i feel bad writing a not great review, but the aesthetics at the hotel are horrible-- akin to disney land & that's not an exaggeration. The rates were not inexpensive-- if it was then i would have felt a lot better about the experience. We went from a gorgeous hotel in santa teresa (latitude 10), which didn't cost much more, to come here b/c we thought that the beach was more swimmable (it was not) & that it would be easier to get to town (It was in fact much more difficult). they did not tell us beforehand that only their own vehicle (not even a taxi) can take you from town to the hotel--about a 10 minute drive on the beach. If that's what you are looking for then that would be ok i suppose. but i was looking for the opposite & felt very much trapped in an aesthetically displeasing environment (at night they inexplicably had a black light on with small spotlights next to the restaurant). the hotel was also quite large & felt a bit overcrowded to me compared to santa teresa. The beach at santa teresa was also a LOT cleaner. aside from the area directly in front of the hotel which they clean up, the beach was filthy. the hotel seemed like it would potentially be good to go to with kids because it was set up well for that. but as adult travelers, i wouldn't recommend it. there are much better places in costa rica. I stayed here because it was well reviewed; i felt compelled after staying here to contribute my own opinion which differs quite a bit. I would say that everyone at the hotel was very nice & do not have complaints about the service (for a relatively big hotel by costa rican standards). Everyone in costa rica overall was very nice in fact.
- 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