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.
- 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