“A relaxed little Pacific paradise, with simple rooms, tents and bungalows, accessible only by beach”
There are 7 individual dome-shaped Bungalows, reached along a pretty path through vegetation. They were designed by the owners with wooden doors, triangular windows and handpainted interiors of palm trees on yellow rag-rolled walls. Each one is either on the beach or facing the jungle, and all are close to the pool with their own little balcony with a lounger - ideal for enjoying your perfect view of the ocean or forest.
Coco Joe’s is a deluxe split-level bungalow with 2 bedrooms. It only has an outdoor shower, but is more private and ideal for honeymooners or a family (if the children share the queensize bed).
The 3 split-level Family Beach Suites are in a separate building at the end of the path leading to the domes. Each has twin queensize beds downstairs and a loft with kingsize bed and balcony upstairs. Perfect for families.
In the same building, are more compact Standard Beach Rooms, each with 2 queensize beds and their own outdoor sitting space. There are hammocks on the beach for guests in these rooms to enjoy.
All rooms and bungalows have an overhead fan and useful spotlights either side of the bed for reading, plus the Bungalows, Coco Joe's and the Standard Beach rooms all have air conditioning. Family Beach Suites have a fridge and basic cutlery and crockery in case you want a picnic, along with a little sink. Mosquito nets are provided for the 'green' season (May to September), though they’re mostly for decoration as there are far fewer bugs here than in the central Pacific.
If you want to get very close to nature, the smart Tent Cabins each have a little balcony with chairs facing a pretty area of lawn planted with palms - a great space for children to play in - and you can catch a glimpse of the sea through the trees. They’re tall enough to stand up in and stand atop wooden slats; the windows are mosquito screened to keep bugs away.
The food at Ylang Ylang is imaginatively prepared to make the most of the local fish and tropical fruits, with diverse international influences, and will appeal to all palates - and those with a sense of adventure. My Mahi Mahi stuffed with white wine and mussel sauce was delicious, as was the grilled chicken Thai Teriyaki-style. There’s also barbecued jumbo shrimp kebab, some creative sushi combinations and several vegetarian options.
Breakfast starts with fresh fruit and juice, and then you choose from a list of cooked options, with some delicious pancakes or eggs with Gallo Pinto (the ubiquitous rice and beans) on offer. The rates include breakfast and dinner, and there’s a long happy hour from 3-6pm, tempting guests to stay on the premises rather than make the 15-minute trek along the beach to Montezuma.
Ylang Ylang’s restaurant is a pleasant place to hang out, a vaguely Mayan-style building, open to the waves, with a wide terrace area, all prettily lit at night for a romantic atmosphere. The views are tremendous and the feel is distinctly of a tropical island, with carved stone pillars, exotic animals carved into the stone bar, and warm sea breezes wafting through. Note that non-residents often pop in for happy hour, so you might want to wait a while if you fancy a quiet dinner.
Children will love the fact that you have to arrive here by taxi boat, even before they discover the pool, beach and roaming animals.
All ages are welcome; we think it's best for older children and teenagers. You need to keep a close eye on your children because of the setting, sea and roaming wildlife.
Teens (over 12)
We'd recommend booking a Family Beach Suite, which sleeps 6, and has a fridge and basic cutlery and crockery in case you want a picnic, along with a little sink. Alternatively book 2 Bungalows or turf your teen out to sleep in a Tent Cabin and sleep where you want. If you've got a small family (2 adults, 1-2 younger children), you could book Coco Joe's Bungalow.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Food is available all day; there's a kids menu in the restaurant plus half portions of adult mains for them, and a high/early tea. You can also walk along the beach to other child-friendly restaurants.
There's a mobile phone signal everywhere in the property. The nearest shop for nappies, toys, food etc is a 10 minute walk away.