The Royal Decameron Complex is composed of three hotel units: Flamingos, Tropical and Royal, and is located 20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport on an extensive stretch of beach overlooking the beautiful Bay of Banderas in the town of Bucerias in Riviera Nayarit.
The all-inclusive package includes all meals and snacks, unlimited domestic alcoholic beverages, a daily activities program, non-motorized watersports, and more. The colorful architecture of the Royal Decameron Complex offers five swimming pools, four of which are suitable for children, and a long stretch of beach where you can enjoy different activities, non-motorized watersports, and bar services. The Royal Decameron Complex also offers the Vallarta disco, three tennis courts, one soccer pitch, and a fun Kids' Club.
You can also enjoy a large number of buffet and a la carte options with specialized restaurants including: JAP JAP, Wok, Mexicano Fusión, Piccolo, and Steak House. Enjoy tropical libations at the six bars along the beach and beside the swimming pools.
14 miles (20 minutes` driving time) from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, this property is on Flamingos Beach on the Bay of Banderas in Nuevo Vallarta. Downtown Puerto Vallarta is 30 minutes away.
LAZARO CARDENAS NO 150
Barber / Beauty Salon
Disco / Nightclub
Shopping Mall Nearby
Number of Pools: 4
Outdoor Pools: 4
There is one activities pool, one quiet adults only pool, two regular pools and children`s pools.
Los Flamingos Golf Course - 2 miles away
Los Flamingos is a par 72, 18-hole course designed by Percy Clifford. This beautiful golf course is just 2 miles away from the hotel.
Green Fees: $Fee
Cart Fee: $Fee
Club Rental Fees: $FEE
Number of Courts: 3
Outdoor Courts: 3
Raquet Rental Fees: $Fee
Water Sports on Site
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Other Sports Available
Other Sports: Basketball.
Health Club / Spa
Nautilus Equipment: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
The Royal Decameron is a rustic and secluded Mexican-style complex with 485 air-conditioned rooms, each with a balcony or terrace. The buildings are decorated in bright, vibrant colors, creating an active, friendly Mexican atmosphere.
This is a complete All-Inclusive resort where guests have access to a wide range of facilities and services. Drinks inside and admission to the disco are included, and the property offers six restaurants, six bars, and three tennis courts.
Beach: The property is situated on 275 yards of pristine beach on Banderas Bay.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 510
Year Opened: 1995
No handicap access. No Spring Breakers.
All rooms have a balcony or patio with a view of a garden, pool or the ocean, Two double beds or one king size, Bathroom with shower, Air-conditioning, Satellite television, Telephone, In room safe (extra charge).
Other Amenities -
There is a charge for Room Safes
Royal Decameron Complex features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at Royal Decameron Complex:
The Tropical -
Serving dinner only, reservations are required.
The Royal -
Serving dinner only, reservations are required.
Serving a continental breakfast, grilled items for lunch and midnight snacks.
Village Grill -
A casual poolside grill.
El Palmar Restaurant -
A buffet restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with special theme nights. No tank tops or bathing suits.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Daily Activities Program.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Live Entertainment, Disco.
The hotel offers supervised activities for kids (there must be a minimum of 10 children).
Applicable Ages: 3 to 12 years old.
Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
439 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Royal Decameron Complex to their friends and family
This was our first stay and won't be our last. Great food, staff was amazing, and the resort was super clean all of the time! The location being so close to Bucerias will ensure our return. Not a...
This was our first stay and won't be our last. Great food, staff was amazing, and the resort was super clean all of the time! The location being so close to Bucerias will ensure our return. Not a 5 star but a super 3 star and will go back! Thank you to the staff for a great week. Highly recommend!
Great winter escape
Sun Dec 14 12:22:11 EST 2014
We usually go to Egypt at this time of year but decided on a change as this holiday came in as a similar price and included a more comfortable flight on the Dreamliner ( 11 hours however was so...
