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One of our best sellers! The Royal Decameron is a large, well run hotel with lots of activities and entertainment always going on. Being in Riviera Nayarit, the beach is excellent and expansive. There are many restaurants to choose from and the food is very good. Shopping in Bucerias is literally right outside the resort. Great value, excellent service and a fun atmosphere are just some of the reasons why this hotel is one of our most popular resorts year after year. A solid choice for couples, families and singles.


Surrounded by swaying palm trees and lush green gardens, the Royal Decameron Complex in Riviera Nayarit offers up a splendid all inclusive resort that relaxes its guests with its warm ambiance and Mexican decor. A popular resort amongst Canadian, the Royal Decameron's charming buildings are accentuated by a unique Mexican-architectural style with vibrant hues and multi-coloured tiles. All located on the beautiful shores of a golden sand beach. Whether you're looking for a tropical adventure or a little rest and relaxation, you'll find the Royal Decameron caters to all tastes!

Location: On the beach in Riviera Nayarit, within walking distance to the Bucerias Village entrance, 20 min from downtown, 15 min from the airport.

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  • ogidotca : Edmonton
Place is Amazing!

We have stayed in many Mexican resorts both on the east and on the West sides. We have always stayed at 5-star or better resorts but this one was available when we wanted it and it was cheap ($1700/couple). I think Expedia has it rated a bit high based on amenities but whatever.Pros:--STAFF IS SOOOO FRIENDLY! All the staff from the bellboys, check-in staff, cleaning ladies, servers and even the groundskeepers were so nice.-Beachfront room in Building 1. No better view, anywhere! Music beside the room started about 9am though so you better be up by then. Music and games all day here.-Food everywhere except Jap Jap was excellent. Skip Jap Jap, set menu and we ended up leaving after the second course and went to the buffet instead.-Bartenders were awesome. I was at the bar by Building 1 most of the time and those boys were great. Make sure to drop a few Pesos once in a while, it goes a long way!-Entertainment at night was excellent most nights.-Adult pool in the middle of the complex was great. I don't know where the security Guard was hiding all the time but as soon as a kid went in they were asked to leave.-Buffets are all very large and had a great variety of food. Allergies were managed by giving us a card with the allergies translated to Spanish. We handed the card to the Captain at the restaurants/buffets and we always got to talk to the chef about what we could eat. That was an awesome service!-The ocean was nice and the beach went on forever in both directions. Lifeguards were there and even asked us to stay out of the water one day because of undercurrents. You can go if you want, they won't stop you but they did give the advice. They are the experts, we stayed out that day.-Staff kept the grounds in amazing condition. Always cleaning, trimming.Cons: If this stuff is important to you go somewhere else-No fridge in the room and only 1 bottle of water dropped off everyday. You get to drink it warm-Had to rent a key for the safe. I think it was 250 Pesos. No biggie-No servers at the pool. You have to get out of the pool and get your own drink. Good chance to use the actual washrooms as well!-No food at the pools. This was nice because there were not any rodents at the pools either eating the leftover food.

  • Wiltravel4ever :
Fantastic, great value

Have been to many places in Mexico throughout the years, this place was amazing value for the price paid though we did get it on a great discount under $800 per person Cdn for a week, the resort is comprised of 6 buildings, Food was great, fair amount of variety, Piccolo restaurant was by far our favourite of the specialty restaurants, yes you do need to book your dinners at 8am by the process was very quick and you could book 2 days worth of reservations, Drinks were very good, no problem getting top shelf hard liquor, beer is limited to Modelo blonde and dark, beach area is very large, staff are extremely nice, property is nicely maintained, there are several pools throughout the property, main buffet style restaurants are by buildings 1 , 2, 4 building 1 is beach facing or garden facing and is the only building located directly on the beach, there is a fair amount of families with young children and pools located by buildings 6 and 4 were ideal for them, 6 being the large pool for children, building 5 is perfect for adults no children allowed the pool is a good size, bar nice and handy and restaurant right there as well. Walking into Bucerias is a 20 minute walk down a cobblestone street or you can access by simply walking down the beach but that takes about 30 minutes plus. A taxi into Bucerias market area takes less than 5 minutes and is about 50 pesos or about 4 dollars canadian. There is free wifi in lobby 4. Cannot say enough about the staff at the Royal Decameron or the friends we made and people we meet during this vacation, without a doubt we will return to this resort.

  • Martin C :
Would Not go Back !

