My husband and I are planning to travel to the Dominican Republic in January. It is our first time traveling to the DR and our first time trying an all inclusive resort. We will be traveling with another couple also. We are having a hard time deciding on a resort. We want one that has great food and that is on the beach. We have been looking at the Excellence Resort and the Iberostar Grand Bavarro Resort, they sound beautiful but they are really pricey. We are really open to opinions on where other people have stayed. We would love to go for 8 nights but we are not sure our budget will allow us to go that long. Is it less expensive to book it closer to January or around now? Also, any recommendations on a private car service to take us to our hotel? Thank you for any info!!