Location: Arcadins Coast, Montrouis – Haiti
I visited the Royal Decameron Indigo in April 2016 for my 28th birthday with my dear sister friend Andie. I found a Groupon deal for the resort that came out to $473 for two people. That’s right. An all-inclusive resort. She and I share the same birthday so we decided to go on an international adventure. We left out of Houston and connected in Fort Lauderdale to Port Au Prince.
We decided to go through the resort to get a shuttle out to Montrouis. When we arrived in Port Au Prince, we were met by our driver just outside of baggage claim. He said very few words and led us through crowds of people begging outside of the airport. When we got to the older white GMC van the driver turned on the AC and told us not to open the door for anyone and left us. We sat for over an hour waiting for the rest of the passengers. Because it was an older van, the first row was not only narrow but the motor was also under our feet. My feet were on FIYAH. So uncomfortable. The drive should have taken about an hour took closer to three because we had a birthday crew with two Haitian-American travelers that wanted to make stops and get snacks off the side of the road, mostly out of nostalgia. As the Introvert Coalition, Andie and I just exchanged side-eyes most of the way. Otherwise the ride was pleasant and I got to take in the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other.
We finally arrived to the resort after five p.m. exhausted, hungry, and irritable. The check in was quite simple, however, the reception ladies that I dealt with did not speak fluent English, which was not a great for being able to ask questions. We were given our wristbands and we did not have to put down a card for incidentals. Our room was ready and the bellmen offered to take our bags but we had very little so we just walked through the halls to our first floor, beach view room. The room was simple and very clean. It contained a television, two double beds, and a small table and chairs. The bathroom had a barn door and mosaic tile shower stall with a rain showerhead and a shorter one. The patio also contained a table and chairs. It was so close to the beach that you literally could walk across the sidewalk and be at a thatched roof cabana with beach chairs in 30 seconds. It was amazing. The beach itself was clean and well maintained. There were few people on the beach selling things which was great because we were not bothered.
Because we were doing a Thursday to Saturday there were not very many people at the resort and it was quiet. We pretty much walked around, drank cocktails, and rested. Like many of the all-inclusive resorts, Royal Decameron had an entertainment staff that would do games and nightly shows. There was even one very colorful young lady that even dressed up as a minion from a Despicable Me and walked up and down the beach singing. The resort was definitely off the beaten path so I’m sure we would have had to pay to get back to Port Au Prince to see something. Royal Decameron did have an affiliate to book tours and activities through. We did not look at these since we were there explicitly for relaxation.
The food and drinks were delicious. As vegetarians, Andie and I did not have a problem finding food. There were also local dishes and fresh produce. The fruit was absolutely amazing. If you make friends with at least one of the staff they make sure that you are taken care of and make drink recommendations.
Verdict: I had an amazing time at the Royal Decameron. So much so that Andie and I have plans to go back. I returned rested and refreshed. The staff was very kind, the food was top notch, and the beach was beautiful. If you want to see my trip to Haiti check out the vlog on my YouTube Channel here.
Pros: Clean, Great price, Great Food, Friendly Staff
Cons: Distance, not as many activities
Overall Sharde’ Rating: ****1/2