Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit

Royal Decameron Complex

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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 fun activities for kids.

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 minute drive) from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, this property is on Flamingos Beach on Banderas Bay in Nuevo Vallarta. Downtown Puerto Vallarta is 30 minutes away.

Local Phone: 011-52-322-298-0
Fax: 011-52-329-298-0322
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Meeting Rooms
Shopping Mall Nearby (10 minutes.)
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.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $
Cart Fee: $
Club Rental Fees: $
Number of Courts: 3
Outdoor Courts: 3
Raquet Rental Fees: $
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: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
The Royal Decameron is a rustic and secluded Mexican-style complex with 620 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 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.
Total Rooms: 620
Year Opened: 1995 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
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 -
Air Conditioning
Room Safe

There is a charge for Room Safes
Royal Decameron Complex features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 8 Restaurants at Royal Decameron Complex:
Buffet Tropical - Buffet breakfast and lunch.
Piccolo - Mediterranean specialty restaurant
Buffet Flamingos - Buffet breakfast and lunch restaurant.
Jap Jap - Japanese specialty restaurant
Wok - Thai specialty restaurant
Rodizio - Brazilian specialty restaurant
Buffet Royal - Buffet breakfast and lunch.
Mexicano - Mexican Fusion Caribbean specialty restaurant
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

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
692 Recommend
692 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Royal Decameron Complex to their friends and family

