR), which is approximately 2.5 hours from the hotel.  They can arrange a shuttle that will take you directly from LIR to Hotel Punta Islita. 

You can also fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, which is about 4-5 hours from the hotel depending on traffic.  There is also the option of chartering a private flight or helicopter from San José to Islita Regional Airstrip.  Hotel Punta Islita can also arrange transpiration to sites and activities all over Costa Rica.

Before booking your flight, we recommend contacting the hotel to help you determine which international airport to select as your destination taking into consideration the various means of connecting transportation.     

A view of the virgin beach at Hotel Punta Islita stretching in the distance bordered by tropical rainforest.

A view of the virgin beach at Hotel Punta Islita stretching in the distance bordered by tropical rainforest.

REPUTATION, HISTORY & DESIGn

As one of the three hotels comprising Grupo Islita, Hotel Punta Islita is a luxury, 5-Star boutique hotel where couples have been having unique destination weddings in Costa Rica on the beach since 1995.  The first of its kind in Guanacaste and in most of Costa Rica, namely with respect to its infinity pool, Hotel Punta Islita was the dream of two brothers – one an architect and the other a rancher – who constructed the hotel in what was considered the middle of nowhere in Guanacaste.

WHY HOTEL PUNTA ISLITA is UNIQUE

Upon arriving, you will be greeted by friendly hotel staff offering you a cool, damp towel, making it clear your comfort and happiness are their priority.  Add to this its remote location atop beautiful hills enveloped in a dense jungle teaming with exotic flora and fauna that overlook the Pacific Ocean – in addition to its luxury accommodations, its amazing infinity pool and restaurants that have marvelous views of the ocean and rainforest, its world-class spa, its complimentary eco adventures, cultural activates, and learning experiences – and you have a truly unique wedding venue in Costa Rica. 

Hotel Punta Islita is unique for another reason that is not readily apparent.  When constructed in the 1990s, the town of Punta Islita suffered an economic crisis due to an international price drop in its primary export: beef.  The brothers Zürcher sought to ameliorate this situation by developing Hotel Punta Islita in order to create a variety of long-term and sustainable employment opportunities for the town’s residents directly and indirectly related to the hotel.  Ever since, they have been committed to the well being of not only their employees, but also to that of the town, which is reflected in the happiness of the hotel’s employees, which directly affects the customer service experience. 

BEST TIME FOR a Hotel PUNTA ISLITA WEDDING

There are many factors to weigh when planning your destination wedding.  Two of the most commonly overlooked are the weather and when the busy and slow seasons are. 

THE WEATHER 

The summer in Guanacaste is from the end of November to the end of April and is considered the dry season.  The winter is from May to November and is the rainy season, with August, September, and October experiencing the most rainfall in Punta Islita.  According to Mr. Bermúdez, the best to get married at Hotel Punta Islita – if your plans permit – is in November and December, their springtime, which is when it is not too hot and the foliage is ardently green, the sun shines bright in a deep blue sky.  If planning to wed in the rainy season, the hotel has adequate covered locations for your wedding day events.

BUSY / SLOW SEASONS

The busy season starts with the beginning of the summer, peaks from late December to April, and tapers of in late April and May.  As such, and as is the case everywhere, expect to pay more for travel, accommodations, and services, to find fewer rooms available, and to be see more people everywhere.  This is due not only to in influx of tourists, but also to the fact that Costa Ricans tend to vacation during this time as well.  Regardless, getting married in Costa Rica is a marvelous and memorable experience any time of the year.   

WEDDING PLANNING SERVICES & PROVIDERS

Hotel Punta Islita has an in-house wedding planner who will help you organize your dream Costa Rica destination wedding and will provide you with her elopement and wedding packages upon request.  As for your wedding day providers, the hotel can attend to all your dining needs, whereas Paola Bolaños will send you a list of their recommended providers – the officiant, florist, entertainment, photographer, and videographer, and stylist, for example – whom you can contact directly.

BRIDAL PREPARATION SERVICES

On your wedding day, you can have all your bridal preparation needs – your hair styled, makeup applied, and manicure and pedicure all done in the comfort of your own room or in their amazing spa. 

