BTRG has prepaid for roundtrip transportation to and from the airport (PUJ). The company providing this service is Prieto Transportation 1-809-221-1335. If you choose to take a different form of transportation it will not be covered by BTRG.
From Airport: Upon Arrival look for the Prieto Tours Representative after you claim your luggage.
From Hotel: Please have the Concierge Desk reconfirm your transfer 24 hours prior to departure.
- Valid Passport
- Valid License
- Ground transportation itinerary (sent by Janna or Stephanie).
- The Melia accepts U.S. currency, not Canadian.
- The currency in the Dominican is the Dominican Peso (DOP).
- Bring money for tipping staff at the Melia (tipping will usually result in better/faster service since the staff makes most of their wages on tips).
- There is an ATM onsite at the Melia.
- You do not need an adapter for appliances.
Health and Safety Precautions
Please take time to read and adhere to the following list. If you have any questions about any items on this list please reach out to me. Do not let any of these precautions scare you. I am informing you of these to be proactive while at the resort to avoid the risk of getting sick. Check out this link for more details on Dominican law, health risks and safety precautions: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=77000
- The Melia works with Agua Alaska which is purified and reliable water on the resort.
- Bring 1-2 bottles of Canadian or U.S. water to use for brushing your teeth, rinsing your mouth and face (the water in the rooms may not go through the same filtration system as the drinking water and ice on the resort).
- Do not open your mouth when taking a shower.
- If you are bringing any valuables you may want to get a safe deposit box ($2 U.S./day)
- If you go off the resort, ONLY drink bottled water.
- If you go off the resort, do not eat from street vendors.
- If you go off the resort, always have a buddy with you.
- Would not recommend going off the resort at night, especially alone.
- Avoid mosquitoes – if you get bit and have flu like symptoms inform your physician immediately
Data Roaming & International Calling
While in the Dominican you will want to turn off your data roaming as well as cellular data. If not, you will incur high costs. You will be able to connect to WiFi provided by BTRG only on Friday, January 20th. If you plan to make calls and/or texts from your cell phone you will want to contact your cell phone provider to obtain the costs associated with international calls and texts. Depending on your planned frequency, you may want to add international calling/texting just for the trip. Additional costs will not be covered by BTRG.
Internet & WiFi
BTRG will cover the WiFi during the business meeting on Friday, January 20th. If you need access to the internet outside of January 20th the charge is U.S. $10 /day/person. You can set this up at the business center near the lobby when you arrive (they will need to know your room #).
Punta Cana Weather
Typically in January the weather during the day is in the 80’s. If you’re outside it is important to cover yourself and use sunscreen. Being close to the equator you run the risk of getting burnt much quicker than in the states. At night the weather will cool down to low 70’s. It’s important to bring light clothing for the night.
The Melia’s Event’s at a Glance
Additional Entertainment and Activities
- Rock Climbing Wall is located in the gardens of the Caribe Hotel, where all the fun and skill of the intrepid rock climbers is on display in the Flintstones Team Rock Adventure. Also includes zip line and super jumper activities.
Cost: US$ 6.50 (minimum is not required) (10% Service Charge + 16% taxes are not included)
- Unlimited non-motorized water sports: kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, water bikes, snorkeling, sunfish sailing and diving tryouts at the pool.
- Social games (table games, darts, ping-pong, pool games and boccia). Team sports (beach & water volleyball and water polo). Additional adventure activities which include a 30 ft. climbing wall, zip line (13 ft. high by 180 ft. long) and super jumpers ($). Fitness (morning stretching, steps, aerobics and water aerobics).
- Nightly program where you can live different ambiances, parties, shows and surprises.
PALMA REAL SHOPPING VILLAGE
- It is the main shopping destination in the area and one of the largest in extension on the Dominican Republic’s east coast. At Palma Real Shopping Village you will find exclusive boutiques including international prestige brands.
- Two full service Spas with sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym, included at the Tropical side. Please remember that the age restriction for facility usage is for ages 18+ only. Beauty salon, indoor & outdoor massage therapy and facial & special body treatments, available with an extra charge ($).
- 27 hole world-class championship golf course Cocotal Golf & Country Club, par 36/72, designed by José “Pepe” Gancedo. Golf cart rentals are mandatory. Available with an extra charge ($).
Bars and Restaurants at the Melia
- Buffet restaurants: at all buffet restaurants swimwear is not allowed and a t-shirt or similar and shoes are required.
- A la carté restaurant: semi-formal dress code. It is required that men wear a button down shirt or polo shirt, long or short dress pants and shoes.
Meliá Caribe Tropical has 4 buffet options:
- Market Place: offers a breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet
- El Guarapo: offers continental breakfast and midnight snacks. The restaurant opens for dinner, offering Dominican specialties. Reservations are required and dress code applies.
- El Turey Grill: Beachside restaurant with international Buffet open for Breakfast, Lunch and afternoon snacks.
- El Agora Grill: is another of our beachside international buffets open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.
Ten a la carte dining options:
- Le Gourmet offers international gourmet specialties for our guests who have a taste for variety.
- Ma Maison: Offers a taste of Europe as a traditional French style restaurant
- Hokkaido: offers Japanese specialties with Teppanyaki. A truly interactive dining experience. * Supplement charges apply.
- Steak and Lobster: Enjoy a delicious lobster or grilled angus steak in a beautiful outdoor venue. * Supplement charges apply.
- La Pagoda: serves Asian fusion with a strong Thai influence.
- Capri: specializes in fresh fish and seafood caught from the waters of the Caribbean Sea.
- The American Grill: traditional American cuisine.
- El Guarapo: serves traditional colonial Dominican homemade cuisine.
- La Hacienda: offers great tacos and margaritas. The premier traditional Mexican restaurant.
- The Gabi Club: offers contemporary cuisine in a relaxing ambience, exclusively for Royal Service guests.
- Caribe and Tropical Lobby Bars
- Caribe and Tropical Pool Bars
- Fun Pub Bar and Casino Bar
- Avenue Bar & Square Lounge
- Grill Turey Bar and Grill Agora bar
- Gabi Bar, exclusively for our Royal Service Guest.