Royal Decameron Los Cabos (San Jose Del Cabo)

All opinions on this page are our own. We are not affiliated with the hotel. 

Travel Dates: March 14-21, 2015

Weather: Rain one morning, sunny and hot rest of the week (27°C, 81°F)

Room: 3rd floor, partial ocean view

Our overall rating: 8.5/10

We left from Toronto for our March Break. We were very lucky to find a flash sale for this resort and it cost us about $1400 per person.

We arrived in the morning and we were pleasantly surprised by our ocean view room. Most of the rooms in this resort have at least a little bit of a view of the ocean. The room was modern and very clean. There was a small fridge (refilled everyday), a TV, a nice balcony, and a shower stall and toilet stall with frosted glass doors.

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This used to be an adults-only type of hotel so there were still remnants of the past on the walls.

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We headed down for lunch. For lunch, there were two options – the main buffet and the poolside restaurant. We tried both and enjoyed both equally. The main buffet (the only option for breakfast) had a very relaxed vibe with a nice open-air patio area facing the ocean and landscaped gardens. The buffet offered a good variety of clean and fresh food.

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View from the buffet patio

The poolside restaurant was fun, too. It’s right by the ocean so you can hear the waves and it’s close to the pool for convenience. They served a variety “snack bar” type of foods (burgers, cheese sticks…).

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For dinner, they had the buffet open and one a la carte restaurant, Luna. The poolside snack bar actually transformed to a romantic a la carte with a rotating menu – 3 from what we saw – Asian, Mexican, and Mediterranean. Our favourite was the Asian menu. The service here was great, and the food was good.

Pool & Beach

You can’t swim in the ocean here because of the strong undertow and rough waves, but it was still beautiful to look at. The other good news is that gorgeous and totally-swimmable beaches are just a short bus ride away, perfect for adventure or romantic day trips. We went for a day trip to the Lover’s arch (local bus, then a boat ride) and they were able to drop us off at a swimmable beach after our tour.

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Can’t swim in it, there are still plenty of beach chairs to enjoy

There are two main pools and one jacuzzi tub upstairs overlooking the ocean. Upstairs swim-up bar (adults-only) makes great drinks, and they played rock classics most of the time in the background. We really enjoyed the vibe and the people here. We liked that it was adults-only.

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The two pools on the main floor were fun, too. It was great for poolside reading (the resort also has a patio library by the pool), and kids will enjoy these. There were always staff walking around to ensure that all guests are having a good time (when a couple of kids were being rowdy playing with their beach ball, they were told to tone it down). There were several activities that went on during the day, but most were in the beach area, so the pool area was pretty quiet every day. We had no trouble finding chairs and towels.

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The smaller pool on the far side was usually occupied with kids. That one had some cool water fountains.

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We really liked the location of the hotel. It was on a small strip of hotels and it felt very safe. Within walking distance (5 minutes), there was a small mall with a Mega store and Starbucks.

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In front of the mall, you can catch a bus to go into town (San Lucas del Cabo) which was great for sightseeing and more beautiful beaches that you can swim in.

The hotel is also within walking distance to San Jose del Cabo (about a 20 minute walk, or you can take the bus). We really enjoyed the atmosphere there and interacting with the locals. There is also a famous art walk every Thursday evening.

There were some smaller “shows” in the evening – mostly some singing – but nothing too crazy. If you’re looking for a party atmosphere, this isn’t a good resort for you.

We had a very enjoyable week here in Cabo. It certainly had a very different feel than Cancun – in a good way.

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