Let me tell you my Ylang Ylang story…By some incredible stroke of luck, I found Ylang Ylang Resort by surfing the internet for places to have a wedding in Costa Rica. My fiance and I had never been to Costa Rica so we had some homework to do. I read EVERY review on trip advisor, scoured through the Costa Rica guidebooks, maps, weather reports, looked at every picture on Flicker and on Ylang Ylang website, scrutinized their menu, etc. etc. and when I saw that the Ylang Ylang even came complete with a built-in wedding planner, I was sold. Planning a destination wedding in a destination you have never been is risky — anyone will tell you. I expected bumps in the road. I figured it would rain. I figured not too many people would show up. blah blah. In other words, I was excited, but prepared!
What I could never, EVER, have expected was the absolute best wedding, party, resort, and family that I could have ever dreamed of. I keep telling people — it was like a dream! And it is all because of the absolutely incredible, dedicated, hard-working staff and people at Ylang Ylang that felt like family after our single week there. Not to mention that I think they have beautifully preserved one of the most exquisite places on earth!
I can’t possibly fill you in on all the details that made this place so amazing — but I promise, this is a place that pays attention to detail. The staff learn your names if you stay for a couple of days. You will have fresh flowers in your room every day. You will eat wonderfully cooked meals in a location that appreciates the natural beauty of it’s surroundings. I had two amazing spa treatments where I, again, felt the attention to detail really set this place apart. The pool is beautiful. The ocean is spectacular. The grounds are gorgeous. The rooms are cute, comfortable, and all have a great deck or porch.
(And you can’t go wrong with the price, which includes two great meals per day… trust me – dinner alone is worth it!)
We stayed in Coco Joe’s and loved it. But I had all my friends and family spread throughout the resort and I didn’t hear a single person who didn’t like their accomodations. This is an awesome chill-out spot, with hammocks strung up and tucked around in perfect chill-out locations with views of the ocean.
I feel like a found a hidden treasure in Ylang Ylang and if I didn’t love them so much, then I wouldn’t tell anyone else about them so that it could continue on, unspoiled, in cute little Montezuma forever! People don’t believe you when you give five stars for everything — but, I really think they deserve it, so check it out!
I’m happy to give you more details, but it is certainly, the most perfect place for a wedding. They did everything just beautifully, and Moraya is the greatest wedding coordinator EVER! He and his family even put in extra effort to give John and I something as simple as a few plumeria (flor blanca) that we wanted for a special reason for the wedding. Truly, attention to the important details.
I will never be able to thank them enough for what turned from risky business into one of the best weeks of my life!
Sophie Peterson, May 10th, 2010