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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Decameron Club Caribbean Runaway Bay
Relaxing fun in the sun March 13th-17th, 2003
After reading terrible reviews on Club Caribbean only one day before my friend (female age 23) and I (female age 25) left for our trip, we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. Although our room wasn't quite ready for us at check in, we had no problem becoming aquainted with the resort and making our way to the bar for Pineapple Juice and Coconut Rum. The bartenders and entertainment staff introduced themselves right away and were very friendly. The grounds were very safe and quiet and the beach was large enough so that you didn't feel crowded. Note to people with young American children, there were many European people while we were there so it was no surprise to see topless women on the beach....even worse, old men in speedos! The food is what can be expected for a resort trying to please all pallets. We decided to go to Ocho Rios for dinner one night. Our cab driver Kristopha recommended a great spot for fresh lobster. It is called Spring Hill Restaurant and although neither my friend nor I are huge seafood fans, the lobster and shrimp cocktail were great. Kristopha joined us (interesting guy...married to an American girl living in MN. He had to move back to take care of his sick father but was building a house for him and his wife in the meantime) and he had the red snapper that still had a head and teeth when it was served...even the waitress noted that the fish needed braces! Funny. We also went to Dunns River Falls which was exciting and scary at the same time, but we made it to the top. The nightly shows were fun...the rum may have helped a little. After the shows you can either go to bed or to the Disco which was ok. But, it's what you make of it. As is true of anywhere you go! The only thing that disappointed me was when I tried to call home to talk to my husband. One time the front desk said my calling card wouldn't work, an MCI calling card. Another time they said that I had no credit although I had established $50 worth the night before, but was given no receip with the assistant manager who was very accomodating, I got all $50 back even though I had made a phone call and used part of it the night the credit was established. If you plan on making phone calls while you are there....I recommend you bring an AT&T International Calling Card. My friend that I went with is already planning a trip back in September 2003. I would definately go back, but first I need to visit Australia with my husband!
My wife and I started our vacation at Club Caribbean on February 24, 2003 and spent two wonderful weeks. Checking was the quickest we had ever experienced, great service. Resort is a 3 star and not much more. We had a beach bungalow #18. Nothing like the sound of waves at night, very relaxing. Room was always clean and our chambermaid excellent. We never had lack of hot water as some people have mentioned. The beach consists of four different coves with several loungers. This resort is great if you want to relax and chill out. The nightly entertainment was pretty lame, but okay. The staff are all polite and we never had a problem with any of them. The food is great, especially the med-cafe. You must try the seafood medley. The oriental restaurant is also great, here you must try the shrimp pad thai, it's very tasty. The buffet restaurant had a different theme each night and we we're always more than happy with the selection. Drinks were easy to get and they are not shy with the rum. Robert makes the best pina colada I ever had. Bring a big mug to cut down on bar trips. Weather was perfect with an average of 30 degrees celcius, rained one afternoon for a few hours. Overall we have nothing to complain about. Don't listen to the bad review. Just remember that you are in a different country and that things won't be as good as home. Enjoy your holiday and don't get stressed out. We met several people that have been going there for 20 years.If you're looking for a semi-quiet resort, then I recommend this one highly. We will return some day. Also, if you're looking for a cab driver, just outside the resort on the left side corner, ask for Donald. He is great and has really good rates. He will bring you on any tour you want. Say hi to him for us. Enjoy!!!
Absolutely wonderful vacation!
Hi there, Before going to the Royal Decameron I had read some mixed reviews on this web site but after vacationing there I'd like to just say a bit about the resort.We arrived there on a beautiful Monday afternoon and once we reached the resort we were greeted with a cold and very tasty glass of fruit punch. Unfortunately there wasn't any rum in there but the bar wasn't too far away.We had absolutely no problems with checking in and the cottage that we were provided (we booked a garden view), however, upon arrival we were told that we would be given an ocean view cottage for the first night until our cottage was ready. We would have loved to have kept the ocean view for the whole week but honestly I think the ocean would have kept me awake.The entertainment group were wonderful and the shows were great. Very well put together and definitely kept the interest of everyone. The entertainment usually lasts till 11:00 and after that you can just hang at the main bar by the pool or head to the disco to dance a little or shoot a little pool.The bar staff and all restaurant staff were amazing. The were very friendly and helpful and always there when you needed anything....more water and definitely more wine! We made a lot of friends and in Jamaica whether you know the people or not they are your friend.The food at the resort was really good. There was a little repetition but there was always something that would catch your eye. We ate at both restaurants and the food was really good there as well. At the Thai restaurant I highly recommend the Curry Seafood Casserole and at the Café Med I recommend the Seafood Linguini and the Snapper. There was also a beach grill which served hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, pizza (must try), and jerk chicken. There was two pools on the resort. One was at the main bar (a little on the small side but nice) and there was usually a lot of kids around this one but the other was towards the back of the resort and I don't think kids under 12 were allowed. We usually didn't hang at the pool during the day as it was very loud with the entertainment and kids so we chose to stay close to the beach/ocean.Friday night is Jamaica night on the resort. You get to try all the popular dishes of the Jamaican people. As well there were vendors allowed on the resort that night to set up tables and sell paintings, wood sculptures, jewelry, key chains, etc.We didn't go off the resort on any tours but did venture to a public beach down the road toward Hedonism III and Beaches. It was a real nice beach, the sand was very fine and shinny. The water was even a different colour and quite warm. There was also a few locals selling wood sculptures, jewelry, etc. on the beach which you didn't find on the resort. There was two gift shops on the resort but the items were set prices and there was no way in talking them down.Overall we feel that we made a good choice and would highly recommend it to anyone. It is a great place for couples, families and singles. Jamaica is a beautiful island and a must see!!
