The way that the Beach Resort is located right at the beach with the cabins and rooms in the shade of the palm trees is really outstanding. It only takes a few steps to be at the beach, but, beware, it is dangerous and not recommended to swim or bathe there because of the strong current and the numerous rocks hidden in the waves. You will have to take a ten minute walk to reach a spot closer to the village where there are fewer rocks.
Talking of walking to the village: It is a 15 minute walk along the beach, which we mostly enjoyed, but if you don't feel like walking there remains nothing but having meals at the pricey and not recommendable restaurant at the hotel. They try to present it like modern international cuisine, but we had more than one meal there that was way below average: shrimps that were cold inside and sauces that, for what they tasted like, came right out of some big can. The meals on the kids' menu are few and very poor food, which is especially bad because you are explicitly charged for the kids' meals. Calling the fruit drinks "juices" is a joke because at most they contain about 20% fruit juice.
The grounds of the hotel and in particular the pool are very well taken care of and we appreciate the concept of eco-tourism - as far as it is followed through.
There are two further downsides of your stay there: First, and minor one, was that the rooms in the main building are very narrow and there is hardly any room to stow your luggage. Second, and very annoying one, was that a tourist agent has fraudulently managed to link his website with the hotel. He uses the hotel logo and an email address that leads you to believe you are booking directly with the hotel. What's in it for him is hidden in your invoice as "Government Tax and Credit Card usage" fee, which, in fact, is money that you don't have to pay. For us it meant an extra cost of $260 for a stay of four night, which, at the time of the online booking, we believed we had to pay. Be very, very aware if you book that hotel online, we were cheated and there was no way to get our money back.
Finally, the hotel manager promised to try and take care of the matter, read: to get us perhaps some of the money back, but nothing happened, we did not even get a further email from the hotel with an apology or anything the like.
- 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