Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Montezuma Beach, formerly El Sano Banano Beach Hotel, Montezuma, 00001, Costa Rica
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort
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Ylang Ylang

by A TripAdvisor Member

Ylang Ylang is truly gorgeous. My boyfriend and I stayed in hut number 4 for four days. I guess hut number 4 is one of the best ones. The beach is only 50 feet away and there is exciting wild life right outside your door. We saw monkeys, birds, ground hog type things and lizards. The breakfasts were wonderful; I especially enjoyed the French toast. You must also try the banana colodas. The staff there is super friendly and wonderful to chat with. One down side of the Ylang Ylang was the “openness” of the rooms. The rooms are an open cabana type structure which allows for all types of bugs and other things to come right in. The bug nets do help…but for $140 a night they could be improved immensely, along with the quality of the beds. Oh, be sure to rinse the sugar beverages down your sink…otherwise you will and a sink full of ants. I would also recommend the resort to put in some sort of trail into Montezuma, so that guests don’t have to get all sandy from the 10 minute beach walk into to town. That may sound silly, that is, not to want to walk on the beach, but after you have walked that beach strip 20 times in four days you would understand. Despite the late night bugs and walking the Ylang Ylang was a wonderful experience.

Very Nice

by TripAdvisor Member kcountry

First class service and staff who will go out of there way to ensure your needs are met. The restaurant has the best food, the presentation is absolutely stunning with the most natural and fresh ingredients.
Only downside was our beach side dome's mattress felt like it was 20 years old. Only one mattress on a board bed. Hard and lumpy!


by A TripAdvisor Member

Ylang-Ylang is the perfect place to stay in Montezuma. If you want a relaxing beach trip with quiet, peaceful surroundings, Ylang-Ylang is the place to go. My fiance and I decided on Montezuma after a "Costa Rica regular" friend told us about the town. After that, choosing a place to stay was totally up to us. We chose the beach bungalow for $150/night and it included an awesome breakfast each morning.

Ylang-Ylang has everything and if you don't want to go to town, you don't have to. The pool is always cool and refreshing, the service is always top notch and you can eat every meal in their restaurant if you so choose.

We didn't experience any negatives during our stay. The monkeys weren't at all obnoxious, the waves were loud (if you are a light sleeper but soothing if you aren't) and the people were great!

As far as the town of Montezuma it is always busy, has nice people, great food and average prices. We found several good restaurants, an Itilian restaurant which has great thin crust pizza, El Sano Banano (Ylang-Ylang's sister) and the deli/bakery. I recommend the trip to Tortuga Island, we went with Cocozuma Traveller, good experience, just make sure they book you for the correct day. We had a little mis-communication problem but the trip was excellent!

We can't wait to go back and when we do, we will surely stay with Ylang-Ylang again!

Absolutely Wonderful - A Delight

by TripAdvisor Member Oct29

My husband and I stayed at the Ylang Ylang resort Feb 18 - 20 - we hated to check out, but already had reservations in the Quepos area for the rest of our vacation.
We arrived into Montezuma late the night we were to check in, and the shuttle was unable to take us to our room since it was hightide and they cannot ride on the beach then. (it was after 10 pm) But the Ylang Ylang made accomodations, walked with us to the resort and were diligent in seeing that our luggage came soon after we arrived. (Instead of carrying it down the beach we left in back in town as the Ylang Ylang staff agreed to bring it to us once the tide was down.) We thought that meant we'd get our luggage the next morning, but they made a terrific effort, very early in the morning, 2 am to be exact, to get us our luggage. ALthough very early, we were so glad to have it and so appreciative! (Thanks Ylang Ylang - we truly appreciate your effort!)
I've read the other reviews on this resort, and there is one negative one that i see. Now - I can honestly say that although their concerns may be valid please realize that this resort doesn't claim to be bug free. Goodness, you're in the jungle in open air bungalows, you're going to have a few bugs. We were there in February (which may very well be the least buggy time of the year, I don't know) and i think we saw maybe 5 small bugs in our room, on the floor, but then again, we aren't afraid of bugs, they don't bite and we knew what we were getting into when we made our reservation. THis isn't the Hilton or Marriott and we didn't want the Hilton or Marriott! The Ylang Ylang said they were "open air bungalows". Remember, the open air part is one of their best ammenities! We stayed in three different places in Costa Rica and this was by far our favorite. Hearing the ocean all night long and in the morning along with sunrise and the jungle animals playing in the morning over our bungalow, was a true fun experience. Just what we wanted when coming to Costa Rica! (we had read a review before our trip and in the review the person was complaining that the sound of the ocean kept them up all night long.....it was sort of my husbands and my running joke while we were staying at the Ylang Ylang, we couldn't beleive that someone would think negatively of hearing the ocean at night. Again, that is a highlight of this resort!!!
The Ylang Ylang staff was very pleasant too and the restaurant staff was helpful and very friendly as well. We had breakfast both mornings and it was terrific. We tried 4 different things on the complimentary menu and all were superb! (the breakfast is included in your room rate) The coffee is excellent - we even bought some on our way to the airport - that was our one CR souvenier! The Ylang Ylang restaurant has a wonderful view of the jungle as well as the ocean - the best of both worlds! I think another nice thing about the resort is that it is very small, thus uncrowded, and everyone really is there for peace and quite and relaxation. No one was rowdy and everyone seemed to be very respectful of each other and the wildlife. By the way - the monkeys that passed through each day were a treat - right over our bungalow and right over the hammocks on the beach! Absolutely fantastic!
Another final thing i will comment on, is the Ylang Ylang's beach. It is absolutely beautiful, its sort of a coarse brownish sand beach (not white like Caribean), but very beautiful. We so enjoyed our walks on the beach, down to the waterfall just east of the resort - so much to explore when walking that way! We have wonderful memories of this place and would most definitely like to return!
True Costa Rican gem!!
PS- the town of Montezuma is great too -we rented ATV's one day and went deep sea fishing another - the El Sano Banano restaurant is wonderful too - so if you have time, check it out!
PSS - one last thing - we stayed in bungalow 6, although we did not have an ocean view - it was partial view, we loved it nonetheless. It was secluded, more so than any of the other bungalows, and was nested on the hillside in the thick of the jungle. Terrific!

