This place has the potential to be a tropical paradise but there were a couple things that will probably prevent us from going back unless they change...
Good: Secluded, right on the beach rooms. We stayed in both the main building in a suite (only 6 rooms) and in Coco Joe's Bungalow. You constantly here the roar of the ocean from everywhere on the property, even in the shower! The grounds were absolutely amazing. There were monkeys and iguanas everywhere. There were relaxing hammocks right in front of the water.
Great: The FOOD. Many choices, better then many 5 star restaurants I've been to. The juice/iced tea included with the meals were amazing too! I never though I'd say that...The setting of the dining area was beautiful, both during the day watching the waves and at night having a delicious dinner by candlelight.
Bad: The beaches. Full of logs, wood. They cleaned up right in front of the hotel but all the beaches to the left were full of trash and wood, you could barely walk on them. The 10 minute walk on the beach to the hotel was mostly miserable with the wood everywhere. Sometimes you had to walk in the water and the sand was so sticky. We didn't go in the water at all. They don't recommend you go in the water in front of the hotel. We were there during red tide which only affected the water right in front of our hotel one day that we were there but it was nasty...makes the water a reddish color and the whole resort smelled like fish.. They recommend Playa Grande, a beach which was another pretty miserable HOT 20 minute hike down a polluted beach, at times through forest, up and down hills. The beach itself wasn't nice at all...again, full of wood. The water was unimpressive.
Now, for the rooms, the first we went in was the smallest room in the main building, the "Beach Front Room" It was SO tiny...we didn't have anywhere to put our lugguge. It was hot and dim. There was a small patio in the front with table and chairs. We were in there for 10 minutes and I walked down to reception and asked for one of the rooms above the "Beach Front Rooms" which are the "beach front suites" They were larger with a loft and a balcony. All the rooms have the beach right in front of you and the jungle around you. Yet they are all open air, the windows and doors are slotted or just open completely and NO AIR CONDITIONING. It is so humid here. I was constanly covered in sweat, averaging 3 showers a day just for relief. And there are bugs everywhere in your room. I was eaten alive even while sleeping. The beds and all your clothes feel almost moist. Did I mention the bugs? Ants all over the bathrooms (now I saw 3 rooms, and stayed in two...
this was the case in all), spiders, flying things, mosquitos, ghekos, etc. Gross. The last two nights we were in Coco Joes, the most expensive Jungalow...very cute on the outside, but again on the inside...same thing, hot, moist, humid, BUGS BUGS BUGS everywhere. Ants all over the sink, lizards all over the walls...even with the mosquito net around the bed in this place we still got bit. It took a lot away from the enjoyment of the place. Besides for the beach problems mentioned above, this place would be heaven if they rebuilt these rooms and bungalows, made them more enclosed from the outside and less dingy, and had air conditioning. Also want to mention, there is nothing to do after dinner. It gets dark early and even your room doesn't have sufficient light. We were asleep by 8:30-9 every night just from boredom. You could go into town but I can't imagine walking on that beach in the the dark...With the changes mentioned above, I would stay here again, otherwise, the problems with the rooms were too much
- 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