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“Sustainable travel at it's best” 5 of 5 stars
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Ylang Ylang Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Montezuma
Certificate of Excellence
Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
“Sustainable travel at it's best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

A truly wonderful small resort full of peace and beauty. Owners have over 34 years developed a tropical botanical paradise right on the beach, where flora and fauna delighted us. Take a Garden Walk with the owner to fully appreciate what is there. Understated environmental consciousness is present in local food selections, composting of garden clippings and food waste, energy produced 25% from solar, even the fact that you have to walk here from town or take the land rover they use for transport because cars cannot traverse the beach "road" to the resort. We loved being here...on the beach, in a hammock, at the pool, spa, yoga studio, and restaurant, in our rooms falling asleep to the sound of the surf.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We stayed at Ylang Ylang for our Honeymoon and we couldn't have asked for a better time. The staff was amazing and exceeded my expectations for Costa Rica. Their food was top notch and the view from our jungle bungalow was amazing. We saw monkeys in the trees around us everyday. The beach was amazing and the tours they suggested were fantastic. I can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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winnipeg
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We have had the good fortune to travel a fair bit. This is perhaps the best place we have ever stayed. The beauty of the beach is actually surpassed by the beauty of the grounds and the pool. The food was fantastic, the service was superb. Complete rest and relaxation away for any city noises but a short ten minute walk to an eclectic little town with a variety of nature excursions. Do not miss this gem!

Room Tip: We stayed at one of the tent cabins - the low cost choice. They are perfectly charming and clean and...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

We spent the last five days of a one-month Latin America trip at Ylang Ylang. The resort is quite a gem, surrounded by nature at its best. Wild animals visit it during the day and at night, which shows how respectful of the environment the resort is. We saw two species of monkeys, agoutis and numerous birds during our stay. The swimming pool is great and offers a relaxing environment. The restaurant offers good food, though a couple of daily specials would have spiced up the menu a little bit (we got a bit bored with it after a few days). We stayed in a beach front suite, which was probably not the most private option (we could hear our neighbors' conversations with no effort and woke up with them every morning... this should be addressed). Everyone made us feel comfortable, especially Eric, Cindy, Patricia and Rafael. Good job!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This place was one of the closest things to paradise we have visited. We stayed at an isolated bungalow next to a beautiful beach with very few people. All around was a postcard-perfect jungle with wild monkeys lizards, exotic birds and all kinds of wildlife. The hotel area was very well kept all around.

Our price included breakfast and dinner. All meals were served at a beautiful terrace with a phenomenal view of the ocean. Breakfasts were fantastic and dinners were ok.

As we stayed over Christmas, there was also a Christmas day dinner "gourmet buffet". It was everyday food that was most definitely not gourmet. But the dinner was all around a pleasant experience with lights, live music and a beach bonfire.

Service was friendly and professional. The village of Montezuma was 15 minutes away walking and a few minutes by 4x4. While very touristy it had a nice vibe.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We stayed for a week with our adult children and had a blast. The resort is beautiful with clean rooms, an outdoor restaurant, and very friendly staff. Our kids had the garden bungalows that had decks tree level so sitting on the deck was like being in the jungle canopy. We hung out in the pool during the day which is close to the bar and restaurant so we had pool service for drinks. There is a town close by, Montezuma, and the kids (our adult children) went there at night to have fun. There was no problem with safety and you do see guards patrolling the area and beach. The staff is top notch with Esteban, Rafael, and Christian providing excellent service in the open air restaurant. When my wife and I would walk back from town during the day they would provide ice water and wet towels for us which is just one example of this friendly staff. Our kids got to know the bartenders and really liked them. Both Ariel and Jeffrey in reception were very helpful and knowledgeable about what to do during the day. And Eric was very helpful with our bags and transportation. We did do the snorkeling at Tortuga island and this was great too. Also the food was exceptional we could not believe how good it was, and I started to look forward to dinner during the day. So if you want a beautiful place in terms of colorful plants and trees, food that is very tasty, and a friendly staff that is truly glad that you are staying with them, well please consider Ylang Ylang. This was our first stay and we will be doing our second stay as soon as possible.

Room Tip: You can hear the ocean from most if not all the rooms or huts.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Miami Beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

My partner and I had the good fortune to have been able
to stay at this wonderful hotel for 3 nights last week!
The setting, the beauty of the vegetation and beach,
the food, and the friendly and efficient staff all combined
to make our experience a magical one.
I can highly recommend, Enrique, who is hired by Ylang
Ylang to do tours. I had a glorious "sunset" tour to
Santa Teresa (whose beach is one of the most spectacular
I've ever seen) with Enrique.
It truly was a privilege to stay at this very special hotel!

Room Tip: We stayed in Coco Joe's Bungalow, which had a fabulous terrace overlooking the beach and incred...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

Property: Ylang Ylang Beach Resort
Address: Montezuma Beach | 10-12 minute walk North along the beach, Montezuma 00000, Costa Rica (Formerly El Sano Banano Beach Hotel)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking 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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