The Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach is Montego Bay’s new kid on the block. It’s got sea views from every room, a trio of restaurants, and a slick bar straddling the beach and pool area.
The Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach has bagged a spot on one of Jamaica’s most popular stretches of sand. This fresh-from-the-packet hotel is within touching distance of the Caribbean Sea, and only a 10-minute cab ride from Montego Bay’s colour-splashed city centre.
This place is linked to the Royal Decameron Montego Beach, and shares a couple of à la carte restaurants, a spa and a gym with its seaside neighbour.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based On 3067 reviews
4 star plus
Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks|
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. A la carte dinners in themed restaurants. Standard and premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
Facilities ► View all
The lagoon-style pool here comes lined with a terrace dotted with loungers and palms.
Oliva Mediterranean à la carte restaurant
This sea-view speciality restaurant offers a range of Mediterranean and seafood dishes.
Evening entertainment programme
With live music and shows.
Rooms ► View all
double room with sea view and balcony or terrace
Double rooms here come complete a flatscreen TV, a minibar with soft drinks and a safety deposit box. Plus, there's a balcony or terrace to make the most of the sea views.
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average rating only because of shower issues and front desk service
Recently stayed 2 wks. As others have said, if you want 5 star accommodations and pampering, then need to go elsewhere. Air Transat rates it 4 stars, to us itâs 3.5 stars. We had a good time. However, will not return because snorkeling was lacking; and also the issues we had with our shower which were never resolved, and how the whole matter was handled. FOOD: Very good, both jerk pork and chicken were delicious. Plenty Jamaican vegetables. Breads and rolls are the best. Only negative comment about food/beverages is being served a drink in a supposedly clean glass which had a large lipstick stain. ROOM: Spacious, nothing fancy, and it worked for us. Bed was firm and comfy. Bedding very clean, and pillows in fine condition. Balcony has a long towel bar to hang wet bathing suits. Our maid Glynis took very good care of us. Tap water is potable, so no worries. BEACH: Two tiny ones, 1 in front of buffet, other is next to Decameron Cornwall Beach. Watch resort site videos to get a better perspective. Snorkeling was fine, but nothing great. Chairs in excellent shape, but would benefit from a good scrubbing. Plenty of shade from palapas and trees. Only 1 washroom on the beach, were kept clean. MISCELLANEOUS: We were never sick, nor did we hear of anyone else being ill. Never used insect repellant, had 2 bites. No issues with bugs in our room, nor did we see any roaches etc anywhere on the property. The resort is kept clean. Never watched any shows, however could most definitely hear and feel every beat in our room. If you donât want to be near the noise, be warned that in the 4 storey bldg, the lower the room number, the closer you are to entertainment. Stage is located behind the bar, next to the buffet. Airport is next door, 4 min drive, not kidding. See and hear planes landing and taking off, but never an issue. SERVICE: Everyone was friendly and provided us with excellent service, except for front desk. Had an issue with our shower, and it never did get resolved during our 2 wk stay. We think all 3 of the front desk staff members we spoke with at different times never put through the work order, and lied to us about it. We eventually gave up. Therefore front desk customer service gets a rating of zero. Unfortunately, we never had a decent shower. Pressure was always very poor, water would slow to a trickle and often totally stop. Usually scalding hot or freezing cold, never warm long enough to complete our showers. We expect minor hiccups, but nothing this bad. This was the absolute worst over the many years of travel. We asked other guests, and majority of them had absolutely no shower problems. RECOMMEND: We had a good time. If you are fine with a simple but run down in some spots, laid back resort that is a stoneâs throw from the airport, and rooms are smack dab as close to the ocean as you can get, then this is the place for you....but it wonât be for everyone.More
Mary I, 154979
Great Escape from the cold.