Best Hotel in Town

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort for 2 days and enjoyed our stay. The perks to this hotel are its beautifully manicured grounds, the gorgeous beach in front of the hotel (though there are some rocks, so it may not be well-suited for swimming and riding waves), the nice restaurant on site, its pool, and very courteous and professional staff. What prevents me from giving this hotel 5 stars is that our room (a double beach suite) did not have air conditioning (and Costa Rica is very hot), the lighting in the rooms is awful (making it very difficult to see things in your room at night), it's a 15 minute walk along the sand of the beach from everything else in town (there are no roads that go to Ylang Ylang), and you can't drive your car here even if you do have a 4x4 (which makes it very inconvenient if you are in town and want to grab something out of your hotel room quickly). We were doing lots of activities during our two days in Montezuma, and having to walk 30 minutes (15 minutes each way) every time we wanted to change clothes or get something from the room ended up being a headache. Those criticisms aside, I don't doubt that this is the best hotel in Montezuma for lots of other reasons, and that if you're looking for a place to get away from people and just sit on the beach all day, this is a gorgeous hotel away from the noise and dust of town.


by TripAdvisor Member Agouti

My family and I recently had the pleasure of staying at Ylang Ylang. We are seasoned travelers and it was one of the best vacations we ever had. The hotel was gorgeous, well maintained, peaceful, and the staff very pleasant. We stayed in the largest bungalow, Coco Joe’s, and had our own path, hammocks, and the beach to ourselves almost the entire time we were there. It was wonderful hearing the waves crashing outside our door at all times and waking up with the monkeys in the trees overhead in the morning, and with the beautiful sunrise. Our children are 7 and 10 and they loved it. The beach is beautiful but may be a little rough for younger kids. It was perfect for our kids. They do have a gorgeous pool, which again, we had to ourselves almost the entire time we were there. It is also a very romantic quiet setting and I recommend it for couples.

We did have small ants in our bungalow but otherwise there were very few bugs and almost no mosquitos (the salamanders and cane toads eat them). We loved the outdoor shower and did not mind sharing it on a rare occasion with a crab or lizard, particularly if you chose to shower at night. But you are in a tropical environment and will of course come across some creatures. It does get hot during the day but the bungalows are nestled in the trees and there is a wonderful breeze that keeps them cool. We were very comfortable sleeping at night.

The staff was great and very helpful in setting us up with tours. We enjoyed the canopy tour and snorkeling for the day in Tortuga was amazing. Horseback riding was fun but a bit long and painful if you’re not a rider. Unfortunately we could only stay 4 days at Ylang Ylang due to limited availability and would have preferred to stay for the week. We spent the rest of our vacation in Costa Rica at the Four Season’s, which was beautiful, with great services, but very big and a bit impersonal. We preferred Ylang Ylang by far because we felt more like we were in Costa Rica rather than just a resort. It is a much more beautiful, lush, and tropical setting and we liked the beach and pool better as well.