We usually go to Egypt at this time of year but decided on a change as this holiday came in as a similar price and included a more comfortable flight on the Dreamliner ( 11 hours however was so comfortable and cabin crew were excellent it flew by ). The hotel was on a par to those we have stayed in in Egypt it is 3 star, however the food and drink were far better. There were also a distinct lack of flies when comparing.
Yes there is no coffee making facilities in the room, no problem, collected from one of the many coffee stations whilst booking al la carte restaurants. All restaurants were good to excellent. Shows were also entertaining, rooms and resort spotless.
The beach bars could do with more variety of music, repeated the same old C.Ds.
We will definately return, especially as the flight was so good. Would advise otherts to try this resort and complex.
Beach beds are hard and a lilo does help also used to float around the many pools, bought at the hotel shop for 4 or 5 pounds, well worth it for the added comfort.
We also managed to pick up Wi Fi from our balcony block 4 3 rd floor.
No other complaints at all, loved it . Also used by Mexicans which helped give it that authentic feel rather than just another big American resort.
Another Great Visit
ponds2222, Peterborough, Canada
Sat Dec 13 16:21:54 EST 2014
It was our 3rd visit now and we stayed 14 days, Nov 27 - Dec 11. Check-in was slow this time round as we arrived on the bus from the airport instead of taking a taxi. Once the wrist band was on it...
It was our 3rd visit now and we stayed 14 days, Nov 27 - Dec 11. Check-in was slow this time round as we arrived on the bus from the airport instead of taking a taxi. Once the wrist band was on it was All Good going forward. As you've read from other reviews of this hotel it is a great place to stay. This visit was just as good as our previous two. Food quality or taste can be unique. Guests we conversated with about certain Alacarts was varied. What we considered very good they thought mediocre. It is a difference in how one likes spice, peppers. salt etc. We did alacart every night and enjoyed it. Food presentation is great there.You get a little art of your meal. Service is second to none. Drinks are thin as usual but if its important - drink more. There was a dark beer - Indio and I liked it better than the light XX. There was a rumour of the resort being sold. I heard it the once at the back adult pool but nothing was stated as fact. Wasn't talked about outside of the one time that day. Had a brother join us this year. Was his 3rd All Inclusive he'd visited this year and was very happy there. He won't write a review though as he's not a computer user. We did not get tired of the buffets. They change it up daily so it's not so repetitive. We are decided on 3 weeks next year.
Only 2 bads about our visit. 1) The bed. It is hard. You get a good 4 - 5 hrs sleep before you start waking up. 2) Our last night we did the buffet at the Flamingo and it did not go well with the service. The Decameron has always set a high standard for service that to see them fall very short of it was disappointing. To be honest - It's their standard, not mine! I spoke with the Food & Beverages Manager about it. The entire resort is filled with Great, Hard Working Employees Who Do Care! It can't be an easy task trying to nail 100% every day. The Royal DC has a Great product and Service Completes It!!
Some things have changed here
gerry t, Delta, Canada
Fri Dec 12 14:21:58 EST 2014
This was my 3rd visit to this resort It still is the same place everyone is use to How ever in my opinion the place is on a change I have heard the resort has been sold So I really do not know how...
This was my 3rd visit to this resort It still is the same place everyone is use to How ever in my opinion the place is on a change I have heard the resort has been sold So I really do not know how this will affect future visits the this complex The food has really been scaled back for sure from the buffets to the specialty restaurants The vibrant colors that were once decorating to walls are slowly been changed from oranges &blues to grays & reds The beds are a bit better than our last stay The staff is as always great & mostly still the same (This says something ) All in all dollar for dollar the place has fantastic value If you expect 5 star for your 3 star dollar it is not here If you expect 3 star you get much better I would personally read up on reviews as your trip comes nearer as I do not know how this resort will go I talked to the new manager & he seems eager to improve the resort Weather this happens or not I really can not say As for my trip it was fantastic I just would hate to steer anyone wrong Change is on the way weather good or bad I just would advise you to be aware Hope this helps
Excellent vacation at affordable price
CalgaryBound, Calgary, AB
Thu Dec 11 15:40:57 EST 2014
Decameron Complex, Bucerias, Mexico Nov 23, 2014 for 14 days
We spent 2 weeks here and absolutely enjoyed ourselves. Now remember that our definition of enjoyment may be different from yours so...
