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Ylang Ylang Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Montezuma
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Connecticut
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“Fantastic stay”
Reviewed 31 March 2008

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.

  • Liked — The food
  • Disliked — Beach chairs
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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North Hollywood, CA
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Reviewed 29 March 2008

Although the walk to the hotel across the beach CAN be hot and tiring (especially if you're carrying any shopping!) - about 10 to 15 min. -- it is worth it once you get there. It's actually nice to not have cars allowed (you have to leave yours in town - gaurd watching supposedly). We stayed in a Beach Suite - very nice - as well as Private Bungalow #7 (VERY nice, but jungle view - no ocean - #7 anyway). This place has wonderful food and FABULOUS juices (dinner and breakfast is included). And everyone is very nice. Great place to stay! Also - take the 20-30 min. walk north along the water (start near the suites) -- to Playa Grande -- you won't be disappointed!

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Haliburton
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Reviewed 20 March 2008

Wows across the board. Loved every part of it. Feel free to contact me about anything as I'm sure you don't want to read me gushing about ylang ylang for the next day or so.

Pura vida

p.s Thanks Daniel.

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Etobicoke
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Reviewed 12 March 2008

We just returned from 2 weeks in Costa Rica. We stayed 4 nights at Ylang Ylang and they were the best of our whole trip. The arranged driver picked us up at the airstrip in Tambor and provided nice commentary on the trip to Ylang Ylang. And then we transferred to the Land Rover for the short ride from the town.
What a fabulous place! Be sure to specify one of the 4 dome cottages on the water. They are great! The sound of the surf pounding lulled us to sleep every night - and the monkeys came round to play several times.The pool is not big but very nice and lots of lounges around. And the FOOD!! We've never had better in a resort anywhere. We went everyday wondering what new culinary experience to try. (Note there is no beef or pork on the menu - but sushi, fish, chicken, pasta and vegen more than make up). And the staff were friendly and well trained. The beach is good but a short 15 minute walk away led us to a spectacular (and deserted) beach with lovely sand and gently rolling waves - perfect for swimming and sunning. There's not a lot to the town of Montezuma but we got some souvenirs to bring home.
And then it was on to the taxi boat over to Jaco Beach and on with our trip.
We can't wait to go back and will stay at least a week next time

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  • Disliked — the ride from town
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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orlando,fl
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Reviewed 8 March 2008

This a beautiful property. Our 2nd time there, and we are booked for a week next year.
Our group had Jungle 1,2,3. lodging is comfortable and peaceful. did have trouble sleeping a few nights because of the ocean noise.
food is great and the grounds are beautiful.
We enjoy the town of montezuma.
Try it-you will like it.
retiredbum

  • Liked — food and beach
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 4 March 2008

My husband and I recently eloped at Ylang Ylang beach resort and it was absolutely PERFECT. The setting was simply unbeatable - jungle and ocean right outside our door - and everything else was impeccable too. Everything went smoothly, from our initial email contact with the hotel to our wedding day and after. It was all so easy! I just told them what I wanted and they arranged it for us - all we had to do was show up. They even provided a great hair-and-makeup artist and a fantastic photographer too. Patricia, the owner, and her friend Nadia also prepared some charming decorations and the most beautiful bridal bouquet for me. Our wedding day was totally stress-free and amazing. And it was a good deal too!

We stayed in beach bungalow #2. I adore the beach bungalows, they feel so secluded and lovely. You can barely even see adjacent bungalows when you're standing on your patio, so you really get the feeling of being away from others. The bungalows are surrounded by tropical foliage and flowers, and sometimes monkeys come down to play!

It's really amazing how well the owners have combined the excellent food and service of a high-end hotel with a natural setting and low-key accommodations. For me, it is the perfect place to have a honeymoon - or any other vacation.

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  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Western North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2008

Ylang Ylang was the location of our fairytale wedding on Feb. 16, 2008. Twenty of our closest friends and family members joined us for the occasion. The group was in Costa Rica from Feb 13 to the 28th and Montezuma was our first stop. Some of our group stayed at Ylang Ylang and others stayed at their sister hotel, Sano Banano and a few stayed at other hotels.

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort (Feb 14th - 18th)

After our horrible experience with Sansa Airlines we were happily greeted by Eduardo (Ylang Ylang's preferred shuttle driver) and driven to Sano Banano. We arrived at Sano Banano hot and tired from our trip. Mario, the shuttle driver for Ylang Ylang, was a total pleasure! We knew from the moment we met him we were going to the right place! He was wonderful with our 6 year old and has the amazing ability to make everyone comfortable (even in the Tropical heat!) and happy. He is an asset to this resort, for sure! Our first impression was spot on!

Ylang Ylang is absolutely beautiful. As beautiful as the images are on their website (and here as well), nothing could prepare us for the "whole picture." The grounds are meticulously cared for and lush with tropical foliage. The landscaping was truly breathtaking. The resort was also much larger then we envisioned. A real slice of heaven on earth.

