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★★★☆☆

“My wife and myself took a one week vacation in the ...”

Written on: 31/07/2004 by khebab (1 review written)

Good Points
- Service
- Food
- Resort landscaping

Bad Points
- The beach and the ocean!!
- The rooms
- The beach activities
- The time share sale people

General Comments
My wife and myself took a one week vacation in the
Royal Decameron Complex. It was our first time in Mexico, our previous travel experiences were mainly in the Caribbean (Cuba). The resort is nice and very colourful (red, blue, yellow, etc.). The vegetation is gorgeous and tropical, a lot of palm trees, banana trees, etc. The resort is roughly divided in two parts:

- The quiet part away from the beach and including an adult only pool;

- The noisy part near the beach is usually more family oriented and full of kids.

Customers were mainly composed of Americans (one third), Canadians (one third) and Mexicans. From my point of view, this resort is more a "food resort" or "buffet resort" rather than a beach resort. There are four main buffet open almost all day long and the food is very rich and diverse with a different theme every day. There are also 5 specialty restaurants but you have to quickly reserve your place before noon with some people waking up at 7am to do so! The rooms are spartiate with satellite and air conditioning in every room (I found the air conditioning quite noisy). The resort is very clean with cleaning teams working around the pools every morning. The staff is also quite helpful and friendly.



My biggest disappointment was about the ocean, it sucks! first of all the water is always brownish, full of sediments. On the first day, my wife and I got bitten by little urticant jellyfish. It's not that painful but some people seemed to react more strongly than others (probably an allergic reaction). But here is the best part! If you walk along the beach toward the nearest village called Bucerias (about 500 meters from the resort) you will notice pipes and dark waterways containing all kind of garbage on the beach itself probably designed to evacuate water during heavy rainfall. Just before entering Bucerias, there is some kind of river going through the village and going into the ocean. Because July-august is the rainy season we had some thunderstorm, and the river flow became larger. We noticed that the ocean became chocolate brown around the river and was accompanied by a strong smell. My conclusion is that Bucerias being quite a poor city the sewers are primitive and consist mainly in waiting for the next rainfall to flush all the bad stuff into the ocean! so the quality of the sea water around the resort is highly questionable and for myself I spent my last vacation days at the pools! I also learned that the Royal Decameron is part of Nuevo Vallerta which was built on a swamp (you can actually find some gorgeous mangrove on the resort).



In conclusion, if you are an ocean lover, forget about it! go to the Caribbean! if you are a food lover, it's paradise!



One last advice: beware of the time share salesmen. They are everywhere in Puerto Vallerta and are very smart, sneaky and persistent. There is a brand new hotel in construction near the Royal Decameron called Solaris. If you pass by on the beach you will be approached by friendly locals and proposed to spend the day at their new hotel and benefit from their facilities. THIS IS A CATCH! this is an American time share scam and they will try to make you pay US$17000 before you leave!!