I had the trip of a lifetime at RDCC! The following is a fair and complete review of the good and bad of this fantastic resort, including the wedding possibilities for those of you thinking about a wedding here. It isn't all perfect, but the flaws make it authentic, and I wouldn't have changed a thing about it! So, where to begin.
You are greeted at the check-in counter with a glass of fruit punch, non-alcoholic. Many people have problems getting the room they reserved, but I and my travel agent took extra precautions to make sure that wouldn't happen to us. It still did for one of my 14 reservations (we had a big party). We were showed to our ocean front cottage after about an hour and a half delay due to housekeeping. The unfortunate thing is we had to wait at the bar and by the beach for that time, so that was pretty bad :) . The room was simple, colorful bedspread, but simple, right on par for a 3-star resort. The bed was rather ruff! Outside our room, about 10 feet was the ocean, so amazing! The view was incredible! For the group of our party that was bumped from the cottage to the hotel style room, worse things could have happened. Let me tell you, the location is behind the employee area, but the gardens in that area were nothing short of breathtaking. Look at my pics. The property is huge, and very spread out. Anywhere you get put is a long walk to anywhere else. So, whether you choose the garden view or ocean view cottage, or single/double room, you will not be disappointed as long as you don't expect perfection! I mean come on, you are in a third-world country, and you still get 3-star luxury. If that isn't good enough for you, go somewhere else. You won't be happy here. The hotel style room was the same inside as the cottages were, and they were so happy with the room and the view and the gardens there that they opted not to even bother trying to change rooms. Spread out all over the property are random surprises, as the gigantic property is like a huge maze, and you can easily get lost in the garden areas. You will be walking along, and suddenly come across a soccer field, or a tree hammock, or a life-sized chess board, or even, an adult pool complete with a bar. It feels like a safari going around the property, although it is well maintained and the gardens everywhere were beautiful... look at the pics. It was so awesome finding something new each time you go exploring the property. The suites next to the adult pool were stunning rooms! They were 5-star style, complete with floor to ceiling windows, balconies, incredible views! Perfect for picky travelers! Only one of my party got one, but it was the mafia room, the high roller room! So awesome!
Ok, now lets talk about the beach and ocean! The beaches are all man made. And these man-made beaches are so beautiful, see pics. They have taken an area with no beach space, made jetty's and back-filled sand to create 4 individual coves. Everyday the beaches are combed, and the debris (seaweed) removed. It is flawless each time you wake up.... unless it is the day following a huge rainstorm, which may very well happen. The ocean is turquoise blue, and the sand is barefoot friendly. The water does get murky or cloudy after rain or heavy surf. Each cove has a mass of lounge chairs, and in addition to the jetty bar, there is 3 other jetty's and a brand new ocean-front bar on one end of the property and an ocean-front grill on the other (in jasmine delta restaurant). Each cove offers different swimming, lounging, beach game, or private time opportunities. Pick your cove based on your mood! Great great great ocean beaches!
So, lets discuss the food! Breakfast.... great! They have daily an omelet bar, pancake/waffle bar, abundant fresh fruit, and a section of local specialties for the Andrew Zimmern in you. It runs from early to about 11 ish. Lunch is where you would find your food disappointment if you let little things bother you. There is a sandwich bar with resentful, disingenuous staff running it. Your sandwich will resemble a muddled mess, topped off with hate and maybe onions and tomatoes. But it was tasty! The same fruit, and a salad bar are still offered and the local specialties still test your bravery if you choose. Dinners shine, sparkle, and absolutely rock! You have a choice of eating the buffet, or reserving space at the open restaurant (only one of the two are open, they alternate nights). The buffet is ok. It is buffet food, right on par with what you would expect for buffet food. The restaurants are so amazing though, we made reservations almost every night we were there. The lamb rack at Nyamings was the best I have ever ate, and the menu has too many great options to choose easily. The chicken dishes at Jasmine Delta were so awesome! Jasmine offered beach-side outdoor dining, while Nyamings was a dark, candle-lit intimate atmosphere where you feel under-dressed each time, although there is no dress code. Both were great! There is even a grill serving burgers, dogs, and pizza until 1am. We called it second dinner.... or third dinner.... Food at this resort.... not a problem! It is great, and you always have an option!
So, the entertainment! Each night is a massive 3-hour show put on by the fun crew and the RDCC Dancers. You will not be on property long enough to see the different things they do, and they are great entertainers! AND TALENTED! Holy crap! At times, they do tend to be overbearing and pushy. They like to put you on stage and humiliate you, but it's all in good fun. Each night, they give a champagne toast to everybody going home the next morning. If you have nothing better to do come nightfall, the show they put on is great, and so much fun to watch! They also run activities and shows, and music all day long. The fun crew never sleeps, I mean it. Those guys are up later than you, and before you, every day, with a smile. They make the resort come alive. You guys were awesome. Frisky can do a great Micheal Jackson too!
So, I was married at RDCC. It was a painless venture! Dianne is who you will be dealing with. You don't need to worry about a thing until you show up and plan your wedding with her. Your package comes with the Priest, cake reception, and a message. The beaches are not ideal for a beach wedding, but we still made it work. Otherwise, you have the option of anywhere on the property to hold the wedding, and they really bend over backward to meet your wishes and make the experience memorable. Dianne is great and weddings here are perfect! She makes it so easy and painless!
And now the important part, the booze! There are 5 bars on the property, running from 10am to 2am. The drinks are nothing to take lightly either. They use real, freshly opened bottles or name-brand alcohol, and they use a-lot of it! If you want to be drunk, you will be. Only one beer choice though, I'm sure you can figure out which one that is. So, drinks 6 stars on a 5 star scale!
Now the staff! Hit or miss. Some resent tourists, and it shows. Others instantly become your best friends and remember you by name. It depends, but don't lets the crappy staff detour you, because the good staff are awesome people. Make friends with George at the Jetty bar, and he will treat you right! Of coarse tips sway opinions, just like back home. Tip those who do good by you, and don't the rest. No big deal.
There are downsides to this property, and you will learn them over the course of your stay. But I personally would not change one bit of my trip to the RDCC and I intend to get back there as soon as I can. If you expect 5-star American style over the top luxery, do not come here. If you love simple, authentic, easy atmosphere resorts where you feel welcome and have an open-enough mind to love your stay, you will not find a better place. I promise! This is my second trip to the island, but this is by far the best possible property I could imagine staying at! I hate pretentious resorts. This one is beautiful, low key, 3-star, and so so perfect for my tastes! Thanks for the trip of my life RDCC!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Runaway Bay about an hour from Montego Bay International Airport, the Royal Decameron Club Caribbean is located in one of the most beautiful and picturesque place of the island, populated by friendly and happy people. This hotel's architecture offers incredible paths through the gardens and terraces until you reach the 2 swimming pools, one exclusively for adults and another with all the facilities for children. This hotel also has a long dock for sunbathing. The cottage-style rooms bring a tropical environment and let you enjoy the peace of the beach where you can partake in a large variety of water sports. Its restaurants offer many different types of cuisine which range from typical Jamaican flavors to the exquisite tastes of Asian food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Hotel Caribbean
- Royal Decameron Jamaica
- Royal Decameron Caribbean
- Royal De Cameron
- Club Caribbean Jamaica
- Decameron Jamaica Royal
- Caribbean Club Decameron Royal
- Club Decameron Jamaica Royal
- Royal Decameron Club Caribbean Jamaica
- Royal Decameron Club Jamaica