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TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Royal Decameron 2018
Feb 24 2018
This was our third stay at the Royal Decameron. Although we did not get the building we requested our stay was very good. We live the location on the beach and within easy walking distance to Bucerius. We would recommend this hotel and would definitely go back.
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Nice time, good value
Feb 07 2018
Not fancy, but is sprawling and never feels crowded. Always had hot water for a shower, which has not been the case at some of the more upscale resorts we have stayed at. Shows are the same as last year. If you want to go to sleep early, it's not possible in some blocks due to the music at the theater being so loud. Need some activities available after 6 p.m., such as billiards, ping pong, darts or board games. The disco bar, the only place that has a pool table, and football does not open until 9 p.m. Food and drinks are plentiful and good. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. We had a very nice time and the price was right too.
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Royal Decameron PVR
Dec 13 2017
Hotel needs updating, not a 4 apple resort, on it's best day it's a 3 apple.
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Incredible Experience
Nov 27 2017
My sister and I went for a few days before Thanksgiving; we were amazed by the facility. Not only are the staff incredibly friendly, but the breadth of all-inclusivity is really something to tell everyone about. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
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The Royal DeCameron PV is an older unit that is well kept and the staff is friendly.
Jun 23 2017
This was my 2nd stay here and I enjoyed them both. A lot of value for the money. They have a lot of activities throughout the day to keep you busy. Definitely recommend this resort for the value.
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Very Relaxing Vacation
Jun 23 2017
Four of us stayed at the Royal DeCameron for a week in two rooms. I had called the hotel a couple of days before arrival and asked for rooms in block 4. When we arrived at check-in we were given rooms right next to each other in block 4. The rooms had a nice view of one of the pools and the bay. Their was always food choices to suit everyone's taste. Never went away hungry. The cocktails were always good. The staff was always pleasant and helpful. We did run into a language barrier a few times but it was not a big deal. The grounds of the complex were impeccable, the beach was fantastic. The entertainment was really enjoyable. We would definitely go back. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.
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Excellent Value
May 31 2017
The room was nothing special, but was clean and maintained well. We did have a problem with noise one night (dogs outside the complex) but certainly was not the fault of the resort. We were just located close to a residential area just outside the grounds. The trek up to the third floor where our room was located was a bit of a strain for 2 seniors, but by the end of the week we were feeling better for it. The staff at this resort were extremely friendly, respectful and accommodating (and some of the most hard-working people I've seen). The grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained around the clock. My only complaint is that the lounge chairs were extremelly uncomfortable. Many of the vacationers had bought blow-up beach mattresses to "soften the blow". We did not, but wish we had. Our Apple Vacations rep, Cesar, was wonderful but we only saw him once after we arrived, I think because the Royal DeCameron was more the "budget" resort and his time was required elsewhere. On the whole, an excellent value and a fun time.
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Great beach, pools, food and drinks.
May 03 2017
We've stayed at Royal Decameron 8 times now and have always had a great time. The people are fantastic! Always a wide variety of food choices in the buffet restaurants. I'd suggest two improvement opportunities; One, new mattresses and pillows. The mattresses are rock hard, the pillows lumpy, hard and kinda smell like the foam inside them. Two, enforce the "towels don't reserve a beach chair all day" rule. It's posted plainly at the beach, but still when you get there at 9:00AM there are towels draped across all the prime, front row chairs. And most of those people don't show up until noon or after. It would be as simple as having two employees cruising the beach and saying, "please don't leave your towel on the chair".
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Gorgeous resort with great staff!
Apr 20 2017
Our biggest complaint was not being able to peacefully enjoy our time on the beautiful beach. The vendors are non stop bothersome, they even sit on your lounge chair sometimes despite you telling them no thank you! Literally couldn't go 5 fill minutes without being approached to buy stuff, super annoying, so we ended up spending most of our time at the pool. Otherwise, it was amazing and we'll definitely return!! Delicious food at the buffets (not a fan of the other restaurants that require reservations) and the bar service was awesome!
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Apr 15 2017
Needs mini fridge no tissues no mint for mojitos
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Mar 10 2017
More than I hoped for at the price. Bars are available with good alcohol and restaurants with great food anytime I wanted them. Rooms were slightly dated but clean. Staff was so nice. Beach is rocky but the pools were wonderful with plenty of seating.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
good trip, not as spectacular as past RDC vacations
ElissaClaire, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mon Jun 18 13:50:13 EDT 2018
I stayed at the RDC June 2-16, a vacation package booked thru Air Transat. Travelled solo and met up with friends from Calgary, along with others we meet during the trip. Mostly a group of 6 of us. I had a good enjoyable vacation, but it was not the caliber of vacation at this property as I have known in past trips (been to the RDC over a dozen times prior). Nothing ruined my vacation, but my experience is not what RDC has provided me for a vacation resort in the past, there are many noticeable changes. Check in went smooth, but the short line went very slow. Israel took care of me and was thorough in his check in process. I emailed the resort prior to my arrival, requesting a room on the 2nd floor of Building 5, and was pleased that I was assigned room 5241. In room safe key available at the cashier at the Tropical Lobby. 693 pesos for 2 weeks. Major line up right after check in so went after dinner. Funny thing, the first time I went to get the key around dinner time there was a sign saying back in 20 minutes, but no mention of what time that 20 minutes started at. Cashiers were also able to give smaller denominations for your pesos if needed during your stay, such as for tipping. Room 5241 is located near the top of a stairwell, so can be noisy at night when other guests are not so considerate on their way to rooms late at night (especially when parents do nothing about their kids screaming and running hallways or bounce a soccer ball off doors after midnight). My room attendants took great care of making sure the room was well looked after on a daily basis. There was a lady and also a fella who rotated cleaning my room. The room had 2 double beds and excellent new pillows, plus an amazingly quiet new A/C unit with a remote control too. Many settings to select, and barely could hear its humm. The shower pressure was the only negative thing about this room, but due to the awesome new A/C unit, I didn’t want to risk moving rooms so stayed with a shower lacking water flow. Just took me longer to wash my hair. Table service at the breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets was lacking, unless I was lucky enough to locate a long-term employee. The first week of my trip there was a large Mexican Convention at the resort, and if those participants were at the buffet same time as I was, all servers attended to them and ignored everyone else (lack of drink refills, water, cleaning dirty plates, etc) to give all their attention to the convention people, as though the rest of us were invisible. I ate majority of my lunches at the buffet at Building 5. I also did many dinner reservations during my two week trip (Rodizio twice, Piccolo 4 times, Wok once). Table service at the Piccolo was also hit and miss, sometimes ignored, sometimes great. If you dine at the Wok, you must try the ribs, and keep room for the mango mousse dessert! If you dine at the Piccolo, keep space for the chocolate mousse dessert. Selection of hot food not as good at the buffets as past trips. Take in to account that the buffet at Building 4 (Tropical Restaurant) was closed due to a fire just over a month ago and construction was still ongoing (although many many days I would walk by and there was no action taking place). This closed buffet was the one with grilled sandwiches, wood burning pizza, pasta station, and overall had a better selection of hot dishes daily. Also couldn’t locate any fresh churro sticks on Mexican Fiesta nights which were always readily available past vacations. Asked servers and they too were not aware of them. The salad bars at both buffets were always amazing and a true highlight to this resort, better than many 5 star resort salad bars throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. The resort added additional outdoor seating under tents near the Flamingos Restaurant buffet, but the food out front was mostly burgers, hot dogs, etc and outside by the seaside was sometimes an addition of Mexican food items. The Flamingos buffet always geared more towards Mexican foods, and I understand I am visiting Mexico, but with everyone enjoying different tastes (and different levels of spicy food tolerance), it truly was missed not having the broader selection with the Tropical buffet still under construction. Many lunch and dinner buffet meals I just ate salad bar and desserts. In no way did I starve, however, I was disappointed at variety available this trip. If you bring your own floatie, the gift shop will inflate it for 15 pesos for you. Guest services staff are friendly. Same with great Bellboys helping with the luggage. Even in the heat, they always smile and are a delight to interact with. This resort is very safe and I never worried about walking around alone in the evenings. Would I return to the Royal Decameron again? Likely. However, it’s no longer a given and I cannot say for certainty yes. Aside from the buffet closed for construction and lacking of hot food selections, it was the lack of table service at both buffets and constantly being ignored that put me off and those I chatted with too. I was prepared to leave a tip every meal and many times I couldn’t figure out what I would be tipping for. That was a first for me. Excellent massages a few doors down directly outside the entrance. Lina Luna. One hour massage for 250 pesos, or 20US or 20CAD. They have A/C too. A few times the RDC offered a 50 minute massage special for 20US. Air Transat chartered out my flights to Northern Canadian. The most delightful flight experience for a charter in many years! Super friendly flight crews on both outbound and return flights, bathrooms consistently kept clean, and more leg/knee room than I am used to. I am 5ft4in and normally my knees touch the seat in front of me, but on these Northern Canadian flights I had almost a hand length extra before the seat in front of me. Flights were almost full, with just a few seats to spare both ways. When I boarded my return flight and noticed a couple with an infant in the seats next to me, I approached a crew member and asked if possible to be relocated to offer them more space. After everyone boarded, he was kind enough to move me a few rows back to an alternate aisle seat. The couple in my original row were happy with the extra space too. Thank you to Transat for using Northern Canadian and not Flair Air this year! An Air Transat issue was the motorcoach from Puerto Vallarta airport to the resort. After 10-15 minutes roasting on the bus without A/C waiting for others to board, our rep said another bus is on the way due to A/C not working. Had to get off, point out our suitcase, and wait 10 Mexican minutes for the replacement bus. Half an hour later, the next bus arrived, but only could feel A/C if sitting in the first 3 rows. We just wanted to get to the resort so sweltered all the way to the RDC.

