Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
If your idea of vacation fun is variety, you should try the
Melia Caribe resort in Punta Cana, at the eastern extremity of the
Dominican Republic. The sheer variety of experience that’s on offer at this
remarkable and diverse all-inclusive resort is perhaps mirrored by the on-site
dining facilities. The resort’s advertising material proudly announces that you
could stay at the Melia Caribe for two whole weeks and eat at a different
restaurant or bar every night – without ever having to leave the resort’s
grounds. This, amazingly, is true – although, as there are a total of thirteen
eateries, two weeks must be understood to mean fourteen days rather than
We shall return to the resort’s delightful catering shortly. The variety on
offer also extends to the accommodation that the Melia Caribe provides –
although the level of quality is constant. Even if you opt for the most basic
accommodation package on offer – the Junior Suite Garden View – the level of
luxury is significant: every room is the Melia Caribe is classed as a suite. At
the higher end of things, in the Royal Service Suite, you can enjoy the luxury
of a private pool and personalized attendance. The Melia Caribe doesn’t house
its guest accommodation in one huge block – rather, the suites are spread out
across forty-four bungalow on the site, so wherever you are you will have the
pleasant sensation of being tucked away in a quiet corner, and you won’t have
to put up with the inevitable noise and disturbance of high-rise accommodation.
You won’t find yourself short of things to do during your stay,
either. The Melia Caribe has its own on-site golf facilities, including an
eighteen-hole and a nine-hole course. Green fees are reasonable, and some
complimentary green passes are thrown in with all-inclusive packages, the
amount of free time you are permitted depending on the length of your stay. If
you don’t want to go to the trouble of bringing all your own equipment with
you, you may hire clubs and other kit, and, for $40, avail yourselves of a
cart. If you’re a novice, or a more experienced player wishing to improve your
game, the resort provides training sessions with seasoned players who will help
you develop your skills why relaxing on one of the best courses in the
There is a vast range of other sports and activities on offer,
some of then included in the cost of your Melia Caribe vacation, while some of
them incur an additional fee. The resort has no fewer than eight tennis courts.
For watersports enthusiasts, sunfish sailing, snorkeling, Hobie Cats, paddle
boats and windsurfing gear are available at no extra charge. If you would like
to try your hand at water activities such as deep-sea fishing, Scuba,
motorboating, or jetskiing you may have to pay an additional charge. The same
goes for some dry-land activities. The Melia Caribe offers a bewildering range
of these, from horse riding to climbing on its own custom-built climbing wall.
Information about all the activities on offer is available from main reception
or your assigned customer service staff.
If you like the idea of a vacation that purifies the body as well as the mind,
you might like to take advantage of the Melia Caribe’s on-site spa facilities.
A full range of services and treatments is on offer from the resorts qualified
and experienced spa staff. Enjoy the sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room before
unwinding completely with a relaxing massage, facial or manicure.
If you like to enjoy yourself in the evening the Melia Caribe
has more to offer than many resorts in the same category. Get your pulse racing
at the resort’s very own casino, or relax and chill out at one of the many
musical events put on for the entertainment of guests.
As for your evening meal – as has been mentioned already, in
this area as in so many others the watchword at the Melia Caribe is ‘variety’.
Those who enjoy elegant a la carte continental cuisine should sample the
delights of Le Gourmet restaurant. If you enjoy more hearty and down-to-earth
fare you should pick up a burger and salad at the BBQ Restaurant or the Agora
Grill. Another interesting alternative – for those who think food is theater as
much as fuel – is to dine at Pagoda, where the excellent oriental cuisine is
prepared in an open ‘show’ kitchen, so you can admire the skill of the chefs as
Melia Caribe is one of the best resorts in the Dominican
Republic – and possibly the whole Caribbean – if what you’re in search of is a
vacation that provides the opportunity to be as active or as lazy as