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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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  • TonyOliveira : Woodstock, Canada
Hot Hot Hot, But Great!!

For A 31/2 Star Resort It Was Great. It Was Always Clean ( i.e. Rooms & Grounds). The Staff Were Friendly And Yes Most Couldn't Speak English But Hey Most North Americans Couldn't Speak Spanish. LolThere Was Enough Staff That Could Speak English Or At Least Understand What You Were Asking/Needed.The Beach Vendors Were Respectful And Would Leave You When They Knew You Weren't Interested. Lots Of Amenities, Horseback Riding On The Beach, Parasailing, Etc. Lots Of Excursions That You Can Sign Up For At The Resort Too. (Panama Canal Tour, RainForest Monkey Island Etc.)I Did Go Swimming In The Ocean A Few Times. You Just Had To Keep An Eye On the Colour of the Flags. The Beach Was Beautiful and The Sand Was Just As White As Other Caribbean Beaches. A Great Beach to Walk On Too. We Even Had A Waiter Serve Us On the Beach One Night From The Cayuco Bar/Restaurant. We Gave Him A Good Tip. It Was Just Something We Weren't Expecting.The A-La-Cartes Were Good to Great, Loved The Seafood And Italian Restaurants. Never Had The Chance To Try All Of The A-La-Cartes. The Buffett's Were Ok, You Could Order An Omelette And Have Pancakes Or French Toast. Yummy.The Resort Is Quite Hilly And Not Recommended For Anyone With Mobility Issues, Even Though They Did Provide A Shuttle Service For People To Get Around.The Resort Was Just Too Beautiful And You Needed To Walk And See It All. I Just Loved This Resort. It Also Had A Very Nice Golf Course Right On The Premises. If You Fly With Air Transat Or Sunwing You Will Land At The Rio Hato Airport 10 Minutes Away, Any Other AirLine Carrier And You Will Be Landing In Panama City A Fair Bus Ride Away.We Celebrated a Friends 50th Birthday Party and it was Great. (Happy Birthday John McDonald - March 6th, 2017) A Big Thanks To Jackie His Wife And Sandi Our Travel Agent Extraordinaire Who Organized This Trip For The 24 Of Us.And A Big Thank You To The Staff At The Royal Decameron Resort In Panama For Putting Up With Us. It Was Fun!Antonio (Tony) F. Oliveira

  • Ztwcmom :
Nice and Hot

First of all don't believe all the negative reviews....yes this resort has lots of hills and stairs so if you have mobility issues it's probably not the best resort for you. It is very hot so if you don't like lots of heat and sun then this isn't the place for you. However, before we left we read negative reviews about the staff not speaking English or not attempting to speak English to help....I found this completely inaccurate....all the staff were very friendly and everyone we talked to understood what we were asking. We really liked that we never had to eat dinner at the same restaurant twice so it was a nice variety! It only rained for about 2 minutes once in the week we were there.There are many pools and never had any issues getting chairs. We spent most of our time at the infinity pool and adult only pool. We did wander down to the new water slides where my husband tried them out. The green one is pretty fast. If you swim in the ocean the chances of you getting stung by a jellyfish are pretty good but apparently it hurts less then a bee sting.Check in was get your key right at the airport and get on a bus for a 5 minutes drive to the airport. By the time we walked to our room they were there waiting with our luggage....magic not sure how they beat us there lolThe only complaint is have was our return flight home. They played the same movie as they played on way there. When we got to the airport at 10:08pm we couldn't get off the plain right away. We got off the plane around 10:30. Going through customs was fast but when we got to baggage to pick up our luggage we waited and waited and waited....people were getting angry. They kept telling us it was the weather which I don't believe is true as 4 other flights came in and they all left with their luggage. Finally at 11:45 the buzzer went off and everyone cheered only to have 15 bags come off and then it stopped. Then at about 12:10 15 more bags came off....then at 12:30 our bags finally came off (2 hours later). Not sure what time people after us were there until. Air Transit needs to get the s#@t together!

  • gipsydon : Ontario's Highlands, Canada
It was OK, but.........

The service was actually pretty good. Great beach front room...but not soundproofed. Food was mid range but repetitive. Could not find 24 hour snack /grill restaurant though advertised. We went knowing it wasn't the Ritz, and expected and accepted all the negatives this resort has....but the least they can do is to train their staff to at least understand a little English and put a smile on the faces. Big negative was the treatment of staff towards locals versus English speaking guests.. Very noticeable at bars and restaurants. If you looked out of place, then you were ignored. Would not recommend this place nor would we return.

