When I first arrived at the Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach I honestly didn’t know what to expect – aside from the obvious facts like the resort was new, 4-stars, 5-minutes from the airport, steps from Mobay’s “Hip Strip,” and that I would have exclusive access to all the facilities and services at the neighbouring 3-star Royal Decameron Montego Beach. So I decided I would go into this adventure with no expectations in the event I would be disappointed, but from the moment I stepped into the lobby and looked out at the lush almond tree sitting before an ocean of blue, I knew I had nothing to worry about!
The resort was built in a semi-circle around a gorgeous pool that extends onto the soft sand beach, so no matter where you are on the property you always look out at the ocean.
Decameron believes in authentic experiences and it shows. They incorporated Jamaican culture into their design and in their culinary offerings. The resort’s main restaurant, Jamrock, with its exposed wooden beams and overhead ceiling fans offers a buffet of international and traditional Jamaican dishes like festival (fried dumplings), oxtail, curry goat, rice and peas, as well as jerk chicken and pork with live cooking stations amplified by alfresco dining. Meals are on a nine day rotation so I always had something new to try, though I have to admit that I had a particular fondness for the chef’s homemade chicken stew with steamed rice. You may not find the huge selection you find in some 5-star resorts, but everything they offered was tasty and authentic and that says a lot!
In a beach cabana nestled beneath a lush almond tree covered in wicker lanterns you will find Oliva, the resort’s Mediterranean à la carte restaurant. Here I dined on beef tenderloin covered in a three peppercorn sauce with grilled vegetables on a bed of homemade mash potatoes. Oliva also serves as an afternoon and late night beach grill – anyone care for fries on the beach? At Souk, the à la carte restaurant at neighbouring Royal Decameron Montego Bay, I savoured Caribbean specialities like fish steamed in coconut curry served with bammy (traditional Jamaican cassava flatbread).
Part of the resort’s appeal is its laidback vibe. Quiet nooks with postcard-perfect views are found throughout, which are especially inviting at sunset when the property takes on magical proportions. Every evening I looked forward to watching the sunset from a different spot – be sure to see it from the 5th floor outdoor terrace! Taking in a beautiful sunset is one of my favourite things to do on a beach holiday and because the sun sets in front of the resort, every night it’s a glorious show.
While children play at the Kid’s Club (located between both properties), adults can unwind with a treatment at the beachfront massage cabana or at the spa located at neighbouring Royal Decameron Montego Beach. I had the relaxing Ocean Harmony Massage and it was heavenly!
I have been fortunate to visit Jamaica numerous times, but this was the first time I ever went on an adventure to the island’s South Coast to sail through mangroves and see crocodiles followed by a dip in YS falls. It was so much fun! You can book your excursions through Transat.
Travellers may be enticed by the affordable vacation packages offered through Transat, but it is the Decameron’s friendly staff, laidback island vibe and boundless ocean views that will ultimately capture their hearts and have them returning again and again.
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The Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach and Royal Decameron Montego Beach are available exclusively through Transat with service on Air Transat – named Best North American Leisure Airline by Skytrax for five years running – with direct flights to Montego Bay from three Canadian cities. Air Transat’s winter 2017-18 schedule will include 6 weekly flights from Toronto, 2 weekly flights from Montreal and 1 weekly flight from Halifax. For more information, visit www.transat.com.