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Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Montezuma Beach | 10-12 minute walk North along the beach, Montezuma 00000, Costa Rica (Formerly El Sano Banano Beach Hotel)
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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89 reviews 89 reviews
26 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Coming from SJO you easily take the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera, from there another 60min drive on non-tarmacked but OK roads. You leave your car in Montezuma town, on a parking owned by a hotel and are shuttled to the YYBR. Nice landing. Our Bungalow (D2) is facing the beach/ocean, palm tress around, all sunshine, perfect! The room itself... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I found Ylang Ylang searching for a hotel with vegan options, and we were not disappointed. The staff helped us set up excursions well in advance, including both arriving from Arenal and leaving from Tambor, and were always very attentive. The grounds are great for exploring, and the beach is great both for swimming (the surf is... More

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San Francisco
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

i feel bad writing a not great review, but the aesthetics at the hotel are horrible-- akin to disney land & that's not an exaggeration. The rates were not inexpensive-- if it was then i would have felt a lot better about the experience. We went from a gorgeous hotel in santa teresa (latitude 10), which didn't cost much more,... More

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uumatter, Owner at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Neenz, It is unfortunate, but since the moment of your arrival we were unable to acquiesce to your needs. You arrived at our sister hotel, El Sano Banano, at 10:30 in the morning and immediately wanted to be driven out to Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. You did not call us to ask for an early check-in nor did you,... More

Nottingham, England
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can not fault the ylang ylang, from the moment you are picked up and have a drink on arrival, the service is amazing. Nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in a tent cabin, which is a little on the cosy side but perfectly adequate. The bathroom was big and the veranda overlooked the beach which was great. The... More

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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ylang Ylang is by far,-one of my favourite places. The staff is amazing, food is excellent (raw, vegan, vegetarian, and they only serve poultry), you can have your own private garden or beachfront bungalow. We had the beachfront hut which was perfect - we got up each morning about 5:30 and with coffees, took our 20 steps to the beach... More

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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had absolutely NO COMPLAINTS at all about the Ylang-Ylang, it was pure magic! Although we'd planned excursions, we didn't need to leave the resort at all- it had everything we needed right there. We stayed in the garden bungalow which was perfect and private for our honeymoon. There are jungle trails, ocean, pool, INCREDIBLE FOOD (2... More

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are looking for a large all-inclusive resort this is not the place. This is a small hotel that perfectly fits the description of tropical paradise. Each room is its own bungalo with total privacy, surrounded by trees, flowers and beaches. We stayed in a beach front bungalo and loved it. In the late afternoons the monkeys come out... More

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Estes Park, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our favorite place to visit in Costa Rica. We normally stay at the sister resort El Sano Banano and then treat ourselves with a stay at Ylang Ylang. We stayed in the beachfront dome (Iguana) and enjoyed the wonderful beach from the hammocks in front. The pool is great and even though I am not the lounging type... More

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Bristow, VA
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Stayed for a full week in early june 2014. Amazing location, outstanding service, excellent food. Stayed in beachfront bungalow- agree with previous reviewer- fell asleep and woke up to sounds of the ocean. Did horseback beach ride and had spa treatment... both were excellent experiences. Both of us are experienced travelers, both agree, overall excellent value for location and services... More

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Frederick, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My now husband and I spent 7 nights at Ylang Ylang for our Honeymoon in June. Ylang Ylang was much better than portrayed on the website! We were blown away by the beauty of the resort! The food was out of this world and we miss it! Service was top notch. It seriously felt like our own private beach. We... More

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Address: Montezuma Beach | 10-12 minute walk North along the beach, Montezuma 00000, Costa Rica (Formerly El Sano Banano Beach Hotel)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ylang Ylang Beach Resort 3.5*
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Ylang Ylang Beach Hotel Montezuma
Ylang Beach Hotel
Ylang Beach Resort

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#1 Romantic Hotel in Montezuma #1 On the Beach Hotel in Montezuma
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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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