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Ylang Ylang Beach Resort
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

My husband and I decided to celebrate our 10-year anniversary by traveling to the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. We were a little nervous, because it is an adventure just getting to the location. St. Louis to Miami and Miami to San Jose. We then walked next door to this rinky dinky "air port" to fly on a 12-passenger plane to Tambor air strip. The resort had a driver waiting for us there (Eduardo). The drive was a very bumpy 45 minutes. We were delivered safely to the sister Hotel the Sano Banana. We immediately loaded into a SUV, driven by Eric, that took us on a very short, but very rugged drive to the resort. Whew! I must admit though, I felt a little like Indiana Jones:-)

Rapha was there waiting for us with fresh squeezed juice. It was a warm welcome. The grounds are outstanding! The staff was over the top friendly and helpful. We made many friends with the Ylang Ylang "family". All the workers spoke highly of the establishment and the management. They all talked how lucky they were to work there and how well they are treated. They took great pride in their jobs and working for Ylang Ylang.

The food was the best I have ever had on vacation. Three words: fresh, organic and quality! The blackened tuna with mango sauce was my favorite. We also enjoyed the frozen drinks immensely. Instead of using ice to water down the drinks, they used frozen fruit. The Monkey Business drink was my favorite. The wait staff became our friends quickly. They also helped us sharpen our spanish at each meal. They were great teachers. Thank you, Cristian, Rapha and Patricia.

The front desk was always helpful. They helped us book our day trips and get us back into our room when we locked ourselves out—daily. Always with a smile! One day we asked if there was someplace we could buy a coconut to drink from, within 5 minutes the gardener was out our door slicing a coconut open for us—a highlight of the trip.

Eduardo was our driver and guide for part of the trip. He brought us pure joy. He is an outstanding tour guide and naturalist. He even took pictures of our trips and sent us home with all the photos. We learned many things from him. Our favorite thing was our trip to Curu, a wildlife preserve.

We stayed in the jungle bungalow number 6. White-faced monkeys came every day around 4 PM. We could hear the holler monkeys, but they never came close enough to see. The grounds are loaded with crazy looking squirrels, crabs, lizards and other critters. We loved it. The room itself had everything we needed: bed, shower, and wonderful view. There is no TV or phone, but that is what we loved about it.

The only complaint is the pool was a little chilly for my family's taste. However, I spent the majority of my time at the resort in a hammock reading and drinking Monkey Business, so no harm.

We look forward to our return!

Room Tip: If you enjoy wildlife book a jungle bungalow.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JAMoUSA
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

While I could never get the pronunciation, this place is incredible! I went for a wedding- and everything was perfect. The staff took such great care of our group, we hugged them when we left (never hugged a waiter after a vacation!). The only negative- the undertow is so strong that it's not really possible to swim in the ocean, but the pool was nice. We were there when the colorful crabs were out (early May)-- I recommend going to see them, but it's hot at that time of year. I felt so refreshed after my vaction here!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights for a friend's wedding. Staff is beyond friendly, and will bend over backwards to make your stay enjoyable. Amazing natural beauty all around the resort. Great hiking opportunities near by. Delicious food on site. Totally unplug and enjoy the surroundings, or plug back in for a little bit and head back into town for a fun night of drinking and dancing at Chicco's. You will make lifelong memories on your trip here!

Room Tip: The private bungalows are very nice, and more private. But if you are on a budget don't think you will miss out by reserving a standard room. You'll spend most of your time outdoors anyway.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Dean A
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

The most beautiful setting and great food. Plenty of wildlife. If you stay here, get a dome/cabin. The staff is friendly and the pool is in a nice shady area. They do seem to allow visitors to use their pool if they are buying drinks, which was kind of a drag, but other than that it was quiet. Check in at Sano banana in town and they drive you in from there. You can't drive your own vehicle back to the hotel, the road ends and only a hummer will make it there. There is no signage directing you to this place.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
Thank ElizabethC2
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Here's the most important thing I've written on Tripadvisor - do not try to drive to thsi hotel. Our GPS gave driving directions which ended on the beach, where our 4WD rental got stuck! We'd probably still be there if not for the kindness of the Ticos helping us out. So, ignor the GPS (which is essential for driving in CR) and go to the El Sano Banano hotel in town and register there. Then they'll pick you up and drive you in an appropriate vehicle to this remote hotel.

Now, the hotel itself is really nice. There's a very good restaurant with vegetarian, vegan, sushi and standard fare. Dinner and breakfast were both included with our rooms and all meals were very good. There' a nice pool here and you're also beachside so there's plenty of opportunity to wear your bathing suit. There's also a spa here which we didn't take advantage of.

We had a "dome" cabana which had a nice patio on the ocean. The rooms had a/c and wifi worked well throughout the resort. The dome itself was clean and comfortable, just a little odd but at least it was out of the ordinary. We also had a room in their hotel portion and it was big with a loft and 3 beds. The hotel room also had a beachfront balcony - this was room 6 out of 6. The first 3 rooms are on ground level and the second 3 are above with balconies instead of patios, with better views.

We booked a horseback riding tour through the front desk that went along the beach to a remote beach waterfall. The trip was pretty cool but the tour guide spoke little english and treated his horses poorly. We also hiked to the Montezuma waterfalls which are only about a mile away and definitely worth the time. It was very peaceful and I was the only one on the trail for most of my early morning hike. The beach here is pretty nice but rocky in places, so you need to be careful when swimming, boarding, etc.

The staff was very freindly with good service. In particular, Eric, who will transport you to and from the hotel was exceptionally helpful, friendly and cheerful. The restaurant staff was also very attentive - always a concern with an inclusive type arrangement.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Thank brewertraveler
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