Fodor's Expert Review Meliá Caribe Tropical

Bávaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic

Impressive grounds, inviting lobbies in the twin hotels that make up the complex, and eye-catching adornments are hallmarks of this American-friendly resort There are various levels of accommodations and service here including The Level, VIP Royal Service, and Romance Suites; guests paying these supplements generally have a most enjoyable stay, whereas those in the older, original rooms, and the nonrenovated family rooms have definite complaints. The Level is the buzziest section of the resort and is made up of renovated original rooms. But most rooms are far from the beach. There are 11 restaurants, but the standout is Gabi, exclusive to Level guests. Breakfast is generally considered the best meal by most guests, who also like the Thai and Mexican restaurants. The Flintstones-themed kids' clubs is a creative concept. That and the long stretch of idyllic beach and aqua sea are the main draws for the families who like this place. First-rate meeting and banquet facilities make this a good choice for conventions and weddings, which also account for much of the business.


  • many restaurants, but you need reservations
  • nice spa with a thermal circuit and gym
  • Buildings 35 and 36 are closest to the beach, but far from lobby


  • long waits for resort shuttles
  • bedding dated in regular rooms and Wi-Fi inconsistent throughout
  • beach vendors and time-share salespeople relentless


Green, Service, Views, Family
On the beach


Phones: 809-221–1290 | 888-741–5600


1,200 rooms
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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