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Excellence Punta Cana

Excellence Punta Cana, a 5-Star, all-inclusive, adults-only resort sits nicely on a secluded but famously beautiful Punta Cana beach on the eastern shores of the Dominican Republic. The 50-minute drive from the Punta Cana airport bypasses nearly all the hotels along the beach and only one small hotel remains beyond Excellence. As we said – secluded, but not isolated. The time spent transfering here is worth it. This is paradise on a long gorgeous beach worthy of the praise heaped on Punta Cana beaches. This one may take the cake since it is secluded, curved and LONG. It even has those picture-perfect windward bent palm trees for you to admire and photograph.

 

Beach at Excellence Punta Cana

 

If you have had the pleasure of staying at either Excellence Riviera Cancun or Excellence Playa Mujeres you can expect the same outstanding service, exceptional cuisine in the same themed restaurants, and same high quality brands of drinks. As much as possible with the existing facility they have attempted to create the same layout down to the winding river pool.

 

Excellence Club Ocean View RoomsWe must report that this structure is older than its sister resorts in Mexico, as they are recent new builds. The exterior style is not as modern in appearance and in places throughout the resort and occasionally in the rooms, age is noticeable. This information is worth informing but not obsessing. It is minor and in no way affects your experience. In fact as we write this report updating is occurring, so we look forward to returning so we can update this report.

 

Excellence Club room interiorExcellence is highly successful at continuity and consistency. We previously mentioned the same themed restaurants, but you will also feel right at home in your suite. The wonderful four-poster beds, in-room Jacuzzi and stocked mini-bar are all included once again. And if you prefer to upgrade your experience you may do so with the same Excellence Club benefits as the sister resorts. We will detail those below.

 

It still begins, as always with a warm greeting by name, a cold hand towel and a glass of chilled champagne. There are no wristbands to wear at Excellence Punta Cana; no safety deposit locks or beach towel cards to worry about. Just relax at Excellence Punta Cana – you’re on vacation, an adult-only vacation.

An attendant will tote your luggage and explain plenty about the resort while escorting you to your suite. Inside, he will make certain you understand how the Jacuzzi, safe, private room service box, ceiling fan, AC, DVD player, stocked mini-fridge and everything else operate.

 

Excellence Punta Cana has 452 suites and was built in 2000. There are 8 restaurants, a whopping 10 bars, a modern fitness center, a terrific spa, 24-hour room service, free wireless internet service, a wedding gazebo, and even a casino. You won’t find a casino at many all-inclusive resorts. And the building is no higher than the highest palm tree by law – or you could say it is limited to 3-stories.

For the complete list of room amenities see our Accommodations section. Every suite receives turndown service nightly which includes delivery of The Excellence Times, which features all you need to know about the following day – which two restaurants are closed, spa specials, drinks of the day, activities and more.

For a full list of Excellence Club amenities check out our Accommodations descriptions. But for a quick peek, the Excellence Club gives you an additional exterior Jacuzzi, upgraded drinks in the mini-fridge like Heineken and Budweiser, in-room premium liquor menu with Absolut, Skyy, Johnny Walker, Jose Cuervo, etc., private pool and beach area with upgraded service and really – much more.

Miile, the Spa at Excellence Punta Cana is literally an island of relaxation tucked away quietly in a colonial building facing the mountains. The spa here is outstanding. In addition to a plethora of treatments, and a private relaxation garden surrounding a Zen fountain. We have a complete section devoted to describing the Spa in detail.

Dinner at Barcelona "Mediterranean" restaurantThe culinary experience at Excellence Punta Cana is exactly that – a culinary experience! Even breakfast and lunch are exceptional with indoor or open air options by the beach. Both of those menus are as loaded with options and the food is with taste. Dinner at Excellence is beyond what you could expect from an all-inclusive resort. Reservations are not required and from our experience having stayed at Excellence resorts many times, they are never needed. Go to any of the 8 a la carte restaurants whenever you desire to dine and you will be taken care of. The options are as diverse as possible; Asian & Japanese, Lobster, French, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian, a Steak House, and Pizzeria. There’s even a 24-hour room service menu that will surprise you. We always try it and they always deliver warm food promptly. By the way, the 10 bars all serve real premium brand drinks, including the allusive delicious Mojito.

 

Activities are amazing at Excellence Punta Cana. They have2 enormous pools but it is hard to tell because one seems to run the entire length of this long resort. The beach is true soft sand with beautiful swayed palm trees. They offer sports, table games, billiards, dance and Spanish classes, water sports and equipment.



ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION believes Excellence Punta Cana is a dream-come-true for honeymooners, or any adults looking for the optimum in service in an ambiance of like adults. The level of service is nearly to the status of their Mexican associates. Mexicans just have this service thing down. The luxuriousness of accommodation is similar and could be the same once the upgrading and enhancements are complete. The guest satisfaction feedback not only from our clients, but also from the guests we visit with during our personal stays is off the charts. Excellence Resorts has the recipe for success – delicious cuisine with a great diversity of a la carte restaurants, high quality brands of drinks created by talented bar tenders who want to please, and a service oriented staff that pampers guests with a smile. The fact that Excellence Punta Cana also has the world famous Punta Cana beaches is the icing on the cake for us.  We highly endorse this resort!

 

All-Inclusive Features

• 452 rooms
• 2 pools - enormous
• State-of-the-art, fully equipped air conditioned Fitness Center
• 8 International a la carte restaurants and 10 bars
• Nightly entertainment including live music
• 24 Hour Room Service
• Pool & beach waiter service
• Non-motorized water sports and introductory scuba lessons
• DVD library for check-out
• FREE wireless internet access from each suite

Additional Facilities & Features

• 5 Star rating
• Adult-Only resort
• Spa
• Shops with excellent prices
• Tours available
• Casino (drinks included)

Meeting Facilities

Excellence Punta Cana is an outstanding choice to host your conference or incentive program. Their service level and commitment to excellence will guarantee a success. Excellence Punta Cana has a relatively small meting room of 1,800 square feet of meeting space, plus an intimate boardroom for meetings of 15 executives. Outdoors, their oceanfront cocktail terraces offer outdoor reception areas. They have the most recent state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, plus the chefs and catering staff to wow your group.



Spa

 

Miile, The Spa at Excellence Punta Cana is a resort within a resort, tucked away in its own colonial style building just steps from the front entrance, perfect to reduce noise from the beach or pools. It offers a wide range of hydrotherapy and various treatments.

 

The Spa at Excellence Punta Cana

 

The facilities include a Fruit Bar / 13 indoor treatment rooms, including 5 couples rooms / 1 Facial Room / 2 Master rooms with hydrotherapy tubs / 1 Double outdoor treatment  room with the views and sounds of the ocean / 1 Outdoor patio with aromatic garden and fountain / 3 Pedicure stations with individual foot-whirlpools/ 3 Manicure stations / 3 haircut & 2 hair wash stations / 15-person capacity hot water whirlpool / 2 Swedish saunas in separate facilities for men and women / 2 Steam room in separate facilities for men and women / 2 cold plunges / 4 foot hydrotherapy stations / Locker areas and spa amenities including shampoo, body gel, body lotion, body splash, deodorant, bathrobe, towel and slippers, etc. A Spa Boutique is available for purchases.

Activities

 

Land Sports: Included
Aerobics                        Aquatic gymnastics         Beach Volleyball
Ping Pong                      Basketball                      Football
Tennis Courts                Water Polo                     Archery
Billiards/Pool Table         Darts                             Air rifle shooting
Horseback Riding            Bocce                            Spanish Lessons
Dancing Lessons             Cooking Lessons

 

Water Sports: Included
Snorkeling                                Kayaking                                  Catamarans                             

Extra Charge:
Excursions                                Scuba Diving Courses               Spa

 

Fitness Center:
The air conditioned fitness center is fully equipped with exercise equipment, treadmills, free weights, stair climbers, Nordic Trac/Universal, martial arts classes, lifecycles and; plus daily classes in yoga and aerobics.

 

Swimming Pools and Beach:
Just a portion of this long river poolExcellence Punta Cana has 2 enormous swimming pools with the main one, a long continuous river pool running nearly the length of the resort parallel to the beach. Throughout the pool area are lounge chairs, shaded Bali beds, and even several beds large enough for two couples. There are plenty of floating mats to let the breeze carry you from one end to another. You will find swim-up bars and separate Jacuzzi’s. There are palapas for lunch, and if you don’t want to budge for lunch the outstanding servers will take your lunch order and serve you. The service at both the pool and beach area is superior.

 

Massage Cabana and Lifeguard stand on the beachThe beach is outstanding. This is a long resort that runs parallel to the beach and this beach goes on for a long distance in both directions. Since there are no immediate neighbors on either side – the beach is pretty much yours to stroll as you wish. Punta Cana is famous for its gorgeous beaches and this one will not disappoint. You will see in our photos just how gorgeous this beach is and see how many palapas and Bali beds are available. What you won’t get to see is the service in action. Servers are always present to take your orders. There were occasions during lunch time when they appeared with boxes of personal size pizzas to distribute without you having to ask. The beach is curved which allows deliver of a different view around every turn. There are plenty of natural tall palm trees and closer to the shore you will see those picture perfect swayed palm trees bent by the wind.

