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Royal Decameron

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Royal Decameron

We are planning a 2 week winter vacation at the Royal Decameron resort in Panama . I have read reviews that recommended upgrading to at least the ocean view rooms. Other than proximity to the beach, is there a difference between ocean view & ocean front rooms? Is it worth the extra $ to upgrade ?

Also, does anyone who has been there know if there are discounts or incentives at the golf course for quests who choose to stay on the resort rather than on the green but still wish to golf?

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Hi there flinty1

Welcome to the forum. You will love Panama and its people and this, coming from an ex-Saskatchewanite (born in Regina and now living in Hamilton, Ont.). We loved the Decameron BUT please make sure that you know, either from reading this forum or your travel agent, that there is many, many stairs (approx. 66) on two levels. Please be prepared and not surprised when you arrive.

I can answer your first question about the Ocean Front rooms. We stayed in them (bldg. #11), central to a lot of things, 2 large buffets, bars, most (but not all) a-la-cartes, beach, night-time show area and activities. We loved the Ocean Front rooms because of the proximity to a lot of things (there is some a-la-cartes, lobby bars, a few pools and a small casino on the upper level.

As far as the rooms go, I believe they are the same but you pay more for convenience, if that is what you want. If you don't mind walking the stairs or a few paved walkways than the choice is up to you. They do not sit directly on the beach but are separated by a wide walkway, pools and bars. We requested the top floor (3) and there is no elevators in any bldgs. but you could see the ocean through the trees and of course hear the beautiful ocean waves at night.

As for your other question about the golfing, we do not golf but I am sure someone else might be able to answer your question.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask and I will try to answer them for you. You have made a good choice for a resort, remember it is not a 5 star and not all staff speak a lot of English, but know some basic Spanish. The bartenders, wait staff and front desk all speak English or some, but the cleaning staff and gardening staff usually do not. It is the same at most resorts in the Caribbean.

Happy Traveling

Ron

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Ron did you do any of the excursions? If so which ones and what is your opinion?

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Ron did you do any of the excursions? If so which ones and what is your opinion?

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Hi GinRocks

The only excursion taken by any in our group was into Panama City. There were 3 that rented a taxi, driven by Julio (which they contacted through the front desk of Lobby 1). It was an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz and it cost them $130U.S. (total for the day), plus they gave him a tip. He drove them wherever they wanted to go into Panama City, Panama Canal, a hilltop overlooking P.C. (usually just for locals), lunch at a local restaurant, stopped at a roadside vendor and cashew farm. They were picked up early a.m. and came back about 5:00-6:00 p.m. They asked him to take them to local spots in P.C. and he was so very accommodating and spoke and understood English extremely well. They loved it and have recommended him to many more going down to this resort.

Hope this helps somewhat.

Happy Traveling

Ron

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Thanks Ron!

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Thanks for the great info Ron. I had read about the many stairs throughout the resort but wasn't sure exactly where they were located and they weren't shown on the the map that I was able to download. Would you stay in building #11 again or would any of the beachfront buildings be equally as good?

Still no luck on finding anything out about the golf.. I'll try again.

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Hola flinty1

Yes we would stay in bldg. #11 again and as a matter of fact we have already rebooked our 2 week trip for next Feb. this past May, and have again requested bldg. #11, 3rd floor. That is not to say we will get that bldg. because it is a request only but we are hoping because we are repeat customers that they will accommodate us.

The main stairs are at Lobby #1, theatre area, sports bar, lobby bar and a-la-carte restaurants (far right hand side of the resort layout map). The white lines connecting the upper and lower levels shown on the map, are a combination of stairs and wide walkways. There is a set of stairs on the far left hand side of the resort map connecting Lobby #3 area and the all adult pool.

Any of the beachfront buildings would be fine, depending on where you want to be situated on the property. I would suggest not asking for bldg. #13 as my brother and sister-in-law stayed there and it was located right next to a paved walkway to the upper level and it could get noisy at times and the bldg. itself seemed to me, to be dark all the time.

I hope this helps again and if you have any more questions, please ask away. Would your travel agent be able to answer some of your golf questions? I see you posted a question about that in this forum. You should get some response from someone who knows about the golfing situation.

Happy Traveling

Ron

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Being another Saskatchewanite now living in another province I simply have to check in. Have to echo what has been said. Yes there are many stairs. We found staying on the beach front very handy as we spend about half of a vacation right on the beach. The rest of the time we spend off the resort. The resort is covers the main basics: clean rooms, decent food, fair drink service. Nothing there that will blow your socks off. That said we really enjoyed the resort. The staff is not as highly skilled and polished as you will find in many other destinations, BUT they make for it with a great deal of cheerful effort. Just roll with it. Panamanians are fantastic people. Enjoy the company.

Found a snippet from the Nolitours travel information on the resort...

Guests staying in a Superior Room on the Green or a Suite on the Green receive 4 complimentary rounds of golf (18 holes) per week, per person at the exclusive Royal Decameron Golf Club designed by Randall Thompson.

Have your travel agent place an inquiry with the resort to see if deals exist with the other room selections. They should be helpful. Nice course. Try to get your golf in during the morning as it dries out a great deal by mid afternoon.

In no particular order here are some things we enjoyed off the resort.

- Anton Valley- excellent tours of the nearby mountain region. Very scenic with many intresting stops along the way.

- Penonome- hanging out at this nearby town was very cool. The shopping stinks but the local atmosphere is great.

- Woody's - spent a few stops at this beach walk distance Canadian sports bar. A touch of home just down the beach. Likely the only place in Panama where you drink Molson Canadian and eat real poutine. Give Monique a hug for Colleen and me.

- See the canal locks in action!

- go on a boat tour of the islands between the locks. Saw every from monkeys to sloths and even got a chance to do some fishing. Great time.

Hope some of this helps. Panama is a tourism area on the rise. It would be a shame for you miss it now. Before too long there will be too many people touring there and the charm of the way the country is now will be lost. Go. You will not regret it. Enjoy the hunting for info!

Myron

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Staying at an all inclusive, unfortunately, travelers won't see the "country as it is" anyway, frozensunlovers. They won't even "touch" the charm of the people or see the culture at all, in my opinion. So it doesn't really matter when they go, Decameron, etc. will still be there and the same....Seeing much of the country and enjoying the culture, and the people and the way they live is not experienced by staying at an All-Incl.

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Have to agree with you comment. The all inclusive resort is not a great place to stay if you are interested in finding out what any country is truly like. Being a land locked person from western Canada I have to stress that there are very few options for people from here to come to Panama as it is. The problem is the only way to get to Panama easily is to travel to a AI like the

RD resort. When we travelled there it was not our first choice but rather our only choice. It was either taker this trip with this AI or do not go at all. What I listed are things we enjoyed. I am sure there are far more fulfilling things to do. Do not judge too harshly about not experiencing culture as it is in it's purest form. I love people no matter situation I meet them in. No person will experience a country as it is from an all-inclusive resort. If you really want our friend from Saskatoon to experience some things that are truly authentic and memorable let's hear it. You are much more familiar than I am with Panama. We spent two weeks there. Nothing compared to you. Help this person out.