Sharon’s Top Budget All Inclusive Resort Recommendation in Panama
Royal Decameron Golf & Spa Resort & Villas
I’ve just returned from a cross-country trip to Panama and I stayed in what I think is the top budget all-inclusive resort in Panama. The Royal Decameron Golf & Spa Resort is a mega resort with mega amenities!
Royal Decameron is located in Farallon or the Playa Blanca area (1 1/2 hours from the airport) which is on the Pacific coast. Playa Blanca means “white beach” and that is one of the main reasons why many travelers flock to this area. Panama in general may not be known for it’s beaches but the beach at Royal Decameron is white with bands of black volcanic sand which glistens in the sunlight. This beach is massive - wide and long and the perfect place for a long morning walk.
The Playa Blanca area is one of the dryer areas in Panama so if you’re planning to travel in the rainy season, this is a great choice as you’ll get a lot less rain than in the rainforest area.
Royal Decameron offers a lot - with 1170 rooms in 4-story buildings, 10 restaurants, 11 bars, 6 pools - one open until 10 pm, a game room, ocean-view gym, aquatic center, disco, casino and lots of shaded lounge chairs on the beach.
Royal Decameron offers basic, no-frills rooms each with balconies that face the ocean with either garden or ocean views. Beds are comfortable. Bathrooms are large.
Many rooms are adjoining which helps if you are traveling with family and would like that connecting room option. This does come with a drawback - if you don’t know the party in the next room, you’ll find the noise travels between the doors. If you’re a light sleeper, bring ear plugs.
One helpful note about the air conditioning. It’s very good but you may find that when you get to your room, it’s not on. Check and ask the bell boy to get it working for you. He will come with a remote and set the temperature that you like. The air conditioning then basically runs non-stop but maintains the temperature you have it set at. I thought it was a strange arrangement but overall it worked well.
You will have 3 choices for rooms - ocean front, ocean view and garden view. Each view has a different location. I strongly recommend ocean front rooms as they are located on the ground level with ocean view and garden view located up the hills.
This is a large resort so you will find shuttle vans available to take guests around the resort. I enjoy walking so it was never a problem for me but they’re there if you need them.
Meal options are plenty - from large buffet restaurants to a la carte Japanese, Thai and Italian choices. Food quality is not top notch at this resort and maybe because of it’s size and the vast number of people that have to be fed. Food is average but plentiful. If you love the fruit in this area - and who doesn’t you’ll not be disappointed there!
There’s an outdoor amphitheater near Lobby One with shows nightly but don’t expect amazing production shows - just some fun entertainment often including guests like the “Mr. Panama” contest that was held one night that we were there.
A real bonus of this all-inclusive resort and area is the water sports. Decameron all-inclusive resort is located near a little island which is perfect for snorkeling and diving and very reasonably priced tours can be arranged right on site. Non-stop water activities include windsurfing, paddle-boarding, kayaking and more. Jet skis are also available for a fee.
If you’re a golfer, you’ll love the on-site golf course which is located near the villas. Golf is very reasonably priced and the club house offers rental of all equipment.
All in all I think this is a great value all-inclusive resort. As long as you aren’t looking for a 5-star resort and understand that food will be quite average, this will be a good choice for an all-inclusive resort on the beaches of Panama.comments powered by Disqus