Fodor's Expert Review Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

Montezuma, Puntarenas, 60111, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

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 refreshed and brightened 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 back, because they also 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 include breakfast and dinner for two. 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, along with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices. Much of the electricity used here is solar generated. There's a 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.


  • gorgeous, natural setting
  • great restaurant
  • excellent service


  • ocean-view tent cabins offer limited privacy
  • 15-minute walk to town along beach
  • spotty Wi-Fi




Phones: 888-795–8494-in North America | 2642–0523


23 units
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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