Going on this 5 day trip was the best thing I ever did for myself. I traveled alone for a wedding where I only knew the bride, but had THE best time. The food was incredible, the service was warm and accomodating, the grounds are truly beautiful and lush, and I'm already planning on returning. Esmarlin at the VIP lounge spoke great english and made my stay beyond great.
*Go in the off season and you MUST upgrade to Royal Service. Amazing rooms, VIP pool, VIP restaurant, "butler" who will drive you wherever you want to go in a golf cart (the grounds are HUGE), and you get a pretty bracelet instead of tacky wrist band so the bartenders know to pour only top shelf into your drink :) You also get free room service all day, which makes a great start to every day!
*Buy your booze from the gift shop, NOT the duty free store at the airport. It was half the price at the resort (even cheaper than in the US)
*Bring a plastic tumbler with lid and straw. The bartender doesn't mind and you don't have to make so many trips to the bar
*Don't bring a towel/shampoo/hair blow dryer (all are provided)
*Do bring sunscreen/bug spray/hair conditioner/comfy sandals
*Do speak as much spanish as you know, it goes far and the staff appreciates it
*Do tip for your drinks/food/cleaning staff--you will get THE best service for a small price (Dominicans make a very small wage, yet prices are inflated all over the island to tourist prices, so don't be stingy!)
*Do not order the free house wine, it's terrible, but the house champagne is lovely
*Skip the 'American' and 'Dominican' restaurant, but def try the 'Italian' and 'Japanese'. Also, if you upgrade, the Gabi was by far the best food at the resort. Skip dessert, nothing was worth the calories, but surprisingly, the bread was fantastic everywhere.
Upgrade to the Royal Service *once you arrive* when it is cheaper. Rooms are more beautiful, came wi...
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November 29, 2012
Dear Rachael H;
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Warmest regards from Punta Cana,
I would like to thank you for choosing our Melia Caribe Tropical as your recent vacations destination.
Thanks for your positives commentaries; we hope you visit again Melia Caribe Tropical to have an unforgettable and better stay than the last one.
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