We are slowly returning to normal speed after a week stay at the Royal Decameron Salinitas March 23 to 30 2009). And a good week it was.
Our expectations (using the info in this forum) were met. The resort is clean, our rooms were quite adequate and the staff were, for the most part, all smiles and ready to help. And they are well organized. Registration to the hotel could not be easier. They greet you at the airport, they give you instructions to label your baggages and you don't see them until they magically appear at you hotel room door (in our case about 15 minutes after unlocking the door to our room). A guide accompanies you on the bus ride in and gives youy the necessary info. Same with checking out. You leave your luggage by your door and they take care of putting them on the bus. This is the most efficient set-up I've ever experienced.
A quick note. Our plane was delayed 3.5 hours in Montreal due to some small malfunction. Instead of leaving at 12h00 we left at 15h45. So... we therefore got to the resort 3.5 hours late at which time the buffet is normally closed. They kept it open for us. Granted the choices had been picked over but tere were still choices available.
The place is stretched over 1 km in lenght parallel to the seashore. It takes a day to figure things out. At each extremity of the property you will find a separate pool next to a 'à la carte' restaurant and a small bar. The central part has a cirlular bar, a long sinuous central pool, a steak house, a sauna, a massage section and more. All the restaurants were great. Obviously all menus of all 5 restaurants offer chicken, pork, beef, fish, sea food, but each restaurant prepares the plates according to their specialty (italian, thai, mediterranian, north american, etc.
As previously described the beach is somewhat disapointing but you can still swim in it at high tide. There are enough chairs for everyone to lounge and listen to the waves that accompany the rising tides.
The place did get crowded on the weekend. Salvadorians and Guatamalians come for some R&R along with there kids. The place is nevertheless big enough to accomodiate everyone.
Night life is simple. There is usually some entertainment at the main bar. The nightly shows are somewhat amateurish but they put the necessary effort to make it entertaining.
We did three tours offered by Decameron Excusions: the volcano (El Boqueron) - lake Chetepeque tour, the coffee tour and the market tour (5 different villages). They were all different and gave us a pretty good idea of life in El Salvador. We also went to the Azul beach club offered by the resort. It's a 30-45 minute ride. The beach is great for the swimmers as the waves are strong and the undertow is big-great boogy-boarding! The non-swimmer can still waddle at the edge of the water.
I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends.
As for returning I think not. Not that it's a bad place but there are so many places to visit on this planet of ours. We were told that the Bahia chain is builind a new resort south-east of the airport and that it will be ready in 2 years. Maybe then...