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“Cool place one the beach” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Montezuma
Chicago, Illinois
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“Cool place one the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Here's the most important thing I've written on Tripadvisor - do not try to drive to thsi hotel. Our GPS gave driving directions which ended on the beach, where our 4WD rental got stuck! We'd probably still be there if not for the kindness of the Ticos helping us out. So, ignor the GPS (which is essential for driving in CR) and go to the El Sano Banano hotel in town and register there. Then they'll pick you up and drive you in an appropriate vehicle to this remote hotel.

Now, the hotel itself is really nice. There's a very good restaurant with vegetarian, vegan, sushi and standard fare. Dinner and breakfast were both included with our rooms and all meals were very good. There' a nice pool here and you're also beachside so there's plenty of opportunity to wear your bathing suit. There's also a spa here which we didn't take advantage of.

We had a "dome" cabana which had a nice patio on the ocean. The rooms had a/c and wifi worked well throughout the resort. The dome itself was clean and comfortable, just a little odd but at least it was out of the ordinary. We also had a room in their hotel portion and it was big with a loft and 3 beds. The hotel room also had a beachfront balcony - this was room 6 out of 6. The first 3 rooms are on ground level and the second 3 are above with balconies instead of patios, with better views.

We booked a horseback riding tour through the front desk that went along the beach to a remote beach waterfall. The trip was pretty cool but the tour guide spoke little english and treated his horses poorly. We also hiked to the Montezuma waterfalls which are only about a mile away and definitely worth the time. It was very peaceful and I was the only one on the trail for most of my early morning hike. The beach here is pretty nice but rocky in places, so you need to be careful when swimming, boarding, etc.

The staff was very freindly with good service. In particular, Eric, who will transport you to and from the hotel was exceptionally helpful, friendly and cheerful. The restaurant staff was also very attentive - always a concern with an inclusive type arrangement.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

This resort is very calm and located a short walking distance from town - while mostly honeymooners come here, it's a nice place to kick back and relax. The waiters are friendly and make sure you don't leave hungry. The wine list is confusing and wines that sound similar by name - do not cost the same as it states on the list. The reception staff can be helpless with certain demands - but ultimately you get what you request. Still the tranquility here is a great compromise with nature. The walk into town in the evenings needs to be facilitated by flashlights and takes up to 15 minutes. Thank you for being so helpful during our visit

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

The Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is the perfect place to relive yourself of the hassles of modern life, without sacrificing any creature comforts.

The location alone make the traveler feel like they have made an accomplishment simply by arriving. The town of Montezuma is relatively remote, and the road getting there is lousy, but the laid back feeling and beautiful beaches make it all worth the trip!

Perhaps to most welcome surprise about staying at the Ylang Ylang was the quality of the food, and attention to detail of the waitstaff. I left there with the felling that it was like a visit to a private home, with the kitchen of this resort really being the heart of the matter. The restaurant does daily, well thought out, and perfectly prepared meals, you can sense a great deal of pride is coming from the staff!

After one night in the conventional hotel room, we decided to take an upgrade and move into one of the little private bungalows. These little architectural marvels were just too cool to resist! The beachfront location coupled with a very active and whimsical jungle scene have made for many lasting memories. I would highly recommend booking a private bungalow when stay at the Ylang Ylang!

Really this place offers just about everything that a traveler could want in a resort. The location offers a wide array of rugged coast line combined with long stretches of virtually uninhabited beaches. The town is a funky and eclectic mix, and the local nature and waterfalls can't be beat!
Just keep and an open mind and a willingness to explore, you'll be sure to find something to remember.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

First of all, Montezuma is one of our favorite places in Costa Rica, and we stayed the two first nights in the "center" of Montezuma right across from the town bar, during the night there was a lot of noises both from the music and the monkeys running around on the roof. It didn't really bother us, but once we found YLANG YLANG, we immediately checked us in there. We found the hotell by walking on the beach. The hotel its situated 10 minutes from the town center, and its not a problem to walk, either on the beach or on a small road. The location is wonderful! You get a jungle feeling, as the location is built around a jungle with wild animals such as monkeys, armadillos, iguanas etc (you can never see enough animals there!) The staff was there to welcome us with a welcome dring and was so profesional and caring and caring during our stay. We stayed in one of the bungalows and the view from the terass was fantastic, as was the sounds of the waves. The room and bathrooms were very clean and they have made a fun twist with building the bathroom outside (it has a see-through roof and wooden walls, but it feels like taking a shower in the jungle). There are not a lot of bungalows or rooms, so its not a hotell with a huge amount of people, its perfect. There is a pool area which is really nice and during happy hour they serve drinks and appetizers by the pool. Both the breakfast and dinner is included and the food is delicious! We even tried the couple massage which is really recomendable (alone or with another person). The hotell made us so relaxed it was really hard to go back to busy San José.
The place is for couples, friends and families and we met both young, middle age and elderly people there so its a place for everyone!

We really cant say enough about this place, the experience was fantastic and I know we will be back some day!

Room Tip: The bungalows are perfect!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Ylang Ylang is a different place … It is hard to get there (we drove from Arenal to Montezuma straight), but once you arrive there and start noticing how beautiful the area is, how Ylang Ylang was designed and built around jungle and native forest, the trip was worth it every minute. We stayed at the beach bungalow for honeymoon (the 2nd part of our trip in Costa Rica) and the Pacific with warm water was just 50m on our front. We slept hearing the waves breaking on the shore that close … The restaurant is totally different: wonderful food, with different taste, flavours, organic ingredients and well prepared. It was a splunge on our trip and the best food that we ate. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with gardens and an exotic design. We also went to the beach of Santa Teresa / Mal Pais (50 mins driving) and it was fantastic. We have enjoyed a lot Ylang Ylang and we recommend it 100%. As they wrote on the hotel business card: "if you want to get away, this is the gateway" -- so true … Marcia & Andre.

Room Tip: Several options, but staying on a beach bungalow was superb ..... You hear the waves breaking on the...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This place was an amazing experience. Ylang Ylang was the 2nd stop on our trip and exceed all of expectations. As soon as you check in they give you a refreshing welcome drink that sets the mood for the rhythm at this resort. Time moves slow, the waves and the sounds of nature set the tone for a relaxing experience. Our room was very clean with a beautiful view. The food was amazing and the staff served as if you were at a fine dinning restaurant. They offer yoga classes daily at 8:30 am. The studio is open air with views of the ocean and beach, can't think of a better way to start my day! The town of Montezuma is a short walk down the beach and is also a very chill, laid back town. Loved every minute that we were here. Truly a relaxing retreat! Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

I can't say enough about the stay at Ylang Ylang. It was perfect. It doesn't have a lot of rooms and bungalows so all the staff knows your name and are so helpful and friendly. The food was the best food I've ever had. No joke. Amazing. I loved that we had hammocks outside our bungalows to lay in, the pool was nice and warm, the grounds were beautiful.
We drove from San Jose to Montezuma and was really surprised how dry the Nicoya Peninsula was. It wasn't anything like our following stop in Arenal which is gorgeous green and lush. So just be prepared for an hour drive from Pacquera to Montezuma to be dry and not very pretty. But once you get to the resort it is well worth the drive.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) 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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