Pura Vida! Amazing! Wow! Ylang Ylang surpassed our expectations; it is not your stuffy, run-of-the-mill resort. It truly is casual relaxation mixed with elite and personalized accommodations. My husband and I blindly chose this small family owned beach resort through trip advisor to host our wedding. Since, we are a more casual couple, we decided if the resort was a total bust, it would still be bliss being in a tropical paradise. But wow! This quiet and fun beach resort went above and beyond to make our special day truly fantastic.
After a long journey from the San Jose airport, we were just hoping for clean and safe accommodations. However, we were speechless when we first entered the Montezuma town. It was bustling with locals and tourists intermingling and creating this contagiously fun energy. We drove to their sister hotel in town and were greeted by their staff waiting to drive us into the hidden beach resort- about 1 mile from town. We drove into the resort in an off-roading vehicle similar to the car ride through the Disneyland Indiana Jones ride. That is where the excitement began!
When we arrived at the resort, we couldn’t help but gasp with excitement and total surprise. It looks like a scene from the tropical backgrounds of “Survivor”- a pure gem-tropical oasis. We would just have been content with the scenery but their staff goes above and beyond to make you feel apart of their family. Upon arrival, they already knew our names and never had to ask what our names were after that. They knew all of our guests by first and last name!!
Stone paths curve and bend through the resort to hidden little beach bungalows with lush greenery and fragrant flowers. The sound of waves crashing on the beach and the pitter pattering feet of the friendly iguanas and swinging monkeys really set the mood- yes, you have entered a jungle paradise! The waterfalls that empty into the pools and scattered hammocks set this resort over the top!
Moraya, Moraya, Moraya! He began as our wedding coordinator and ended up being a dear friend J. He was truly organized handing us a play-by-play timeline- down to the minute from our pre-wedding festivities to our wedding ceremony and reception. Details are what he does best- snorkeling trips, cocktail hours, fireworks (yes, real fireworks), candles, tiki torches…His mom, conducted our wedding, and she made it so special. From the personalized vows to the traditional unity sand ceremony, it made all of our guests happy and weepy. The waiters, waitresses, cooks, house keeping all became our family and we are utterly grateful to them! So grateful, we all became dancing buddies at our wedding reception!
So, if you are up for true relaxation mixed with over-the-top personalized accommodations, this IS the place for you!
We love you Ylang Ylang! Montezuma has formed a special place in our hearts!
Thank you again Moraya, Patricia, Lenny, Kaya, Syska, Harold, Christian—and everyone else!
Love, Amy and Will Becker!
What an incredible introduction to Costa Rica by choosing your resort! We have fallen in love with this country and its people! Thank you for helping to make our 25th wedding anniversary so special. I have to say, from the correspondents through emails and phone calls before our trip, all the way through our departure from the resort, all the staff were very accommodating, helpful, gracious, friendly, etc. I can’t say enough wonderful things about all of you. The talented staff truly runs this place!
On our arrival to the Nicoya Peninsula and Montezuma, Eduardo Sanchez picked us up. He was so kind. He offered us cool drinks as we got into his very luxurious tour van and then proceeded to talk to us about all the sights along the way. He gave us so much great information that we ended up booking him for a nature tour later that week. The nature tour was incredible. We spent most of the day with him, and even went to eat at a few authentic Costa Rican restaurants. We highly recommend this to all the guest. They will learn so much about Costa Rica and the wildlife. In fact, I don’t know why Eduardo isn’t just making his living by taking guest on tours. He is an incredibly talented naturalist, and an amazing photographer! Thank you Eduardo!
Once we got to the resort, we were greeted with a refreshing and delicious cocktail and lots of smiles from the staff. I remember standing there and taking the sight of the resort in. I actually teared up because it was so beautiful. All of the different types of flowers, bushes, trees, landscape and how the buildings fit into the surrounding of the ocean was exquisite. We were standing in paradise. We made our way down the meandering path to our bungalow (Coco Joes), and again was amazed. The view of the ocean and private path, the hammocks, outdoor shower, and the seclusion and privacy of this space in the middle of the jungle was exactly what we wanted. It was perfect. Thank you Jeffrey and Cristol!
There is so much to do here! We walked and hiked to the big waterfalls, went on the canopy tour, walked and hung out at the swimming/ surf beach, did the nature tour, and took a long walk to another waterfall along the beach. Next time we come back, we’ll rent a four wheeler and head out of town for more exploring!
I can’t close this review without mentioning the food and your gracious wait staff. Every meal we had was absolutely delicious! Not only was the food incredible, but the presentation was beautiful. We could tell that a lot of love went into cooking every dish. We would like to send out our love and a special thank you to Xenia, Mileny, Lyn, Mima, and Christina. Your wait staff was so gracious, friendly and always accommodating, especially when it rained on our anniversary dinner, and a special private dinner was set up for us above the restaurant overlooking the ocean. Thank you Rafa, Christian, Harold, Patricia, Giselle, and Ana!
Thank you all so much for a vacation we’ll never forget and will highly recommend to all our friends and family. We hope to return some day. Hopefully sooner than later. Until then, we wish you all love, happiness, good health and lots of success in your lives.
John and Lara Hrinko
Montezuma was not initially on our list of planned cities or beaches to visit C.R. Halfway through our trip we met a couple who had just come from Ylang Ylang. They talked so admirably of the place that we had to see what it was all about. It was everything they promised and more! From the moment we where greeted in town we knew we were well taken care of! The kitchen staff prepared some wonderful and delicious meals. It’s obvious this cooking comes from the heart. Everyone and everything from the yoga, to the stunning grounds to the wildlife present, the holistic feel and “Pura vida”, we were looking for in Costa Rica.