Decameron Complex, Bucerias, Mexico Nov 23, 2014 for 14 days
We spent 2 weeks here and absolutely enjoyed ourselves. Now remember that our definition of enjoyment may be different from yours so take it with a grain of salt.
Arrival and check-in were pretty straight forward, they had everyone?s stuff set out alphabetically so it was easy to get checked in and get your keys etc. It only took a couple of minutes and we were on our way. Safe keys can be picked up at the cashier in the main lobby, they are a bit pricier than some places but well worth the peace of mind. If you want to change American dollars to Peso's then you need to bring your passport with you. If you're changing Canadian funds then you don't need to. You will always get a better rate at a bank than at the resort so unless you really need the money right now, take the time to walk up to the highway and hit the bank machine.
The only hitch was getting our luggage. We followed the instructions and pointed out our luggage for the bell hop and then he said to make our way to the room and he would be right there. After waiting about 15 minutes in the room we decided to wander around the resort expecting the bell hop to be able to put the luggage in the room. Apparently they don't have access to the rooms (a good thing) and he didn't want to leave it outside our door (a smart thing) so he took them back to reception and locked them up. I grabbed it myself and took them to the room, sorry, no tip for you.
This is a very large complex with 6 blocks of rooms and I believe their capacity is around 1200 people. The first week there the place was pretty full and it was hard to get chairs reserved in your ideal spot if you weren't up by 7:30 at the latest, and even at that time most of the good spots were gone. That was U.S. Thanksgiving week so very busy. The second week was quieter.
Reserving your Ala carte was even more difficult than I remembered from our previous visit about 4 years ago. You have to line up at 7am to get a number that they put out at 7:30am and then be back at 8 am when they start taking reservations. They only have so many spots to give out but you can book for today and tomorrow at the same time. The number of reservations they give out are further restricted as they have 2 locations taking reservations on stand alone laptops. Each place can give out 30% of tomorrows reservations and 50% of today?s. We found that booking thru the one near the Flamingo restaurant up near the beach was the easiest as most people only thought they could make the reservations at the front. A minor difficulty but not too bad, always plenty of other guests to talk to while waiting.
The resort was very clean and all of the staff were extremely friendly and always asking if everything was OK. When you walk up to the buffet restaurants the waiters are calling you over to sit in their section instead of ignoring you like a lot of places do. Sometimes it feels like they don't want you around so this was a nice touch. The staff here remember what you are drinking after a couple of days and then make a point of saying good morning and asking how you are.
There are 5 pools I believe, 1 adult quiet pool by building 5, a family friendly, fairly quiet pool by building 6 and then 3 additional pools up by the beach. Those pools were loud with lots of people, read children, and music playing by the activity pool. We didn't stay up there as it's too busy for us old folks. We like to relax and read during the day and it's hard to do that with dance music blaring out of the speakers right beside the pool.
The beach is OK, it's the pacific side after all so no white coral sand beaches, just the blonde sand that gets hot under the sun. Not enough Palapas and they are way too close to each other to be comfortable. Plus the added, all day long, traffic from the beach venders makes you wonder why anyone sits on the beach. The one great plus is that the beach goes on for miles and is very walkable. Just make sure you keep track of how long you walk in one direction, you do have to come back after all. We saw several baby turtles making their way to the ocean after the full moon, and even saved one from the clutches of a bird. November is turtle hatching month so you will see them if you look. Just remember to NOT touch them, let them find their own way to the water. They need to imprint on the beach so that they can find their way back in how ever many years it takes them to mature. Let them be and just enjoy their presence.
