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Melia Caribe Tropical or Barcelo Punta Cana..which one??

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woodbridge,nj
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Melia Caribe Tropical or Barcelo Punta Cana..which one??

we are planning a family trip of 10 adults and one 3 yr old for this coming august. ages range from 20-65. we don't need crazy nighlife but would like activies for the 20 yr old and for the 3 yr old during the day. shows at night after dinner would be nice too. we want to stay in a hotel that has nice, clean rooms.

which hotel would you choose...melia caribe or barcelo punta cana?

woodbridge,nj
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1. Re: Melia Caribe Tropical or Barcelo Punta Cana..which one??

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2. Re: Melia Caribe Tropical or Barcelo Punta Cana..which one??

I don't know anything about the Melia, but our family of 5 is booked at the Barcelo PC for June. Reviews are mixed, but mostly people complain about the unrenovated rooms (we booked upgraded rooms to avoid this). Most people love the food and beach, pools, etc. They also have a nice looking kiddie water park/pool for the young set, a climbing wall and trapeze, which our kids will enjoy. If you decide to book, go to the Barcelo site, and join "mi barcelo" - it's free, and they're offering 30-50% off in the coming months for members. We usually use Funjet, but saved $900 for the 8 nights we're going for our 2 rooms (the kids are in a Club Suite). I then emailed the resort directly and upgraded hubby and my room to a Presidential Suite for $340 more. Still saved almost $600. The resort is a 4 star, which is fine with us. Unlimited a-la-carte reservations, which we like, and you can book them in advance by email. They have 4-5 restaurants, so plenty of choice.

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As a representative of Apple Vacations, I am very familiar with both resorts and this is tough decision because both resorts offer great amenities for you and your family. Based on what you are looking for, I would suggest Barceló Punta Cana. This all-inclusive has plenty of daily activities for the entire family including a children’s water park, two pools, snorkeling and rock climbing. The resort also has seven restaurants and eight bars. Every night there are evening shows as well as a casino if you are feeling lucky. The rooms have recently been refurbished, so it’s like staying in a brand new hotel. If you have any more questions please feel free to message me.

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4. Re: Melia Caribe Tropical or Barcelo Punta Cana..which one??

The overall quality of food and service is better at the Melia. But the Barcelo PC is usually better priced. The Melia is a huge resort however and takes a lot of time to get from place to place. The Barcelo PC is a much smaller resort so it is easy to get from place to place. Not all the rooms at the Barcelo have been renovated so if you want a renovated room you should make sure to ask for one at time of booking and make sure it shows on your receipt.

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hi Bulldog, do you have a favorite restaurant at the Melia Caribe?

Thanks.

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6. Re: Melia Caribe Tropical or Barcelo Punta Cana..which one??

To Born2travel,

Our favorite restaurant is the Thai ( at the Melia)

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My favorite restaurants are 1) La Gourmet 2) La Pagoda(Thai) and Capri (Seafood). My least favorites are American Grill and Mexican. The Mexican is not bad but it's just not up to the standards of some of the others. At the American Grill the food choices are bad as well as the service. Ma Maison and the Dominican Restaurant are also good. The only thing about the Dominican is that all the entres are served over rice and it's hard to get a potato.

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Just got back from the Melia Caribe. Ate at all restaurantes except Mexican and Italian and every meal was excellent. Rooms were great and service was outstanding everywhere we went. Have been to aprox. 20 AI 4-5 star resorts and this was one of the best. There seemed to be lots of activities for kids. Did not go to any shows as they tend to be all the same. Have been to Barcello Punta Cana 5 or 6 years ago and would personally prefer the Melia Caribe.

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9. Re: Melia Caribe Tropical or Barcelo Punta Cana..which one??

Hi there

The Barcelo of today bears no resemblance to how it use to be as "breezes".

New Theatre, additional swimming pool, new Mexican And of course the re-furbished rooms (blocks 1-3 only).

Can't compare to Melia as we've never been, but the Barcelo is our current favourite.

Below are a couple of vids of the place.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwfrpBcravc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRVXSQ8JeIs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihSDBjVOpPA

If you check the reviews you'll see they've had a pretty good run on good reviews, which IMO shows how much they are improving

Happy Hols

Sparky

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10. Re: Melia Caribe Tropical or Barcelo Punta Cana..which one??

Thanks guys, for the info on the various restaurants. I have 5 nights, so I will be trying at least 5 different ones. Unless of course, I find one that is so exceptional I would want to do a repeat.

Any thoughts on the Gabi Club?

See ya!