My wife and i were advised to go to club caribbean by our daughter and we enjoyed it so much that we're currently setting up a return if we can get cabin #5 in sept. of this year.
You make it a great vacation.
My first trip to Jamaica was January 2000. I packed up the children and we went to a five star resort. It was the trip of a lifetime. I had heard the horror stories and I never left the walls of the resort. I met some great people and most of them were Jamaicans.Three months later I returned with a co worker from RI who is Jamaican and has been here 8 years. I stayed at the Club Caribbean. The first day I was like where have you brought me? He said give it a couple of days and see. I gave it a couple of days and have spent eight more weeks there since. I learned a lot in a couple of days. The fun is on the outside. Once you get into the villiages, they are some of the nicest people. Bring a couple of dollars to purchase a beer at the small stands scattered everywhere. If someone offers you something you don't want most times a simple no thank you is all you need.I am 37 and single if you go there hoping to be entertained non stop your in the wrong place. As I found out its double the price if you want them to baby you at the five stars.
It was awful
In November 2001, my family and I took a vacation to "Club Caribbean" in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. This resort was picked based on the rating that was supplied by Apple Vacation. It was rated a "3" (should have been rated 1 ½) and considered a family resort by Apple Vacation. However, when we arrived at the resort all the information that provided by Apple Vacation was FALSE. When we arrive at the resort, it was awful and here is why......Room One: The moment we walked in, the curtains were falling off the hinges. The air conditioning unit was placed in a cutout hole that was never sealed, which was evidences enough by the rust growing around the inside of the unit. On the outside, the air conditioning unit was rusted so badly, that a big hole on one side of the unit and rust covering the entire motor. The dresser had knobs missing; the bathroom had ants two different times, which we complained twice. As for the bed, it had grey sheets that looked like they were never washed. The six nights that we where there, our pillowcases were never changed (pillows were also flat) and are sheets continued to remain grey until the last two days. We along with all the other guests were bit by bed bugs and mosquitoes during the night. We also did not have any towels on a couple of days. Room Two: Had all the same problems as Room One with additional problems. There was no ceiling fan in the room, just a spot where it once was. When it rained, the room became flooded so bad that the bed spread had to be changed. When we called the first time to complain, they said they had already taken care of it, but that was not the case. When we arrived, the room was still flooded, and we had to complain a second time. As for the resorts so-called reputation for being a family resort, this was completely false. We had our twelve-year-old son with us and we were shocked to see that 80% of the people on the beach were topless, and it stayed this way during our entire stay. This was not restricted to one side of the beach, it was all over the resort. If Apple Vacation pointed this out in their advertisement, this resort would not have considered for my family. The same also apply to the rating that it was given. As for the water sports that were so highly publicized, this was also disappointing. We could not do any snorkeling; ride the paddleboat, during our entire stay. We did get to kayak, but only a ¼ of a mile out. We did learn how to wind surf, but they would not let us windsurf (after our lessons) on our own. We did learn how to sail, but we could not take the boats out on our own. We did get to ride on the glass bottom boat only to get 1 ½ miles away from the resort to have the motor die. We waited 15 minutes for the dive boat to tow us in. This was the first and last time anyone was able to get on this boat. The food was a joke and the variety in food sucked. Living in New Mexico, we were looking forward to the many different types of fresh fish that we were going to eat. At dinner (only), they served cod and it was cooked the same way every time. The meals were never anything that made you want to get more, nor were they anything to look forward too.The staff (Jamaicans) was great considering what they had to deal with. As for the new owners, they were unfriendly. We saw the woman owner more than once, and you would think that she would stop and asked you how our stay was going. Well, she was a complete snob with no friendliness what so ever. The Jamaicans always made us feel welcome, which is why we always come back to the island of Jamaica.
Club Caribbean does NOT deliver what you reserve! Go at your own risk!
