Royal Decameron Panama

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Located about 90 minutes south of Panama City, the drive to this resort can be a bit long from the airport, but it's an easy stretch of straight highway and a good way to see a bit of the country. The resort itself is quite large, with over 800 rooms and growing. Like the other Decameron properties, this one offers great value and service as well. You'll find a mix of North and South American visitors at this resort. The Royal Decameron is definitely recommended, but if doing a package to Panama we would recommend the split package with a couple nights in Panama City as well.


Royal Decameron Golf Beach Resort in Panama offers a traditional all inclusive experience and more. Located on 2 kilometers of secluded white sand beach, Royal Decameron boasts 8 large pools, 10 restaurants, and 11 bars including 1 swim up bar. All of this is surrounded by lush gardens on a hill overlooking the Pacific ocean make the Royal Decameron an ideal location for your Panama vacation.

Location: On beach just a few minutes from the town of Santa Clara. The Royal Decameron Panama is approximately 1.5 hours from Panama City.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • rob1764 : Providence, Rhode Island
Great landscaping, poor room quality

The grounds of the Royal Decameron are beautiful. The beach is very nice as well. The food for the most part is good. Some dishes are really salty, but overall is not bad. They usually do a great job with seafood dishes. The down side of the experience is the quality of the rooms. The dresser are crooked, many lamps don't have shades, many walls have holes and need painting, the shower curtain and shower tiles have mold.. Overall a very poor maintenance of the rooms. Also for something as basic as safe boxes...they charge you for them.... After I got back home, I noticed many bites on my legs and arms. Don't know if they came from the bed or the grounds...but I am covered .....

  • DannyYO : Gatineau, Canada
Good golf, food ok, service was fine.. you get what you pay for!!

This was a golf trip for us. The hotel is huge and caters to everyone except for folks who may have mobility issues. There is a lot of walking involved which was fine for us but might not suit everyone. (they have fast small bus service to get you where you want to go. Advice tip the driver and he will drive you anywhere on the compound!).Food: if you are a foodie, this is not the place for you. I liked the 8 a la carte restaurants ( advice: reserve immediately when you arrive to book yourself for 3-4 nights. Then get up early mid way through your trip to book your other dinners). The Mexican/fish restaurants ere my favourite.Rooms: depending on your budget, I recommend a first floor suite (the second floor room we were given by mistake was small and hot and a walk up with luggage is not fun. Don’t get room 153-2!). If you are a golfer, I recommend a villa, there are villas that include two double beds, two washrooms, a kitchen and fridge with stove! You essentially have a home to yourself. We were lucky and got a larger villa with kitchen table and everything mentioned above. The villas are on the golf course, which allows you a great backyard view and bus pick up to the golf course, lobby for dinner and beach.Beach/ Pools: there is ample room for everyone at either place. However, the beach is not great, there are lifeguards on duty but only until 5:30. There is one adult swim up bar (shout out to Maria) as she took care of us and actually remembered what each of us were drinking and would replenish our cocktails just as we were almost done! NOTE: just as in other all inclusive hotels, there are nit many palapa’s, so get up early and put a towel on a shaded spot!All in all it’s a decent hotel for the price.

  • Patricia S : Belleville, Canada
Great piece of paradise with amazing staff and features!

