A few years ago my husband and I traveled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for a friend’s 40th birthday. We loved it and wanted to return. However, this time we needed a kid-free, relaxing vacation. So we decided to try The Level at Melia Caribe Tropical. It is an adults only exclusive section of the Caribe Tropical resort. We were not disappointed.
Immediately on arrival, we were whisked away to The Level Adults Only area. The Melia Caribe Tropical is an enormous property. Our guide drove us to The Level in a golf cart. This allowed us to take in the lush and green surroundings. The grounds are meticulously manicured and well-kept. Buildings and rooms are spread throughout the location and buildings are only 2-stories high. This keeps with the tropical theme and prevents you from feeling crowded.
After a short ride, we disembarked at The Level Adults Only resort. A member of the staff greeted us, took us inside, and offered us a delicious cocktail. Once check in was completed, we were introduced to our room steward. He took us on a short walk to our room and gave us his number to call if we needed anything.
We booked a Junior Suite which included a private balcony with a garden view. Our room was comfortable, clean, and updated. The bed was comfortable and we slept soundly every night. In less than five minutes, we could walk to The Level Adults Only private beach, restaurant, pool, and bar. Other Junior Suite amenities include:
— whirlpool bath
— air-conditioning, ceiling fans
— direct phone line
— living room with a sofa bed
— European spa shower
— bathrobes, slippers
— hair dryer
— iron and ironing board
— free internet access
The Level Adults Only section features one restaurant, Cuatro, with 4 sections. At breakfast and lunch, they offered buffet service. I like to sleep late, and slowly drink coffee on the balcony while I read. So I always ordered room service for breakfast. I was very pleased with the pastries, coffee, and fruit.
I did eat lunch at the Cuatro buffet daily. They always featured a couple of Dominican hot choices with some type of beans and/or rice. I loved all of these. Otherwise, I feasted on a wide selection of fresh fruit, cheeses, cold meats, and salads.
We ate dinner at Cuatro most evenings. While I wouldn’t call the food gourmet, it was good. The setting was unbeatable as the restaurant opens directly onto the beach. Cocktails were very good, especially the signature drinks in the adults only lounge.
A couple of nights we ventured up to the restaurants in the main Melia Caribe area. We specifically liked La Pagoda which served a few Thai dishes. They were not as authentic as Thai dishes I usually eat, but I did think they were delicious. We noticed that this area of the resort was much more crowded and louder than the adults only area.
In total, the resort has 13 restaurants serving everything from Asian to Italian to French cuisine. There are also 13 bars.
Beach and Pool Area
We spent every day on the beach in the adults only area. The beach itself was beautiful. There were plenty of chairs under palapas with small tables for drinks. We never had trouble finding chairs or space in the shade. Servers frequently brought drinks, which were very good, and were not watered down.
Even though I didn’t use the pool, I walked by it all the time. It was beautiful and never overly crowded. There are also 8 other swimming pools on the property.