View of the Pacific Ocean from submerged bar at infinity pool.

WEDDING CEREMONIES – TYPES AND SIZES

Hotel Punta Islita accommodates all types and sizes of weddings consisting of up to 200 guests – from elopements and small intimate weddings, to large weddings that are all day affairs.  Depending on the size of and schedule of a wedding, they can manage 2 per day.  Whatever your dream wedding may be, for Ms. Bolaños and Hotel Punta Islita, there is nothing more important than making it a reality. 


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ACCOMMODATIONS

The hotel has 34 guest rooms, 4 Standard rooms, 8 Junior Suites, 8 Premium Junior Suites, 14 Deluxe Suites and 22 Private Villa, 10 with 2 bedrooms and 12 with 3 bedrooms, all of which will have your and your guests staying in luxury.  Their guest rooms are uniquely scattered about the mountains facing the Pacific Ocean, ensuring all rooms have mountain and rainforest views, with most having ocean views.  Given their isolated location in the mountains further from the main building, the Private Villas are the most private guest rooms and have unique ocean and rainforest views.  When preparing for your wedding day, knowing that all guest rooms are equipped with air-conditioning will put your mind at ease. 

1. HONEYMOON SUITE – The Junior Suite

Isolated in the rainforest, Hotel Punta Islita’s Honeymoon Suite is perched atop a hill, affording it stunning views.  In the bedroom area, you will find a gorgeous king-sized canopy bed handcrafted by local artisans that looks out to a private wood deck where there is an amazing whirlpool from where you can see the Pacific Ocean below in the distance.  It’s an amazing suite for a one-in-a-lifetime wedding night.   

2. STANDARD

Likewise nestled in the mountainous rainforest, the hotel’s standard rooms come with two double beds, a private terrace with a hammock where your wedding guests can while away their free time gazing at the surrounding mountains covered with a tropical rainforest

 3. DELUXE

Featuring two double beds or one king-sized bed, Hotel Punta Islita’s luxury deluxe accommodations are a great option for your guests who want a room with a partial ocean view and a terrace where they can enjoy the views of the mountains and oceans in a hammock.

 4. Junior Suite Premium – Casitas

Their Premium Suites or Casitas (little houses) are free-standing cottage-like accommodations that have a king-sized canopy bed, a spacious area for socializing, a private terrace with a canopy, a petite garden and a comfortably-sized pool from where you can enjoy a great view of the rainforest, mountains, and ocean below.  This is also another great option for your Honeymoon Suite if you wanted more spacious accommodations.    

5. Private Villas

Privately owned yet managed by Hotel Punta Islita, the private villas located on its property have all the characteristics of a luxury beach house.  They have either two or three bedrooms, a full kitchen, a large living area, a private garden, and a delicious pool to relax in while taking in the amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and rainforest-covered mountains.  If you or your guests choose a villa, you will have complete access to all the hotel’s facilities and services.    

LOCATIONS - THE CEREMONY, DINNER, & RECEPTION

Although Hotel Punta Islita has a number of standard locations all over the hotel where you can have your wedding day events, they are very flexible when it comes to planning your wedding.  Which locations you choose for which event will depend on the size of your wedding, the time of year, and which sort of wedding you want to have.   

1. Los Cocos Beach Club Gardens – Wedding Ceremonies

If you want a medium to large beach wedding with up to 120 guests, Los Cocos Beach Club Gardens is the place.  The lush open lawn area of the garden is populated with numerous palm trees and has an amazing view of the beach from which mountains jut up from its sands.  The lawn area is comprised of two sections – one for wedding ceremonies and the other for the receptions and dinners.  After your ceremony, you can just walk over to the other section and have the same great view. You also have the option of having your reception and dinner in Los Cocos Restaurant depending on the size of your wedding.

* Hotel Punta Islita can arrange to have your ceremony directly on the beach if your wedding party consists of no more than 30-40 guests. 

Los Cocos Bar & Pool

Los Cocos Bar & Pool is located next to the lawn and garden area location for wedding ceremonies.  It has a submerged bar covered by a thatch roof, a delicious pool, and an amazing view of the beach, Pacific Ocean, and the mountains covered with rainforest.

