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!