First, let me begin by saying, that most of these reviews that you are reading, are true in a sense about the melia, but let me tell you I just got home yesterday, and an so glad to have returned to the USA!!
I understand you are in another country, 3rd world at that, but no need for the food that was served at this resort! I have been out of the country times before, and have never gotten this sick nor, have I felt like I wanted to eat ritz crackers in my room all week. There was a reivew about someone eating chips in their room all week, and someone said that was crazy, well it was not. we did the same thing!! The food by far, made my vacation as well as 5 other peoples, terrible. The only place that was was excellent was the japense steakhouse, and we did not eat there until the last, because we could not get reservations!!! The mexican was ok, american grill, was awful, we all got sick that night!! The buffetts are the same food, and boring and not good at all!!!
We went through Apple, and that was the best thing we could have done. There was other poeople there, that we so mad because they did not have any direction on what things they could do in Punta Cana.
Go on the Shark trip, the best exsusion ever!! The tour guide is awesome, adn she really makes it fun.
also, be very carful in bavaro shopping center, they will make your life hell. They try to sell you everything under thesun at way overpriced things. Also, make sure you go to the cigar and rum factory, very interesting to see how things are done in DR.
The rooms are great, room service could be a little better, but overall one on the nicest resorts I have stayed at.
So all in all great vacatoin, but if you are a picky eater, and know that you will not have fun unless you eat good food, don't go here, or stay at the melia. try antoehr resort. might be better, but i don't think it will.