We stayed in Dome #5 "Colibri" (2 queen size beds) which is a little bigger then Domes 1-4, but lacked an inside shower. The outdoor shower really added an exotic touch. The outside shower is pretty dark at night so ask the restaurant for one of their hurricane candle lanterns.... talk about romantic!!! Dome #5 is not lined in front of the ocean as the other domes but you can still see the ocean and hear the wonderful sound of the crashing waves. Breathtaking! We loved the location of this Dome and it will be our choice when we return. It was bit more private since it did not have domes on either side and we loved having the forest behind us which was home to so many animals and lizards.

The bed had a mosquito net but there was no need to use it during our stay. We had an occasional spider on the wall and a visiting crab during our stay.... but nothing biting or annoying. The ocean breeze and the trees kept the dome at a pleasant temperature and the cool nights were cool enough to warrant blankets. An air conditioner unit was NOT necessary and would greatly diminish the ambiance. Ylang Ylang's decision not to put A/C units in the domes was a good one in our opinion. Everyday the dome is furnished with fresh flowers and towel designs that are beautiful and make you feel extra special. The day of our wedding our dome was covered in flower petals.

The restaurant at Ylang Ylang was Out-of-this-World Fabulous! We were worried that since dinner was included in the rates that we would miss out on local fare. We found no need to venture to other restaurants. Every dish was a stroke of genius and equally delicious. The Sea Bass was incredible. My new husband does not like seafood and he found himself ordering seafood every night during our stay. Perfection! The Huevos Rancheros were our favorite breakfast item! Our 6 year old was absolutely crazy over the Banana Pancakes!

The swimming pool was one of our favorite hang outs. The pool side service was spectacular and the mixed drinks were scrumptious. Danny can make a mean mojito folks!!!! DH says to order a Monkey Business! The kids loved the pool and jumping off the waterfall.

The couples massage is a must-do item. Trixie was awesome and the woman (forgot her name) who worked on my new husband was equally as good. Trixie managed to fix the problem I was having with my ears after the Sansa flight (due to a preexisting medical condition)!!!

Once we were at Ylang Ylang we really felt no desire or need to venture off the grounds. Aside from walks, Isla Tortuga and a couple visits to town we were completely satisfied to stay on our oasis. The stacked rocks and fresh water (natural) pool was as far as we ventured to the right and town was as far as we ventured to the left.

The employees at Ylang Ylang are top notch! In fact, they were the best group of people we met during our entire stay in Costa Rica. Julie and Moraya were always at the front desk, and filled our every request with big smiles. We were so sad to leave Ylang Ylang and our new "friends" but thought we would think the same about our other destinations. Although we loved everywhere we went, we never left with that feeling again. In fact, a day never went by where we did not wish we were back at Ylang Ylang.


Ylang Ylang set up the Isla Tortuga tour (Zuma Tours) for our whole group and I would highly recommend the tour.

Since our wedding itinerary is listed online and our wedding was broadcast live on the internet we have received a significant amount of emails asking about having a wedding at Ylang Ylang. Following are our comments of our Ultra-Fabulous Wedding at Ylang Ylang.

We could not have found the most perfect place in the world to get married! Kaya was proficient in asking for and fulfilling all my requests. Patricia was amazing! She was very organized and the wedding was so professionally run there was barely a chance to stress. The flowers were phenomenal and the words that Juan Carlos Fonseca Herrera, the officiant, spoke were moving and sentimental. There was not a dry eye on the beach! The service was on the sand with the ocean as our backdrop. Guitar was played by our talented guest, Wayne H. The wedding was broadcast live on the internet using a laptop computer and camcorder. The broadcast was watched by over 100 people in various parts of the world. Lee photographed every step of the way and he has a great eye! We had a buffet reception prepared by the same amazing chef! The food was plentiful, fresh, beautifully presented and delicious The wedding cakes were works of culinary art. Several of our guests stated that if they could get married all over again, they would have had our wedding. Flawless! We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful, touching and meaningful wedding.

Obviously from my review we were happy with every aspect of our stay. I noticed a few reviews that marked that the place was not kid friendly and I do want to state that these guest must not have had children along for the ride. The children in our group ( 6 and 7 years old) along with the children of other guests, had a blast! Also, of all the places we stayed in CR, we allowed our 6 year old more freedom at Ylang Ylang. We felt safe and secure.... and among family! Pura Vida!

  • Liked — Location and Staff!
  • Disliked — That we couldn't stay longer
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Ylang Ylang Beach Resort
Address: Montezuma Beach | 10-12 minute walk North along the beach, Montezuma 00000, Costa Rica (Formerly El Sano Banano Beach Hotel)
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Montezuma
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ylang Ylang Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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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