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Narrowed down to 3! Need help!

Okay based on some great feedback we have narrowed our search down to 3 resorts. Any advice you could add would be great. We are going with another couple for their anniversary, early 30's, just want to relax and not worry about anything. Really would like to have some feedback on the rooms (we would really love a jacuzzi on the balcony), distance from airport, and food options.

Excellence Punta Cana

Breathless

Secrets Royal

Thanks!

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Excellence has 9 a la carte restaurants. No buffet for dinner. There are buffet and a la carte options for breakfast and lunch. Breathless has 8 a la carte restaurants and a buffet. Secrets has 3 a la carte restaurants, and a buffet. You can also use the restaurants at the Now Larimar resort. Reservations are not required for a la cartes at any of these resorts.

Secrets is closest to the airport (15 to 20 minutes). Excellence and Breathless are on Uvero Alto Beach, about 35 to 40 minutes from the airport.

Secrets has jacuzzis on the balcony, and I believe Breathless does as well. Excellence has rooms with jacuzzis (or plunge pools) on the balcony / terrace, but these are more expensive than the regular rooms. Regular rooms have the jacuzzi inside the room.

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We have been to Secrets Royal Beach and Breathless. Loved them both for different reasons.

Beach -

SRB is white sand, post card beautiful type beach with lots of palapas and palm trees for shade if wanted. Fairly calm water but busy with many boats and such going by.

Breathless is also a great beach but sand is more of a light beige but very spacious. Several trees and palapas for shade and awesome Bali beds to rent for the day.

Rooms

Both have rooms with modern decor and jacuzzi on balconies.

Entertainment

SRB has live music in the courtyard but a more quieter relaxed atmosphere. You can go over to NOW for the disco, shows and small casino.

Breathless has more going on and is more of a lively environment. Live music at night, shows, disco, cigar/oxygen lounge and small casino. They also have a 4pm pool party at the 2 level freestyle pool with a DJ. We had no problem finding quieter space by one of the other pools or beach.

Restaurants

SRB has 3 plus a buffet and you can dine at NOW next door as well

Breathless has 7-8 restaurants I think.

We enjoyed the food at both and neither resort requires reservations

If you are looking for a vacation just to relax then Secrets is perfect. If you want a little more excitement then Breathless is the place to be. We like a bit of both relaxation and more lively and found that at Breathless. We would return to both and are returning to Breathless in April.

Both are great but if going with friends I would definetly choose Breathless over Secrets.

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Interesting - my wife and I (she's 30 and I am 29) narrowed our 3 places down to where you are at right now. We wound up choosing Breathless in April as we wanted an adults-only all inclusive that was a stand alone (not part of a family resort next door), so that eliminated Secrets. We didnt choose Excellence due to the price and also that transfers to and from the resort were not included. May seem like a silly reason, but I would rather be in group from the hotel or through Apple for the transfer than trusting a taxi driver. I know that the chances of happening to tourists in Punta Cana is slim to none, but it is not a chance we wanted to take, plus there is an additional expense obviously for using a tax. Good luck!

Edited: 04 February 2014, 18:37
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If you are beach people... Excellence and Breathless are the wrong place ... We are beach people and spend about 7 hours a day at the beach ... We wouldn't spend an hour at either of these... SRB sure looks nice... Did u watch any videos on them all...? u tube them , just like being there and in HD

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I love the beach at Excellence and have spent many hours at a time there enjoying it. We were able to walk out pretty far without even being waste deep. The waters are a bit more rough I've heard compared to other beaches in the area which is why some do not like it I assume, but we found that enjoyable to play in. There is also a beautiful area just to the right of the resort which is much more calm. We enjoyed some snorkeling there. It's all about personal preference!

I've only been to Excellence so I cannot speak for the others :)

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I couldn't disagree more. The beach at Excellence is beautiful. Lots of beach frontage, deep beach, very tropical, and it's uncrowded, with little to no foot or boat traffic. The beach at Secrets is beautiful, with white sand and calm waters, but it's more crowded and there's a lot of foot and boat traffic.

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Bomberro, I am not sure if you have stayed at Excellence or Breathless but I have to agree with MHeath on this one.

No arguing that Secrets is a beautiful beach but it was busier with boat and people traffic. Breathless was so quiet and yes it is rougher then SRB but it was still fine for going in every day. There were alot of people in there everyday, some on floats relaxing and others trying to body surf. There is a section that is a little calmer then the other side that wasn't much wavier then the Majestic Elegance. Before we went to Breathless in December I thought from how people spoke about the area that it was going to be really rough and very few would be in. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.

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Bomberro, you obviously have not been to the beach where Breathless is based on that comment. Can you clarify why you could not spend an hour at the beach there?

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Beaches have different "personalities" I think. People have different ideas as to what they like. If you're looking for an uncrowded, deserted island kind of beach experience, then Uvero Alto is a good choice (Excellence, Breathless, Zoetry, etc.)

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Perhaps I hit Breathless on a good week, but I found the ocean calmer at Breathless than at Majestic Elegance. I floated in the ocean every day and was never even pushed to shore - there were just rolling swells where I was (next to the roped off snorkeling area). If you walked 100 yards towards Excellence, there were breaking waves. Same when walking towards Dreams.