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Melia Caribe or Ocean Sand?

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The Melia was right next door to our hneymoon resort, Paradisus Palma Real - and I wasn't too impressed with Melia.

 

I can't give a review or anything, but from what I saw - if Ocean Sand is getting such great reviews from these gals - I'd go with that instead of Melia...

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I was married at the Melia in April 2009. My very long review will hopefully give you some info on the Melia: http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t42288. Some of the key reasons we chose Melia were the garden gazebo, grounds, and a price that was within our guests budgets.

 

Melia has mature, beautiful and huge grounds which are great for walking or if you want taking the trolley (not for the impatient or people who don't like to walk). Our guests were between 12 and 72. Our older guests were treated wonderfully by the staff, always offered a ride if they were walking from the restaurants back to their rooms. The regular rooms are in definite need of a refresh to be given a 4.5 rating like they have listed in Canadian tour books. Royal Service is definitely the way to go if you stay here. Gabi restaurant is awesome for food.

 

Wherever you choose it will be beautiful. Like Darcy stated above there is a huge thread with more Melia info on Debbies. Also look at pics on Trip Advisor showing traveller photos of each of the resorts to get a sense of what the rooms and grounds look like. Do a list of what your have to have for the resort and that will help you decide. Both resorts are nice in my opinion.

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I just got back from the Melia Caribe tropical. It is an amazing resort. Ask for the VIP Royal Service. They do treat you like royalty. The staff there is great. I spoke to several people who were getting married and they said the wedding planners there were very attentive to all their needs. The resort has about 8 specialty restaurants and if you have the royal service the VIP lounge will make your reservations for you assuring you a seat in the restaurant. They also have 2 new sections next door to the Caribe one is call the Paradisus and the other is the Reserve. These are the Melia top of the line resorts. I fell in love with the Paradisus. They have two Paradisus in Punta Cana you would want to stay at the one next to the Caribe.

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Hackston,

 

I just got married at the Melia Caribe Tropical. Goldengirl stole the words right out of my mouth. THe Melia is absolutely beautiful. I had my ceremony at the Gazebo = gorgeous!!! but I had my reception at the Jellyfish REstaurant. 10mins from the Melia. Why I chose to do that well my guest and I were staying at the resort 4 days before our big day and thought they will be seeing everyone else's wedding. Thought I surprise them and take them offsite. Pricing was pretty much close to the Melia's prices. The difference is I had the entire restaurant exclusively for my wedding reception. OH I wish I was there right now. The food at the Jellyfish is amazing!!!! Mayte the wedding coordinator is the sweetest, down to earth and unbelievable customer service.

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Congrats and Welcome!

 

I went to a friend's wedding last summer at the Melia... it was amazing. My FI and I enjoyed the wedding and had a wonderful vacation too.

 

Happy Planning!

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