  • Lianne R : Orillia, Canada
Loved Panama but not this resort!!!

This resort has definitely gone downhill!! WE have never been but booked based on recommendation from our travel agent who had sent clients here and they were very happy. As well friends of ours had been in the winter of 2016 and really enjoyed it. We always take reviews with a grain of salt as you cannot please everyone. Well I have to say that everyone we spoke to at the airport upon our return trip home were very unhappy. All said they would not return nor recommend this resort. I have to agree 100%. WE went for two weeks from February 20 to March 6. On our second day there we spoke to the transat reps about changing resorts for our second week. Well I have to say that I did not feel like our issues were taken very seriously by the transat rep. In fact I felt dismissed!! We travel a lot and I have NEVER wanted to leave a resort after the first day!! Booking dinners: I have never experienced such a ridiculous process in my life .You have to be in the lobby before 7am to take a number to line up to make dinner reservations, even for the buffets!! I was there at 715 am and took a number. They were serving number 40 and I pulled number 77!! So I waited for an hour and a half and by the time my number came up all that was left were 945pmoptions for dinner!! One night we were told that there was nothing available for dinner. What we don't get to eat dinner? Ridiculous .I'm on holidays and I don't want to have to get up at 6am to line up to book dinner. When I spoke to our transat rep about this she told us that there must have been a miscommunication. Hence being dismissed!! One day we went to the booking station in lobby 1. There was no one in line to book meals so I walked up to the front counter. The woman taking dinner reservations would not serve me until I took a number, yet there was no one else there!! Come on where's the customer service!!The only ala carte that we liked was the Sushi. The rest were passable at best. The buffets were mediocre. Even the salad bars lacked and anything grilled was overcooked!!The omelet bar was the only thing that was good in my opinion!! Now here's another beef of mine and it may seem trivial to the rest of you but I only eat bacon when I go away on holidays. They hide the bacon here, you have to ask for it, and then its usually stringy!! I suspect that the food on the breakfast buffet is leftovers from the evening befores dinner buffets. Who eats ribs and chicken wings for breakfast!!The first night we ate at the Atlantico buffet and we never went back. We were given an 830pm sitting as it was our first night there and the buffet was not being replenished at that time so very few choices. The service was non existent, and the only drinks you can get at the buffet are either beer or wine. The wine is the worst house wine I have ever had anywhere.I found that for the most part the staff just don't seem very happy!!Jorge in lobby 2 was the best bar staff we encountered in the entire resort. He is so personable and eager to please and has taught himself several languages in order to be able to interact with the guests. Good for you!!Our room was clean and big, in building 41.I am told these are newer buildings. We upgraded to the superior room which meant we were to have been and rum and pop and water in our fridge every day. This was very hit and miss as some times we would not get water in our fridge for 2 or 3 days. I would not recommend the superior upgrade. Just walk to the corner store and get beer and water for your fridge. They have cheap snacks there too rather than paying 4 US for a can of pringles at the resort! We did have to chase housekeeping down for clean towels on 4 occasions eventhough we made sure to leave a tip on the pillow every morning!!I would never go back here and would not recommend this resort to anyone!!And I would not even recommend Transat to anyone either. They were not helpful at all and would not even call my travel agent back!! And yes you have to pay for the safe!!

  • Sandysmith57 :
Not Impressed

We were so excited for a year to be going here on our winter vacation, the flight was great landed in Rio Hato minutes from the resort! Loved the check in process at the airport! Our room was in a good location! Wasn't happy with all the stairs we had to climb to get down to level with our room! 1) Room was out dated but clean, we asked for a king bed but got 2 doubles! The room key was an actual key on a string and if you wanted another one you had to pay. Insane! Also had to pay for the Safe as well, No wash cloths had to use hand towel, no coffee maker in room, there was a fridge but nothing in it! Geez! 2) thought it was absurd that you had to take a number and stand in line to book your restaurants and by the time we got up there half were full and some were closed! The food left something to be desired also, the quality was a absolutely horrid! We had to eat off the resort just to survive! Awful that we paid for an all inclusive and had to pay for food! 3) Entertainment was awful, it was the same for the 14 days we were there! 4) enjoyed our trip through the Panama Canal but not the 21/2 hour drive to get there! We will not be going back here and just about everyone we talked to there said they won't be going back either, too bad they are losing their Canadian tourists! If we would of spoke French or Spanish I am sure we would of gotten treated better! We felt like 3 class people! I do not recommend this resort to anyone until the have a change in Management! Good luck if you decide to go there!

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
  • 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.

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.