Love the entire stay. The hotel staff , very friendly, Air transat staff very welcoming. The food wish they had more Jamaican cuisines. Very nice place , hoping to visit again next Jan 2018.. I can't wait , maybe visit even sooner for reggae sunspash..More
Great family vacay
This resort is super close to the MBJ airport and it's ideal if you have small kids with you. All inclusive with lots of food variety at the buffet. Great friendly staff and entertainment that is lively and fun every night! Not a big resort and doesn't have many a la carte restaurants but that made it ideal for us with a small child travelling with us. There isn't a big beach since it's really close to the airport, but we still managed to find the shallow end to play by the sand. Kids club was perfect! Room is basic and simple, but we were only there to sleep at night. Overall we always make the best out of what we have because we love to travel. More
Nice smaller resort
We just loved it. We did have to wait til 3 for check in but I didn't find it a problem and it was advertised as such.take swimsuit in carryon as suggested and lighten up We had to pay a small amount for wifi and a safe but this was also in the description of hotel on line from suppier,maybe some folks should read the fineprint from the resort and not just a third party. Our holiday was superb concidering we didn't pay an arm and a leg for it. Food was fine to great. Entertainment was kind of corny at times but other times fantastic,would have loved to record some of the steel drum band but I wasn't missing any of it to go back to the room for phone...AMASING I would go back to this place in a heartbeatMore
Great Resort & Staff
We were here from Jan-22 to Feb-05 Rooms Our room was probably the nicest and biggest room we have ever stayed at excluding one at a 5 star resort in Cuba that we had with their concierge package. Although spacious it was very basic. I liked that there was a separate small room with a vanity where we could store our luggage out of site, but leaving it still accessible for items that didn't fit into the dresser. The balcony was also very large with 2 "Muskoka" type chairs and a table. We moved a lounge with a padded cushion from inside the room to the balcony for some afternoon rests while enjoying the view and the ocean air. We were on the top (2nd) floor of the older building which was previously the Jack Tar resort. We thought we would have preferred a room on a higher level in the newer building and the staff was going to try to accommodate this request to move for our second week but we changed our mind as we found our current room to be away from the crowd and nice and quiet for some relaxing rest periods on our balcony in the late afternoons. The ocean view in our room was partially blocked by trees - but we could see enough to be satisfied and it seems most rooms even in the newer building have the same type of obstruction so it would have been hit or miss as to whether or not we would have gotten a better view by moving anyway. The safe was $2 per day which is not uncommon, but at $5 per day for a fridge, we chose to do without. I think it would be nice for the Royal Decameron to consider including fridges at no charge. It seems that most rooms are pretty much the same and I heard all but 11 rooms are Ocean View with the 11 being Garden View. I'm not sure I would have liked the Garden View rooms but then that would depend on the price difference. Resort We were pleased with the cleanliness of the whole resort including all the bathrooms. As the resort was pretty much booked to capacity we had feared it would be crowded, but the resort is so spread out it never seemed to be that way. We seldom had a problem finding a seat or table at any of the restaurants, entertainment section or the various places throughout the resort where we just wanted to sit and chat. It is very well laid out and we were never far from a bar or enjoyable spot to sit and relax and enjoy the view of the ocean, planes arriving and cruise ships coming in and out of Montego Bay. The sunsets each night were spectacular. If we had any complaint about the resort at all, it would be the chairs in the lobby and around the tables that are by the ocean. They are all very wide from the back to the edge. Sitting back in them was very uncomfortable and required a very long reach to the table. Often you would see guests sitting on the edges or stealing pillows from nearby chairs to place at the back to compensate this. Instead we chose to sit at the beach bar or the table and chairs immediately outside the buffet. Beach Some of the beaches were filled to capacity some of the time but there was always another beach that offered somewhere to put down our towels and take in the sun if we so chose. The beaches were small and certainly not like the beaches in a place such as Varadero. Some swimming areas had no beach and you had to jump in off the cement sides but there were ladders to climb back out. It helped that we were allowed to use Cornwall Beach in front of the other Royal DeCameron although it was usually filled pretty much to capacity. The Cornwall Beach dropped off quickly and the sand seemed very soft so it was sometimes difficult getting out of the water as you quickly sink up to your ankles in the sand. I can see some people would not be impressed with the beaches - but they were fine for us. There were a few areas of the beach that were filled with rocks and coral that made it perfect for snorkeling. We saw many beautiful fish and coral. Unfortunately we also saw a lot of garbage such as plastic cups (hard plastic cups from bar not disposable cups), towels, hats etc. On the plus side I found a $50 bill while snorkeling. On the down side - it was Jamaican and only worth about 50 cents. It would be nice though if the resort hired someone to go out and try to clean the garbage up a bit but I'm sure it would be a never ending job. By the type of garbage that I saw it seemed that it was more from items being blown into the ocean and not thoughtless tourists just throwing their garbage away. I guess we all need to be a little more aware of light items when using the beach areas. Captain Poly The free water sports facilities looked tempting but we didn't get around to using any of them. (we brought our own snorkels.) But we did enlist the services of Captain Poly who operates his own glass-bottomed boat at the Royal Decameron Montego Beach dock. For just $20 US you get a view of the reef just off the resort, followed by about an hour of snorkeling. But unlike many other captains that just take you out and let you snorkel on your own, Captain Poly joins you in the water giving you a guided tour below the surface, pointing out and naming the varieties of coral and fish and letting you know what is safe to touch and what you should stay away from like the black urchins. Apparently the white urchins are safe to touch and Captain Poly picked one up, letting us each take turns holding it. Captain Poly then dove to the bottom passing