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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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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toronto
2 reviews
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 

Shoreline, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2009

I am in love with Ylang-Ylang. Being our first trip to Costa Rica, we were not sure what to expect. It turned our to be beyond our every expectation. The location, the town of Montezuma, the staff (Oscar and Tammy were just great!), and especially the food, were all terrific. I have never eaten so much in my life. We... More 

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New York City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2009

This resort is on the edge of a beautiful beach. The restaurant area is gorgeous and the food is excellent. Awesome pool area (though no one enforces the no smoking rule and everyone there was smoking). We did have a few problems with the staff (accidentally kept my credit card - don't worry I got it back!, and getting working... More 

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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2009

We stayed 3 nights for our honeymoon. Overall we enjoy montezuma beach and had an interesting stay. This is not meant to be a harsh review, but I will say that considering the high price, this place disappoints in some areas. The best thing about the place is that it is located at the end of the beach with lots... More 

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Ottawa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2009

Words cannot properly express how great this place is. A perfect setting on the end of the Montezuma beach - you actually have to walk 5-10 minutes down the beach just to get to the hotel as there are no roads to it (don't worry - they use a jeep to bring your luggage to and from). Unbelievably well landscaped... More 

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Mesa,AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2009

We were fortunate enough to experience a truly wonderful time in our lives when we got married on the beach at Ylang Ylang this past February. We had done a lot of research over the past year but had never traveled to Costa Rica let alone Montezuma .So for us to plan the biggest day of our lives without seeing... More 

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Boston, MA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

We've spent many hours planning our honeymoon trip to Costa Rica around our intent to stay at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. We finally filled out their reservation form and were informed that they are not open during September and October, despite saying nothing about this on their website. Their website includes a lists of rates during the "Green Season"... More 

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Port Hope Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2009

Ten years ago, we travelled to Montezuma while we were staying at another Hotel in Tambor. We had read about Ylang Ylang in the guidebooks and wanted to check it out for future trips. Back then, it was in it's infancy, no restaurant, a few domes, but the place was so special, we vowed to come back one day. Well,... More 

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Huddersfield
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2009

I visited with my husband (a keen bird watcher and general nature-lover) and our two sone aged 9 and 6. We stayed for 4 nights and are looking forward to returning. Let me get the one minor negative out of the way first: we stayed in JK5, a beach-front suite, and found that we could hear most of what went... More 

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california
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2009

Sitting in El Sano Banano after eating a meal we (fiance and I) were approached by the owner of the establishment, Patricia, who promoted the upcoming Valentines Day festivities at her upscale resort, Ylang Ylang. "Hurry and get a reservation" she said, and we did, a 2 night stay in a suite ($230/night!) to guarantee our place for the evening.... More 

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

Dear visitors, I was seriously sad to see your review on trip advisor and I first want to apologize for this unusual experience. When I mentioned to you that we had a special Valentines day activity, I did not know we were going to have such a serious problem in the kitchen that night with 2 of our main cooks... More 

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