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Excellence Punta Cana
Ranked #17 of 111 Hotels in Punta Cana
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“what a blast, my head still hurts”
Reviewed 26 September 2009

This place rocks, if you want to just drink and relax. The D.R. is so poor there is not much out there. That being said for the money this place can't be beat. The staff is great, rooms are nice, food is good( after all it is a hotel, if you go to a hotel for 5 star dining then you've never had 5 star food). The tranfer takes about an hour, not that it's that for away, but between the holes in the dirt and gravel rd. and all the motor bikes, it's slow going. Excellence club is a joke don't waste the money, Tell them it's your honeymoon and you'll get fruit and spk. wine anyway. The casino is pretty small but after midnight it's a happening place, same with the disco. If you smoke, take a carton with you, cigs there taste funny and burn. the sun is intense, I don't burn in Texas, I did after an hour in D. R.

SAND FLEAS OR FLIES or whatever they are didn't bother me at all, I never get bit by anything , my girl however got tore up. They look like flea bites. Spray down with off (they have it there) and try to avoid the beach after dark as much as possible.

Tip a dollar or two every couple of rounds, you will be rewarded , if you are brave try the local moonshine "mamawana"

Take the free horse ride, buy the bottle of rum skip the cd, hit walmart(it's a shack, you'll get his card) put a little money into the local economy

One Sunday we were so hung over that we stayed in bed all day and had room service. what a waste you may be thinking, but after 6 srtaight days of drinking, a day off was nice. Besides with direct tv from denver we watched football all day. There also is an "adult" channel that plays all day and night, if your so inclined.

leave a five at the mini bar and never run out of presidente beer

We're going to mexico to get married this year, but to just to relax and eat and drink, save a few bucks and hit the D.R.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2009

The Excellence is an all inclusive, adult resort. We loved it. Everyone was so friendly and so helpful. There was full time activities planned if you wished to participate in those. Also there were opportunities to take excursions outside the resort for additional costs.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

We had a great time at this hotel as there was something for everyone spa , gym, entertainment all day if required or quiet area's around the huge pool where you can just relax, hotel is directly on the beach so no long walk to it, great service on the beach & pool area for drinks even pizza's and sandwiches are brought to you while laying on the sun beds. The restaurants where all good but the Lobster restaurant you would need 2 as they are local fish & quite small. The beds in the room have a very hard but we were given a soft topper cover for the matress which was better. The pool was always warm. the eavening entertainment did not start until 10pm so this could have been earlier as by then we were so tired we could not keep awake, although some nights they had piano by the bar & party on the beach which were about 7.30pm we managed them. Overall Fantastic luxury holiday & great service.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2009

We stayed 6th September 09 for one week. Booked the Honey moon suite in the Excellence Club with Ocean View. We stayed in block 10 which was very close to the Excellence Club and most of the facilities, pool and restaurant. We stayed for one night in one of the honey moon suites which had a lots of square footage but a very poor balcony/view and as my partner had booked an ocean view honey moon suite we slept off the jet lag (from the UK) and then switched rooms to the honey moon suite with the amaziing view and balcony to go with it! The room was smaller but we had two lots of balconies, one faced the pool and the other the ocean, the ocean view balcony also had a jacuzi and big double bed with plenty of space, the view was just beautiful and well worth moving to a smaller room for.

Weather was very good, we had expected more rain but we got lucky!

The restaurants were very good, the French was excellent as was the lobster and the grill, we found the spice a bit poor, lacked spice strangely enough, we love spicey food but the menu didnt taste as good as it sounded.

The Excellence Club was a bit quiet, often we were the only people in it! They had a buffet breakfast every day and food available throughout the day if you wanted it. We thought the room service breakfast was the best way to take it, only took around 20 mins on average.

I am not sure if the up grade to the Excellence Club was worth the extra expense but if I go anywhere I usually want to stay in the best room available!

When we stayed we guessed the occupancy was maybe 20% so it made gong to eat at the restaurants very easy.

Staff were very attentive, always smiling and if you ask them how they are, the reply was always 'excellente'.

Tips - no need to take hair dryers or manifying mirrors as they are available in all rooms. Would recommend mozzie repellent, they get you in the outdoor restaurants at night so be warned! We tipped the waiters often but most people didnt seem to bother which seemed a shame really.

Entertainment is ok, we were not expecting much as we had stayed in the Excellence in Mexico last year and it was 100% better than what was on offer there!

We enjoyed the Michael Jackson show, the guy doesnt sing, he mimes but is a terrific dancer.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

We had checked into alot of resorts to find one we would be happy with. This palce exceeded our expectstions. The food was nothing less than five star. Words can not describe the quality of food. The resort was clean and we were always meet with a smiling staff member. The staff would do anything we asked. The beach was nice and clean although the water was a bit rough. We were not bothered on the beach by "trinket sellers". We were truly sorry we did not extend our stay. The atmosphere was relaxing and romantic. This made an excellent romantic getaway.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Staten Island, NY
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

My wife and I go away for our anniversary just about every year (this was our 12th), and Excellence was our best vacation yet. It was beyond our greatest expectations. The grounds are beautiful, the hospitality/service was way above and beyond, and you can't go wrong with any of the many restaurant selections. I wouldn't go here for an active vacation, but if you want to relax and and just spend time with the one you love, this is the place to go.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

My husband and I had the best time at this resort. We couldn't have asked for better service,we were treated great. Whatever you asked for it was there. You could eat , drink any time you wanted to. We loved the idea of not having to make reservations at the restaurants ,that way you could pick whatever one you wanted to eat at. We had great meals while we were there . The room we had was ocean view it was so nice to look out and see the palm trees and the ocean as the backdrop. We even got to see a wedding on the beach which was awesome the way the resort had it set up. We hope to go back there and also when Excellence Jamaica opens up.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Excellence Punta Cana
Address: Playas Uvero Alto, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#11 Casino Hotel in Punta Cana
#14 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#15 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#15 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#17 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Excellence Punta Cana 4.5*
Number of rooms: 464
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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