2. Wood Deck – Wedding Ceremony & Dinner

Near the hotel’s main restaurant, Pacífico Restaurant, there is a quant wood deck that is a great place for an elopement or small wedding ceremony and dinner with no more than 15-16 guests.  It is a lovely location for a romantic, intimate dinner where you can take in the views of the ocean and mountains before or after tying the knot.

3. Los Cocos Restaurant – Wedding Receptions & Dinners

Another option for your wedding reception and dinner if getting married on the beach or lawn area by the beach is Los Cocos Restaurant.  Able to accommodate up to 40 guests for a buffet-style dinner, it is a wood structure is covered by a pitched, thatched roof supported by columns made from trees with open walls that allow for views of the garden and beach. 

4. Pacífico Restaurant – Wedding Receptions & Dinners

Located on the same level as the Reception Building, Pacífico Restaurant is the hotel’s main dining area and can accommodate 120 in its covered area and an addition 80 on the terrace.  Though similar in design to Los Cocos Restaurant, Pacífico Restaurant is a more elegant and refined structure and dining experience.  Located near their famous infinity pool, which is partly surrounded by a wood deck, it has some of the most dramatic views of the beach below and the surrounding mounting given its elevation.

5. Private Villas – Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions, & Dinners

Another option for a Hotel Punta Islita Wedding are its Private Villas.  They are amazing venues for a small, private wedding of 30-40 guests where you can have your ceremony it a manicured garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean and rainforest-covered mountains and the reception inside or outside your villa.  The hotel can even provide catering at your villa or you and your guests can have dinner and celebrate your nuptials at Pacífico Restaurant.

6. Church

Close to the hotel, there is a small Catholic church if interested in a formal Catholic ceremony of no more than 40 guests.  If interested in this option, we suggest you contact the hotel's wedding planner far in advance of your wedding date to ensure you complete all the Catholic wedding requirements as per the church. 


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SITES & ACTIVITIES

In addition Hotel Punta Islita’s marvelous infinity pool, its beautiful beaches, its amazing views, you can enjoy and partake in its complimentary excursions and activities at the hotel, as well as others beyond the hotel.

AT THE RESORT

Before and after you tie the knot, you can take part in the hotel’s Authentic Costa Rica program: complimentary cultural and learning activities at the resort and in the town, eco-adventures, cooking lessons, art session, horseback riding on the beach and in the country, zip-lining amongst others that are available to all guests.

BEYOND THE RESORT

Costa Rica is a geographically diverse and beautiful country.  While here, have the hotel organize an adventure to some of Costa Rica’s breathtaking waterfalls and volcanoes in Tenorio, El Rincón de la Viaja, La Fortuna, or in Poas where you can see and experience other unforgettable sites and activities to make your destination wedding that much more adventurous and memorable. 

AMENITIES

Traveling can be taxing.  Spending months planning your dream Costa Rica wedding is as well.  Hotel Punta Islita has just the thing to make you forget it and relax in their first-class spa.

CASA SPA

Spacious and luxurious, and with views of the rainforest, Casa Spa (House Spa) is an ideal place for you to unwind and let its massage therapists pamper you.  Its large, dimly-lit massage rooms have high ceilings and tasteful, hand-crafted wood furniture and culture artifacts as decorations, as well a an indoor and outdoor whirlpool for before or after your treatment.   

AMBIANCE

Hotel Punta Islita is a tropical paradise.  Due to its isolated location, it is notably serene and the surrounding mountains and rainforest, as well as its views of the Pacific Ocean, make every happening at the hotel a tranquil and visual pleasing experience.  While at its beach, and beach-level pool and restaurant, you can hear the waves crashing softly on the pristine beach that stretches far into the distance.  

Pipas for sale at the submerged bar at Los Cocos Bar & Pool located at the beach area.


