my wife and i stayed at the melia tropical in mid-january. loved it. fourth year in he dominican, this was the third different resort that we stayed, all were 5 gold apples...this was the best.we enjoy the big resorts where it takes a few days to get the lay of the land. the ground were kept up great! we stayed in building #25...20 feet from the pool and pool bar.the lobbys and resteurants were a short train ride(might have to wait 5 minutes to catch). the food was great...better than our previous trips. never a problem getting a reservation. lots to do in the lobby area in the evening. plenty of bars(fonnie was grat in the avenue bar).we liked the diversity of people...met great people from russia, canada and germany. the rooms were clean and updated(no beer in the fridge though). it was quiet in the evenings. "papa" the entertainment director was awesome...9:00 in the morning till 11:00 at night. check-in and check-out went smooth. the staff is very freindly, alwas willing to answer questions. if your used to mexico...their english isn't nearly as good. never a problem getting chairs at the pool or the beach. there are vendors 150 yards away...they can be exausting...just hold your ground.
bottom line is , if you can't or don't want to walk, this isn't the place for you. great food, great atmosphere, beautifull complex.
greg in st. louis