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Manuel Antonio and the Central Pacific Coast Hotels

Ylang-Ylang Beach Resort

  • Design
  • Fodor's Choice


  • Gorgeous, natural setting
  • Great restaurant
  • Eco-friendly


  • Ocean-view tent cabins offer limited privacy
  • The standard, ground-level rooms are dark

Updated 04/14/2014

Fodor's 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.

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Hotel Information


700 m north of school in Montezuma, Montezuma, 60111, Costa Rica


/2642–0636; 888-795–8494-in North America

Hotel Details:

  • 8 bungalows, 1 treetop tent cabin, 3 suites, 3 standard rooms, 6 ocean-view tents
  • Some meals

Updated 04/14/2014


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