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El Silencio Lodge & Spa - A Unique Bajos del Toro Wedding Venue

El Silencio Lodge - A Unique Costa Rica Wedding Destination

INTRODUCTION

In our free time, when not photographing weddings in Costa Rica, we take on photography-related projects for us and our company, Arenas Foto Wedding Photography.  Our current project took us to Bajos del Toro where we visited El Silencio Lodge & Spa, a luxury eco resort that specializes in elopements, honeymoons, and weddings.  We met and interviewed Mr. William Viquez, the lodge’s Guest Services Manager, who gave us an extensive tour of the resort and its sites for elopements, wedding ceremonies, receptions, and dinners, as well as access to a suite, and showed us the resort’s most picturesque views unique characteristics.

To help couples like you who are looking for a genuinely unique wedding destination in Costa Rica and overall experience, we organized the information from our interview with Mr. Viquez and from our own research, in addition to the photos we took of the resort, from your perspective, the perspective of a couple researching resorts for their wedding day so you could find the information most relevant to you.  We want you to have a marvelous wedding in an amazing place and to make finding it easier.

LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is located approximately 1.5 hours north of the Juan Santamaria International Airport in the cloud forest in Bajos del Toro, at the southern tip of Parque Nacional Juan Castro Blanco – Juan Castro Blanco National Park.  The lodge offers guest round-trip transportation to the airport and it can organize transportation to and from any of the local sites and activities in Bajos del Toro, as well as other areas such as La Fortuna and Poas.

REPUTATION, HISTORY & DESIGN

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a 4-Star boutique wellness retreat that has been accommodating elopements and weddings for 10 years this December.  Its parent company, Grupo Islita (Island Group), is an independent Costa Rica enterprise dedicated to excellence in hotel management and development, ensuring you have an outstanding experience.  El Silencio Lodge, as with Grupo Islita’s other properties, is known for considering and incorporating nature into its design and into its daily and long-term operations, maintenance, and development for the betterment of Costa Rica and to provide its guests with a unique nature-centric experience in a distinct location.     

Why El Silencio Lodge & Spa is Unique

It location in the mountains and dense cloud forest in Bajos del Toro, where there are many breathtaking waterfalls, make the lodge a quiet, serene, and beautiful destination for weddings and elopements.  The way the lodge and its wedding venues, upscale spa, guest rooms and other sites were incorporated into the environment ensures you have direct and constant contact with nature.  Additionally, El Silencio Lodge produces much of its own food onsite on its organic farm to ensure guests have high quality, fresh, organic food and to reduce its environmental impact.     

River in cloud forest behind guest Reception Building at El Silencio Lodge & Spa in Bajos del toro.

Best Time for an El Silencio Lodge & Spa Wedding 

In planning when and where you tie the knot, especially if it’s a destination wedding, the weather and when the busy and slow seasons are important factors to consider as they can affect your overall experience and the cost and availability of travel and accommodations.

THE Climate & Weather

Since the lodge is located in the cloud forest covering highland mountains, rain is probable at any time of the year.  May through December is the rainy season – the winter – with September and October receiving the most rainfall and it falling off in December.  January through April receive the least rainfall.  The average temperature is 66º F, which falls after sundown, and which contributes to the mist or fog that envelope the mountains frequently.       

BUSY / SLOW SEASONS

In Costa Rica, the busy season is from mid December to late April, which coincides with the summer.  The slow season is from May through mid December, which is also the rainy season.  In addition to experiencing more tourists in the busy season, many Costa Ricans vacation at this time as well, further reducing the availability and increasing the cost of accommodations. 


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WEDDING PLANNING SERVICES & PROVIDERS

To help you plan your El Silencio Lodge wedding or elopement, the lodge has an in-house wedding planner on site.  Their wedding organizer will create a custom wedding or elopement package tailored to your needs and will provide you with a list of recommended providers – the florist, baker, officiant, photographer, videographer, and entertainment – upon request.  El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a magical location to say I do, and its staff wants nothing more than to make sure you have an amazing and memorable wedding day and stay.

BRIDAL PREPARATION SERVICES

You can have your wedding day makeup applied, your hair styled, a manicure, a pedicure or both done all in your guest room.

WEDDING CEREMONIES – TYPES & SIZES

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a spectacular venue for nature-inspired elopements, intimate wedding ceremonies, and medium to small events, given its surroundings, intimate size of its venues, and emphasis on being a wellness retreat.  The lodge can accommodate all types of weddings, from traditional, non-traditional, culturally specific weddings to civil ceremonies with up to 60 guests. 

