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Melia vs. Paradisus

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Melia vs. Paradisus

I am plannning a trip to the DR in Feb.

Can't decide which hotel to stay at Melia Caribe or Paradisus (either one I hear there are 2). Anyone have any imput? we are aslo golfers and I am wondering how far the course is. I hear these places are big and I don't want to be towing golf clubs around.

OH PS....not that many people would know BUT if anyone has any info on the gyms there I'd appreciate it. I know its vacation but.....


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i had the same problem. here's how i resolved it. both are great facilities. the paradisus palma real is a step above the melia but they are on the same complex grounds (unless you are in royal service you might not know that because the melia is huge). if you stay at the melia royal service is a must. because we only had 4 nights/5 days we opted for a one bedroom royal service suite with 1st class air. if we were going for a full week or more i would have booked royal service at the paradisus with coach air. LOL sorry with only limited time i didn't visit the gym. these resorts are huge so i opted to walk around vs the golf carts from royal service or tram. the golf course is located across the main complex entrance. you can book golf packages and i'm not sure if the golf villas are available for rent yet. you should be happy with either choice. the only negative i'm seeing for the melia is that it's rates are skyrocketing. i was there in low season so i felt i got a great value for my dollars. room service is limited to only royal service and it seems punta cana's level of overall AI amenities and service is less than most of the other locations we've visited (travelled to a number of islands and various mexican locations) so i don't know how happy i would have been at the current rates being listed for the melia. overall punta cana is less money than the other destinations i have visited so you get what you pay for. punta cana is NOT americanized at all and neither are the paradisus or the melia (which is specifically why we chose it)

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Thanks for you input. It helps to hear from people that have been there. T

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We just came back from Melia C-T and I just posted a review. If you do Melia, go for RS. If it is not crowded, request buildings 48-52, the newer villas. Otherwise, I would say the Paradissus seems to start at the level of Melia RS and goes up from there.

The gym at Melia is pretty good for an international resort--maybe 8-10 machines, free wieghts, universal, and spa....you get what you pay for....

watch for my review or email me....

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