My favourite place!!!
Bauers76, Vancouver, BC
Sun Jun 17 21:08:57 EDT 2018
I am currently planning my 4th visit to the Royal Decameron! It’s really everything you need or want. Take the bus into puerto Vallarta and make sure you visit old Vallarta across the bridge. walk down to bucerias. Do an excursion, they book it for you right at the hotel. I highly recommend las caletas, so beautiful and we saw whales on our way back. The pools are great and there’s plenty of them. The restaurant booking system is way better now. The staff are wonderful.. shout out to Pepe! We were at the last years New Year’s Eve party they put on and it was absolutely fantastic!!! So much fun and so memorable! The food is good, you can always find something you like. Lots of bars for quick drinks. Can’t wait to go back!

Beautiful resort. Great value for money.
bethandguy, mid wales
Mon Jun 04 12:35:31 EDT 2018
Chose Puerta Vallarta and Decameron as it was considerably cheaper than Cancun and the Caribbean coast where we have visited some time ago. Great choice. More like a 4* Resort than 3*, very clean, great food and pool choices. Room overlooking pool and ocean, perfect! Would definitely visit again. Very few Brits here, mostly French Canadians and Mexicans. Area is proper Mexican, and a short 10min stroll takes you in to Bucerias with all the stalls and nick-naks.