ACCOMMODATIONS

El Silencio Lodge and Spa has a total of 20 guest rooms, 16 Suites, 2 Master Suites, and 4 Villas, which can accommodate between 40-60 guests depending on the size of the group staying in each room.  The rooms are a mixture of freestanding luxury suites and private villas interspersed in the hillsides of the cloud forest, affording you and your guests privacy and amazing views.  For your wedding day or elopement, they can make any of their lodging options into a honeymoon suite.

Here is a detailed list and description of their guest rooms.  On the day of our photo session, only one guest room was available.  The photos will give you an accurate impression of the design, amenities, quality of finishings, and views you can expect in any room.    

1. Riverside Suites

These suites, situated near the river running through the lodge’s property, are nicely finished and have luxury amenities.  Each has beautiful wood floors, multiple large windows with wonderful views of the river, cloud forest, and mountains, a king bed and two twin day beds, large sliding glass doors that open to a gorgeous wood deck with wood rocking chairs facing the river, a large bathroom with dual bowl sinks and a walk-in natural stone shower, and a heated private covered outdoor hot tub. 

2. Suites – Standard Accommodations

As with the Riverside Suite, El Silencio’s standard suite comes with a king-sized bed and two twin day beds, a wood deck with handcrafted wood rocking chairs where your wedding guests can take in amazing view of the mountains and cloud forest, a large bathroom with a natural stone vanity and dual sinks, as well as an outdoor heated whirlpool. 

 3. Master Suites

The Master Suites, the lodge’s newest guest room addition, has two bedrooms – a master bedroom with a king bed and a second room with two full beds – with a shared bathroom, which is ideal for your wedding guests who wish to stay as a group.  It has beautiful wood floors, the similar luxury finishings, a heated hot tub outside, wonderful views of the river, cloud forest, and mountains, and can accommodate up to 6 guests.

4. Private Villas

The Private Villas at El Silencio Lodge & Spa are amazing house-like accommodations if you plan on having an extended wedding adventure or if your wedding guests want more comfortable accommodations.  Up to 6 people can stay in a villa, which feature a spacious living area between a master bedroom with a king bed and full bathroom, and a second bedroom with two double beds, each of which have an elegantly designed and finished full bathroom.  From anywhere in the villa, there are panoramic views of the mountains and cloud forest and, outside, under an extended roof, there is a heated whirlpool. 

Wedding Event Sites - Ceremony, REception, Dinner

El Silencio Lodge & Spa has a variety of amazing locations – open-air, covered, and indoor – throughout the resort for your elopement, wedding ceremony, reception, and dinner, from riverside venues to a pavilion hidden in the rainforest. 

* If planning on having a wedding reception in Las Ventanas Restaurant, the lodge requires you to rent all guest rooms to assure you and your guests complete and exclusive use of the restaurant.  

1. Orchids Platform – Elopements, Ceremonies, Dinner

A lovely setting for an elopement or small wedding of no more 8 people is the covered platform in the cloud forest behind the Reception Building.  Located right next to a river, the soothing sound of rushing water envelops the platform, making it even more intimate.  It is also an excellent site for a romantic dinner for newlyweds on, before, or after their wedding day. 

2. Cloud Forest Lawn – Ceremonies

For weddings with no more than 60 guests, the lawn area near the resort’s main building is a great open-air option.  It is near the resort’s river, on the other side of which there is dense cloud forest, has great views of the mountains, and is a very short walk to the main restaurant for your reception. On the lawn, they construct a wood deck on the area where your wedding ceremony takes place.

3. Las Ventanas Terrace – Wedding Ceremonies

At the rear of Las Ventanas Restaurant, there is a tiered wood deck that is great for intimate wedding ceremonies of 25 or fewer guests.  The deck faces the river and cloud forest and has views of mountains.  Between the deck and the river there is a large stone fire pit that is a nice addition for evening and night weddings. 

