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Punta Cana
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Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Excellence Punta Cana (rooms)
(Punta Cana)
Ulvera Alto, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Web Site:
Rooms: 452 Year Built: 2000
Floors: 3 Last Renovated: 2008
Pools: 3 Restaurants: 8
Room Service: Yes    
Kids Club: No - Adults only
Included: meals, drinks, tips, taxes, non motorized water sports, daily activites, nightly entertainment, drinks at the night club.

I saw this resort back in 2003 when it was a Secrets Resort. It was my first ever site inspection. As you can imagine I was blown away. Now 9 years later after seeing well over 150 resorts I went back and was impressed all over again. This is by far my best selling resort in Punta Cana and there is good reason for that. First off it is adults only and the majority of what I sell are adult only vacations. It is a great value of a resort and is valid competition to any adults only resort in any destination. This should be considered an option by everyone looking for an adult only resort.

The rooms at this resort all pretty much the same. All have been newly renovated or will be soon. The only difference is excellence club or not, swim up or not, and the view. The excellence suite has a double balcony. The master suite has like 15 extra sq. ft. Many ground floor rooms have hammocks but there is no way to guarantee it. I will have to request it for you if you want it. They have two rooms that have roof top terraces like those at Excellence Playa Mujeres and Excellence Riviera Cancun. They both were occupied when I visited

the resort so I was not able to see them. They do have plans to build 4 more. I do not think that these are in any tour operators allotment so if you want it I can request it but go ahead and figure it will cost about $1000 more than the excellence club garden view junior suite based on a 7 night stay. The resort was full on the day I visited. The room I saw had just been cleaned after a guest checked out. It is an excellence club garden view junior suite but it is missing the 4 bottles of liquor that are included for use during your stay and some snacks in the mini bar.

The resort offers a lot of things to do. They have pool tables, fuse ball, ping pong, archery, tennis, batting cages, squash, 30 minutes horseback riding included per guest per stay. They have a 600 meter (meter and yard are about the same) jogging trail that is part of a nature preserve. Even if you are not into jogging it would be nice to walk around in there as it is beautiful and they have some animals. On top of all that they have their pools, the beach, organized activites during the day, nightly entertainment, a casino and a night club. They have a pizza restaurant that closes at the same time as the night club. I have to say that is pretty cool. It’s 2:30 in the morning, you have had your buzz going on for some time now, you are all sweaty from dancing and there is pizza. Of course there is 24 hour room service but who can argue with fresh made pizza at that time.

The spa at this resort is what you would expect from a 5 star adults only resort and what you would expect from an Excellence Resort. All Excellence Resorts have a circuit for you to do before you do your treatment. It involves going from one pool to another, a steam room to the sauna, to the ice room back to a Jacuzzi. Yes I did say ice room. I had never seen this before. It is basically a freezer that has crushed ice coming out of a dispenser for you to rub on yourself. I hope your body temp is real high when you go in here and are careful that you do not get stuck to anything while sitting there. All joking aside I am sure they have that figured out. This resort is far removed from the populated parts of the destination. The ride there is about 45 minutes. It is in the middle of nowhere. I remember years ago when I went to the casino and walked around the place at night I saw more stars in the sky than I had ever seen before. Well the area around it has not been developed so I am sure the same can be said.

One big advantage this resort has over most of the other adults only resorts in this destination is that is a stand alone resort. It is not part of a complex of resorts where you get a couple of restaurants to choose from and then for more options you go to the family resort next door. Well in that case your entire vacation is not adults only. Also in those complex resorts there will be kids on the beach. Not here. There is no resort next door. There is no complex. It is this resort, that is what you get and there are no kids anywhere to be found.

Reasons to book this resort: You are looking for a true adults only resort. You are looking for 5 star accommodation, service, food and drink. You are looking for a resort with a lot of things included.

Reasons not to book this resort: You are looking for a family resort.


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