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Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

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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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nova Scotias
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2009

Our son was married here and planned the trip so we really just went along! We enjoyed the family most, but a close second was the wedding, then Ylang, ylang itself. We liked it so much we are going back for a much longer stay in the spring. All the good reviews already mentioned are not exaggerated! We stayed in... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

This place was amazing. I kept my expectations down after reading some other reviews. But my expectations were blown away. The staff were awesome. Especially Oscar (waiter) and Marcus (baggage man). Marcus picked us up at their sister resort in Montezuma. He was awesome. Carried all our luggage to and from our room. We had over 8 pieces (thanks in... More 

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Boca Raton,FL
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2009

TRuly Incrediable!! We ended up staying 4 nights instead of our 2 nights planned. We couldn't find anything else that topped this hotel. We were on our honeymoon and the staff was truly amazing. The chef Sanya is a master at what she does, Oscar and Patricia are wonderful servers/bartenders, and Mario-WOW! Anything you need he is there to help.... More 

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Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2009

Amazing. We have travelled Costa Rica extensively and are in the process of building a boutique hotel/wellness center. What we found in Ylang Ylang is almost entirely what we envisioned for our place. Sadly, now we can’t build our center anywhere close to Ylang Ylang, as it’s just that nice (and would be too much of a competitor!) We stayed... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2009

Wow – Ylang Ylang was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Beautiful grounds teeming with wildlife, we didn’t have to leave the comfort of our private, ocean front patio to experience the sights and sounds of howler monkeys, exotic birds and lazy armadillos- and thats just to name a few! The pool is exquisite as well, surrounded by... More 

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Munich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2009

The way that the Beach Resort is located right at the beach with the cabins and rooms in the shade of the palm trees is really outstanding. It only takes a few steps to be at the beach, but, beware, it is dangerous and not recommended to swim or bathe there because of the strong current and the numerous rocks... More 

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

In response to; "beautiful location, but a bit of a rip-off" I had the distinction of speaking to you directly on your departure day in early April and you detailed to me your disapproval of having to pay additional fees attached to your bill. When you found out that your reservation was not made through us directly, we immediately got... More 

Marin County, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2009

I stayed for a week at this fabulous hotel, first in a tent-cabin in the jungle just yards from the beach. Then I moved to one of the cabanas just for fun. They look so magical, almost hand-sculpted, all curvy and romantic... and they each have their own porch just yards from the beach, with hammocks in the palm trees... More 

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Edmonton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2009

My husband and I travelled to the Ylang Ylang for the first part of our honeymoon, following our wedding at Bahia Del Sol(see review.) It's a little hard to find but once you get there, it's well worth the trip. If you are driving in, make sure it's with an SUV and not a car. The rental place gave us... More 

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San Juan Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2009

If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, you should come here! It is a little piece of paradise with your room right in the jungle and the beach a few meters away. The gardens and plantings are a horticultural delight, the wildlife is everywhere, the food is delicious, the staff are delightful and the pool... More 

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toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2009

First, let me say that I use Trip Advisor often to review hotels, but have never taken the time to add a comment of my own. After staying at Ylang, however, I feel compelled to share my experiences with others, to explain how disappointed I was with my time spent there. I should acknowledge my own biases when writing this;... More 

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

I am truly sad to read you were not able to experience the peace and beauty of our area that most guests rave about. Unfortunately, you apparently did not know what to expect, a result of inadequate research regarding your vacation planning. Rather than placing the blame on us, and particularly me, one of the owners, Patricia, all you had... More 

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