 

This white sand beach goes on forever - in both directions

 

Entertainment:
Nightly Shows with live entertainment
Daily activities on the beach and in the swimming pool
Discotheque

Food/Drink

 

RESTAURANTS
All 8 dinner restaurants feature a la carte dining. Reservations are not required or accepted. From what we have experienced in several stays at all Excellence resorts, there is seldom a wait.

DRESS CODE:
For Dinner Restaurants CHEZ ISABELLE, TOSCANA, SPICE & BARCELONA
Casual elegance for gentlemen: Long pants, dress shirt, casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn. Casual elegance for ladies: Long pants, Capri pants, skirt, blouse, casual shoes and elegant sandals must be worn.
Not allowed: t-shirts, tank tops and / or beach sandals.

For Dinner Restaurants AGAVE, THE GRILL, THE LOBSTER HOUSE & THE FLAVOR MARKET
Casual elegance for gentlemen: Short pants and Capri pants are allowed. Dress shirt, casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn.
Casual elegance for ladies: Long pants, Capri pants, blouse, casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn. Not allowed: t-shirts, tank tops, and / or beach sandals.

BARCELONA
Mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine for dinner in an air conditioned setting. This restaurant absolutely amazed us in how delicious it is. This is also the place for air conditioned breakfast. It is buffet for breakfast and lunch, but they have stations that will prepare omelets or Eggs Benedict for breakfast; and have carving stations, seafood stations and several types of pizza for lunch.

For dinner Barcelona serves paella, veal, seafood, steak, and a wide variety of tapas dishes, all with views of the pool.

TOSCANA
This is the place for a variety of Italian cuisine, ideal for a romantic dinner with a Tuscan touch. Dinners include meats and seafood mixed originally with fresh ingredients. Open for breakfast and lunch featuring buffet with multiple stations. Dinner is a la carte of course.

LOBSTER HOUSE
This open air restaurant is circled by a lazy river pool and overlooks the garden. Simply put, this is the place for Lobster. The menu is full of lobster appetizers, lobster salads, lobster chowder, plus lobster main entrees cooked to order. There is also Mahi Mahi, and loads of Shrimp items, a lobster and tenderloin kabob, and outstanding Punta Cana shellfish.

Also open for breakfast.

Jay enjoying Eggs Benedict by the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SPICE
A beautiful air conditioned Oriental designed restaurant with tasteful Oriental background music. Spice has a terrific Pan-Asian menu featuring dishes from Japan, China, Vietnam and Thailand. We completely enjoyed it and left quite full and content. Open for dinner only.

CHEZ ISABELLE
Chez Isabelle "French" restaurantThis air conditioned French restaurant is terrific, even for those with demanding standards. They offer many of the typical French appetizers you might expect such as Duck, cold and hot appetizers, soups like French Onion with white Zinfandel, and the Fish & Seafood combo which we love, yellow fin tuna, and escargot in a pastry cup with Roquefort cheese.

The dinner had many outstanding selections like Broiled Sea Bass, Curried Scallops, Grilled Rib Eye, Venison, and Duck. Open for dinner only.


THE GRILL
Choose from a prime steak, chicken and shrimp prepared over the grill in this open air restaurant under the same roof as the Lobster House, just on the other side.

The Grill is also open for lunch and for a wide range of tasty casual favorites. That makes it our favorite lunch spot. Consider an appetizer menu of zesty Buffalo Wings, Chicken Fingers, Seafood Ceviche, monster nachos, or the enormous Chicken Caesar Salad that had huge strips of tasty grilled Chicken. And that is just the appetizers. Main lunch entrees include Grouper, Club Sandwich, Mahi Mahi, Hamburger, Chicken Burger, wraps and more. The dessert menu is extremely tempting if everything above was not enough already.

AGAVE
This is an outstanding Tex-Mex restaurant. Agave is a combination open air and air conditioned restaurant. The open air part is completely open to the sky and the moon on appropriate evenings, and we enjoyed that. The appetizers and soups are extensive, as are the main Mexican dishes such as Chicken and Beef Fajitas, Chimichanga’s, and others. Open for dinner only.

OREGANO
This is a very popular Trattoria-style with pizza options that will amaze and excite you. There are also pastas and fabulous calzones.  This air conditioned venue stays open until 2am for great late night feasts. Open for dinner only.


Bars

Excellence Punta Cana has 10 bars included in your stay.

