Royal Decameron Beach Resort, Golf & Casino
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With not a cloud in sight and the temperature hitting the high 30s, shade is at a premium. So we snagged lounge chairs under a palm tree right near our coveted balcony room and pretty much camped out for the day. It's quieter today and our little spot is away from all the action at the pools and beside the tranquility of the spa area. It's a tough …
July 30th Left Bocas del Toro at 8.00am arrived to Panama City and took the bus to Santa Clara. The bus that takes you to Santa Clara is Aguadulce or Anton, either one you just tell the bus driver to drop you off in Santa Clara. After two hours drive the bus dropped us on the highway and we (Tyler, Kelley and myself ) had to walk 1km to Las …
August 1st Took a bus to Farallon, 20 minutes from Santa Clara went to a Resort DeCameron for two nights
We just finished our one of luxury and pampering at the Royal Decameron Resort near Fallaron, Panama. It was literally paradise. The first thing about this area is that is located in what is called a microclimate. This area's rainy season is only 2 months of the year compared to the rest of the country's 6 months. Another thing you should know that …
I travelled to Panama with my remaining two children in July 2005. We went there to view the accident site where my 22 year old daughter and her best friend were killed in a traffic accident in August 2004. Seven people were killed in the accident. My daughter and her friend went on what they thought was a safe vacation to a 5 star resort in Panama …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Decameron Beach Resort, Golf & Casino Farallon
Last time i went there i made sure to include in my reservation form that i wanted a room right in front of the beach and not a room upstairs. I told the office lady that last time they gave me a wrong room and the lady answered me that it wont' happen again. she was WRONG. When we arrived there, they assigned us room 34, which is right at the very back, far end, right in the corner!!! i was so pissed off and told them that i wasnted to talk to the GM. They refused to let me talk to the manager because i was under-age. I thought that was very riduculous and that a 5 starts resort shouldn't show PREJUCDICE against their clients. When i told them that i did not wanted that room they told me that they had NO more room in the lower area (near the beach). I simply stood there and the lady who was waiting behind me went up to the front desk and they assigned her a room that was right in front of the beach. they pratically LIED to me!!! I was so mad that i started to yell at them and told them that their service simply - SUCKED - ! At this point one of the people who worked at the fornt desk came up to me and told me that since i was young i SHOULD DESERVE to walk the stairs up and down to get to the beach. In addition to that he also told me that the rooms downstairs were reserved to the HANDICAPPED people ONLY. which obviously was not true. I felt really ripped off because i paid the exact SAME amount of money as the lady who was behind me in the line and all the other people who were vacationing there. It was really UNfair that i had to be put in a room so far away just because i was young. I really think that they have no service skills and they do not think that the customers come first, which is the base of all service type business.
We recently visited the Royal Decameron in Panama and found it to be an excellent value. We travel extensively during the year( at least 4-5 vacations) and we usually take 1 cruise and several land vacations, mostly all inclusive. The rooms were nice, but not luxurious (no little bottles of shampoo, etc.) We did have to call for air conditioning service because you are unable to control the temperature by yourself. It was actually too cold! But service arrived prompltly and took care of the problem. Most of the rooms ( I believe there are about 600 rooms total) face the beach, which is very lovely, however there were jellyfish in the ocean so we did not swim there. That was not a problem because the resort has many pools and they were never crowded. The food for an all inclusive was fairly good. Let's face it, you very rarely get gourmet food when you are feeding that many people. But trust me, you will certainly not go hungry! They have several a la carte restaurants that you have to make reservations for in the morning and I especially liked the Mediterranean restaurant. FYI the rainy season starts the end of April and goes for several months. We did get caught in a couple of downpours. The entertainment at night was not too bad, and not as "corny" as some of the resorts we've visited. It's something to do in the evening. I also would like to mention the excursions that they have. They were extremely well organized (even to calling us with a wake up call when we didn't even ask them to!) and very well priced. We took an excursion to Panama City and the Canal(2 hours from the resort) . It was very well done, the guide was great and very knowledgable. They took us to a good restaurant for lunch and I believe the entire cost was $60 a person. (If you've taken an excursion on a cruise, you know that this is quite a bargain) The people we met were very friendly, but we probably were the only Americans in the resort. There were quite a few people from Canada. Other than that, you'd better know some Spanish! Have fun if you go, we did!
