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Ylang-Ylang Beach Resort

At a Glance

    Pros

  • gorgeous, natural setting
  • great restaurant
  • eco-friendly

    Cons

  • ocean-view tent cabins offer limited privacy
  • the standard, ground-level rooms are dark

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Ylang-Ylang Beach Resort Review

Secluded and serene, this gorgeous tropical resort with a holistic slant sits in an exuberant garden, nestled between the sea and a lush forest. The geodesic-dome bungalows are snug but charming, with bright Mexican textiles, colorful murals, and sunny terraces. Some have ocean views and cozy loft sleeping areas. Facing the beach, a three-story building has spacious two-story suites with balconies, and simple but colorful standard rooms below. Well-designed "ocean-view tent cabins"—with king-size or single beds, and decks—offer a back-to-nature experience, but not all the way, since they now have airy, private bathrooms with hot-water showers. There's also a secluded safari tent, complete with kitchen, on a platform high up in the trees; it's perfect for honeymooners. Rates are pricey but include breakfast and dinner. The grounds are covered with trees that hold iguanas, howler monkeys, tricolor squirrels, and an array of birds. Adding to the romance is a jungle-fringed pool with a waterfall. Daily yoga classes and spa services are offered, and a restaurant with tables under the stars serves some of the tastiest fusion dishes in Montezuma. Much of the electricity used here is solar generated. There's a new nature trail that climbs the ridge above the hotel and once a week, owner Patricia Slump leads a tour of the hotel garden, 34 years in the making.

    Hotel Details

  • 8 bungalows, 1 treetop tent cabin, 3 suites, 3 standard rooms, 6 ocean-view tents
  • Rate includes some meals.
Updated: 04-14-2014

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    The Time of Our Lives

    Ylang Ylang was the location of our fairytale wedding on Feb. 16, 2008. Twenty of our closest friends and family members joined us for the occasion. The group was in Costa Rica from Feb 13 to the 28th and Montezuma was our first stop. Some of our group stayed at Ylang Ylang and others stayed at their sister hotel, Sano Banano and a few stayed at other hotels. Ylang Ylang Beach Resort (Feb 14th - 18th) After our horrible experience with Sansa Airlines we were happily greeted by Eduardo (Ylang Ylang's preferred shuttle driver) and driven to Sano Banano. We arrived at Sano Banano hot and tired from our trip. Mario, the shuttle driver for Ylang Ylang, was a total pleasure! We knew from the moment we met him we were going to the right place! He was wonderful with our 6 year old and has the amazing ability to make everyone comfortable (even in the Tropical heat!) and happy. He is an asset to this resort, for sure! Our first impression was spot on! Ylang Ylang is absolutely beautiful. As beautiful as the images are on their website, nothing could prepare us for the "whole picture." The grounds are meticulously cared for and lush with tropical foliage. The landscaping was truly breathtaking. The resort was also much larger then we envisioned. A real slice of heaven on earth. We stayed in Dome #5 "Colibri" (2 queen size beds) which is a little bigger then Domes 1-4, but lacked an inside shower. The outdoor shower really added an exotic touch. The outside shower is pretty dark at night so ask the restaurant for one of their hurricane candle lanterns.... talk about romantic!!! Dome #5 is not lined in front of the ocean as the other domes but you can still see the ocean and hear the wonderful sound of the crashing waves. Breathtaking! We loved the location of this Dome and it will be our choice when we return. It was bit more private since it did not have domes on either side and we loved having the forest behind us which was home to so many animals and lizards. The bed had a mosquito net but there was no need to use it during our stay. We had an occasional spider on the wall and a visiting crab during our stay.... but nothing biting or annoying. The ocean breeze and the trees kept the dome at a pleasant temperature and the cool nights were cool enough to warrant blankets. An air conditioner unit was NOT necessary and would greatly diminish the ambiance. Ylang Ylang's decision not to put A/C units in the domes was a good one in our opinion. Everyday the dome is furnished with fresh flowers and towel designs that are beautiful and make you feel extra special. The day of our wedding our dome was covered in flower petals. The restaurant at Ylang Ylang was Out-of-this-World Fabulous! We were worried that since dinner was included in the rates that we would miss out on local fare. We found no need to venture to other restaurants. Every dish was a stroke of genius and equally delicious. The Sea Bass was incredible. My new husband does not like seafood and he found himself ordering seafood every night during our stay. Perfection! The Huevos Rancheros were our favorite breakfast item! Our 6 year old was absolutely crazy over the Banana Pancakes! The swimming pool was one of our favorite hang outs. The pool side service was spectacular and the mixed drinks were scrumptious. Danny can make a mean mojito folks!!!! DH says to order a Monkey Business! The kids loved the pool and jumping off the waterfall. The couples massage is a must-do item. Trixie was awesome and the woman (forgot her name) who worked on my new husband was equally as good. Trixie managed to fix the problem I was having with my ears after the Sansa flight (due to a preexisting medical condition)!!! Once we were at Ylang Ylang we really felt no desire or need to venture off the grounds. Aside from walks, Isla Tortuga and a couple visits to town we were completely satisfied to stay on our oasis. The stacked rocks and fresh water (natural) pool was as far as we ventured to the right and town was as far as we ventured to the left. The employees at Ylang Ylang are top notch! In fact, they were the best group of people we met during our entire stay in Costa Rica. Julie and Moraya were always at the front desk, and filled our every request with big smiles. We were so sad to leave Ylang Ylang and our new "friends" but thought we would think the same about our other destinations. Although we loved everywhere we went, we never left with that feeling again. In fact, a day never went by where we did not wish we were back at Ylang Ylang. Ylang Ylang set up the Isla Tortuga tour (Zuma Tours) for our whole group and I would highly recommend the tour. Since our wedding itinerary is listed online and our wedding was broadcast live on the internet we have received a significant amount of emails asking about having a wedding at Ylang Ylang. Following are our comments of our Ultra-Fabulous Wedding at Ylang Ylang. We could not have found the most perfect place in the world to get married! Kaya was proficient in asking for and fulfilling all my requests. Patricia was amazing! She was very organized and the wedding was so professionally run there was barely a chance to stress. The flowers were phenomenal and the words that Juan Carlos Fonseca Herrera, the officiant, spoke were moving and sentimental. There was not a dry eye on the beach! The service was on the sand with the ocean as our backdrop. Guitar was played by our talented guest, Wayne H. The wedding was broadcast live on the internet using a laptop computer and camcorder. The broadcast was watched by over 100 people in various parts of the world. Lee photographed every step of the way and he has a great eye! We had a buffet reception prepared by the same amazing chef! The food was plentiful, fresh, beautifully presented and delicious The wedding cakes were works of culinary art. Several of our guests stated that if they could get married all over again, they would have had our wedding. Flawless! We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful, touching and meaningful wedding. Obviously from my review we were happy with every aspect of our stay. I noticed a few reviews online that marked that the place was not kid friendly and I do want to state that these guest must not have had children along for the ride. The children in our group ( 6 and 7 years old) along with the children of other guests, had a blast! Also, of all the places we stayed in CR, we allowed our 6 year old more freedom at Ylang Ylang. We felt safe and secure.... and among family! Pura Vida!

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    Paradise

    It's worth putting Montezuma on your itinerary just for this place alone--you don't even need to leave the grounds. The meals--breakfast and dinner come with your room--are delicious and the setting--50 ft from the beach--is sublime. You go to sleep at night listening to the sound of waves crashing on the shore and wake up to the sound of howler monkeys. Wow.

    by RAC, 4/14/08

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