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Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

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Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

Planning trip to PC May 3-10. Just me and my wife, have it narrowed down to EPC or SRB. We love the beach/ocean and in this case it appears that SRB wins in that respect. However, we've stayed at Riu's, Iberostars, and Secrets among others but never at an Excellence. We would like to try one but I'm thinking maybe Excellence Playa Mujeres sometime in the future.

The reviews for both of these resorts seem very similar and I am a BIG fan of Secrets Resorts in general. That being said, my wife is leaning towards Excellence since we've never been to one, although I think the sea may be too rough for her.

Anybody been to both? Can anybody provide information that may not be covered in the usual reviews? Looking to book in the next few days so any help is greatly appreciated!!

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1. Re: Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

Excellence Punta Cana was actually the very first Secrets. It was called Secrets Excellence until about 2007. Secrets and Excellence do things much the same. No wristbands, no reservations, no towel cards, etc.

The only problem I have with this particular Secrets is the limited dining options. There are 3 a la cartes, and a buffet. That's much different from other Secrets, where they have 7 or 8 restaurants. You can dine at the Now Larimar, nextdoor though. The theatre and casino are also at Now Larimar. Other Secrets resorts that I know of are standalone. Excellence has 9 a la carte restaurants, and all are adult only.

The beaches at both are beautiful. Less crowded / busy at Excellence. Calm waters at Secrets. I'd take either.

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2. Re: Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

Thanks, Mark. Anybody else?

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Completely different resorts and yes have been to both. SRB is very small and relies heavily on facilities of NOW Larimar next door (both owned by AM Resorts). Secrets has very limited entertainment since no theatre, limited restaurants, only 1 bar open after 6, no casino. All of these things are at NOW which is a family resort and quite a bit down the quality level from SRB. So if you go to dinner at NOW, quality of food and drink is not the same as you get at SRB. My biggest issue is the SRB beach is very busy/noisy. Helicopter tours based at NOW, party boats, tour boats etc. Plus a lot of noise from beach bar and a really annoying entertainment team. Honestly, if you want a quiet place to read/relax, SRB is OK as long as you bring ear plugs. The beach itself is fine but very narrow, quite congested.

Excellence has everything on site and has far more restaurant/bar options. Beach is very quiet, probably 10 times as wide, much more tropical and better to walk. Yes the water itself can be rough but walk 500' to the right and it is calmer. Service, quality and physical layout of EPC make it feel much more like a true tropical resort.

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4. Re: Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

Agree with Doug. We went to SRB last year and have been to EPC 3 times (and again later this year). SRB was a bit of a disappointment due to the limited dining and entertainment options. We were unimpressed with the NOW side, which you should be as it is cheaper and aimed at a different market.

I can't think of 1 area that SRB beats EPC, apart from the sea being calmer. As pointed out you only need to walk a short distance to calmer waters and I felt the sea at EPC was fun anyway. SRB is noisier and busier.

EPC all the way in my opinion. Hope that helps?

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5. Re: Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

Yes, thank you to all. I am starting to see some trends emerging that point towards Excellence.

How long is the ride from the airport to Excellence?

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6. Re: Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

When I was there in December, it took 38 minutes by taxi to get there, and 40 minutes back to the airport. But there was construction on the road for the last mile or two. If that's done, then I'd say 35 minutes.

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7. Re: Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

Haven't been to SRB but I have been to a few secret resorts including Excellence when it was Secrets Excellence. We are going back to Excellence this year because I remembe they have had the best tasting food that we have had in the DR. The surf waters of the beach is also a plus for me. We have also stayed at the Majestic and the Ambar in the PC. Have a great Vacation either way.

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8. Re: Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

We have been to E PC 3 years in a row, best overall of all the all incusives we have been to, Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba. Great service, fantastic staff, good food, great drinks. We are trying EPM in 17 days as we are hooked on Excellence but want to try a different one. Will miss the staff at EPC though, especially Ramon at the martini bar. You can't go wrong with Excellence.

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9. Re: Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

Thanks to all who have responded. Going to book tomorrow. Anybody else care to chime in?

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10. Re: Excellence PC or Secrets Royal Beach

Paul we are arriving on the 8th of May. Please don't drink all the Presidente's!! LOL Thank you in advance!!!