My husband and I just returned from Melia Dec. 13th after a glorious week there. This was our first trip to Mexico and can't wait to go back! I'd first booked Dreams but changed to Melia after all I read of the renovations there. I'd have to say Melia is well above average. It's a short drive from the airport. A $10 taxi ride though! Getting through the airport was much easier than I thought. There is a line of timeshares salesmen waiting for you but we walked right past them. The taxi stand is just before you go out the door and they're very quick at getting you out to them. The weather is absolutely perfect. It was mid 80's, sunshine and wonderful breeze every day. Melia is a very good location. The marina across the street is a wonderful walk. The beach is small but clean. You can walk north for a long ways and we loved that. The sales people do bother you but you just have to know that they will and learn to be firm and say no thank you. Some are more aggressive than others and will actually follow you. We heard that you should just ignore them from the very beginning but my husband and I had a problem with that. I guess we're just too friendly. Don't let them make you think that the vacation clubs are any different than timeshares - they're not. We talked with couples that did go through the sales pitches and that's exactly what they are. If you're willing to give up 90 min. to 2 hours, you can get some good discounts or even cash but we weren't interested. We basically enjoyed our resort for all it had to offer. We did venture into downtown PV on the bus - which everyone should experience. It's cheap and fun. I can't imagine staying down there. It's way too busy for us. It was worth the time though. One other day we took the bus up to Bucerias. That was another trip well worth the time. The bus ride up there was 10 pesos. If you want to go to Bucerias, you have to be careful because the drivers don't let you know when you're there. We missed our stop and ended up taking the bus to the end of the line. We saw Mexico as it really is though and enjoyed the ride. The towns you pass through, the mountain roads, the awesome cemetary we saw along the way - it all made for a cheap tour! We got on the next bus and made sure our driver knew we wanted off at Bucerias. The local vendors there are so plentiful and my husband and I had the best time bartering with them. We came back with sooooo much stuff. Definitely check with several vendors before buying something though as they charge extremely different prices. I bought a big bottle of real vanilla. One vendor wanted 40 pesos, the next street the vendor wanted 180 pesos!! She ended up going down to 50 but I didn't want to deal with someone like that. The first street is much better priced than the one closest to the ocean. Maybe we didn't experience Mexico like so many others do with all the excursions and activities Mexico has to offer but we went on vacation to relax and that's exactly what we did. Loved every minute of it and can't wait to go back!!