We had a fantastic stay at Ylang. We stayed first in Dome 6, which, although away from the beach, boasted fabulous wildlife watching. White-faced monkeys came in every evening to sleep in the trees directly above us, and guatusas and iguanas abounded. We switched to Coco Joe's the last two night (we booked late, and our bungalow wasn't available the full week), which has a beautiful view of the beach from the porch. We ate breakfast and dinner at the restaurant; the food was absolutely delicious, and the menu quite varied. We were a little worried about not having air conditioning, but found we really didn't need it, and even used a blanket some nights.
All of the staff was wonderful. Due to problems with our flight, we didn't arrive until almost midnight, but we had been in contact with Ylang continuously, and Mario was waiting for us in town to take us to the resort. Throughout our stay, all of the staff was marvelous and bent over backwards to make us feel welcome.
We didn't leave the resort except to walk into town, do a zipline tour, and do some hiking close to the resort. I took advantage of the yoga classes and massage, and enjoyed both. The beach at the hotel itself was very nice, although it is rocky, and not the best place for swimming. However, the water is very warm, and the views beautiful. Playa Grande is about a 25 minute walk, and is a beautiful, flat beach with lots of space to swim or boogie board.
There are bugs. They're not terrible, but if you can't deal with some local wildlife in your room (including ants, grasshoppers, and geckos), then you shouldn't stay here. There are no screens on the windows. We didn't need the mosquito netting, although it made us feel a little more secure after meeting a giant grasshopper in our room the first night. There's no in-room phone or TV. Again, there's plenty to do without these things, but if you want to feel "connected", this isn't the place to stay. We did use the wi-fi, and it worked perfectly.
Our only complaint was the terrible beach chairs! There are hammocks which are quite comfortable, but it would have been nice to sit on a comfortable chair on the beach, sip a tropical drink, and watch the tide come in. The pool too is a little small; it can be hard to get a chair in the middle of th day in busy season.
If you want a place to get away from it all, eat great food, and relax, this is it. If you want an all inclusive resort that is pure luxury, this isn't it. (Think swim-up bars). Personally, I was thrilled with Ylang, and I would return with no hesitation. It was fantastic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This family-owned resort is known for its natural tropical beauty, variety of wildlife roaming the grounds and outstanding customer service. Located a 10-15 minute walk on the beach from Montezuma, one will find romantic Beach Front Bungalows with A/C, a Spa nestled in the jungle, and a tropical pool edged by waterfalls. If you're looking to get away, this is the getaway place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ylang Ylang Beach Hotel Montezuma
- Ylang Beach Hotel
- Ylang Beach Resort