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Decameron Aquarium
Ranked #8 of 43 Hotels in San Andres Island
Reviewed January 1, 2014

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...

Room Tip: Towers 1,2 or 3 on the ocean side have the best view and 2nd or 3rd floor is better.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Martin G
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

The rooms and resort are not your typical high end, commercialized all inclusive accommodations, but they provide for a relaxing and more than enjoyable experience with its own unique charm. The rooms facing the ocean come with a million dollar view and even if they could be matched they would be unaffordable to most.

The food is very good. In comparison to resorts in Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, the food here surprisingly out did them all. If I had to offer a criticism it would be that the variety is not as expansive as some of the other resorts. With that said, there was enough selection to choose from for any of the three meals and there was always at least two dishes that were exceptional. Don't forget to try their soups!

For people looking for a beach unfortunately this place does not offer one within the grounds. However, the pier/dock is a good alternative that is great for sunbathing and jumping in the ocean. I myself am accustom to a beach but I appreciated not having to wash off the sand from my body and flip flops. The public beach is about 7 minutes away and is a great option.

Johnny Cay has to be the most pristine and picturesque beach area I have ever been to and deserves a paragraph on its own. I don't think my imagination could create a more idyllic setting. Tours are offered that include a stop on the island but I would recommend hiring a boat taxi to give you the flexibility of spending as much or as little time there as you want - it is also a cheaper alternative.

All in all you get great value for your dollar, the weather is always warm and the people are friendly. A must visit for anyone not entirely focused on a crazy party scene.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank Daniel639
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Perhaps the best about this al inclusive hotel were both the scenery and the food.
Rooms are built on pilars which are funded in the sea. The buildings are connected through wooden piers which is very quaint.
The view of the sea from the rooms is breathtaking.The mantainance of the buildings has room for improvement though.
Food is great! Fresh ingredients not slightly overcooked even though it is a buffet.
Do expect a good wifi connection even if you pay for it.

Room Tip: Ask for ocean view (in advance) and away from the pool
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank sespinar
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

the hight point if the fabulous ocean view from the rooms...that only make your vacations to be great.
the rest... all you can expect from an all inclusive hotel; comfortable rooms, good food and drinks, staff friendly enough, well located and a lot of activities. SO make sure you book a rooms with ocean view, I recommend tower 1,2,4, at the 2º or 3º floor, this are your best choices.

You can tour the island, best way is rent a motorcycle or a Mule, and stop everywhere. Also try the local creole food. People at San Andres are very friendly.

If you enjoy the ocean, this Caribbean island is one of the best places to go.

Come, relax and enjoy the coral reef...bring your mask and snorkel. (or you can buy it, there are some very good diving shops)

Room Tip: Book a room with ocean view, I recommend tower 1,2,4, at the 2º or 3º floor, this are your best choi...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Laurent D
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Overall the hotel is decent. There are other hotels on the island that seemed to be more high end facilities but the Royal Aquarium is located in a beautiful spot. Since the hotel is located on the water, the activities, boat excursions, jet ski etc is located right there which was very convenient since you do not have to leave the property. Coral Adventures (boat tours) did a fantastic job and was reasonably priced. The jet ski guys are all around, just remember to talk them down on price. Remember, taking a jet ski out for 30-60 mins will not make or break your vacation so remind the jet ski guys that when you talk price. The hotel itself is a little worn but being on the water front does beat the hell out of any property. The restaurant staff was very nice, housekeeping was so-so and several of the other staff (pool attendants) were lazy and down right rude, but take it for what it is worth, go to the beach, forget the pool and have fun.
The Decameron is a chain of all inclusive hotels so if you stay at one you have access to the other hotels and properties. They don't really lay out the other properties for you as to where they are and what each property's strengths are. I feel they should cover this with each guest to enhance the experience but with a little looking into it, you can find the other hotels to visit. I am not sure what this hotels rating is but I would say a 3 star at best. If you are looking for 4 or 5 star then you will need to look elsewhere. But if you are laid back and can overlook an apathetic staff, then this is a fun place to stay. The food was good with a good variety of choices each day.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank MI6007
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Just stayed at the Royal Decameron Aquarium from September 22nd-24th, and overall my experience was great. The hotel is located near the airport and close to a boardwalk where all the stores are located. The rooms are located on several 3 story towers some facing the ocean, others facing the resort. The view from the ocean rooms is amazing and the hotel distribution is very accessible. The natural pool and water activities are great, there's another pool that has a bar and theatre where they have shows and different live entertainment every night. The great benefit from staying at one of the Decameron hotels in San Andres, is that you can spend the day in any of the other 5 hotels in the island, where you can have drinks and snacks and eat at their restaurants.You also have access to the Rocky Cay Beach Club, where you'll be able to enjoy drinks & snacks at the beach club with your Decameron bracelet and swim from the shore to the small island of Rocky Cay. Highly recommended for families, friends and couples. They have a tower designated exclusively for adults, ideal for honeymooners. Inside the hotel, you can book special tours, with a superb service.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with ocean view.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank gcarrillo
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

this hotel is top in its class, buildings are right in the water , service is great , people are so frendly , safe to walk all over , tours are cheep and good .............island is 15 miles long .....fish are amazing to see right out side your room .

Room Tip: always stay as high up as possible ..ocean view , less likly to have bugs go under doors
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Decameron Aquarium

Address: Avenida Colombia 1-19, San Andres Island, Colombia
Location: Colombia > San Andres and Providencia Department > San Andres Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in San Andres Island
#2 Spa Hotel in San Andres Island
Price Range: $226 - $483 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Decameron Aquarium 3.5*
Number of rooms: 297
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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Royal Decameron Aquarium Hotel San Andres Island

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