 

 

Cafe Kafe on teh beach

 


Martini – In the central building next to the lobby, a very central meeting place. Open 9am – 1am.
Cielo – An exclusive bar for Excellence Club guests at the designated pool. Open 9am – 6pm.
Blue – Main pool bar
Sol – Perfectly located between the beach and pool. Open 9am – 5pm.
X-Lounge – The chill out bar on a deck on the beach. Beds, sofas and great drinks under the stars. Open 6pm – 11pm.
La Habana Cigar Lounge – This is the place to enjoy a cigar. Open 3pm – 11pm.
Stars – Located in the theater. Open 6pm – 1am.
Alegria – Comedy Club early in the evening before transforming to the disco. Open 9pm – 1am.
Café Kafe – Open air by the beach. Open 10am – 1am.
The Game Room – Table games and books. Open 4pm – 11pm.
Revive Bar – Located in the pool of the Miile Spa. Open 8am – 4pm

Accommodations

 

Guestrooms: 452 in 12 categories

At Excellence Punta Cana guest rooms are of different sizes and not necessarily uniform. It should be noted early on that only the entry level Junior Suite category accommodates 3 guests in a room. All other categories have a maximum limitation of 2 guests per room and all of those categories come with a King bed, and no other variations. a large 807 square feet Junior Suite that are generous in amenities and contemporary in style. Each have at minimum the amenities and features below with the exception of the Rooftop Terrace Suites and the Excellence Club suites which are described further below.

 

Junior Suites:
King size bed or 2 double beds as noted below
Nightstand with radio alarm clock and iPod connectivity
Air Conditioning
Ceiling Fan
Mini-Bar with beer variety , bottled water, soft drinks, snacks and juices – Replenished daily
27” flat-screen Satellite TV
CD/DVD player
Telephone
Coffee table
Work station desk
Table with two chairs
Full length mirror
Double Jacuzzi in-room
Coffee/Tea Maker
Patio or balcony furnished
Bathroom amenities i.e. shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrush
Lighted makeup mirror
A scale to weigh yourself – believe it or not
Hair Dryer
Electronic laptop size Safe
Iron with ironing Board
Bathrobe & slippers for use during stay

Junior Suites – Garden or Mountain View: 228
All the amenities of the Junior Suite plus:
King Size Bed or 2 Double Beds
Spa or pool view
3 adults max

Junior Swim-up Suites: 16
All the amenities of the Junior Suites plus:
King Size Bed only
Direct access to the lazy river pool only a few steps from your ground floor patio
Ppool view
2 adults max

Junior Suite – Ocean View: 42
All the amenities of the Junior Suite plus:
King Size Bed only
Ocean View
2 adults max

 

Excellence Suite – w/Double balcony or patio: 12
All the amenities of the Junior Suite plus:
King Size Bed only
Ocean View
2 adults max

 

Master Suite – w/ Separate Living Room: 18
All the amenities of the Junior Suite plus:
King Size Bed only
Pool View
2 adults max

 

Honeymoon Suite: 6
with large private terrace or double balcony and additional exterior Jacuzzi
All the amenities of the Junior Suite plus:
King Size Bed only
Ocean View
2 adults max



EXCELLENCE CLUB
All of the features and amenities of the junior suites plus:
Superior VIP Bulgari toiletries
Upgraded mini-bar
In room liquor menu; chose your bottles from Absolut, Skyy, Jose Cuervo, Jim Beam, wine, etc.
Room Service Menu with Express Service
Private Beach Area with upgraded service
Private Check-in and check-out
Late check-out and early check-in (subject to availability)
Private concierge service (7am – 11pm)
Private Lounge (7am – 11pm) with free internet access, smart hot buffet & bar service
37” flat screen satellite TV
Radio/alarm clock with I-Pod connectivity
Complimentary newspaper in room every day
Complimentary beach bag for use during your stay
Fresh flowers in room on arrival
Daily fruit basket in room
Pillow menu

 

Excellence Club Lounge

Excellence Club Lounge
Open from 7am until 11pm

Private check-in and check-out
Private concierge service
Continental breakfast
Canapé Service
Smart buffet service
Bar service
Complimentary Internet terminals
Library

Excellence Club Junior Suites: 63
All the amenities of the regular junior suites and the Excellence Club plus:
King size bed
Garden or Mountain View
2 Adults max

 

Excellence Club suite interiorExcellence Club Junior Suite – Ocean View: 33
All the amenities of the regular junior suites and the Excellence Club plus:
King size bed
Ocean View
2 Adults max

Excellence Club Junior Swim-up Suite: 36
All the amenities of the regular junior suites and the Excellence Club plus:
Direct access to the lazy river pool leading to a main pool, just steps from your ground floor patio
King size bed
Ocean View
2 Adults max

 

Excellence Club Excellence Suite – with double balcony or patio: 8
All the amenities of the regular junior suites and the Excellence Club plus:
King size bed
Ocean View
2 Adults max

 

Excellence Club Honeymoon Suite: 8
With large private terrace or double balcony and additional exterior Jacuzzi
All the amenities of the regular junior suites and the Excellence Club plus:
King size bed
Ocean View
2 Adults max

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