We just returned from another amazing trip to Excellence Punta Cana. This was our second trip to the resort and just as last year we were very happy with our stay.
Room: Our room was a terrace suite which includes a small Jacuzzi pool on a floor above the actual room. Everything was great, always clean, the mini-bar was always well stocked with beverages and food.
Staff: The staff was excellent. They work very hard to make your stay enjoyable. We have stayed in many nice hotels in Chicago, DC, Miami, Atlanta etc and although they have good service it does not compare to the staff at Excellence. Roberto Puello, the Guest Service Manager, is constantly asking is there anything you need. We crossed paths with the head chef on our last night who asked how we liked the food and what could they do differently. If there are any issues with you stay the staff will take care of it.
Food: The food was excellent and there was plenty of it. There are enough restaurants and types of cuisines to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Our group ate at the Grill which is a steak house the last night of the stay. The waiter said would you like a lobster with your steak? Sure. The Lobster House is next door to the Grill so almost immediately after we get our steak he brings four lobster tails to our table. The breakfast and lunch buffet was not your typical buffet. It was always good and had plenty different types of food. We used room service a few mornings for breakfast and it was pretty good. Typical hotel room service.
Beach / Pools: The beach is beautiful, the pools are huge, walk up bars, food and beverage brought to you at any location around the pool. Just what I expected in a tropical paradise. The sea was a little rough while we were there but if you walk about 300 yards from the resort you find an area of very calm water that was great for an afternoon swim.
Entertainment / Excursions: There are plenty of excursion options but the purpose of our trip is to lay around the beach, nap, rest, and be removed from schedules. Therefore we did not schedule any excursions so I cannot comment on those. There nightly entertainment starts with a Dominican legend on the saxophone or a guitar player in one of the small lounge areas and usually ends with a show. The sax player, Domingo, is awesome. We usually ended our evening with him.
I would definitely recommend Excellence Punta Cana to anyone who needs a break from the daily grind and a recharging of their batteries. Excellence is awesome for couples as it is an adult only resort. No one under 18. When you get there say Hi to Santos, He will get you squared away with a beverage and cool towel when you first arrive.
If you schedule Excellence please be aware that they are located about an hour away from the airport. It’s a bumpy ride but gives you a great look at how the locals live and work. My suggestion is to spend the extra money and book a private bus or car. We traveled with another couple who took care of our transportation to and from the resort and it was great. Avoid the shuttles that stop at other resorts as Excellence is the last stop. You will also notice the road construction and building construction. This country has embraced the fact that American and European travelers spend lots of money and they are taking full advantage of it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This quaint, colonial-style resort is the ideal destination for couples seeking secluded romantic getaways. Nestled among palms on a perfect white-sand beach on a remote stretch of Punta Cana's Caribbean shoreline, Excellence Punta Cana provides the perfect All-Inclusive playground for adults only and is also home to a world-class spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and an exceptional range of activities and services. ... more less
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