This was our first trip to the Island and recommendation from relatives that live in Costa Rica. The Aquarium Resort is conveniently located near the airport and right in the downtown area of the island. The hotel towers, are all mostly built right in the ocean ! The rooms with on the Oceanside is breathless and most impressive... almost as if you were on the balcony of a ship.
The rooms and buildings are older and show their age although efforts are clearly made to maintain as best as possible from the natural sea salt wear and tear. The beds in our case were a little worn and the washroom was small but everything was white, clean and smelled clean everyday after Mercedes did her cleanup.
The personnel at the desk during the day are committed to help and assist as best as they can. The general staff everywhere is polite and try to please.
The A la carte restaurants are sometimes hard to reserve however both buffet propose excellent quality and choice of food. There are limited sitting outside at both locations however available as people seem to prefer to eat in the AC main halls.
The docks that join all the facility are amazing and provide endless views of the ocean. There are plenty chairs and people respect the fact that chairs are not assigned unlike other resorts where chairs are reserved for days at 5 a.m. every day... This is NOT the case...
Visiting the other the other Decameron for a drink of eat is easily accessible and makes you appreciate your location.
There is no beach at this resort however the public beach is next door therefore easily accessible and Decameron also has a private beach and restaurant called Rocky Kay which is a must during your stay.
Shopping is also very convenient as the hotel is directly downtown... This is a DUTY FREE island so prices are generally good... and you can return with your liquor as part of your carry on...
This is also men heaven where a la carte only requires nice shorts and shorts that cover the shoulders. No highly dressing here!
If you are looking for a fun, relaxing place to vacation and can accept that the rooms although always clean, start to show age... This is a place fr you! If you are looking for a 5 star service and accommodation, this is not for you but I will stress that San Andres offers you natural heaven that many 5 stars will not provide you...
For those travelling with Nolitour, Karine the site representative is there and available to make sure you have the very best of time while vacationing.
One last thing... NO watered down booze here... beware... too many Coco Loco's will quickly turn you in the attraction of the day :) Also, for some reason the wine is high in alcohol without noticing it so within 2 glasses you will wonder what's happening...
Hope this will be helpful... I will return to this Caribbean Heaven for sure...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the midst of an Antillean environment, this resort has an exceptional architecture with circular towers overlooking the sea at ‘Punta Hansa’ – at the northern end of the Island of San Andres – which allow for wonderful panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. These buildings are alongside a long wooden dock that leads to a natural pool in the sea and with an aquatic platform ideal for snorkeling and other water sports. The Decameron Aquarium is located approximately 10 minutes from the airport and is a well sought out location for tourists since the longest and most beautiful beach of the island is located only a few blocks away, surrounded by a boardwalk, parallel to a commercial area with restaurants, discos and the most exclusive bars. You will enjoy an enchanting paradise that can be explored completely on foot and where a cultural mixture of English, Spanish, Pirates and Corsairs can be explored. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Aquarium Hotel San Andres Island