This is a gorgeous, relaxing, lovely corner of the earth. we’ve already decided to come back again & for longer. All the personnel we encountered were friendly helpful & polite. Excellent food, great place!! – It’s difficult to say how special this place is. Thank you for the recreational, healing and fun experience. You do things well.
Jayne & Tom – Florida
Everything about Ylang Ylang was wonderful. The atmosphere is beautiful, luxurious, relaxing. We loved the staff and the food too! Thanks for the wonderful vacation and time away. We’d love to come back.
Robyn & Brad
A perfect paradise made memorable by the warm friends we made with the staff. All the animals and picture perfect views made this rustic luxury experience incredible for us we will spread the word far and wide that this is a special place to visit.
David + Stephanie – Vancouver, Canada
This is our second trip to Montezuma. The Ylang is a spectacular place! Not only is it an amazing scenic location but the staff and service we’ve received is outstanding! Thanks for a lovely and relaxing stay in Costa Rica.
Kara & Jerry
We had the time of our lives! Great place to stay! Have memories that will last forever. Great food!
Ahrold Family – California, USA
Never in all of my travels have I encountered a place where everyone treats you as a friend as apposed to a patron.
Every time a come back I leave not only with more incredible memories but also with new friends. I love this spot.
Erik Miller & Sara Doucet – San Diego, California
“ This is not a Hotel”
“This is Heaven!“
A beautiful paradise – Gorgeous pool, helpful people, super restaurant service. We are sorry to leave, hope to be back soon, but next time for much longer.
Mary & Bob Decker
What a perfect end to a great vacation! The staff was amazing and the views breathtaking. We had a great time and will be back!
Jen & Matt – Texas
We have just arrived back… home again after another amazing stay at Ylang Ylang and ‘paradise’. Your hospitality is very special, and we are so fortunate to have spent time with you and your family these past 3 weeks to get to know the history and the love that has gone into the development of such a unique and special resort.
We come home feeling 100% relaxed and healthy – the food you serve in your restaurant is the best, and the service was excellent, as we made new friends with Mario, Patricia, Christian, and others – they are very special and we hugged and took photos when we left.
The sound of the waves and the howler monkeys each morning is etched in our minds – as is the view, the waves crashing in on the beach, the walks to Montezuma, Playa Grande, Cocolito, Playa Manches, and others.
You truly have a most special place with Ylang Ylang – please don’t ever change it… We have tons of photos, memories, and visions in our minds from our trip to paradise… we will most definitely return to Ylang Ylang again.
Pura Vida! Bernard & Linda Cork – Canada
Words cannot express how amazing Ylang Ylang Resort and staff has been! I will carry these memories FOREVER! Thank you so much! Each and everyone of you are beyond amazing. You have made this adventure more amazing than it could have ever been!
Lydia – Kansas City, Missouri USA
Thank you so much for the amazing vacation! This is the most beautiful place on Earth! Your (Ashley & Connor) wedding was gorgeous as well. We are so sad to be leaving… we hope to return to Montezuma and Ylang Ylang sooner than later!
Jared & Kelly Swift
What would Nicoya Peninsula be without Ylang Ylang?? Thank you for yet another perfect stay. You have it all: the BEST staff!!! Perfect location! Food, living and surrounding! We will be back next December.
Helena & Amilia – Stochkolm, Sweden
I want to personally thank you, on behalf of myself and my dear friends, for a wonderful experience at your resort! We will recommend it highly! We came to the resort at the end of our Costa Rican adventure, so relished in the pampering we received! From the welcome tamarindo drink at the reception desk, to the wonderfully presented meals and accommodations, we felt truly special!
Each and every staffmember of your resort is acutely tuned in to making the Ylang Ylang experience a “once-in-a-lifetime” treat! The setting for the hotel is magical! We enjoyed the boat ride over from Jaco and even saw turtles on the way! The boat ride back took us by Tortuga Island, which was an unexpected surprise! Mario and the rest of the staff were gracious and appreciative of our compliments and interactions. The spa was incredible! We were in awe of the delicious food and how it was presented. It is obvious you take great care in making the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort truly memorable.
Thank you and all of your great staff for a very nice end to our Costa Rican adventure. We hope to visit again!
Fondly, Kathy Spring, Lois Howell, Theresa Torseth and Janet Waeschle
Thanks to the entire Ylang Ylang staff for a fabulous vacation and event. We will cherish the memories of our time here. The personal touch and friendly atmosphere is palpable here. Matthew & Martha Pyhala – Soldotna, Alaska USA
Dear Ylang Ylang.
Love it, love it!! Need I say more! Staff wonderful!! They rock! Accomodations were lovely! Food great!! Spa was great!We will be back with my husband and friends for sure! Hate to leave. See you all soon!! Mary Lou Weber
This trip to Costa Rica was fabulous- the views, the wildlife, the resort, the staff… we could go on and on with our compliments. You are lucky to live in such a special place- we will always remember your special hospitality and grace.
Jane Alberts – Alaska, USA
The ambience, gourmet food + staff (especially Mario) made this a highlight of our trip. We’ll be back!! Leigh, Susan + Shannon – San Diego + Kansas City, USA
I couldn’t have imagined how great this place was going to be. Best vacation I have EVER been on. Can’t wait to come back. Cara Buchanan & Nate Bach – North Carolina, USA
What a wonderful place- one of the most serene and magnificient in the world. Thank you for the awesome service, which truly made our stay. Tom Haley – Sydney, Australia