Just returned from a week at the Royal Decameron Baru resort from Feb 20 to 27. Was a relaxing week with beautiful surroundings and hot weather. We were in building 7 on 3rd floor had 39 steps just to room one way. Everywhere on resort is lots of steps. there are ramps but they are long way around and are still steep so would be hard pushing a wheel chair. spent most of time on beach lots of chairs and shade. water was nice and clear with lots of fish. by 1 pm beach was almost empty every day We sat to the left of the beach bar a little ways up the beach so was fairly quiet. there was a swampy smell every afternoon but we got used to it. We seen iguana every afternoon which was nice brought bread and threw it for him. Do not try to feed him from hand ( seen someone do it and he was bite)
FOOD was okay we did buffet for breakfast and a few lunches and dinners. Did the snack bar for lunch hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and fish chicken.Burgers were homemade and discovered sweet BBQ sauce is mustard. good variety in buffet for lunch. al la cartes were good we did all three Seafood, Italian, and Asian, Lasagna was good at Italian we liked the Asian best ate there 2 nights. all restaurants serve only beer and wine, If you want other alcohol bring it with you. Also wine was not very good so shop duty free and pick up a variety of your good wine..
ROOMS were okay only there to sleep. bathroom was different had frosted door to cubicle with toilet. this door made loud clicking noise every time you opened and closed it. shower stall nice a big with a clothesline in it for wet things. No fridges in room so you have warm water bottles. We went to front desk second day and asked for fridge. was delivered that afternoon no charge. the room have actual keys for the door they are on a ribbon to wear around neck. we used the safe which you have to pay extra for at front desk. They give you a lock and key for it. We hid key in room . The key for your room has the room number engraved in it so if you loose it whoever finds it can go visit your room if they chose to.
All bars close at 6pm except lobby bar. bring your own coolie mug with you as the glasses are the size of juice cups so four mouthfuls and your empty. Their is a definite language barrier if you speak Spanish you are served first.
We did one excursion and that was to cartegena. We did the boat ride which was offered on Monday so it only took 1/2 hour to arrive in cartegena. we were then split into two groups English and french. the English was great there was 8 of us with the guide.. Our guide Juan was very good He gave us great tips of best places to buy emeralds when asked. I bought them at crafters market at back of stall 22 sales lady spoke English plus Juan was nearby if we needed us. He recommended buying there as price would be better less tax then if we bought at emerald museum. He also directed us for best place to buy coffee. We had lunch at San Pedro restaurant.( very good) but had armed guard at door they made really good pina colodas tasted just like milkshakes.
The bus ride to and from resort was an 1 1/2 each way so lots of sight seeing. once outside of city it became really dirty with garbage everywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the paradisiac Baru peninsula, 75 minutes from Cartagena and member of the TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ for its certified excellence during 5 consecutive years, the Decameron Baru allows guests to enter a magical experience that will disconnect them from the outside world. The resort is located amidst a tropical forest and its architectural design intermingles with an ecological environment surrounded by many beaches, among which is the popular ‘Playa Blanca’, considered one of the best beaches of the Colombian Caribbean, and the luxurious ‘Playa Puntilla’ beach, where our travellers may enjoy a private club and several sports such as kayaking, rowing, scuba and snorkeling. Partying and enjoyment are guaranteed, enlivened with the rhythms from the countries of the great Caribbean basin such as ‘champeta’, a genre that mixes African and Colombian Indigenous sounds and that introduces travellers to the local culture. As a complement to pleasure, you may sharpen your senses with the delicacies of typical and renowned Colombian Caribbean cuisine. From this destination you may explore Cartagena’s colonial history and visit other important cities from Colombia’s northern territory such as Barranquilla, a commercial, river and sea port and seat of the multitudinous Carnival, as well as historic Santa Marta, considered the most beautiful bay in America. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Baru Hotel Isla Baru