We're looking at trying the DR for our anniversary as are original plans for the RIU Palace in Aruba have changed due to robberies from in room safes(our TA led a group of 27 to Aruba and they had at least 2 safes broken into stealing money & jewelry). We've been told to look elsewhere and Excellence Punta Cana & Iberostar Grand were specifically mention as being "nicer" resorts than the RIU in Aruba. Looking for sun, 80+ degrees temps, good food( the food at the RIU was VERY good.) nice pool/beach area, and good service(not an hour wait for dinner) Our TA compares these resorts to Sandals properties, but less expensive(we've stayed at several Sandals in Jamaica). Looking at late April/ early May. Any others with thoughts on these or other AI's in the DR? Hoping to stay under $4000 for the package(air+hotel+transfers) for 7 days. Thanks for the help !!