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Just got back from Melia Caribe

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,aome
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Just got back from Melia Caribe

I just got back on March 31st from a week at the Melia Caribe in Punta Cana. Here are some of my opinions about the resort and the people who operate the resort:

I went with a friend so it was just two of us married girls in our 30's. The men who work at the resort are VERY forward with the ladies. They bothered us quite a bit. We actually reported one of the bartenders to the front desk because he was trying to get us to back to his room with him. While most of the men were nice and complimented us all the time we were there - there were a few who were pushy, calling our rooms (got our room # from our reservations at the restaurants)we just ignored them as much as we could.

As far as the food it was not that good. You can only get room service if you are in the Royal Service area so you are at the mercy of the resort for food. If your hungry after dinner theres no way to get snacks when the buffets are closed. They just put water and soda in your room. No snacks at the bars either. So eat a good meal because you will be hungry later if you dont. I recommend the "International Rest." and say hi to "Lopez".

The beaches were really nice but the Paradisus beach area was much nicer and had a lot more huts on the beach. The huts go quickly as people leave their stuff there all day even when they are not there. It is really hot at the beach/pool so you will want a hut. Beach: There was quite a bit of sea weed that washed up on the beach too. Also quite a few topless women walking around too. More than I had expected.

We were bothered a little by the time share guys but mostly they were ok. The people at the flea markets on the beach are very pushy. Everything they say is "cheap cheap almost free"....... yea right!

The rooms were old and worn looking. The beds were very uncomfortable and the blankets and bedding were just old and gross. The couch was faded and the room smelled really really musty. I had heard that from a prior post so I brought an air freshener which helped. The fan in our bathroom didnt work so it got really foggy in there.

The people who work at the resort drive scooters and these little beat up cars all over the resort and they drive VERY fast so watch out for them. The train system (3 of them ) for the Caribe and Tropical was a pain in the a**. The resort is so huge you need to take a train to get the beaches, pool, your room, lobby and restaurants (depending where your room is) The trains (they say) run every 15 min but its actually longer. Basically I would NOT go back to this resort-too big and poor set up. Go to the Paradisus, its much nicer and no train system!

canada
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1. Re: Just got back from Melia Caribe

doesnt sound like the same place I stayed at. surprising really. dont let this scare you away from the resort everyone..this resort was fantastic. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so im not jumping down anyones throat here. I still believe this is a fabulous resort and I believe many people can back me up on that.

islandgirl2

cincinnati
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2. Re: Just got back from Melia Caribe

Sounds like the same resort that i stayed at,exactly like the same resort

canada
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3. Re: Just got back from Melia Caribe

yes we know hoss

Bathurst, Canada
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4. Re: Just got back from Melia Caribe

wow must of really changed since i've been there in 2004.Everthing was great when we were there.

new jersey
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5. Re: Just got back from Melia Caribe

well there's not much i can do about it now as it is already booked. I'm putting my trust in islandgirl and keeping my fingers crossed.

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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6. Re: Just got back from Melia Caribe

Us too ljasw,

We are leaving on the 15th & are going to have a great time.

Everyone has an opinion, its like an A/%h(@#!

We got a great price including 4 rounds of golf!

Have to pay cart rental fee but 35 is better than 120.

I'm sure we will have a fantastic time. Your vacation is what you make it!

Happy Travels!

NJ
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7. Re: Just got back from Melia Caribe

We are leaving for our vacation at Melia Caribe on Thurs. I will let you know how it is when we get back. I think I have done enough research to know what to expect. I know it is a large resort so I am expecting to do alot of walking or waiting for transport. I know the resort is booked so I am expecting there to be guests everywhere - I'm sending hubby down to reserve chairs in the shade since he's the early bird. There are lots of dining choices so I'm sure there are some restaurants I will like more than others and some we may not get to try at all. I plan on spending most of the time laying on the beach or by the pool and I'll take part in the activities they offer that appeal to me. As for the hotel staff, I have always found that if you are kind you'll be treated the same. Our family is looking forward to a long awaited tropical vacation and just being all together in Paradise will be great!

Twin Cities...
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8. Re: Just got back from Melia Caribe

stayed here in January 2006. Agree with both sides of the aisle.

I agree about the condition of the rooms. The furniture is crap and needs replacing or at least cleaning!! I did see the staff removing couches and chairs one day from some of the bungalows and loading them onto trucks. Don't know if they were taking them to be cleaned or were replacing them with new ones.

Food is so subjective....I liked it. I was able to find something to eat no matter what time of day it was.

I didn't really mind too much how huge the resort was because I like to walk. Although there were times when I needed to take the train and waiting for it was a pain. And you couldn't always sit together...or get a seat at all around the dinner hour.

Having said that, next time I will go for a smaller resort. I've been on 2 cruises (where you walk ALOT) and those ships are huge. I've also been to Vegas twice, and those hotels are HUGE and you have to walk ALOT just to get from your room to the lobby/casino/pool. Just getting from one hotel to the next is a LONG walk.

Just got back from a 4-unit motel right on Clearwater Beach and LOVED it. From HUGE to small...much better.

Staten Island, NY
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9. Re: Just got back from Melia Caribe

Sorry to hear that you had such a bad time. My boyfriend and I are leaving for the Melia on 4/20 and are looking forward to it. I have read the reviews and it seems very mixed. It sounds like this hotel is 2 different ones, the way some people love it and some hate it. I have learned to take this stuff into consideration, but not take it too seriously. In october I went to cancun, yes during wilma, and read that the occidental was a dump. The few days we were there, i thought it was great. Not too worried about the melia. My boss stayed there and said it was beautiful.

Staten Island, NY
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10. Re: Just got back from Melia Caribe

We are going April 20-27 to Melia Caribe. Just wondering....can you cash in traveler's cheques in the hotel or would you recommend bringing cash?