Oh, I’m so jealous that you are reading this now and about to go to Ylang Ylang and we’ve just come back. We went for our 10 year anniversary and picked this resort specifically for the vegetarian food options, the yoga, and the private bungalows. It certainly exceeded our expectations! The pictures do not do the resort justice! Our ocean bungalow/dome was surrounded by so much lush greenery; it was completely private. From our lanai, all we could see was jungle and ocean. The food was mind-blowing (every single dish!), the yoga room was epic, the grounds were magical, it was such an amazing rainforest/ocean experience all while being at a peaceful and beautiful resort.
The customer service and staff is top notch. I was blown away by the warmth of the Costa Rican people in general and Ylang Ylang certainly employs the best of the best! We are delighted with the front desk, particularly Alejandra and Jeffry. Eric, your driver who picks you up, is the happiest guy on the planet, possibly, and really starts the trip off right.
And then the restaurant staff! You will get 5 star treatment from Christian, who has the best beer pour ever and belongs at any fine dining establishment in the world. Irvine, who was brand new from El Sano Banano to Ylang Ylang was wonderful and we hope he stays at Ylang Ylang! And then last, but really at the top of our list, is Rafa, who we now really consider a friend. Rafa’s warm spirit and hospitality and customer service, really shined! He is so much more than a great server, such a great human being. We were lucky to become friends and also have him as our private waiter for the romantic dinner on our last night at the resort…what a memory!
The spa is unlike any spa you will ever visit. Being up in the rainforest almost made me want to trade my ocean dome for a jungle dome….amazing experience, you HAVE to get a spa treatment!
On a logistical note, we chose to fly, which all went very smoothly, since luckily weather permitted, but did slightly delay our take-off. Then we rented a car and kept it at El Sano, we were happy about both those decisions. Also, when we went the waves were huge and beach out front was not swimmable, but that didn’t take away from our experience. We explored other beaches, did hikes, zip linlining, and loooooved their pool.
As another review I read said, stop your search here and just go to Ylang Ylang. Assuming you are like us and don’t want some high-rise, jam packed with people, long buffet line resort, and prefer private bungalows and a peaceful resort with amazing people and food, then this is your place…epic, epic, epic.
- 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