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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.

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  • Tracy S : madison, United States
Safe, clean resort with plenty to do!

We stayed for 6 nights, arriving on Friday and leaving the following Thursday. The resort is very large and there is a lot of walking, both stairs and sloped areas. This is not a resort for anyone with disabilities. Given that, we loved the walking, we felt healthier even in the very hot heat. There are 3 buffets, we preferred the one near Lobby 1 which has a wires over the windows to block the birds from coming in. There are 3 lobbies, spread out evenly across the length of the resort. All of which that have desk staff, bathrooms, gift shops, a bar, coffee and espresso at 5pm and free wi-fi. The lobbies are all at the tops of the hills, so depending where you stay you may or may not have to do more walking. Multiple types of restaurants but you need to make a reservation for them and they are typically filled up! We went offsite 3 times for dinner and quite frankly we were glad we did as we experienced excellent local eateries! La Fogata, Rancho, Delicisio Del Mar were awesome! We had a king superior room that had a view of the ocean. It was quite large and very clean. Hot water in the shower isn't the best but I did notice it is best at odd hours when most people aren't showering. The beach is the length of the resort and there are tons of shells! The sand isn't white and powdery but it is still nice and fairly clean. The ocean is beautiful and there is always a flag with the conditions that is updated regularly. You can snorkel and kayak for free. There are jet skiis, parasailing and ATV's for rent. We rented the ATV's for 2 hours an had a blast. A tour guide takes you out and you get to see a little more of the area. By doing this we found a great restaurant on the beach in Santa Clara with superb seafood! We also did one of the day tours, the aerial tram in the Gamboa rainforest which was well worth the price. Not only do you take the aerial tram into Gamboa but you take a boat out onto the Panama Canal and they do their best to find local wildlife! We saw two types of monkeys, birds, turtles and lots of butterflies. A buffet lunch is included as well! Back to the resort, staff was very attentive, most do not speak English but were always able to help or find staff that could be of help! All in all, we had a great time with great experiences!

  • terrykorz : St. Catharines, Canada
My 8th visit will be my last

Just returned from my 8th visit. Sadly this will be my last. New owners have ruined this lovely resort. The ground are still beautiful. Weather is always great. Staff seem different, unhappy and discontented. I saw a manager in the Atlantis buffet screaming at several employees for all to see. When a glass dish crashed and shattered by the food there were no steps to remove the food that was close by. Food at the buffets was way below the standards were grew to enjoy on our pervious visits.even the restaurants were below the standard we were used to. Several nights dinner consisted of some few things from the salad bar and bread. On my second last night the ravioli in white sauce I ordered was swimming in grease. Service with a few exceptions was very slow. On several occasions while having dinner we had to get our own drinks. On my last day I developed food poisoning. The new thing is the two class system where for a lot of extra money you get preferred treatment. This does not make this a 5 star. At best 3 star. So sad . I love panama and will return but not to this place. So to all those who over the years I encouraged to go to this resort, please heed my advice. Go to Panama but stay somewhere else.

  • Donna W :
Great resort

Wonderful resort.The rooms and the whole resort was very clean. Staff were friendly for the most part. The drinks were delicious and there was always something one could eat. (I have food allergies and didnt have an issue with finding food to eat).There were pasta bars, omelette bars and a wide variety of meats/ fish. Security was a big deal - we were on the ground floor and we witnessed staff ensuring that patio doors were locked (there were 3 possible locks to ensure safety). The beds were comfortable and there was lots of hot water.There were lots of stairs and walking at the resort is large, however this is stated in advertisements for the resort. If you have mobility issues, this is not the resort for you.There was lots of entertainment. Daily at one of the pools there was aquafit and pool games, etc. There was a kids club. In the evening there were movies on the beach shown on an inflatable screen. There was evening entertainment as well featuring singing and dancing.This my second visit to this resort over a span of 7 years. Any changes noted are for the better. My fellow travellers were also impressed with this resort.

  • Denise R : chelmsford,ontario canada

royal decameron resort needs help, the staff is very helpful and kind but the management needs a reality check ,Hotel is huge too many stairs at lobby one so if yur elderly and have lung or leg problems i strongly suggest this is not the place for yu. saw lots of vacationers havin a hard time with that heat and climbing hills and stairs it was not good. the food was bad to fair yu have to book all dinners from a la carte to buffet ,and they hardly speak english so yur best to brush up on yur spanish , and lots of locals the hotel , people got their shoes stolen and a few extra items, the beach is not the greatest as well the water looks dirty and it stinks we were there for two weeks .they do have some fun stuff like watching a movie on the beach every night was fun the shows seemed to be fun as well. bartenders by the beach were awsome , drinks were great as well, cant talk enough about the beautiful weather on average 35 celsius in the day and at night 27 celsius average not a drop of rain , would i go back ??? for sure just not at that hotel way way to big and im an avid traveller . hoping this helps yur curiosity ......... the key to the room is an actual key and same for the safe so yu walk around with a shoe lace around yur neck all week .get with the time decameron really

