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Our trip to the Caribbean went off with a hitch. If it hadn't then we had travelled all that way for nothing.
We flew from LA to Punta Cana and landed late at night. Caught a shuttle to the resort to book in. We had a 'Royal’ suite which included a Jacuzzi and extra living room with supposedly a butler and our own resort pool and …
I don't even remember all the resorts we saw today, but I know we're checking in at the Melia Caribe and Tropical. We have breakfast at Dreams, along with a sight inspection. We spent sometime on the beach last night but I didn't get to really see it because it was midnight, or close to it. This morning the sun is shining and the beach is really …
The sun is shining on our last full day in Punta Cana. We wake up and head to breakfast at the Iberostar Punta Cana (I think - as I mentioned, we spent approximately 1 hour at this resort, so it's hard to remember what if that's where we really went). The food was okay, but the people (the guests) all looked so unhappy. It's like someone put "No …
BEAUTIFUL WHITE SAND BEACHES - CAN ONE ASK FOR MORE? We stayed at the Melia Caribe Tropical, a heaven on earth all-inclusive resort. The beach was within steps of our room and the 7 days in paradise ended way too soon!
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How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Caribe Tropical Punta Cana
My husband and I and another couple we traveled with have just returned from Punta Cana on a trip booked through Vacation Express. We stayed at the Melia Caribe Tropical on a four day, three night trip. We have serious concerns that we would like to see addressed.
The week June 14th thru 22th 2002 my husband and I decided to take a vacation...we had had a baby 13th months ago fortunately for us my mother watch our son for the week, allowing us some time for ourselves. When we booked our vacation back in March we were somewhat skeptical due to the range of reviews this place had received. But the broucher given to us by our travel agent looked great and we decided to go to this resort anyway. Actually, we took the broucher along on our vacation just to compare. It was much more prettier than the broucher could even come close to explain. Well we have nothing but great things to say about the resort.
I do not know where to start so I will start from the beginning. We paid for the upgrade on our room and when we got there we did not even have a room. I took 3 hours after arriving to get into a room. When we asked to speek to a mamager we were told NO. We talked with 5 other couples that had the same problem and I saw 6 others at the front desk with the same problem. We did not get our room up grade. We were told that they knwe nothing about it. The drinks do not have alcohol unless you ask and then they are very week. We went straight to reservations to get into the "fancy restaurants" There were none avaiable for over a week yet when we walked by at dinner there were many tables open. The buffets were average to below average. We walked out of one one night because the food was so bad and a rat walked through the place. One waiter named Rudy was the highlight of the stay. This was also our first try with Vacation Express and will be our last unless they make this right.
Just returned on Friday, 6/14 from our short vacation to the Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana. Don't know where all the bad reviews were coming from!! The resort is absolutely magnificent! Maybe a little too big and a little too spread out - but magnificent all the same. Upon our arrival, check-in was quick and painless although our room was not available to us yet because check-in is at 3:00PM. It was only a little before 1:00PM. One of the reps took us to the Italian restaurant so that we could cool off and have something to eat. Upon our return to the main desk, our room still was not available and it was brutally hot. Linda, the day manager at the resort (who is a doll!) upgraded us to a ocean view room immediately and we were taken there by William (also a doll!). True, there's a lot of walking to be done if you don't want to wait for the "Tunaville Trolley" but we don't mind walking. Our room was beautiful and we were steps from the beach and pool and the grill restaurant. The staff were wonderful. This was our second visit to the Dominican Republic (last time 2 years ago at Hamaca Beach Resort) and we noticed that this time, just like the last, the staff sings while they work! And they smile and greet you! Sometimes the staff makes your stay more enjoyable than the resort itself. If we had to complain about anything at all, and believe me, my husband did, it was the fact that we could get NO reservations at the ala carte restaurants. After all, we did pay for an all-inclusive vacation and felt that we had been ripped off by not being able to partake of the better restaurants. My husband spoke to Rodrigo, who is, I believe, head of public relations at the resort, and he did what he could and finally, on our last evening, he got us a reservation at the Japanese restaurant, which was really very good and it felt good to be served!! He told us that the system for taking reservations in the ala carte restaurants will change. It better, because there were MANY ira
The worst vacation we ever had!
