Stephanie Brucculieri recently returned from the new Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach in Jamaica opened December 1.
Here is her feedback:
FOR: People who like simple, contained, quiet resorts, a decent beach with minimal waves and snorkelling onsite. Price point is very good, good food, good location.
NOT FOR: Long beach walkers, people that want nightly entertainment, people that want lots of dining options or amenities, families that need kid clubs
This beach is not a long walking beach by any means but it’s a nice gradual walk in beach with some stone but not terrible, lots of palapas and lounge chairs on the beach. The water is calm with very nice colouring, and some snorkelling off shore (you can get snorkel gear from the water sports desk). There is one good sized swimming pool with a small kids splash area and lots of loungers. Watersports on the property are limited, but enough.
There are two restaurants (no AC) and one buffet with enough options. The a la carte had the same menu each night. They accept unlimited visits however reservations are required, no walk ins. They will have a coffee bar which they’re finishing in the upper lobby. Staff was very attentive to the needs of guests, always clearing dirty plates, cleaning around the resort, and always available to ask questions.
The open-air lobby is smaller in size but good for the resort size. Elevators were quick, efficient and clean.
Rooms are large with enough space for a family. All rooms face the ocean and have a shower (no bath), comfortable beds, and all the basic amenities. They use a key system, not a card system. Safety deposit boxes are also a key. Balconies are a nice size with two chairs and a table and plenty more room.
The location is good, on the Hip Strip, eight minutes from Margaritaville. It can be louder from the traffic but you cannot hear it within the resort, only when you’re entering a room. There is a small amount of shopping and markets nearby. Approximately a 40 minute walk into town, there is shopping and a Jamaican market. Downtown has a square with some historical museums and a bustling city centre. The port of Montego Bay is also close for smaller cruise ships MSC, Aida.
Planes do fly closer to this resort as the landing strip is approximately five minutes away. It was not an inconvenience but can be a little louder at times.
Guests of Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach can use the facilities at Royal Decameron Montego Bay. It has a very minimal beach with two smaller pools. The resort is a 3.5 star, open-air property with a huge repeat clientele. It’s more lively than Cornwall with a show that goes on nightly. Entertainment at Cornwall is very minimal, however they will have a water show every Friday night. There is no kids club on either property.
Contact Stephanie at 1-800-665-4981 ext 7269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.