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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:
Rodizio - Brazilian specialty restaurant
Buffet Royal - Buffet breakfast and lunch.
Mexicano - Mexican Fusion Caribbean specialty restaurant
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
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
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587 Recommend
587 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Royal Decameron Complex to their friends and family

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Even better than expected
Emilie L, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tue May 03 18:07:25 EDT 2016
It was my husband's and mines first trip to Mexico and it was even better than expected. We were looking for a great value and it was perfect. It is not fancy but very clean and well maintained. Here are the positive points: - Food: a lot of variety. Unlimited A la carte restaurant reservations. - It is a big resort but the layout is really well done. There are a lot of bars and different options for meals. - The shows are amazing. The dancers are really good. - If you love strong waves, this is the place to go. There were plenty of boogie boards to rent which was really fun. - Service is excellent. On the first day, we asked for two bottles of water in our room and after that we always got two without even asking. There is also a lot of drinking water available around the resort. - The three tennis courts are great. - There is a pool for adults only which is really good because there are a lot of families with noisy children at the other pools. Negative points (nothing major): - A few of the A la carte restaurants were nothing more than ok. We were really disappointed by the Mexican restaurant, which is strange because a lot of the Mexican food at the buffet was really good. - The rooms are not at all sound proof so there is no sleeping in! A few nights were also a bit noisy. We had a beachfront room though so maybe some buildings are quieter. - The chairs at the beach could be more comfortable (no cushions). - The gym is really tiny. - It had nothing to do with the resort but it is not a good destination for jogging. We went a few times and often there is no sidewalk and there are a lot of obstacles. - The reservations for the restaurants have to be done the same day or for the day after. You have to arrive early, especially for the popular restaurants (the Mediterranean one) Overall it was a great trip! We definitely would recommend this resort. More>

The Royal Decameron did not dissapoint!
terrij001, Vancouver, Canada
Mon May 02 18:11:21 EDT 2016
This was our first time at the RDC. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable week. There were 5 of us in 3 rooms. Two rooms in block 5 which I recommend as its quiet. Due to my husbands disability we stayed in block 3 as it was central to everything. Not the quietest but the only time we were in the room was to sleep and we slept well. The beds are so compfortable. The beach was awesome. You could walk forever. I walked to Bucerias at least 3 times. The staff are so friendly and accomadating. I highly recommend this resort. Thanks RDC!! More>

Did the job
Dave F,
Mon May 02 08:44:15 EDT 2016
Stayed one week. Good value for money. Weather- hot during day, cooler nights. Nice Beach- clean, no trouble to find a lounger/shade, warm water, fun to swim in waves, many vendors. Clean rooms(block 6)- spacious with balconies, King bed, good a/c, bottle water daily, basic washroom. Food- buffet & ala carte ok variety, good guacamole, good service, Jap Jap & Italian good. Grounds- easy to get around, some nice quiet areas to sit, pool 5 no kids, bars around Beach stay open later. Day trips- Puerto Val. day trip good, split your lunch-$, tequila tour good show- cheaper @ duty free...Marietta island ok- 2 hrs. each way on boat, snorkeling bad- deep cold water. Over all- We enjoyed the beach/water/ walking, food and drinks were decent( just ask if u need more booze), grounds are nice, pools a bit busy, rooms basic. More>

Great Vacation!
Cheryl L,
Wed Apr 27 10:52:17 EDT 2016
We went on April 03 for 1 week holiday! This resort is older but well maintained. Food was pretty good, lots of choice. Al A Cartes were good but not fun getting up at 7am to make a reservastion, this system needs to get changed! There were alot of repeat Canadians staying here, so language was not a problem. Staff were awesome and ready to please. We like to check out different places so probably would not go back unless the price was a great deal. More>