There are a bunch of bars throughout the resort with 3 of them along the beach. No swim up bars unfortunately. The bars were the same for the most part. Always friendly bartenders and again, they remember your drinks after a couple of days and when they see you coming up they get them ready. Bring lots of small bills to tip these people, they deserve it for the excellent service. Booze, well booze is booze and if you're too much of a snob to drink the local stuff then too bad for you. I don't have an issue with the local beer or the bar stock hard liquor, I know some people do but remember, your on vacation in Mexico so either pony up the extra money for a 5 star resort or just enjoy what you've got for the price you paid.
The food was typical Mexican resort food, a little bit of everything. Pork, Beef, Chicken and Fish at every lunch and dinner buffet, salads and soups to fill you up and fresh bread if you eat that stuff. The selection can get boring after the first week but if you limit what you eat and try different things each day then it's not too bad. We usually like to only include 1 protein in our meal instead of all of them so that we don't have the same meal each day. A little forethought and you will be fine. But people will be people and not everyone likes everything so any food review is purely subjective to the person making the review. My tastes are different from yours and you may have food allergies as well, all of that needs to be taken into account when reading the food reviews.
We are trying to go wheat free and had no difficulty staying away from the breads and pastries as there were plenty of other options available on the buffets.
There are 3 buffets running for breakfast and lunch but the main restaurant has the largest selection of food. The other 2 have a smaller selection but are good if you don't want to travel all the way to the main restaurant for every meal. We stayed near the adult pool for the most part and the restaurant there was just fine for us. People don't spend too much time eating during the day so we never had an issue getting a table. For dinner there were 2 buffet's, the main one and the Flamingo near the beach. They generally had a different theme at each of these 2 so if you weren't into whatever food at one you could try the other one and maybe have seafood. The themes changed daily.
Thursday is Mexican Fiesta night so every place serves Mexican food except for the Piccolo Italian restaurant which is reservation only. The Mexican night wasn't too bad but if you want the full experience you should eat in the main buffet instead of the others, more selection and live music for part of it.
The Ala Carte's are pretty good for an evening out with a friend or lover. Making the reservation can be a hassle at times but, we found that if you show up about 15 minutes after the normal reservations are seated you can ask if they have an opening and you could possibly get a table. We saw that happen a couple of times. Seating?s are at 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm and 8:30pm. So show up around 6:45 or 8:45 to check for openings.
The Piccolo, Italian, was the best and is usually the hardest to get a reservation at. The staff are very friendly and attentive, for the most part, and you will love the food. We tried the Octopus Carpaccio and both loved it. The Caesar salad is fantastic as well. What they don't tell you is that there is a display of Tapas by the door that you can help yourself to while waiting for your salad. Not that we had to wait that long anyway, the food comes out pretty quick so we never bothered with the Tapas. For the main course I would suggest the flank steak or the lamb, both were cooked exactly as asked and the presentation and taste were above excellent, definitely try both if you can. They also have a wood fired oven for pizza that is supposed to be pretty good as well but being wheat free we didn't try it. We ate there 6 times over a 14 day period and would have gone more often if we could have gotten reservations.
The Brazilian restaurant was the second best, if you're a meat eater. A bit of a salad bar and soup to start and then 8 courses of meat culminating with pineapple, mm mm good.
We also tried the Japanese place but wasn't overly impressed and we didn't bother with the wok as we heard it was quite similar to the Japanese one. We did try the Mexican restaurant and weren?t impressed by it, we found that the regular buffet usually had enough, and better quality, Mexican food than the Mexican restaurant did.
The rooms are old looking and we had a couple of blown light bulbs during our stay which took longer than expected to get replaced. But they did. Maids were pleasant and we had no issues with the cleanliness of the room. We had to ask for towels twice as they had run out during the day and forgot to come back later. A quick phone call and everything was taken care of.
The resort is starting to show it's age and needs some updating done. We heard a rumor that they were trying to sell the place but nothing was confirmed. An overall great vacation at a reasonable price.
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