I visited with my husband (a keen bird watcher and general nature-lover) and our two sone aged 9 and 6. We stayed for 4 nights and are looking forward to returning.
Let me get the one minor negative out of the way first: we stayed in JK5, a beach-front suite, and found that we could hear most of what went on in rooms either side. Over the course of the 4 nights this provided us with some varied entertainment as guests came and went! But we would have preferred not to hear!
As for the positives, this must be one of the most beautiful places in the world, the setting is amazing and well-maintained. There was always a member of staff on hand, be it gardeners, cleaners, reception, restaurant etc and without exception they were friendly, smiling and helpful.
Mario was fantastic and always had something informative to tell us. Everyone seemed genuinely concerned to make sure we had a good experience.
The restaurant was great in terms of food, service and setting. We ate there on Valentine's evening and had the very basic common sense to make a reservation. Duh! The service was great despite it being busy.
I took advantage of the Happy Hour only once, and my second drink was offered, I did not even have to ask (unlike reported in an earlier review). The waiter was Carlos, who served us often throughout, and we also would like to mention Danny who was great too.
The wildlife was a treat and we would have understood seeing a few bugs - but in fact the room was pretty bug-free. There was a lizard in the shower at one point - which is cool, not a problem!
We had plenty of hot water and the pressure was fine, the room was lovely but with not much storage. If we'd been staying longer this may have been a problem.
The beach was wonderful, the boys had a brilliant time and the sea was so warm. The pool was also lovely and certainly not cold - just about perfect I would say.
There were plenty of hammocks dotted around the grounds and we never had a problem finding a quiet spot to read or relax for a while.
The transfers from town to the hotel worked out beautifully with 5 minutes wait on arrival - couldn't have been better.
Overall a fantastic experience - if you're picky and pathetic, stay at home and do everyone a favour. For rational folk who value the good things in life - friendly people, good food and nature's beauty - come here now!
- 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