This was my first visit to panama, and the trip was a last minute deal as well. Most of what the other reviews say are right on. This place is huge!! Everything is situated on the side of a hill, along a long section of beach. This involves a lot of walking, but I am on vacation so who cares!! plus the grounds are kept in perfect condition. Tonnes of flowers, trees, plants etc so the walk was very nice. If you are a little on the older side there are golf carts that pick you up and will take you around. Checking in is a breeze. There is a 2 hour bus ride to the resort, but it goes fast and the guide on the bus does their best to keep you entertained, and the bus is air conditioned. You stop once for a stretch, but like other reviews say, take a snack as its a long day. Your luggage goes on another truck and arrives when you do, As you are getting checked in there are guys carrying your bags to your room. Very good system. The first night you eat in the buffet, as the other restaurants require reservations, but all of them are nice. I went with a party of 4 (25-32yrs for 8 days) and none of us had any problems with the food. The disco is small, but fun, and the thai food restaurant was the best (for me anyway). The shows are a bit better than the usual stuff you get at an all inclusive. Its the hotel staff in the show ( thats normal ) but they do a real good job. Nice costumes, good music and lots of interaction. The Miss panama contest is hilairious!! They try to sell a CD after every show. Dont bother,
Great place, gorgeous grounds. Food is excellent, 7 different restaraunts, all included for 90 bucks a day for two people total! Unlimeted drinks, food, and even cigs! Check for rainy season though. Panama is the next costa rica, buy your real estate now!
From April 26 to May 3rd, I was at The Royal DeCameron Costa Blanca in Panama and it was the most relaxing vacation I've ever been on. I am in my 20's and went with friends but met many friendly people there. Most people were couples or families, but there is something for everyone to do. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone, except perhaps the disabled or elderly because the resort is situated on a hill, so there are some long steps to climb. There are little shuttles that come around to bring people around the resort, but I walked around because the grounds were just so beautiful.
my husband and i went to the decameron in panama pretty much in the dark. it was a last minute deal and we had no review to read here so i guess i am one of the first to write one. it is a positive one.
This is an excellent resort! The people are friendly, the grounds are absolutley beautiful and the food is very well prepared. We loved it, and can't wait to go back! Everything is super clean and the pools are amazing. Try learning a little Spanish before you go - very helpful, and the people appreciate it so much. One thing I would like to stress is this is not home, people don't speak English very well - and nor should they be expected to! This is a Spainish speaking country, so don't get upset when their is a bit of a language barrier. Just get a good Spainish travel booklet, and have fun! Also be aware that the bus ride from the airport to the hotel is approximatley 2 hours. The bus driver stops at a little store where you can buy a beer for 1 U.S. dollar and hop back on the bus - great fun! I actually didn't mind the bus trip there; we were able to see a portion of the country that way.
Great place to stay and play!!!!
Brand new resort (2001).Three in one vacation. This place is great! The resort is beautiful, food is magnificent and the beach is a perfect.
You can do rainforest tours, see Panama city, or just stay on the resort and veg.I would go here every year if I could.
It was a surpise to take my parents, of all people that I want to enjoy themselves. We arrived to the resort and the lack of professionalism at the front desk would certainly be the begining of a multitude of probems. The rooms are clean, nice and comfortable. We stayed facing the beach/ocean which was nice but needed to be requested at the time of check-in. The service in all the bars was WORST than BAD. With this all-inclusive resort, you better eat til your hearts content to get your money out of it because the drinks contain little or NO alcohol. The food was adequate, but no alot of variety after staying a couple of days. The service at the front desk, the bars and shops was very bad. With a 5 star rating, I posed the question to the GM as to who exactly is the responsible party to issue such status- because this by far was a 2 star resort. I have traveled to many resorts around the world, and this by far is the worst. The staff lacked professionalism and had no interest to ensure you were adequately taken care of (such as a 5 star resort would). Save your money.