4. Las Ventanas Restaurant – Wedding Receptions & Dinners 

Las Ventanas Restaurant (Windows Restaurant) is the primary location for wedding receptions and dinners.   It Consists of a dinner section and a bar area whose furniture can be removed to make space for a dancing area.  It’s a wonderful venue for reception given its glass walls are mostly windows allowing for great views of the forest and mountains.  Both areas have a romantic ambiance due to the low lighting, wood floors wood floors, wood tables, and attractive table settings.

5. Hierba Buena Restaurant – Wedding Receptions & Dinners  

Yerba Buena Restaurant (Good Grass Restaurant) is Located about 200 meters from Las Ventanas, El Silencio Lodge & Spa has a second restaurant that can accommodate up to 40 guests that is a more informal dining experience.  Similar to Las Ventanas, Yerba Buena has glass walls and views of the cloud forest and mountains.

6. Riverside Deck – Elopements, Ceremonies, & Romantic Lunches  

Riverside Deck, about a 10-minute’s walk from Las Ventanas Restaurant, is a beautiful venue for an elopement or a small ceremony of up to 8 people or a romantic lunch.  The isolated wood deck is perched on the side of a ravine above the river that passes through the resort, and is completely surrounded by cloud forest.    

7. Yoga Platform – Wedding Ceremonies   

In the spa complex, there is a covered pavilion-type structure that is a marvelous location for wedding ceremonies of no more that 50 guests.  The structure is all wood – floors, ceiling, rafters, and columns – and is surrounded by rainforest, making it a very secluded and tranquil space, which is why it is ideal for yoga.     


Is El Silencio Lodge your ideal wedding location?


Organic Farm

El Silencio Lodge & Spa has and organic farm onsite, ensuring guests have fresh, pesticide-free, delicious foods.  You can choose between from freshwater trout raised in the lodge’s aerated pond or chicken from its large chicken coup.  In their greenhouse, they grow a variety of lettuces, herbs, vegetables and peppers to complete your dish.   

ACTIVITIES

Before and after your wedding at El Silencio Lodge & Spa, there are many activities to engage in and sights to see at the lodge and in Bajos del Toro, from nature hikes to rappelling, from gastronomical adventures to painting nature-inspired designs. 

AT THE RESORT

For nature lovers, there is a tree planting activity to help offset their carbon footprint, a hike on its cloud-forest trails and humming bird garden to see a variety of humming birds, other exotic birds and other creatures, as well as flowers and plants, or a one-hour hike to mystical waterfalls.  For more active adventures, there is horseback riding and an adventure park where you can experience the thrill and wonder of zip-lining over the forest canopy and rappel the face of the of a waterfall. 

Afterwards, have a private romantic dinner on its private riverside deck, enjoy a wine-tasting session given by its Sommelier, watch a session covering the history of coffee in Costa Rica, or take a cooking class with their Chef to learn how to prepare traditional Costa Rican dishes made from the vegetables and herbs you pick from their organic garden.  For the artist in you, learn how to create the traditional decorative and colorful patterns based on nature that are traditionally painted on oxcarts.  There really is something for everyone. 

Off Site - Bajos del Toto & Beyond

There are many other amazing sights and activities in Bajos del Toro and beyond.  In Bajos del Toro, you will find quite a few spectacular waterfalls, some of which have hypnotic blue water that will leave you in awe, a private orchid garden, a visit to a resident’s home who will teach you how to make hand-made tortillas, a trip to a coffee or a cocoa bean plantation, or to Sarchí, a town known for its woodworking and traditional oxcart manufacturing. 

Tesoro Escondido Waterfall in Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica.

Esencia Spa

Relax in El Silencio’s luxury spa hidden in the cloud forest surrounding the lodge.  As an experienced spa therapist uses natural Costa Rican ingredients in conjunction with massage and relaxation techniques and body wraps to help you unwind for your wedding day, a calming symphony of flowing water, breezes, and from exotic birds singing will entertain your senses.

AMBIANCE

Isolated in and surrounded by dense cloud forest through which a river flows, the lodge is a very tranquil place and experience that inspires one to interact with nature and easily forget about daily life.  In some ways, it feels as if it were a small nature preserve with its walking trails in the forest populated with a multiplicity of exotic and beautiful creatures and plants, and its luxurious and discretely located guest rooms and common areas.


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