Good affordable vacation
Diana N,
Wed Apr 27 00:37:05 EDT 2016
For the amount of money paid, we cannot complain - You get what you pay for. In our group, there were 4 adults, a 1 year old, a 7 year old and a 10 year old. Check-in: We stayed for 14 days during the second half of March. Upon arrival at PV, we were swarmed by timeshare people. This was so annoying! It was so hot and humid and then to push through aggressive sales people with a baby and a young child was so annoying. Upon arrival at the resort, we were given some cool beverages. Check in was a little bit slower than we liked and not a lot of people were there to check in. We chose building 5 and liked it there as it was quiet at night. Only pool views though. We recommend getting the bellman to help you with your bags if you are in a building far away from the check in. The resort is bigger than you think and also, there are no elevators so not sure if you want to lug your belongings up several flights of stairs. The bellman work hard so make sure to tip well. We gave ours $10 as we had some heavy luggage and he had to go up and down 3 floors. Room: We had to pay to use the in room safe. Everything was old/dated looking in the room. The dresser smelled bad so we couldn't put our 14 days worth of clothes in there if we wanted too unless if we wanted to smell like old wood. The bathroom was large enough for a tub and shower, but it was only a stand up shower with a cheap curtain. So much water would splash onto the floor that we had to use our bath towels to soak up the water. The showers were usually warm enough, but I think our shower head could have used a good cleaning as the water pressure wasn't good. Lighting in the bathroom was a weird white colour so it kind of hurt our eyes. Food: The food at the buffet I would say was average. A lot of it was bland, but great that we didn't have to cook for 14 days. My kids somehow always found something they liked to eat, so it was a bit of a relief as they are a little picky. I enjoyed the fruit and refreshing fruit drinks. You will find some dishes at the buffet to be excellent, but you'll have to try every single thing before you know what is actually good, so I can't say it was all bad, but wanting to eat good food at an all-inclusive shouldn't be a gamble. Some of the a la carte restaurants were good. The sushi and thai were the worst ones out of them all and we didn't like that we had to wake up around 7:30-8am to prepare to wait in line near the front desk to make dinner reservations for the a la cartes. Staff: The staff were all super friendly and attentive with the occasional person who looked like they were having a bad day. They worked very hard to keep the resort very clean and all grass, plants and tree trimmed. We always left a minimum of $1 USD tip after each meal and left a little more at the nicer restaurants as there was more service. The maid for our room was a sweet, older lady. She didn't speak english, so we learned how to say good morning in spanish and greeted her everyday. We left her a much bigger tip here and there because she really took care of our room and nothing ever went missing. People think that being at an all-inclusive also means that all tips are covered already. Well think again. The people that are serving you at these resorts, working to keep you happy and full, don't get paid a lot. I think it was something like around 6000 pesos a month, but don't quote me on that. A few extra bucks here and there to them will make a big difference and I think most of them deserve that extra something. We should be grateful for what we have coming from a first world country. If we can afford to spend all this money to fly into a resort for a vacation, we should be able to afford to give tips to those that deserve it. These people are working long hours and have very physical jobs in the hot weather too! Activities: Activities were okay and usually fun, but we couldn't go out to do the water activities too much because we were afraid of jelly fish and blowfish...or at least what looks like blowfish. The staff really did their best to include people in activities on the beach or pool and because of this, we had some good laughs. It felt like this resort could have had more things to do, but maybe it was just me because there was a lot of stuff to do and see. There was one day and night they had a sea lion in who was doing tricks and allowing kids to go up close and personal. That was a fun experience for our kids. It is safe to walk outside the resort and was quite interesting actually. On Sundays, there's a market on a dried up river. When you exit the resort, turn left and walk until you hit a dried up river and turn right and walk all the way up until you hit the market. It was about a 15-20 minute walk and you'll know when you see it because there will be vendors everywhere selling the most random things. Along our walk along the dried river bed, there were a lot of chickens running around. Never seen chickens running around the streets before. Again, another interesting experience. I wouldn't spend too much money at that market, but it felt like something more geared for the locals. I didn't find it very touristy here, but if you're looking for something more touristy, head to the town square. We borrowed bikes from the resort and headed right which took us passed some really amazing resorts. It was great to get some of that warm breeze through our hair. Our kids loved walking around the resort to find random Iguanas and lizards. The night shows were usually good and kid friendly. We didn't bother going to the disco because other guests were complaining that the floors were sticky and smelly and the music wasn't good. Not sure if their complaints were accurate. Alcohol: There's a good chance that the alcohol is watered down. I'm not exaggerating when I say I drank beer from morning until night time and did not feel buzzed once. Even my dad who is diabetic had beer and his sugar never spiked. We blamed the hot weather in our crazy minds thinking that we didn't just pay for this all-inclusive to drink watered down alcohol. The kids did not complain. They loved all the slushy virgin drinks. Excursions: All the trips we went on were worth every penny! We did activities through Vallarta Adventures. They always picked us up and dropped us back off at the resort. They kept us fed if the trips were longer. These were all the trips that we went on and highly recommend. -Marieta Islands - our kids got sea sick and got sick on the boat ride to the island -Outdoor Adventure - they even made a detour towards the end and allowed us to stop at a tequila factory! -Rhythm of the Night - arriving at the dock and seeing all these fish under water at night was the most memorable part. The show was amazing! Conclusion: To sum up everything that I've said, I gave this place 3/5 because I was under the impression that this was a 4 star resort. I would say at best it was a 3 star so because I expected 4 star amenities and accommodations, I was very disappointed. If we didn't do the excursions, I think we would've been very bored there for a 14 day stay. The 10 year old was bored as she said there wasn't really much for her there at the resort. She did enjoy the pool and getting her hair braided. There was free wifi in 2 locations that we could find, but the signal was poor to say at best. We do not plan on returning, but if we had known it was a 3-3.5 star resort before going, we would have been happier during the stay. Also, we may have chosen a bad time to go because there were a lot of Mexican families there who were a bit rude. We noticed none of them ever left a tip anywhere, but they acted like they were better than everyone. Anyone not local there that we met were actually all Canadians. Great to see that Canadians were everywhere we went. A lot have actually called Bucerias their long term home. This made the trip feel a lot safer, especially during our excursions. Though the resort did not live up to our 4 star expectations, we got the chance to experience the real Mexico with locals and we won't forget that. More>

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