My partner and I travelled here in November and had a very relaxing vacation. If you travel with Transat, you land at the Scarlett Martinez Airport in Rio Hato and have a short 7 minute transfer to your resort. Check in is done right at the airport so you do not have to endure long lines once you arrive at the property. Your bags are delivered to your room within 15 minutes of arriving from the airport. If you are in rooms on the upper level, be aware that there are no elevators to the rooms located on the 2nd and 3rd levels of the buildings. Rooms are basic with comfortable beds,flat screen tvs with a few English movie channels, tiled rainfall showers and a cozy balcony. They do not have coffee makers, but you can request one if you need it.Most of the restaurants are located by the beach, and you do need to make reservations (3 days at a time) for even the buffet. The resort was at full capacity during our stay, but we had no issues getting the restaurants or times that we wanted when booking. And you do not have to stand in line for hours at 6am to book. We usually booked after breakfast around 1030 or 11am. The food is good and always lots of it. We happened to be here during the American Thanksgiving and a full turkey dinner was offered in the Atlantis buffet. There are lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, the bread is amazing and the beer is plentiful. The house red isn't so great, but there is a wine store in Lobby 2 that you can purchase bottles of your liking for very reasonable prices.There are a lot of steps, but after the 2nd day, you get used to them. If steps are not your thing, in the middle of the resort there are paved walkways up to the higher level that are easier to manoeuvre than steps. If you have mobility issues, I sugest a beachfront room and the use of the carts to get where you need to go.The beach is beautiful and there are lots of chairs and palapas to find some shade under. The swimming is amazing with clear water and sandy bottom - lots of unique and colorful shells to collect. Watch for riptides and undertow in some spots, but there is a great lifeguard presence should you find yourself in trouble.we read some of these reviews prior to travelling and I am not sure what they are based on. I did not find that language was a barrier, and our Spanish is not the greatest. We always managed to make ourselves understood or to understand the servers and bartenders that we encountered. The people of Panama are quite shy in nature and friendly once they open up. We want to mention Jonathan and Rudy in particular, who are 2 bartenders that made our stay great! They were very knowledgeable about many of the things we asked about, they made great suggestions on things to do and always served our drinks with smile and anticipated our need for another one. If you find yourself running into these guys - make an effort to become friends - they are great guys.If you are looking for a lowkey relaxing vacation, you will definitely find it here. If you are looking for a party resort, you can also find it here. Your vacation is what you make of it - but the Royal Decameron Panama certainly helps make it what you want it to be. I would recommend this resort to anyone, of any age as there are many activities for all ages from 2 years to 80 years.

  • Robert C : Sudbury, Canada
Exceeded our Expectations

My wife and I stayed at the Royal Decameron from January 4, 2018 thru January 15th. I had read all the Trip Advisor reviews and had a few concerns but I was anxious to visit Panama and selected the Royal Decameron over the Riu and Blue Bay Coronado. WOW we made the right choice!! We are frequent travellers with a diverse experience base so I am providing what I hope is a fair objective review. I think this resort is a strong 4 *. Please feeI free to contact me if you have any questions.1) Food and bars are quite good. Nine a la carte, a couple of snack bars and two or three buffets depending on time of day. I have had larger and smaller buffets and some better food / some worse but quit frankly if you can not make a nice meal out of the buffets or a la carte, you are not trying. A la cartes really same thoughts with good variety and choices. We had some chicken/ beef/ pork/ fish that was amazing, flavourable, suited our pallet and some we did not enjoy as much.. The same can be said for many of the dishes. Please keep in mind this is a Panamanian resort cooking for Canadians, Columbians, Panamanians, French, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, American, Bulgarians and many others....... many different pallets to please. You are away in a vastly different culture so try new things some you will like and some maybe not so much. Usually, a pasta bar on the go, fresh grilled meats and/or fish, so always a selection. We had very good service in all of the restaurants. We had excellent service and drinks at all the bars. We visited every bar and restaurant at the resort and we have no complaints. Good service, alcohol, variety of specialty drinks etc... We got to know some of the bar tenders toooo well but made some friends and shared some laughs.2) Rooms are nice and grounds are clean and beautiful. The beds in our room were excellent, The air conditioner worked very well and quiet. The cleaning service was consistent and very good.3) All buildings were in good condition and clean. Always staff around cleaning and picking up after the clientele. Front desk staff always helpful super quick and easy check in and check out. Hassle free.4) Entertainment could use some work. The entertainment at the main amphitheatre seemed repetitive and lacking in imagination to us. I have to comment the Spanish people seemed to enjoy it more than the Canadians and non-Spanish. It was basically all done in Spanish lots of yelling by MC. They should copy what many resorts do and present some variety with musical imitators, dance extravaganzas etc.. We did find and enjoy their small house band that played at a variety of venues/ bars on the resort. Once we found this entertainment we did not return to main theatre. You might want to walk down to Nicos Beach Bar(formerly Woody's) just off the resort, excellent food and drinks. The new Italian owners Fillipa/ wife and Daseo the chef are fun and very hospitable. Good rock and roll band Friday nite for sure and maybe Saturday. We danced up a storm and met some very nice ex pats there.5) The bellboy staff managed by Renee is excellent, well run and the best we have experienced in some time. Courteous and professional..... dropped off and picked up bags on time etc... 6) Golf course is a great value. Tough enough course and was in very good condition when I played a few rounds.Some tight, some forgiving and can be played to over 7,000 yds. if you want. Greens were quite good.Appeared to have a decent gym...I walked by it many times.. Casino is very small but acceptable with black jack, roulette and slots. 7) Panamanian people are (bonita) beautiful. Quite friendly and good service.....but please remember you are in their country you have to make an effort as well. We try to speak Spanish as much as we can and the effort is always appreciated. We are not very good at espanol .... but we try.....LOL We rented a car and went off resort and visited many places that do not see tourists as regularly. Everywhere we went the Panamanian people were friendly and good to us.8) If you have physical challenges this resort has many stairs from beach level to the upper level so it could be a challenge. There are a couple of roads up and down so it is doable with a wheelchair etc.. In summary, I think this is a good 4 to 4 1/2 * resort. We are already planning to return with some other friends and family. A mi nuevo Panamanian amigos and amigas..........mucho gracious.......Roberto

