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Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

Walsall, United...
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Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

today, 12:44

HI Guys,

So we are planning a Dominican trip December 2017 and I really like the look of the excellence resorts. I love the fact there are so many restaurants and the rooms look amazing!

However I am torn between Punta cana and El Carmen and wondered if anyone that knew much about both resorts could offer some pros and cons or pointers? I know its just opened but any info would be much appreciated.

We usually like a swim up room or similar and are 30 and 27.

Thank you :)

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1. Re: Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

I haven't stayed at EEC. I have stayed at EPC 10 times. From what I can see, the main differences are in layout, and style. EEC is quite modern (and new of course). EPC has a charming, old world, Spanish colonial style. EPC is much more tropical. I'm sure by Dec 2017, the grounds will be more lush at EEC, but I don't think it will ever have the tropical flare of EPC. Some feel that EPC needs to be updated. By Dec 2017, that should be done. I'm told same style, but refreshed.

EPC is more open air. The lobby, and theatre are open air, near the beach. At EEC, it's indoors, and set back from the beach. EPC is laid out along the beach. At EEC, the buildings run perpendicular to the beach. EPC has a much bigger beach, with rougher surf. EPC has two pools - one is a cascade pool (two levels with a waterfall), and one is a lazy river that runs for 1000 feet along the edge of the beach. EEC has a small main pool, and 20 or so small pools in front of the buildings.

At EPC, there are three bars along the beach, available to everyone, plus the swim-up bar. At EEC, it appears to me that the bars by the beach are only available to Club, except the swim-up bar in the main pool. The live bands in the evenings are in a courtyard by the beach at EPC. I don't know where they play at EEC. If you want a room by the beach at EEC, it appears to be only Club. Not so at EPC.

EEC has a Club only restaurant. EPC does not. EPC has a nature reserve/trail. EEC does not. EPC has a casino. EEC does not. EEC has more rooms that would be considered true swim-ups. Rooms are larger at EEC. From what I hear, EPC has more cabana beds.

Mark

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2. Re: Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

We are going to EEC for our first trip to DR in a few weeks. Have researched quite a bit on both resorts and Mark covered pretty much all of the differences between the resorts.

We book swim-ups and really like the direct pool access at EEC. We book the club area, and as Mark mentioned, the club area at EEC offers more perks with a private beach area and club only restaurant. We also like to spend time in the ocean. The ocean is calmer at EEC. These are the three main reasons that we chose EEC over EPC.

The only thing that I could think of to add to Mark's post is EPC looks to be averaging @ 15% cheaper for future stays.

Chester, United...
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3. Re: Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

Hi

We have been to EPC several times as well as all their other properties and will be staying at EEC in a few weeks time and will be able to give you the full run down then

Look out for my Live From thread and photo album

Walsall, United...
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4. Re: Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

Thank you so much foe the informative posts... I am leaning towards EPC.

Mainly because I like charming old world rather than ultra modern... I also like the sound of the layout a little more with EPC....

I will keep an eye on the thread though :)

Chester, United...
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5. Re: Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

Hi again

If you are going for 14 nights you could spend a week at each

Walsall, United...
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6. Re: Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

Thanks for your post.. that is an idea.. although we have done so much travelling around on multi destination trips the last 4-5 years we are looking forward to our two Chilled.. beach holidays next year... I doubt my OH could be persuaded to split our time between the two although I will run it past him... :-) We were just going to do 11 nights but might be worth looking at 14?

Do you know if Hayes and Jarvis could arrange a split between the two?

Thanks!

Chester, United...
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7. Re: Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

Hi again

"Do you know if Hayes and Jarvis could arrange a split between the two?"

They should be able to or if not give Blue Bay / Caribbean Warehouse a call as they certainly can

http://caribbeanwarehouse.co.uk/

We have used them for virtually all our trips since 2007

Walsall, United...
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8. Re: Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

I really rate Bluebay as we have booked Mexico with them for May. But I get love2travel vouchers through work for a hefty amount and they cant book through Bluebay .... so it limits me to Thomas cook, Thomson, Hayes and Jarivs and Kuoni. Otherwise I would book through them hands down as they always seem to be cheaper!

Chester, United...
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9. Re: Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

Can you use the vouchers for flights only?

Walsall, United...
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10. Re: Excellence punta Cana or excellence el carmen

Yes we could - do Blue bay do accommodation only do you know?

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