I was very hesitant before leaving for Ylang Ylang because I had read some bad reviews on this site. After staying there, I cannot believe people could have anything negative to say about the resort unless they were looking for something to complain about.
We stayed in a beachfront bungalow. It was very nice and we appriciated thoughful touches like a pitcher of cold water in the refidgerator. I wasn't a fan of the curtain to the bathroom. Perhaps the addition of a thick fabric curtain would solve the problem easily. The room was very clean, countering previous reviews. Obviously, one has to be cognizant of bugs, but so long as one rinses coffee mugs, doesn't leave food out, and uses common sense, there is no issue. The AC was great, especially when the temp got really hot. The water pressure was a bit lacking, but this is supposedly common to Costa Rica and unavoidable as was the need to not flush any tissue.
The grounds were amazingly beautiful. I think it's funny that resorts spend millions of dollars carving up the landscape and damaging the environment only to be overshadowed by the natural beauty of Ylang Ylang. We saw monkeys, iguanas, lizards, ahouti (sp?) and one very demanding cat. Being so close to this amount of wildlife was magical.
The food was excellent and plentiful. I had trouble deciding what to order each night due to so many options. The sushi and seafood were particularly wonderful and fresh.
The staff was very friendly and helpful with booking activities, taxis, etc. The spa was great, tucked up in the jungle. We rode horses to the falls and had a truly amazing time. Our guide was very knowledable and a lot of fun.
Montezuma was a great little town, very friendly and safe overall. Chico's Bar is a fun place, especially when there's good soccer on. I wish we had had time to try some of the restaurants in town. Next time...
Overall, this was an incredible trip. It was worth the terrfiying Sansa flight to get there and I would definately go back. If you have an unrealistic notion of what nature is like, you won't have a good time. Go to Beaches or Disney World or something. If you want to experience what a foreign country and its flora and fauna are truly like, stay somewhere without destroying its environment with unnatural landscaping and golf courses, and experience honestly friendly people rather than people forced to be servile, you will love Ylang Ylang. I was truly sad to leave and i am already recommending this resort to my friends. It would be fun for a romantic trip, a fun and educational family trip, or a great experience for a small group of friends.
- 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