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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
Atlanta Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Priceless experience ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

First off this experience was incredible. My wife and son both wanted to consider moving here after our visit.
It makes more sense to utilize the shuttle service from the hotel. My wife, son and I rented a car and it was most cumbersome. Simply finding the place is a task as you have to time everything so that you make the ferry and it becomes somewhat concerning.
Upon arrival we were greeted well and from the hotel taken to the resort. The rooms were exactly as described very comfortable yet unique in the design and layout in the resort itself was beautiful. You feel as though your staying in the jungle (uh, you are) with the ocean right outside the door. We saw many Monkeys including howler monkeys. We saw plenty of iguanas, crabs, armadillo and other animals. The staff was very responsive and gave us realistic time lines too anticipate dining as well as other amenities. Food was well prepared and it was bright enough for us to eat for seven days without issue. (my son loved the chocolate milk they prepared for him daily).
Visiting the island we hiked the waterfalls, zip lined and surf several days (surfing with Alberto was definitely a highlight), the bohemian shops in walking distant were convienient and we also went to the local hotel where they featured a film which was great for my son (life of pi). The owner takes great pride in providing world class experience to a variety of different types of people. The pool is well taken care of and great for an evening swim. It helps to be comfortable with an outdoors experience. Those that are willing to accept an environment outside of the typical 4 star resort will really appreciate this gem. It has been a full year since we enjoyed Ylang Ylang and i can honest say my Wife and Son has not gone an entire week since without talking about Ylang Ylang. I often hear "Dad, when are we going back"?
May 2013~
Ps.
The owner is nothing less than a fantastic individual that took time to speak with us about life on thenisland, his tramsitiin, family, employees etc. He is a stand - up guy with a huge heart...don't let his tone in the reviews sway you.
James Smith and family.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • 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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Saratoga, California
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My wife & I began our 11-night Costa Rica honeymoon with a 4-night stay at Ylang Ylang. We could not have dreamed of a better start to our trip. Fresh off the wedding, we were physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. Ylang Ylang was the perfect place to relax, decompress, and unplug. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with a refreshing/chilled passion fruit drink, and escorted to our bungalow. On the way we saw 2 monkeys cleaning one another in the trees!! Delightful first impression!

Truly one of the highlights of the resort is the dining experience. Both breakfast & dinner are included. Not only was this some of the best food we tasted in Costa Rica, but the overall presentation of the entrees was extraordinary! You almost feel guilty sticking a fork in it. It's just so beautiful! Rafael was by far our favorite server. He is as good as it gets. First class all the way!

For activities in Montezuma, we hiked to a nearby waterfall, went horseback riding on the beach, rented an ATV for 1/2 a day, and took a Yoga class. We arranged each of these through the front desk. If you're looking for adventure, I would absolutely recommend renting an ATV for an afternoon. My wife and I drove over to Santa Teresa (approx 40-45 mins). It was nice to experience the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa beaches for a day. They're absolutely gorgeous!

Montezuma is a small coastal town. During our 4-night stay, we were able to see many (all) of the other hotels in the area. Ylang Ylang is clearly THE BEST. There isn't a close second. Spend the extra money & stay here... it will be an experience you'll never forget!

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the beach bungalows. Falling asleep & waking up to the sound of waves crash...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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East Windsor, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We have just returned from a wonderful family trip to Costa Rica's Pacific coast and the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. I can't say enough about the people at this resort and the area in general. From the moment we met our driver Edwardo at Liberia airport to everyone that we encountered during our many excursions. Our long 4 1/2 hour drive from the airport at first seamed daunting but the scenic drive and the stops along the way to see the wildlife made it an adventure. Ylang Ylang was fantastic. Directly on the ocean front but nestled within the jungle just enough to give you a real feeling of privacy. The Drinks were great and the food is amazing. The staff here as I said before really stand out. Always making sure that our stay was enjoyable. The restaurant setting overlooks the ocean beach and was beautiful night and day. My wife two adult daughters and myself were in one of the three family suites which are located and the far end of the resort. There was plenty of room with two queen beds on the main level and a king bed in the loft. The only issue is that if the people who are next door decide to stay up and talk you can hear almost everything they say. This turned out not to be an issue as our neighbors must have been as tired as we were after the long day of activities and didn't talk for very long. If you are looking to lay on the beach and tan and then wade into the water and do nothing else then I would suggest going somewhere else. There is a really nice secluded beach about a 20 minute walk called "Playa Grande". The walk is not to difficult and very scenic with jungle and rocky beaches along the way. You can even venture up a stream to a small waterfall and sit under it as the water massages your troubles away. We booked four tours directly from the resort front desk. Tortuga Island, Zip line canopy tour, Horse riding and "Curu" wildlife refuge. All were fantastic and very reasonable. If you are looking for adventure, fantastic food, wonderful people, and the beautiful surroundings of the jungle then go to Ylang Ylang you won't regret it. " Pura Vida "