Hal1606, Vancouver, Canada
Mon Jun 04 11:33:32 EDT 2018
We arrived on New Years Eve to the best outdoor party we have ever been to in our lives! There was a live band, a dance floor and incredible entertainers. The following days were everything we wanted in a Mexican vacation. We could always find something good to eat, the daily drink specials were always good, the pools were clean and welcoming, the beach went on forever!, the rooms were clean, and the variety of things to do in Bucerias made every day a new adventure. The staff were attentive to our every need. We highly recommend the Royal Decameron if you want an authentic Mexican experience.

Pleasantly surprised!
Carol P, Vancouver, BC
Wed May 30 07:39:55 EDT 2018
I visited this resort with my daughter from May 20th to May 27th. I'm not a fan of all-inclusives - I usually rent apartments. This resort was absolutely lovely especially in Block 5, the adult section with an adult-only pool. If you do not have children this is the ONLY building you should stay in as it is zwarming with children and very noisy and crowded at the other buildings and pools. After looking at the layout online we were convinced that we wanted Block 1 as it is right on the beach, which by the way you pay extra for... $20US per day per person and all the rooms are exactly the same size ... 25 square meters. We were so glad we stayed in Block 5. Here are a few tips that may help you before you go. They do have safes in the rooms but they are 20 pesos per day extra. Well worth it in my opinion. We brought floaties for the pool but you can buy them either at the resort or pretty much anywhere off the resort for between six and eight dollars each. They charge you 15 pesos each to blow them up at the gift shops. Bring a large insulated drink cup as they serve their drinks in small plastic glasses. If you're coffee lover, bring a large insulated coffee mug as they serve their coffee in either a small china cup in the restaurant or styrofoam cups to-go. We purchased our pesos before we left Vancouver and got a better rate than you get down there. There is however a money exchange in Block 4 that has extended hours and you get about 4% less. We found that if we tipped the maids 50 pesos per day we got face cloths and lots of towel animals on the bed. The rooms aren't fancy but they're very clean and the showers have excellent pressure. Our favorite restaurant was the Mediterranean one... Picolo - 3 courses and fine dining. They have you line up around 7:30 in the morning beside Block 4 to make reservations for the restaurant you want each night. We never did that. We just went to the restaurant about 15 minutes after the seatings because some people don't show up and we always got in. The nightly shows were excellent. The choreography and costumes were top quality but you have to get there early as every night it was packed was standing room only. Our favorite waiter was Felix. He was such a sweet man and very attentive. He was mostly in the Thai restaurant at Block 5. The alcohol was top-notch. You just had to tell them what brand you wanted and they were more than happy to please especially if you give them a tip occasionally. The small town of Bucerias is a short walk away and there is also a Marketplace. There are some lovely Artisan shops however a lot of them were closed from about May 1st onwards as it is low season. We walked up to the highway and took the bus both to Puerto Vallarta and to Sayulita which was very easy and cheap. The bus drivers make change so you don't have to worry about having the exact amount. Everyone we encountered was so helpful and eager to help with directions and we felt very safe. I would not go back to Puerto Vallarta again and it is huge and dirty and full of touristy shops but I would definitely go back to Sayulita again as it is a fun little surfing town with a beautiful beach and amazing shops. We packed up our gear and spent the day on the beach at Hotel Yasmin (the bar was caller Mar) where we rented loungers with pads and an umbrella and a table and were also provided with an outdoor shower and washrooms and we got beach service. Carmen was our server and Gustavo was the owner. We opted to eat lunch in their beautiful restaurant as it was much cooler and the food was excellent! You can also pick up your own food and drinks and bring it to the beach as once you've paid for the lounger you don't have to order their food and drinks if you don't want - definitely cheaper that way but a lot more hassle and you also have to think about keeping everything cold. We did leave all our credit cards at home and just brought cash although we were told that it is very safe on the beach and we did feel safe. What a lovely day! The beach at the resort was quite steep and the waves were high so we didn't swim there. We did find however that down near the end of the resort by Block 6 that the waves were not as high. I would recommend the massages on the beach for $20US first thing in the morning when it's cool. It was lovely hearing the waves crash on the beach and the doves cooing. I would definitely consider going back to this resort again.

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