  • Shawn R : Sudbury, Canada
Family Reunion Trip

Celebrated our 10th Annual Reunion here January 2018. There were 15 of us and we were all accommodated very close to each other for rooms.It is a very large resort with lots of walking and many stairs from the beach to lobbies (66 stairs from top to bottom). They do have ramps that you can use as well but they are relatively steep and also have resort vehicles driving on them so you need to be careful. Rooms vary from Beachfront to regular (which would be located at the top level so have many stairs to climb daily to get the pools or beach). So choosing the appropriate room is important to avoid stairs daily. Rooms are simple and roomy (who really spends lots of time in a room on vacation? Food was very enjoyable with a pretty good selection. Fruits and Veggies were fresh. Desserts were really good. Booking A-La-Carte can be a pain in butt...... You can only book for up to 3 days in advance and they usually fill up quite fast.... We were there at 6:30am one morning and were 12th in line. Buffets are simple and good. We only got to experience 3 A-La-Carte and by far Panamai (Italian) was by far the best.There are many different pools that you can enjoy with only 1 of them (adult only) being a swim-up pool. This pool is located on a mid level. There are no drinks allowed in any other pools. My favorite bartenders for the week included Jose and Maria. They were fantastic and made amazing drinks. Bellboy service is great. They take care of your luggage right from the airport and deliver it to your room. Check out time, you leave the luggage outside your room and they pick it up and bring it to lobby for you. Shuttle service to the golf resort is great and easily accessible.The golf course is amazing for those interested in playing a few rounds. It is a rather long course and does book up rather quick in the mornings. Club storage is also available at the course for a very reasonable price ($1.10/day). The girls in the pro shop were amazing with us and like to thank them. I must say that there is definitely a language barrier with this resort. There is not too much English spoken which can lead to having a hard time communicating.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • 3 meals daily plus snacks
  • All drinks from 10am-2am (domestic beer, premium brand cocktails, house wine with dinner)
  • Introductory scuba lesson
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Pedal boats
  • Kayaks
  • Waterpolo
  • Horseback riding 
  • Aerobics
  • Tennis
  • Beach volleyball
  • Daily activities
  • Spanish lessons
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Disco
  • 820 rooms in thirty 3-storey buildings
  • Buffet restaurant
  • 8 a la carte restaurants (reservations required)
  • Snack bar
  • 4 bars
  • Live nightly entertainment
  • Disco
  • 3 pools
  • 2 children's pools
  • 2 jacuzzis
  • 2 tennis courts (1 lit)
  • Golf nearby (fee)
  • Shops

Hotel Rooms included:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathroom with shower only
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Balcony or patio
  • Max occ. 4 persons, up to 3 adults

For the Kids Kids activities with a minimum of 10 kids, ages 5-11, Babysitting (Fee).

Honeymooners Receive a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket. Request at time of booking, requires proof of marriage.

Wedding Packages - Are also available. Please inquire for more details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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Royal Decameron Beach Resort, Golf & Casino
Avenida principal Farallon, Km.115, Farallon, Rio Hato Panama

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.