The Resort is dated , but appears clean.I went 3 rounds with a giant roach , They sprayed the rooms in building 1 (Beach Front) for bugs while we were there. This was pretty stressful .The resort was over run by locals, everyday there were a few hundred bused in.This created very long waits for food & drink, EVERYDAY !! Most were very rude, pushy and bud in line, with a sense of entitlement. Thank the Lord for an adult pool !! All other pools were full of local families with more diapered children than I have ever seen before, at any resort, anywhere ! Air conditioner in our room was noisy and ineffective. Could not get a seat in the lobby bar as it was full of locals using wi-fi. Entertainment is loud, BOOM BOOM BOOM, runs each night, from 11:00 till 3:00 am ...Food was mediocre at best. There WAS NO FRIDGE in the room, There WAS NO COFFEE MAKER in the room This is no more than a 3 star resort on its best day. We will not be returning.

  • Bruce H : Kewlona
be there soon getting excited about this trip

have been to the rdc 2 times a year for last 7 yrs the experience never gets old we love the staff and they are all great now most of older staff recognize us and greet us this trip we have three daughters and son coming with other family and friends never a complaint always fun

  • StephanieM216 : Edmonton, Canada
Looking forward to returning

AIR TRANSAT TOURSTraveling a family of three, two seniors and a 10 year old. While reviews can be helpful, each family have different expectations. What we typically look for in making our trip memorable are a clean resort with courteous and basic English speaking staff. Drinks not watered down, ability to find shade and a lounge chair without getting up at 6 AM, variety of activities such as mini golf, bikes and water activities. Bonus if snorkeling from the beach. Quiet areas and limited exposure to smoke. Food have good variations with fresh fruit accessible. Free wifi. Clean rooms and clean grounds. . We really liked this trip and have already booked to return there this December 2016. I think it will be interesting to see what returning guest privileges are. AIRLINEThe plane was Flair Air it was smaller and did not offer any entertainment. Because this trip was in the summer it was longer than normal to PV as it stopped in Calgary, what should have been about a 3-4 hour trip turned out to be closer to 7 hours. Food and drink you had to pay for. It was a short bus ride to the hotel. HOTEL CHECKIN-ROOMSCheck in was organized and quick they separated the sections out with last name booking. We were very lucky to be in building 5 on the third floor. We did request in advance a main floor room and also a cot, neither were provided, we had to phone down twice for the cot and elected to stay on the third floor. There is no elevator that we found. We had read in advance that you had to pay for the room safe and to pick up a key which we did on the way to the room. We had some trouble with the safe as it would not lock and did require maintenance to come, they came fairly quickly for Mexico time and fixed it. The beds are comfortable with nice pillows, very clean and the shower is big with excellent water flow. The A/C did not seem strong enough for us, as we like our room very cold so I expect it is fine for most of the people. We also came during the hottest time of the year and the sun was strong into the room most of the day. We did keep our drapes drawn to decrease the heat in the room. They do not have a fridge or coffee in the room and no alarm clock. While it was kind of not ideal we were close enough to one of the many restaurants to go and get some coffee and bring back to have on the deck. Next time we will bring a small thermos and some good size coffee cups so we can enjoy a few cups before taking the day on. Wifi does not reach the room, but they do have it accessible in several comfortable lounge areas throughout the resort. Not very strong, and varies through the day depending on the number of folks on the network. For us it was perfect for a home check in and share some photos and were even able to connect with some facetime. The view from the room was nice even though we could not see the ocean. As an improvement to add a table on the balcony would be perfect as we like to sit out on the balcony in the evening, play a game and enjoy the view. There is a TV in the room with a few English channels so you can stay in touch with him easily. While we had mixed options on drinking water from the tap, given it was Mexico we selected to follow safe water practices. They give you a full plastic bottle to start your trip off and rather than replace it they ask you to refill it yourself at the bar. We really appreciated this rather than continue to add more bottles to the landfill, so we were more than happy to do so. RESORT SETUP/BEACHThis resort seemed rather spread out at first, but in all honesty it seemed to not that bad. Like most resorts we have gone to, communication of events and activities is poor and you learn things from chatting with others through the resort. There is a very cool tree over new check in, be sure to get a photo of it. There are a lot of pools to choose from that have different levels of loudness and activities. We traveled with our granddaughter so we had to be in the family pools which can get a bit loud and crazy. They have a large adult pool that is strictly enforces on keeping kids out of. It is very quiet and enjoyable. While they don’t have a swim up bar, the bar is very close and also the washrooms are nearby. The beach is not private, and vendors do approach you, they are very polite and move away quickly. Some of