We arrived in San Juan and took the Nature Air flight to Tambur airport. The driver was waiting for us at the airstrip and took us directly to the resort. It took about 40 minutes and we loved the driver Eduardo who, as it turned out, was also an incredible guide on our tour of Curu Wildlife Refuge. He had a high end camera and identified over 20 birds and not only took amazing photos of them to show us on his tripod, but gave us a CD of the photos. The reserve was also amazing full of monkeys, bats, iguanas, and other amazing jungle creatures. The resort food was the best I have had in Costa Rica. We at outside every meal overlooking the beach in a fine dining, but not pretentious, environment. The wait staff as all the staff were engaging, upbeat, helpful, friendly, and eager to please. The rooms are air conditioned and have incredible views and access to the ocean. We didn't do a lot of swimming in the ocean because of the big waves and rocks, but the facility pool was also great. We were visited by iguanas and when I heard the howler monkeys, I went up the path and we had a great monkey show for 45 minutes. We also saw an armadillo on the grounds and two agoufi (like giant guinea pig). We went horseback riding to a waterfall and galloped on the beach on the way back and hiked into town to another incredible waterfall. The walk to town was about 10 to 15 minutes on the beach. The town is cute and funky and we had lunch their daily. Loved the ceviche! There are hammocks everywhere and plenty of places to relax, read, sun, walk, etc.... We enjoyed chatting with other guests and the staff........simply a great place to go!
- 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