My family and I had planned on spending a few relaxing days, which turned into a nightmare. Our children(who were suppose to have the room next to ours) were put into a room at the other end of the resort. They tried every which way to make it up to us but never followed through with one promise! They had a very poor and nasty attitude about the matter. They comped us a trip back but we will NEVER return nor will I EVER recommend that resort to anyone!!!!
My boyfriend and I just got back from Punta Cana, Melia Tropical Caribe and we loved it! I loved the staff, rooms, pool, beach, drinks, food, and shows. We will go back many, many more times. The beach was cleaned everyday. The pools were spotless. The staff was so nice. I felt safe walking around by myself. The resort is full of flamingo's, peacock's lush trees, bushes, flowers. The place is gorgous. We felt like kings and queens for a week. I highly recommend going thier. You will have a wonderful time. I will never forget my week at the Melia, in Punta Cana.
Just returned from Punta Cana
Overall very disapointed. The resort was very lush and tropical but that doesnt make your mile and half walk from room to lobby and resturants any shorter. The food was very poorly prepared with the exception of the Mexican resturant. The service was worse than the food. From check in to check out, I can count the smiles, "Thank you", and "Have a nice day"'s on one hand. With the exception of the entertainment staff , everyone was very rude.
An overall pleasant and relaxing resort. Very large and carefully maintained property, lush vegetation, some few exotic birds. Beautiful sandy beach, where seaweed is removed daily to make the shore waters clean for swimmers. 2 Grill style buffet restaurants off the beach make lunch a no-fuss affair with a t-shirt or a wrap over the bathing suit, sandy feet and all. Most gorgeous pools I have ever seen, surrounded by palm trees, and with the views of the ocean. Generally good food, except for the Chinese restaurant (but that's an opinion of a discriminating diner, with near proximity to all the gastronomical choices that New York has to offer). We actually walked out (which we have never done before !) and went to a buffet restaurant instead. Staff is pleasant, although 95% don't know even numbers from 1 to 10 in English. This makes getting information an adventure every time. Many water sports are available at the beach, but do not rely on assistance of the staff on the beach as they do not speak any English. The Dive center is an exception, they do offer a certification program, and staff is multilingual and very knowledgeable. Some drawbacks: No transportation is available between Caribe and Tropical, making the walk slippery and treacherous especially during the rainy season. Also, both evening shows - one at Caribe and the other at Tropical -don't start until 10:15 PM. One suggestion would be to have one show that is more appropriate for families to start at 8:30 or 9 PM, and the other at 10:15-10:30. This would make the evening more pleasant for the early diners, families with children, or those who are not entertained solely by the all-inclusive drinks. If you are from US, and are traveling with children, do prepare them for topless beaches.
Fun in the Sun!!!
Our stay at the Melia Caribe was a wonderful experience. It's a place were not only the adult can relax, but also the kids have a great time.
The food was excellent (my favorite was having desert and a cappuccino at midnight). The pina colada was out of this world. The staff was always there (with a smile)to take care of your every need.
The beach was always clean.
If you want a great tan...this is the place to go!
We just returned from Melia Tropical. We have been to two resorts there now. Paradisus and Melia Tropical. Paradisus is 6 star, Melia 5 star. The difference is not the location, grounds or food...just the amenities. Melia did not have beer in the fridge in the room...only Presidente on tap at all bars. If you wanted a beer for your room, you purchased it at $2.80 a can...so we went to the bars. The bathroom at Tropical is only one room, versus a separate area for tub and toilet at Paradisus. There is no bar at the beach after 6, so you MUST go to the lobby...a ride or long walk away, as the same for the food. Many choices to eat, but we did not like the Italian...pizza was horrible... Paradisus excellent. Staff were all courteous but, of course, you have the language barrier. My husband ordered a martini and got straight vermouth...yuk. ordered straight gin from then on..we did tip...for extra care, but you aren't supposed to and they have a sign not to. But we took shampoo, hand cream, etc and left on the bed each day for the maid. worked wonders with getting the room made up earlier. we wouldn't go again in March as it is spring break and lots of kids were there...teenagers, etc. we are retired and would rather not go when there were so many kids. it was not easter week, just spring break.