the prices seemed a bit elevated, but you can negotiate. They are keen to please; we wanted a specific shirt for my husband and top for my granddaughter told him what we were looking for, made arrangements to meet the next day and he found what we wanted. While many shops and the market are with-in walking distance we appreciated his effort. We also got our granddaughters hair braided by Candy and it did not even last over night. Maria offered to fix it for free for us as we could not find Candy. We felt we paid a bit too much to have this done about 350 or 400 mxc. We did give Maria a tip so anyone wanting hair braiding find her as she double secures the hair. They do not serve drinks on the beach, but the bars are not really that far away. They offer a variety of ocean fun, such as a sail boat, kayaks, and boggie boards. The oceans waves were perfect for the boards (limited to two hours) and spent hours riding the waves, although a word of caution if you get caught in the curls getting out you can get hurt. We saw several folks that did get banged up a bit and we also got tossed around some, so it is best to pay attention and watch you alcohol intake before playing. They do have life guards on the beach but I would not really count on them as they really don’t seem to be paying a lot of attention. Also the water does have a number of rays so you need to be careful when stepping on the sand. You can actually see them in the curl of the waves. Also some reports of jelly fish stings. We spent hours in the water and did not have an issue. Beach shoes would be a consideration. The kayaks could be a lot more fun, but they really restrict how far you can go and the area is very small so did not really find it rewarding and only did it once. As for the sail boat we never saw it going out, the waves were fairly high so that maybe why they did not go out. Vendors offer jet skis and parasailing. My husband went out on the parasail, we negotiated a good price as I don’t think they were very busy and were happy to get someone out on the boat. We found the price better to pay in peso rather than US money. We got a tip from other folks to make sure to get the massage which is the blue awning to the right of the resort when facing the ocean. About $30.00 or 350 for an hour. Many folks went twice over the holiday. My husband went and was impressed. Will return on our next trip for sure. They have lots of umbrellas on the beach and around the pools. We did not have any trouble finding a spot and did not have to race down at 6AM to reserve a spot. What a nice change. It seemed that more folks simple grabbed a spot when they were in the area rather than having empty reserved spots that folks seemed to never show up for. It is very sandy beach with miles and miles of opportunity to walk on it. Know that you will be approached by the vendors while on your walk or run. But we did not find them aggressive. We understood they are just wanting to make a living. The adult pool could be cleaned a bit better, it had a lot of debris from the trees and a film of oil on it. They don’t seem to address it during the day. The rest of the pools seemed a bit cleaner. We were told that the area of the resort we were in was the quiet area and that it was. We really appreciated it. People that had the ocean view said that they had to deal with the noise but had the view. The gym needs some upgrading, it was very busy and often had difficulty getting on the machines I wanted. The stationary bikes are very old and not very comfortable. They do not have any staff support in the rooms. The room is small and dark and dreary. We rented (free) the bikes several times, they are older bikes and don’t have any gears but they certainly allow you to have a nice ride exploring. You can only use them for a limited time period, we often felt pressured to get the bikes back rather than explore further. We rode down to the market and around town, met a lot of nice folks. They offered a free city tour on Wednesday and Saturday for free, we heard it was an all day event so we opted to not go on the tour. SMOKING – was not allowed in the restaurants and they did have ash trays around the resort. We usually prefer that they have designated smoking areas, but either this time there were not many smokers or they were more courteous than we have seen in the past. There is not kids club, but there is organized activities for the kids each day. Our granddaughter did not participate on any of the events so cannot comment on structure. They also have some organized activities for adults as well. That area has loud music playing so we avoided that area. Be sure to go see the Iguana feeding, it is amazing to watch them all come down from the tree’s. They have a couple of places to paint your own ceramics. Lots of families participated in this activity it is an additional price but reasonable. Different price depending on the item you selected. Once you are done the staff outline for you and add some nice touches to elevate your piece. It was fun and enjoyable way to spend some time. It was also fun to watch some men also paint. FOOD/DRINKSThe resort has a strict no straw policy, which I commend them for. As always on an all inclusive it is best to bring your own mug or purchase one at the resort. They had some nice ones at a reasonable price in the gift store. Drinks were typical; they offered a very large drink menu. They even made a form of a Caesar which was really not all that bad. Beer was cold and tasty. Kids had lots of options as well. Cold water was accessible on a self serve basis. Breakfast was typical and offered a great assortment of fruits with an egg