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“Unforgettable experience!” 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
Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
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“Unforgettable experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Our group of 11 (7 adults and 4 kids ages 7-10) had an incredible week long stay at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort last month. It is truly an amazing place and it is sure to leave its mark on you. The setting is paradise with plenty of wildlife to see as you stroll the paths of this lovely resort. The staff in the restaurant and at the front desk are incredibly friendly and efficient while the housekeeping staff delight with fun towel creations each day. We enjoyed the beach, pool and relaxed further by doing yoga in the stunning studio with ocean views. Michelle was a great instructor, very welcoming and patient with our 2 girls. The food is fresh, healthy, beautifully presented and very satisfying with many options to choose from. We also loved the fact that the Ylang Ylang is separated by the short walk into Montezuma. It's far enough removed to feel like a secret hideaway but close enough to enjoy the village as well. Really incredible…the Pura Vida spirit of Costa Rica is definitely felt here and I can not recommend Ylang Ylang enough.

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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Marble Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I have been to Costa Rica several times and stayed at many places. Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is by far the best place to stay in Costa Rica. There are so many things to do in the little town of Montezuma, just up the Beach, that you do not have to drive all over Costa Rica to find something for the whole family to enjoy. Everything is right there from Horseback riding on the beach, hiking up to waterfalls, snorkeling, scuba diving, 4-wheeler tours, deep sea fishing or just relaxing at Ylang Ylang's beautiful swimming pool. My husband and I are in our very active 60's and we could do it all.
Ylang Ylang has the most awesome food i have ever eaten and great outdoor atmosphere. The staff is wonderful and very helpful. If you like being waited on this is the place for you.
lynda plumlee, Marble Falls, Texas

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ellsworth, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Paradise! Our third year in a row coming to Ylang ylang beach resort. It hurts to think we have to wait a hear to come back. Amazing owners and professional staff at a 5 star (in our opinion), resort where we feel like family. Travelled all our life so that we could discover different experiences. Montezuma has everything we need! We own catering business and work very long hard hours all year, and this is our reward. Thank you to the owners/family, and the entire staff for once again a perfect vacation. See you in just less than a year.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in February 2014. The entire experience was amazing! We had lunch at their sister hotel El Sano Bano in the village, and then were whisked by high end SUV through the village and along the beach approach to Ylang Ylang. It was mysterious and breathtaking and first impressions were magical! We stayed in beach front bungalow Dome #1, it was filled with character an charm (reminiscent of a hobbit house), the views were amazing, terrific patio with comfortable furniture and very private. The pool was steps away (no noise from it though) and the water was warm and inviting with a cascading waterfall feature. The grounds are amazing and the beach beautiful. Not recommeded to swim out front as the waves are quite large, but my husband and I did sunrise wave jumping on our second morning when it was calmer. We highly recommend this property as a unique boutique style hotel which oozes charm, character and amazing service!

Room Tip: Beachfront Dome1 is close to everything, yet still very private.
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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san diego,ca
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My wife and 2 friends went to MONTEZUMA and stayed at Ylang Ylang resort. I have been all over Costa Rica and this is one of my favorite places to stay.. MONTEZUMA is a great small town not like a lot of other tourist towns in Costa Rica . The resort is not accessible by car . You are picked up in town by a range rover and driven down the beach to the resort they have a special permit to drive on the sand to there resort. There was so many monkeys and other animals in the jungle right in front of our bungalos. Monkeys on our patio. The accommodations were very nice and the food was great. This is probably not a place that people that are use to staying at the 4 seasons would want to come to. But at that I would say you should not be in Costa Rica. You are there for Pura VIda as the Costa Ricans say. The bungalows are air conditioned and there is a nice pool with waterfall. You can get a bungalow up in the forest or a beach bungalow. I would recommend the jungle and you can see the ocean a little also

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Staunton, Virginia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We spent 4 nights in February. We stayed both in a cottage--Coco Joe's--and in a Dome. The cottage, tucked into the forest, was large and comfortable with a large porch and an outdoor shower which was very refreshing. We had a view of the beach and our own hammocks. The Dome was smaller, but still quite comfortable. We had an indoor and an outdoor shower here. Both breakfast and candlelit dinners are included in the room price. The menu for both is extensive and well-prepared. There is a pool with a refreshing waterfall and the property has easy beach accessibility--walk out of your room, down a short path and onto the beach. It is an easy, but hot, walk to the town of Montezuma for shopping and lunching. One warning. Do not try to drive to this hotel! Our driver tried and got stuck in the sand. Go to Sano Banano, a sister hotel and restaurant in Montezuma, call Ylang Ylang, and they will come pick you up in their Land Rover. In short, this was an excellent place to stay, and the "green" philosophy of the owners added to the ambience.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Nevada City, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

My wife and I have travelled extensively over our 32 years together, but never have we had the pleasure of staying anywhere like Ylang Ylang. At first it seemed a bit out of our price range, but we decided to splurge for our last few days in Costa Rica. It felt like we died and went to heaven! We had a little dome with a private beach, which we could see from our bed. We were lulled to sleep by the ocean. We had frequent visits from monkeys. As a retired solar engineer, I really appreciated that YY is partly solar powered. We took several yoga classes from Diane which were wonderful. Maybe the best feature was the restaurant which served awesome gourmet meals (breakfast and dinner were included in the price). This way easily the best place we have ever stayed. Hope to return soon.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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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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