Grupo Islita's El Silencio Lodge & Spa Recognized with Condé Nast's Readers' Choice Award

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An independent boutique resort in Costa Rica named as one of the Best 20 Resorts in Central & South America according to Condé Nast Traveler's readership.

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Grupo Islita’s El Silencio Lodge & Spa recognized as one of the Best 20 Resorts in Central & South America, with a score of 95.27

“We receive the news with grateful enthusiasm, thanking our friends for taking the time to celebrate and share our hospitality with Condé Nast Traveler. Providing an exemplary retreat where life, nature, and culture are celebrated is a true honor”, commented Grupo Islita’s Managing Director, Karin Zurcher.

More than 300,000 dedicated readers – nearly twice as many as last year -- cast votes for 7,394 hotels, 606 cities, 500 cruise ships, and 236 islands, in an average survey time of 8.4 minutes. The result? The 1,402 best travel experiences in the world.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an intimate wellness retreat set in Costa Rica’s central volcanic region. Its 500-acre cloud forest reserve, waterfalls, healthy menu, spa, eco-adventure park, and premium amenities offer a natural immersion experience that reflects elements of Costa Rica’s traditional rural farms and countryside homes. It is the first Central American property to be included in the Relais & Châteaux curated portfolio of extraordinary hotels and restaurants.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 25, 2016. The full list is published exclusively online, at


About Grupo Islita and El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Grupo Islita is an independent Costa Rican enterprise that develops uniquely authentic hotels and engaging life experiences. Its business model is internationally recognized for being planet-friendly and people-positive.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a world-class boutique hotel embedded between two national parks in Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica. It showcases the country's cloud forest mountains for relaxation and exploration.

Press Contact:
Maria Barquero – +506 8842-6870 outreach(at)grupoislita(dot)com

About Condé Nast Traveler

As the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen’s bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with 6 National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 28-year history. Advertising Age named Pilar Guzmán Editor of the Year in 2014 and attained 4 Webby Awards since 2015.

Press Contact:
Victor De Vita – 212 286 6449 victor_devita(at)condenast(dot)com

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