On our next visit we plan to do less touring and spend more time enjoying this gem of a hotel.

Paradise for Families or Couples

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed at Ylang Ylang for four nights with our two year old son and
our visit was incredible. The resort's website does not do the resort
justice. Montezuma is located at one of those end-of-the-road
locations and the resort is a 10-15 minute walk down a beautiful beach from the
town. (they do drive your bags to and from the resort) The lack a
road adds to the feeling of isolation and seclusion, as does the placement
of the bungalows in the midst of the jungle, either beachfront on
hillside. The barks of monkeys and the calls of birds are constant and the
pounding surf drowns out all but the loudest howler monkeys. The staff
bent over backwards for our son. We spent much of our time at the
gorgeous pool and while the drink service was a bit slow, their creativity
and flavors more than made up for the speed of the service. The
resort's restaurant was not at all what we expected to find. Obviously
created by a chef, the menu full of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables was so
good that we never once ate a meal out of the resort. Our bungalow was
right on the beach, a bit small, but elegent and comfortable. We took
one tour, a horseback trip down the beach to a waterfall. The guide
was great and the horses picked us right at at our doorstep. I cannot
wait to return to Ylang Ylang as soon as possible.

Beautiful, but...

by TripAdvisor Member elisedara

What a beautiful spot. Montezuma's beaches are spectacular, and Ylang Ylang is perched right on top of it. You are never more than a two minute walk to the ocean when you are on Ylang Ylang's property. As the previous reviews have noted, the people who work at Ylang Ylang are very kind and sweet and helpful, and both the jungle and beach views are simply lovely. We stayed in one of the beachfront bungalows, which are so close to the beach that you can literally lie down in bed and watch the waves crashing. Unbelievable!
However, overall my boyfriend and I found it too formal. Considering its on-the-beach location and the relaxed feel of Montezuma and other nearby beach towns, we were hoping for something more laid-back. There were a lot of little touches I guess were supposed to enhance the experience, but wound up detracting from it. For example:

-The restaurant is expensive for this underdeveloped part of Costa Rica and too formal for the beach. The food was good and the waitresses were very nice and nobody minds if you eat lunch in your swimsuit, but the white tablecloths, uniformed waitstaff, and piped-in ambient music made it feel too much like a country club.

-The pool has a huge fake waterfall crashing over it that is not particularly attractive and completely drowns out the lovely sound of the ocean.

-For reasons that I don't know but I'm sure are well-intended, there is a security guard patrolling the premises. This wouldn't be a problem if he weren't wearing a black t-shirt that says SECURITY in huge letters and carrying what looks to be a nightstick. It's very off-putting to be lying by the ocean in paradise with watchguard walking around you.

Also, it is not an impossibility that children may be splashing around in the pool. Ylang Ylang is child-friendly, and it's a good place for kids, but I think couples vacationing alone should be aware.
I also disliked the fact that the huts were made of cement instead of the more pleasant wood and bamboo bungalows I've come to love at my favorite places to stay elsewhere in Costa Rica and other tropical paradises.
In the end, we easily put all of this behind us, and we had a beautiful, relaxing vacation at Ylang Ylang.


by TripAdvisor Member NicoleSacramento_CA

We stayed in hut #3 on the beach and loved every minute of it. The food and staff was outstanding. This is a very quiet hotel and we were often at the beach alone or the pool. The food was outstanding (some of the best we have ever had), fresh fruit and vegetables and grilled tiger prawns. My husband ate the grilled Ahi almost every night. The staff was incredibly accomodating in every way and they were genuine people that really cared that your experience was the best that it could possibly be. I hated the town, reminded me of some scummy areas in S.F. (with lots of "free spirits"). We stayed at the hotel or on the beach. Loved the sounds of ocean waves crashing all night and it did get a little warm, but not unbearable.

Loved it, but the bugs and heat sucked

by A TripAdvisor Member

We walked into Ylang Ylang and thought we were in paradise. The staff is extremely friendly and everyone is very accomodating. The views were incredible, and honestly, the beach is not 20 yards away at all times. The ONLY problem we had was with the heat during the night in the un-airconditioned rooms. To counter the heat, we opened all the windows, and got to listen to the rythmic waves crash into the shore all night. However, we were eaten up by mosquitoes and who-knows-what all night and have about 20 bites each to show for it. I guess you can't ask for everything...we feel like spoiled brats for even mentioning it. Other than the heat/bugs, we would definitely recommend Ylang Ylang to anyone going to Costa Rica for a great time on the beach.


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Address: Montezuma Beach, formerly El Sano Banano Beach Hotel, Montezuma, 00001, Costa Rica