through a short tunnel for our amusement then left us on our own to enjoy the splendor and feed the fish with pieces of bread he provided. If you are interested in snorkeling it would be worth making sure you seek out Captain Poly. Staff I don't think the Royal Decameron resort could ask for a much better staff. They were all friendly, very accommodating and provided great service. The bartender Marshall, although just a trainee, was a favourite of ours and obviously a favourite of many others. Marshall assured me that he didn't shoot the sheriff OR the deputy. We would often see Marshall working at various bars throughout the resort and we could not walk by him without getting a friendly greeting. Bartender Dario also deserves special mention. But at the swim up pool bar Keeshia was our favourite. Keeshia makes the best pina coladas at the resort and is quick to remind you she's "best at everything". LOL. I wish I could remember the names of some of our servers in the buffet as they too were all exceptional. The young ladies and gentlemen at the front desk were always smiling and at your service from check in to check out and ready to help with anything you might require in between. Our maid, again I'm sorry I didn't get her name did a good job of keeping our room clean. Entertainment Each evening's entertainment,led by MC Duane aka Skippy, varied between very professional singers, dancers and musicians performing for our enjoyment to silly but mostly fun and amusing games and contests requiring audience participation. We only missed 1 show in the 2 weeks we stayed. A steel drum performed one night and although the beach party had to be cancelled the first week due to the weather, as we were there 2 weeks we were fortunate to be able to attend it the second week. The beach party presented dancing and fire eating acts courtesy of the entertainers from Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville on the Hip Strip, just a short walk down the road. The show usually began with resident band Concord performing although the musicians in the band varied from night to night. The dancers and singers that accompanied them were most entertaining. Our favourite was Mr. Hastings who had a very unique presentation that quickly grew on us. And when the entertainers weren't performing, several of them were in the audience supporting those on stage, clapping, singing and dancing in the aisles or mimicking those who were performing, to the delight of the audience. Of course there was lots of reggae music which was all very good but I would have liked to hear a bit more of the real traditional Jamaican music such as Island In the Sun, Day-O etc. in the mix too. However, a small group of singers and musicians would perform in the lobby and covered many of these old time favourites so they could be enjoyed just before dinner time but we seemed to miss them most evenings. We didn't participate in the day time activities on the beach so I can't comment on those, but the little we saw as we walked by them to the beach bar seemed to be enjoyed by those who did. Food The food was exquisite. The presentation for the buffet breakfast and lunch was always varied and plentiful. There was never a problem finding a place to sit We seemed to gravitate to a specific table and never had a problem getting the same table for subsequent meals. Each evening in the buffet there was a different theme ie: Jamaican, Oriental, Italian etc but there was such a large variety you'd be hard pressed to not find something to your liking even if you weren't fond of the the evening's theme. We were pleased that there was no limit to the number of evenings you could reserve a table at the a la carte but were a little disappointed when we learned that, although having been told the a la carte would alternate between 2 different menus, it was actually the same menu every night, which was Jamaican Food. The food was very good - just not to our personal tastes so we only dined there once. The a la carte was closed on Wednesdays and Saturdays as the theme for the buffet on those evenings was also Jamaican - but with a much wider variety of choices of Jamaican cuisine. We didn't always make it to the buffet for lunch however, as the beach bar also served lunch. They had a simple menu of soup, pizza, hamburgers/cheese burgers, french fries and jerk chicken wings. I enjoyed the jerk chicken wings almost every day - if not for lunch as an afternoon snack after lunching in the buffet. Sadly there were no Jamaican Patties available on the resort but we soon found they were readily available on the Hip Strip. They are so much better than the ones we can sometimes get here in Canada. I wish we could have smuggled some of them home. Tour Rep What can I tell you about our AirTransat Tour Rep, Catherine Ducharme? If ANY company is recruiting a sales rep or customer service rep for any product they would do well to try to steal Catherine away from AirTransat. But please don't. Catherine's presence as AirTransat's Tour Rep at Royal Decameron is a big drawing card to return to the Royal Decameron on Montego Beach. Catherine's enthusiasm, passion and humour is genuine and contagious. Without being pushy or aggressive Catherine makes you feel that excursion you showed a mild interest in is something you just can't afford to pass on. But she is wise enough to pick up on any hesitations you might have and does not try to coerce you into closing a sale just for the sake of making the sale. How could you not put your full trust in someone like that? But Catherine can help you with more than just booking excursions. Originally from Ottawa, Catherine is a wealth of information on Jamaican customs and ways and can answer all your questions about what to do and not to do on just about any subject on or off the resort. She is non-judgemental and instills a sense of confidence. She was also very helpful in pre-booking our seats for our flights home, helping us make last minute changes and recommending specific shops that could best accommodate a couple of unique requests we had. Other Guests This is an area that I find is often overlooked in reviewing a resort. What are the types of guests it attracts? We were pleased that we seemed to fit in well with our fellow travelers who also sought out the Royal Decameron on Montego Beach. Although there was a variety of ages from a few very young children to much older travelers they were all what we considered to be "our type of people", friendly, fun loving, not uptight and adventurous. We connected with almost everyone we spoke to and age never seemed to be a consideration. We even met a few couples, not only from very close to home but one couple who had a very close relationship with our family. It is a pretty good indication of the quality of this resort that many of the guests we met were returning guests some having come as many as 20 times or more to the Royal Decameron. Like them, we too wouldn't hesitate to return.More
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