My wife and I and extended family and friends stayed here at the end of our Costa Rican holiday in February this year. It is well worth the journey to get there - ferry and taxi / bus to Montezuma town. We were met upon our arrival by the hotel's Land Rover and transferred to the hotel a short 5 minute drive. The guy that met us was a graduate on a break to improve his English and was charming and very pleasant.
The hotel is situated at the far end of Montezuma beach and has an excellent outlook. The ocean is a stones throw away. It has a bar / restaurant and swimming pool at the entrance end and then the rooms are located up a single walkway running parallel to the beach.
The best rooms are the domes, which are very close to the beach and have there own outside shower to remove all the sand before going inside. Their balcony area is on the beach side and makes a lovely early morning / sunset spot with a drink.
The other rooms are either located up amongst the jungle hillside - which are individual or family accommodation - or if there are more in your family group you can have one of the beach block rooms. These are a made up of 4 ground floor rooms and 4 above. The only downside to these are you are subject to other peoples noise and you balcony area is directly adjoined by next doors.
The food was very good - with the exception of one cold meal - but on the whole very good, the blackened tuna steak was sublime! The staff were on the whole very good, with the exception of Christian who was exceptional - polite, professional and courteous.
One curious quirk is that at breakfast you can have as many cups of coffee as you like, but after dinner as a hotel guest you have to pay $3 a cup - why?
The beach in front of the rooms is not private, but used by locals and other tourists as a walking route / way to other bays up the coast. Having said that it's not busy, but it is possible that you will get other non residents sitting in the shade on the beach in front of your rooms.
Montezuma town is quirky, laid back and pleasant enough. It has numerous street sellers who are quite happy for you to browse without any pressure selling - long may it continue.
The weather when we were there was very hot and sunny. Temperatures were often in the high 90's so take plenty of high factor cream with you! The sea can be quite rough close to the hotel, but manageable if you are aware of it. It is calmer closure to town on the wide expanse of beach.
All in all a very pleasant place to unwind after a tour of the country.
- 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