station. If you are a bacon person you have to stand in line at the egg station. We only went to one of the small buffet breakfast places so not sure of the options in the others as we soon learned that each restaurant offered different items. Lunch again was buffet style with lots to choose from, we did try the BBQ hamburger place once but in all honesty for us light lunches are more for our family style of eating. Again each place offered a bit different options. Dinner, buffets we enjoyed they often had a theme of some sort. We really enjoyed the options and the food that was offered. We often had the red and white wine with our meals which were a nice compliment. The al-la-cart booking meals are kind of a pain, you have to get up very early in order to reserve your spot and they only allow you to book two so if you like it you have to do it over again. While we were there they did change the time to 8AM which means you had to get in line around 7 or so much better as the first day had to get in line around 6AM. They offer Brazilian, Italian, Mexican, Japanese and Thai. We went to the Italian twice and the Brazilian. Both were excellent. Beware that you have to really like meat for the Brazilian and you need to pace yourself as it just keeps coming. I think if they let you know how many options of meat will be coming out in advance it would help in not taking a piece of everything and be selective. Given we were in Mexico it would have been nice to have the option of some chips, cheese and salsa in the afternoon around the adult pool. It could easily be added at the pool bar. You are not allowed to take food out of the restaurants and there is no room service. There are a lot of bee’s around from usually around the left over drinks. If you have an allergy make sure you bring your epi pen. NIGHLY ENTERTAINMENTThey have a show each night which is in an open air theater. Like more resorts they a not high end but the staff really try to entertain the crowds and offer a variety of different themes. Show runs from 9-11 pm. MONEYThe hotel will exchange money for you, keep in mind you need to bring your passport for the purchase. You don’t need to convert your money to US you can use Canadian dollars. We found it best to purchase peso’s but they will take Canadian and US dollars however you may not get the best deal. Also if you pay in US or Canadian you will get peso in return. You may get a better rate if you walk up to the bank or purchase at home through AMA. You can use your ATM cards in the bank machines. Any time you want to purchase money directly with a person you will need your passport. EXCURSIONSThere is public transportation just outside the resort easy to catch the bus and head into PV if you want. About 15 peso’s. There is bus that goes to Walmart for about 7 peso’s or you can take a taxi for about 200 peso’s one way. We booked a snorkel trip through Air Transit. They did provide a discount for the trip. We booked as we thought it is was a half day trip and it turned out to be a full day on the sail boat. You have to arrange your own transportation to the marina. But they coach you on what you should be paying. We booked with Eco Sail by pegaso. Highly recommend them. Snorkeling was so so but keep in mind we are divers so have been too many amazing places. WIFIIt is in two of the common areas, strong enough to check in at home and one night even strong enough to facetime home. Those that need to be connected may want a strong connection, for us for the daily check in it suited us just fine. SHOPPINGMany vendors bring their typical products on the beach to sell. We did not really want to bother with shopping so we found one fellow and told him what we wanted and he found exactly what we asked for the next day. We found the price reasonable. The vendors are not aggressive and will take no for an answer. In other places in Mexico we have avoided the beach as we found the vendors to aggressive. There are shops very close by and if you want to go for a walk you can head to the market about half mile down the road. Lots of selection and very typical Mexican products. Note that they are more aggressive at this market.

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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • Unlimited Domestic beer, drinks, and wine
  • Theme nights
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Boogie boards
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  • Basketball court
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  • 620 rooms in various low-rise buildings
  • 3 buffet restaurants
  • 5 a la carte restaurants including: Japanese, Thai, Steakhouse, Mexican and Italian
  • 2 snack bars
  • Pizzeria
  • 6 bars
  • 5 Pools - 1 adults only pool and 4 with children's area
  • Lounge chair and towels
  • 3 tennis courts
  • Basketball court
  • Soccer field
  • 2 gift shops
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  • Golf nearby (fee)
  • 24 hour doctor service (fee)

Guest Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Bathroom with shower only
  • Balcony or terrace with garden, pool, or ocean view
  • Max occupancy 4 persons no more than 3 adults

Kids Deals - One child 2-12 stays & eats free when sharing a room and existing bedding with adults.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy organized children's activities, when there is a minimum number of children registered. Babysitting service upon availability (fee).

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Royal Decameron Complex
Lazaro Cardenas 150 Riviera de Nayarit, Bucerias 63732 Mexico

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