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Excellence Punta Cana thoughts?

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Excellence Punta Cana thoughts?

It was about ten years ago we went there when it was a secrets. Been going to tha Ambar for the last 4 and thought we would try Excellence again. Is it as good? Any tips thinking of Nov. so lots of time.

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1. Re: Excellence Punta Cana thoughts?

Been to both Amber and Excellence. Like the food better at Amber, like the drinks better at Excellence. Better ocean at Amber, better pools and beach service at Excellence. My wife and I really loved the service at Excellence and found it to be a great place to go. Wish the ocean was a little calmer and the food a step up would have been nice. Two great resorts but our vote would be for Excellence as long as the price is close.

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2. Re: Excellence Punta Cana thoughts?

Hi

We will be going back to EPC for a 6th time in September

I would say the majority of things at the resort have improved with the progression of time. Obviously, the resort got older and slightly dated in places which is why they spent a lot of time and money updating a lot of the rooms last year and will be going the balance this Autumn

If you check out my reviews you will find one or more for EPC as well as a link to some photo albums and videos

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Very little has changed at the Resort since the name change Secrets to Excellence ! Most of the rooms have been updated with the rest to follow in the slow season ? Looking at booking our 21st trip to this resort for November :)

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4. Re: Excellence Punta Cana thoughts?

phillywilly....21 trips...that's an amazing amount. I assume you really like this resort. lol!

Our first visit to the resort (not Punta Cana) was in 2002. The resort was #1 on our list for many years and we have returned numerous times. On our first visit :

I believe there was only one person (front desk) that spoke broken English.......including the guests. This wasn't an issue for us...we have dealt with this on other travels. Although there is still somewhat of a language barrier there has been strides of improvement.

Food is tastier and more chewable. Improvement still needs to be made in this department but I can assure you it is much better than 10 years ago.

Mosquitoes.....the mosquito population was unbearable 10 years ago, even though the resort was sprayed a couple times per day. We couldn't finish a meal in the outside dining or watch a show in the theatre. It was a relief to crawl under the sheets at night for safety. We went through more insect repellant than one could imagine. Understandable if there was rain but there was no rain our entire trip. Now I may get a bite or two but nothing to speak of.

The staff has always been phenomenal.

The rooms were in dire need of an update and I haven't been to this resort since their renovation so I cannot comment on that aspect.

I am a strong swimmer but I thought I had entered death when I was dumped in the rough surf....not once but two consecutive times. The first time this has ever happened to me in the ocean. Now I love the rough surf and am more experienced on the boogie board. The large beach and surf is a bonus to me now.

Excellence is a class act.......you will enjoy this resort immensely but you will experience change.....some for the good and some marginal.

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We went to Excellence last March. It was our first trip there so I don't know what it looked like 10 years ago. The food, service, beach and pools were in our opinion all amazing. The Animation through the day, the entertainment at night, the disco and casino - again, all amazing.

The only thing that I was a bit disappointed with were the rooms, the lobby and especially the hallways. I was expecting it to be much more beautiful. Even the landscaping could be more beautiful. The basic rooms, while they have been renovated, still look a bit old. The hallways are awful. The lobby is allright, I guess. So I can only imagine what a change the buildings are since you were last there. But put aside these weaknesses, we LOVED it and will definitely be going back there next year. No questions asked.....

Good luck!

Christine

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6. Re: Excellence Punta Cana thoughts?

Christine.....did you like it better than the Punta Cana Princess? also food?

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7. Re: Excellence Punta Cana thoughts?

Tingy , like you say in your post SOME THINGS have changed But for the Better ! Most rooms have been updated , and improvements have been made in food and language ( I know no Spanish at all lol )

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Thanks for the info all!! Looks like it is a good call so November it is. Nice if the price comes down but Excellence here we come again.

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Tingy: I so often wrote on Trip Advisor that Punta Cana Princess was my favourite of all times......until I went to Excellence. Overall, I definitely prefer Excellence. While the food, service, pool, animation and entertainment were good at PCP, it was amazing at Excellence. They both have a wonderful tropical vibe. While the beach at Excellence is amazing, beautiful, and spacious, I find Bavaro beach to be so amazingly beautiful (with the light blue water and white sand). PCP will always be very special to me but Excellence wins hands down. The food is amazing. The service is out of this world. The Animation through the day is so much fun. The live band at night is so lovely. The entertainment at night is the best I've seen in Dominican. The buildings of the restaurants are amazing. Horse-back riding and dune buggy right beside the resort. We are definitely going back to Excellence next year....but I don't mean to take anything away from PCP....it is a wonderful resort too.

Christine

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10. Re: Excellence Punta Cana thoughts?

Going for our 9th time this Oct. I believe the service improved when it switched from Secrets to Excellence. Not that it was bad before, I just feel it is better now. Food varies from year to year. Not bad or anything, just sometimes better than others. There have been several changes that might notice when walking about. All the restaurants have swapped locations and they have added one. New decor in the restaurants also. While some aspects of the resort have aged, they are constantly working to keep it presentable. If you look closely you can find little things no matter where you stay. We still love it and that is why we keep going back. If money wasn't an issue, we would go twice a year like some others.

Mike