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

My new husband and I stayed for 5 nights at ylang ylang. It was the most incredible place! Not just the resort, but the whole experience. The resort staff was amazing. Rafael was a wonderful server and always so professional and nice! The female receptionist was pleasant and very helpful. She was always smiling, which is a wonderful quality. The maid staff is awesome. They were great and friendly. We probably won't be back to Montezuma because we spent a week there and that about covers that area for activities, but I will forever remember Ylang Ylang and cherish the photos and memories I had there. We stayed in the beachfront rooms and loved that we each had our own bed! The room was perfectly situated with a beautiful view of the ocean and the best little sitting area that I loved to drink coffee and watch the waves.
The beach was so clean and very beautiful. I would not recommend swimming at the beach. But a wonderful 25 min walk toward the left, playa grande (I think?) was a great place to swim. I loved that the resort was a 10 min walk from the town. The food at the resort was AMAZING! But do try Puggo's for dinner one night. Montezuma bar was good for lunch. Their sandwiches were great. Cocolores had a great beer selection. Our server was awesome there. And El Sano Banano was our favorite happy hour spot. The caparisima is a new fave of mine bc of that hotel. We rented an ATV through Eco tours for $65 for 12 hours. Awesome deal. We drove hours through the country. Had to fill up on gas but was the most beautiful drive. Ended up on Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. Beautiful spots to go relax there. And hiked 3 hours starting at the Montezuma falls and through the jungle there. Zuma tours is the best for Tortuga Island. Our guides were awesome. And we saw several humpback whales!!! What a blessing!!
DONT FORGET TO TIP! Maids, servers, tour guides, transfers. We are used to tipping 20% in USA so we contined that in Costa Rica because they are used to 10% which is typically
Included in bill. Especially don't forget to tip servers at Ylang Ylang even though the meals are free!!
Thank you for an amazing experience Ylang Ylang and everyone in Montezuma!!

  • Stayed July 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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Newport Beach, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Beautiful resort, right in the jungle on the edge of the ocean. Each bungalow is surrounded by greenery, tucked away to provide a feeling of solitude. The baths are open air, which is a very nice touch. We stayed in Coco Joe's, which has a queen downstairs and a king bed squeezed into a small loft on top. It was sufficient for 4 people. We could see onto the beach from our patio, and had a paved path directly down to the beach, with two hammocks just for us right on the water. It would have been nice to have a couple of beach chairs down there, too, as there weren't many options for relaxing on the beach except for the hammocks. The food was absolutely delicious - beyond our expectations. We only wished we had been able to stay long enough to try everything on the menu. Every person on the staff we interacted with was friendly, cheerful, accommodating, responsive - they couldn't have been more wonderful! The pool area is very nice, with a beautiful setting. We saw two types of monkeys and several types of lizards. We were also visited by a black scorpion in our bungalow the first night. Along with lush jungle also comes animals and insects of all kinds, and we were not bothered much. The only slight negative for our family is that the ocean is strong and rocky - it was not suited for swimming in front of the resort or anywhere nearby. It may have been the time of year, perhaps other times the ocean is more inviting. We walked the 25 minutes to the Playa Grande, jumped into the calm looking water, and our two adult girls were immediately caught up in a rip tide from waist deep, leaving us with the knowledge that the ocean in this area has strong currents and may not be as friendly as it seems. The walk into town wasn't long - perhaps 15 minutes, but it wasn't too inviting walking along the dirt road, and we were a little concerned about our girls walking into town without us at night (20 and 22 years old), as the walk is dark and rather deserted. While I'm sure it was safe, we didn't go in town at night. We walked to the waterfalls, which was a fun and memorable adventure. With the help of a local, we made it to the third and highest waterfall. Quite a trek, with some climbing up steep rocky terrain holding on to tree limbs and vines - great fun! While we may not be inclined to visit this area again, we will have fond memories and great photos of the Ylang Ylang Resort long into the future!

Room Tip: Coco Joe's was great - hidden in the jungle with a full view of the beach from it's patio. I...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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112 reviews 112 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Coming from SJO you easily take the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera, from there another 60min drive on non-tarmacked but OK roads.
You leave your car in Montezuma town, on a parking owned by a hotel and are shuttled to the YYBR. Nice landing.
Our Bungalow (D2) is facing the beach/ocean, palm tress around, all sunshine, perfect! The room itself could well be bigger, but since you're outside most of the time...
There is a fan as well as air con in the room, as well as a coffee maker.
Their tap water is extremely tasty and safe for drinking.
The restaurant: wow! The Spa: wonderful treatments! The beach walks: miraculous! The pool: nicely landscaped!
On the higher priced side, but definitely worth it!!

Stayed July 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My daughter and I found Ylang Ylang searching for a hotel with vegan options, and we were not disappointed. The staff helped us set up excursions well in advance, including both arriving from Arenal and leaving from Tambor, and were always very attentive. The grounds are great for exploring, and the beach is great both for swimming (the surf is pretty serious, so mind your goggles), and just watching. We loved the creative towel folding incorporating fresh flower petals that the maid service executed daily. The walk into town is a nice way to start the day, and there are a number of excellent trips that can be made. The menu had the widest range of vegan options we found anywhere in Costa Rica, and everything we tried tasted great. We would definitely consider staying again.

Room Tip: We stayed in a tent cabin which was just fine, but is definitely best for those who don't need a...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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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