  • Tony G : Etobicoke
Terrible Resort

Let me begin by stating that this resort serves the worst food I have ever eaten at any resort or restaurant anywhere. It’s incredible the lengths Royal DeCameron goes to save a buck. We were a group of 13 men aged 50+ on our annual golf vacation getaway. We have been doing this for years at different resorts each year. Until this experience we have had nothing but good/great things to say about each of our past experiences elsewhere. Check in was very fast and efficient which they did at the airport. They had everything ready for us. Check out as well was very good. That’s the extent of the good experiences at Royal DeCameronThey are old school at this resort by issuing keys instead of cards to open your door and they give you only one key per room. As such if you want another key they ask for a $15 refundable deposit. If you want use of the safe, it works out to just under $3 per day. A WASTE OF MONEY!!3 times we had to call down to have it opened because it broke. A few of our friends experienced the same. We called and called and called to have them come to fix it. They might as well throw their phone system out because they don’t answer it. If by chance they do, no one speaks English. To get any service we had to walk to the lobby to ask at the front desk to have someone fix it. They ask that we go to our room to wait for them; that wait was anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes on each occasion. My advice, save your money, time and aggravation and leave your valuables at home. Carry a money belt and carry your passport with you. Or just stash it somewhere. The rooms were not well cleaned. Everything we touched was greasy. We’ll assume, sunscreen lotion from past guests. We spent the first hour scrubbing down as much as we could with soap and water. In the bathroom they would only leave us one roll of toilet paper – the one on the roll. We asked that they leave a second one but they did not all week. Again, they most likely did not understand or this was another means of Royal DeCameron cutting costs. The buffet offered a very small selection. There was a selection of 5-6 items in the hot tables. The grill offered 2-3 choices. That’s pretty much it. Breakfast would offer scrabbled eggs at the hot table. NO BACON. NO SAUSAGES. You had to go the to grill where people were lining up to have an omelette made which was generally a big line to ask for bacon which they kept behind the counter. If you figured out where the bacon was kept, more often than not they didn’t have any. They served the strangest things at breakfast. On different days they served; chicken wings, ribs, chicken legs and wings in a sauce, quesadillas jerk pork. What we think it was, leftovers from previous dinners. Not sure but it was weird. Wings, ribs etc. YES. Bacon and sausages NO. I had cereal 5 of the 7 days. Hard to screw that up but they did on the 2 days I didn’t have it. Milk was frozen on one occasion and it was empty the on the other. Yogurt they leave for self serve in a giant bowl. No ice under it. It was very warm and likely someone was going to get ill eating it. Dinner and lunches weren’t much better. Often the food was cold, overcooked and dry. Thought we try the salad bar, but it was generally picked clean. They did a very poor job of replenishing the dishes. And again, very few selections. On one occasion I thought I would go a safe route and make myself a tomato and cheese sandwich. No cheese, no tomatoes. The bread often very stale. The orange juice is not orange juice, it’s TANG. On one occasion one of our friends was not feeling well and decided to nap. He asked that we prepare and bring him back a sandwich but they prevented us from taking food out of the restaurant. They said they have a policy of no food was to be taken out the restaurant. Our friend had to go without that day. While we fully understand that they have opening and closing hours, if you’re hungry through non-lunch or dinner hours, on one occasion it was quite the challenge to get something to eat. They have snack bars throughout but most of them were closed, the ones they keep open are open at opposite ends of the resort. And it’s a very big resort. The a la carte restaurants are waste of time. You can only book reservations 2 days in advance. But you had to book early in the day as they booked up. We got there at 8 am and it was too late. In turn we just turned up one eve. We were turned away from the Italian restaurant and yet the place was 80% empty. We did get in a few nights later. I have to give credit where it’s due. The ravioli was good. But the portions are small and they will refuse you a second serving. They told us they have a limit of one entre per person. “All inclusive”???While we don’t blame the people who worked there that they didn’t speak English (managements fault) it was very frustrating throughout. The staff was friendly and tried. No complaints of the golf course. Well kept, very reasonably priced and challenging. And great staff (that’ doesn’t speak English but very friendly and helpful)But it was clear how management went to great lengths to cut back on the little things we take for granted when we vacation at a resort. Among the 13 of us, we figured we have stayed at almost 80 resorts between us and we all agreed that Royal DeCameron was the WORST. Can’t emphasize enough how bad the food was. If the food were decent, we would have overlooked the other little things we didn’t like. But the food was that bad. We ate off site on 4 occasions to get a decent meal. In summary, definitely would NOT RECOMMEND this resort.

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).

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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
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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  • 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.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

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.