My sister and I stayed at this resort from Feb. 8 - Feb. 22, 2013. The price was good because we were part of a large group tour. A fantastic rep greeted us at the airport and she made sure that everyone was on the right bus. The bumpy 90 minute ride from the airport to the resort was an experience that I will not forget. Also, the barge that is used to cross the canal made me nervous. When the bus arrived at the resort, I saw a dramatic change in the surrounding vegetation. The check-in process was very efficient. Our luggage was delivered to our room before we got there. The room, located in bloc 3, was large, very clean and well decorated. It was on the third floor so we had a good view of the pool and the ocean. There are many stairs and ramps that lead to the ocean, buffet, lobby and bars. The long treks up and down were difficult so we made our steps count. The heat was oppressive from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, so we were swimming or under cover. We had to use a lot of sunscreen and we both peeled within a couple of days. The service at the buffet was poor at times almost to the point of serving yourself. By the end of our vacation, we knew whose section to sit in. The language barrier was difficult because we speak mostly English. The Cartagena and Rosario tours were good, but very rushed. We have travelled to Punta Cana on three different vacations, and enjoyed ourselves much more. It was an experience to visit Colombia, but I will never return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the paradisiac Baru peninsula, 75 minutes from Cartagena and member of the TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ for its certified excellence during 5 consecutive years, the Decameron Baru allows guests to enter a magical experience that will disconnect them from the outside world. The resort is located amidst a tropical forest and its architectural design intermingles with an ecological environment surrounded by many beaches, among which is the popular ‘Playa Blanca’, considered one of the best beaches of the Colombian Caribbean, and the luxurious ‘Playa Puntilla’ beach, where our travellers may enjoy a private club and several sports such as kayaking, rowing, scuba and snorkeling. Partying and enjoyment are guaranteed, enlivened with the rhythms from the countries of the great Caribbean basin such as ‘champeta’, a genre that mixes African and Colombian Indigenous sounds and that introduces travellers to the local culture. As a complement to pleasure, you may sharpen your senses with the delicacies of typical and renowned Colombian Caribbean cuisine. From this destination you may explore Cartagena’s colonial history and visit other important cities from Colombia’s northern territory such as Barranquilla, a commercial, river and sea port and seat of the multitudinous Carnival, as well as historic Santa Marta, considered the most beautiful bay in America. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Baru Hotel Isla Baru