I've been to Club Caribbean a couple of times. First time was ok but not great. The front desk people were rude and indifferent and refused to delivered what I reserved: a beachfront cottage. It took days of arguments, pleading with the managment, etc., before we were moved to the accomodations that we've reserved and paid for. From talking to people at the resort we found out that it was their modus operandi: you got the reserved accomodations only if you complained long enough. Second time was worse. Again, they explained to us that there was no availability at there resort. The desk clerk was nasty and didnt seem to care. We never got out beach front cottage. Go at your own risk or if you enjoy stressful, unpleasant situations!
Watch the staff
The Royal Decameron Club Caribbean resort is not what I would say to be the best place I have ever stayed but it is the worst! The resort is old and need some fixing up, they are working on it but only half doing the job. The restraunt was great and the food was very good. The bar was the best as the drinks keep me from wanting me to move to a different property.
The little cabanas were quaint but the AC was very loud and kept me up at night. The shower is good only for 7 minuets so the wife and I could only take a very quick shower each and the recovery on the water heater was 3 hours so that was not an option. The beach was small and being on the north coast you could only walk for a 100 yards on it so that was out. The wind kept the surf in a sandy mess all the time so you could not very well swim with out becoming loaded with sand. Went diving a few times and the cost was a little high but the staff tried to do the best that they could but with the visibility of only 25 feet one day I should of dived in Missouri.
The worst thing that happened on the second day was that one of the beach staff tried to pick a fight with me so he could pick my pocket. He was joking around with me a shoving me and then I felt his fingers go in my pocket where I had my cash. This is the first time this has ever happened to me anywhere in the world. I informed the management what had happened and I had people that saw this happen so to make a long story short the employee is no longer employed. The management was sorry that it happened but never made a offer to upgrade or do anything extra for what had happened, jut to say that they were sorry and that this was the first time it had ever happened.
This was the third time that we have been to Jamaica in the past 9 years and I don't think we will ever be going back to the trash island.
Club Caribbean cruddy
My wife and I went to Club Caribbean - Royal Decameron. We were disappointed. Firstly we have to say the scenery -- beautiful beaches, nice blue water and lovely proximity to the huts and cabins -- was great. It's a nicely set-up resort. But it depends on what you're looking for. If it's a romantic getaway with no worries about stumbling onto a hotel staff member then this may be an okay place for you.
If you smoke cigarettes -- don't be fooled. The resort says US cigs are available -- and they are. You just have to be patient enough to get them one at a time. While you wait at the bar.
Service was sub-par at best. The workers weren't very helpful nor were they all that pleasant. Quite a few of them seemed more concerned about getting you "the best" pot for a good price.
If you're into that sort of thing, don't go for it.
It's like the service....subpar at best.
Our hut was very nice, right by the beach. But the roof leaked right onto our bed. No biggie but we wonder how long this has been going on. They're not too quick on the old hammer and screwdriver at this place. My wife almost sprained her ankle in an outdoor shower. Loose board.
The disco was boring as were most of the guests.
One of the beach bars was mysteriously closed the first couple of days...no reason given. The swim-up bar either never existed or was taken from its misery and installed in a better resort pool.
We think service and accomodation can make or ruin a vacation. These people didn't make you want to tip them. Sad. They just seemed to be walking through the process.
The entertainers were very energetic and patient. They had a lame act and an equally lame audience but we give them credit for working hard and acting professsionally.
The people we encountered in Ochos Rios were equally unhelpful and terse.
Avoid the market at Ochos Rios. Overly aggressive salespeople who begin to wear on your nerves.
And there's this dude who will want to sell you great mushrooms. I think they were old tires. He's at the exit for the Jamican Grand, right along the beach. Rents jetskis and parasails -- rips off tourists by selling them bad mushrooms.
The food was okay but became repetitive.
Recommendations if you DO go:
1) rethink your decision
2) okay, just kidding but honestly, this isn't a very good resort. So be in the mood to get away from everything because you're basically made to feel captive. We thought the broken glass embedded onto the top of the fence was to keep people out. Maybe it was to keep us in.
3) bring big plastic glasses -- the bars can be far away on the beach and the bartenders serve in little plastic cups.
4) don't expect much if you smoke.
We're going back to Turkey.
Had a great time in Antalya....now THAT'S a place we'd recommend.
T and M in Ottawa
We departed Saturday from Denver, CO to the Club Caribbean Resort, located in Jamaica. We arrived there at 7:30 PM after a lengthy day of travel.
When we arrived, they explained to us, that there was no availability at there resort. The desk clerk was nasty and didn't seem to care that we had just traveled for over 14 hours. She didn't care that we were exhausted and had these reservations for over 6 months. She abruptly told us that we were being transferred to another resort and that there was no other options. It was as if the roles had reversed and she was the customer and we were working for her. We were told that we would be transferred to a 4 star resort. We were then loaded into a van and taken to the Jamaica Grand Hotel in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. The Jamaica Grand was not the secluded, romantic spot that we were hoping for? It was loud and had the atmosphere of a three-ring circus. When we originally made these plans, we wanted to have a second honeymoon, free from the kids. If I wanted a resort like this, I would have went to Orlando Florida.
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