July 25, 2005
We ended up seeing nearly every type of room that they offer. We started out with a beach bungalow. Some people love the bungalow experience, but we did change rooms because it wasn't what we were looking for on our honeymoon. For one, it was extremely small, which shouldn't have surprised me, but it did bother me. Secondly, there were no screens to keep out bugs, and there was an ant trail of leaf-cutter ants swarming on the bed. The hotel manager did say they had never seen so many ants on a bed before and it was probably due to the torrential rain. They sprayed the bed, but we still felt uncomfortable, so we switched to their suites in the beachfront hotel. This was better, since it was on the second floor and much larger. However, because it was the rainy season, we had bats and all kinds of other wildlife entering the room. The hotel would be greatly improved by adding screens to their windows. Then one could open up the big double doors and let in the breeze without letting in the neighborhood.
Ylang-ylang does have amazing food and the property is beautiful. The beach access is superb - you are right there on the beach all by yourselves. Their yoga studio was beautiful, although we didn’t use it. The staff is friendly and helpful. It is obvious why this property is the darling of guidebooks.
Walking to town during the rainy season can be quite an adventure. Tiny rivulets become mighty torrents, creating rivers from the jungle to the beach that walkers must cross. When my traveling companion injured her foot, we changed to the in-town El Sano Banano because she couldn't walk out to the resort. In town, the rooms vary with size but have the same decor as the resort. The in-town hotel has air-conditioning. It's also quite quiet, even being located on the main strip of Montezuma on a Thursday night. The food here is great, and we enjoyed the movie that they played that night.
From journal Adventurous Honeymoon in Costa Rica