First things first, can't wait to get back! We read many reviews before we went and I have been to Jamaica before and stayed at the Sandals Royal Carribean. I have stayed at 5 star resorts also in Mexico and Dominican Republic twice so I have some experience with all-inclusives.....Now onto the Decameron, we arrived with only one staff at the front desk, however he was polite and tried to get all of us through as quickly as possible, keep in mind you are now on Jamaica time. All the staff were friendly, polite and love to have a chat if you are interested in their culture. There was only one bartender that was not polite because I didn't tip him right away, so be it. In fact some of the staff went out of their way to make you feel comfortable. I think that some people don't treat the staff with respect and politeness and therefore they get the same in return. Keep in mind that some of the staff work 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week for bad pay. The buffet was fantastic, lots of choice, as well as a good mix of Jamaican staples mixed in, spicy and not so spicy. My girlfriend raved about the bread all week.. Did the A La Carte one night, lovely, try the Filet Mignon, cooked exactly to liking and not tough at all. The buffet staff were really good, we ended up sitting in the same area for most of our meals so got to know our servers very well. In the mornings, they will bring coffee, water, juice, whatever you need while you are eating. For Lunch and Dinner, they will bring wine and any other drinks you would like. For wine drinkers, I enjoyed the house white wine very much, didn't try the red. The rooms are large and comfortable, immaculately cleaned everyday, some days it was in the morning, sometimes late afternoon. If you're in your room and don't want it cleaned they gladly just give you fresh towels and pillow cases if you want them and then sign off their sheet. We were on the ground floor of the sunset building near the end of the resort, lovely view, nice front porch, double french doors. Some of the rooms are being re-done because they are looking old, our bathroom was like that, but new paint in the main room, flat screen t.v, satellite, lots of channels e,t.c and A.C worked fine, loved getting the breeze of the bay in our room as well, and, found the bed very comfortable. Lots of beach area's to choose from, plus hammocks, sunbeds, sun covers are there for you to choose as well. We never hung out in the pool area's but always looked like seats were available in both the pool and beach areas, so you don't have to get up early, grab your towel and "save your seats" which I loved. We walked the Hip Strip most mornings and be warned there are lots of vendors, souvenir shops, cabbies/taxi services vying for your money. But if you are polite and just no mon, or no thanks, firmly but friendly they don't bug you so don't be afraid to stroll down. There's a lovely pub called The Twisted Kilt that's great to pop into for a cold bevvie, air conditioned if you've been strolling the strip in the heat. Two bank machines on the strip, one gives out Jamaican dollars and another one that does Jamaican and American money, American money tends to get you better deals in the shops, FYI. I had fun bartering for stuff so you don't need to take the first price or the price tags in the shops except for the gift shop at the resort. However the gift shop at the resort does not overprice its goods, so always good to go there if you're not in the mood to haggle and don't want to deal with people trying to get you to buy their stuff. Plus everyday some vendors are on the resort so you can buy from them and bartering is a part of the fun if you want to get a deal. we got very friendly with a couple of the vendors and I was lucky enough to hang out with one of them away from the resort on their day off, brilliant. Speaking of that we also got very friendly with one of the security personnel and were lucky enough to get off the resort to have sunday lunch at his place with his family, genuine jamaican home cooking in one of the non-affluent neighbourhoods in Montego Bay, fantastic! Generally speaking if the "locals" are not trying to sell you something, they are very friendly people and great to talk with, have a great sense of humour and love to have a laugh. I loved that the resort is smaller (this was my first time at a small resort) and you do get to know quite a few of the staff (if you choose to) from the maintenance people who keep the grounds immaculate to the outside security personnel that work there. Lots of water sports there for free, if you like that,from snorkeling to paddle boats, rides on hobie cats, a couple of wind surfers, etc. There is a Sauna, whirlpool and massage if you want it as well. I also liked the grill if you don't feel like eating at the buffet during the day time 12-5 and then it re-opens at 11 at night, there is a fountain drink machine and a Red Stripe (Jamaican Lager) tap there so you can help yourself, had cheeseburgers and fries at 11:30 at night, that was a nice treat.. We bought mugs when we were there as the small glasses for beer and pop just don't work. The nightly entertainment was fair to very good depending on the night but still enjoyable, cabaret-like at times. Be prepared that sometimes they pull up volunteers to help out and that can be quite funny "To the beat, To the beat!". This is not a five star, but to be honest it didn't bother me at all and it has a great vibe for a smaller resort, well worth more than the money you pay to go there compared to how much you would pay for a five star in Jamaica. In regards to being moved to other resorts, it seems to happen to people that went through Bookit.com after research and talking to some reviewers, so be prepared if you use them. What more to add....Enjoy it for what it is, a genuine gem, fantastic value, a great vibe, friendly people, comfortable rooms that is very close to the airport and you're on Jamaica time....laid back and very relaxing, every ting irie! An extra shout out to Rayon, Fitzroy, Christopher, Kaleesha, Diamond, Denton, Karhi, Tyrone, Rock, Kaye, Chamar and others that made this trip great!
Get the sunset building rooms if you can, ground floor isn't bad at all.
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