Punta Cana is truly an excellent, all inclusive property for adults only, its
name describes it perfectly, but it's not a nudist resort although topless is
faily common at the Cascade Pool
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Excellence Punta Cana is truly an excellent, all
inclusive property for adults only, its name describes it perfectly, but it's
not a nudist resort. It's hard to find, off the beaten track in the eastern
part of the Dominican Republic (DR) but it's an "excellent" resort.
only downers we could find are: nudity is not yet accepted in the DR (but the
Cascade pool there is topless) and golf is not nearby (but an 18-hole Robert
Trent Jones-designed course is in the works across the road). This very unusual
resort is spread over a long, deserted stretch of beach on the Bavaro coastal
region of the DR and is a destination in itself, since the resort is isolated
and not near any town .
Even though the resort doesn't condone nudity,
it's a great value for those of you looking for a different location, different
island in an upscale, adult atmosphere in a five star property. This all
inclusive resort, built in 2000 and owned by a Spanish company, opened as the
"Royal Uvero Alto" but thankfully changed its name to something a little easier
By comparison, this luxury property holds its own with the
Iberostar, Royal Hideaway, RIU and Occidental Grand chain of upscale resorts
throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. With almost 56, 000 hotel rooms in
the DR, you have plenty of choices but Excellence Punta Cana can be counted as
one of the best on the island.
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Excellence Punta Cana is located in the Bavaro
region on the eastern tip of the land mass called Hispanola, the second largest
Caribbean island which includes both Haiti to the west and the Dominican
Republic to the east. The DR is almost 19,000 square miles, or 4-5 times the
size as Jamaica.
The closest international airport is Punta Cana. This modest
airport with only one runway plays hosts to flights from cities world wide. The
large arrival and departure terminals are really huge thatched-roof buildings,
arguably the largest we've ever seen. Flights serving Punta Cana include most
major airlines as well as charters originating in USA cities, Canada, South
America, France, England, Germany, the Netherlands as well as Spain. There is a
large contingent of Europeans in most of the resorts.
easiest way to reach the resort is to fly into Punta Cana and use a shuttle
transfer or taxi to the property. NOTE: A taxi can be expensive so arrange for
a shuttle transfer in advance as part of your vacation package. By taxi or
transfer bus, the trip usually takes less than an hour from the airport, over
good, paved roads for the most part.
You can also reach Punta Cana from
the other international airports in the DR including Puerto Plata and Santo
Domingo. From Santo Domingo, you can fly by charter or take a transfer bus,
about a 2.5-3 hour ride. Puerto Plata, further east, serves Punta Cana via
charter air service which takes about an hour by air.
NOTE: You will need to purchase your air
charter flight at the airport in the DR. Charter air service typically serves
Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, La Romana and Punta Cana.
|| You will want for nothing at the Excellence Punta Cana.
Aside from no nude beach or golf course, this place has just about everything
else you could hope for in an upscale, all inclusive resort. Nice touches
include an all suite resort, private Jacuzzis, 24-hour room service, premium
brand drinks and a great selection of day and night time activities and
Here is a list of just some of the services you will
enjoy which are included in your room rate:
1. A total of 446 suites in 13
connecting buildings, with about 25% devoted to even more upscale pampering in
the Club level. All inclusive room categories include:
with mountain or garden view, Junior suites with ocean view, Excellence Suites
with ocean view and double balcony, Master suites with pool view and two
separate rooms and our favorite, the Honeymoon suites with large private
terrace and outside Jacuzzi....this is the one you want even if you're not on
Nicest touch: EACH suite includes a large Jacuzzi for two at
least! All suites are equipped with over sized beds, Cable TV, terry cloth
robes, patio or balcony, two telephones, complimentary mini-bar, coffee and
coffee maker, iron & ironing board, safety box, hair dryer, vanity and make
up mirror and separate shower stall and bath. Note: Room services and amenities
subject to change and enhancement.
There is also a weekly management
cocktail party for guests.
2. Excellence Club level with 112 suites
devoted to an even more luxurious experience includes:
- Concierge and special services 24 hours
- Separate check in/check out service
- Free internet access
- Luxury pair of slippers per room (2 pair)
- Superior amenities in each room
- Superior room service menu, 24 hours
- Private Continental breakfast service
- Private afternoon hors d'oeuvres
- Beach towels already provided in each suite
- Superior stock in complimentary mini-bar
- Late check out and early check-in (subject to
- Complimentary newspaper
3. Seven (7) restaurants ranging from French and
Italian to Caribbean, American to seafood, steaks, Oriental and Mexican dishes.
Bars and grills dotted throughout the water sports areas will see you through
the daytime around the pool and beach. You will want for nothing at this
resort. See DINING section below.
4. A total of nine (9) bars and 2
lounges serve a wide selection of Premium brand drinks.
5. 24 hours room
service with selected menu. Excellence Club has expanded room service
6. Sports----You will need a vacation after you take advantage of
all activities included in your room rate.
Here is just a sample of some
of the activities you can use to push and punish your body on land at the
Here's a list of the water-borne sports you can enjoy:
- Ping Pong
- Squash and racquet ball
- Tennis (lighted courts, too) with pro
- Horseback riding
- Beach football
- Bicycle tours
- Board Games
- Water aerobics
- Step exercise
- Fitness classes
7. Fintess center includes free weights, treadmills,
stair climbers, Nordic-Trac/Universal machines, martial arts, exercise
- Body surfing
- Scuba diving introduction in pool (Certified Diving
- Sunfish sailing
- Snorkeling and snorkeling tour
- Water cycles
- Banana boat riding
- Tour to Nisibon River
- Pool aerobics
- Windsurfing & sailboat lessons
- Three swimming pools
- Sailboat lessons
- Boogie Boards
8. Spa services Without question, this resort has the most
complete, exclusive spa services anywhere in the Dominican Republic. Included
in the room rate are the following spa services: Sauna, turkish bath, steam
bath, whirlpool (warm & cold), use of fitness center. Additional spa
services include various body treatments, therapies and massages for extra
Here is a partial list of extra spa and salon treatments
9. Weddings and honeymoon packages
- Swedish massage
- Sports massage
- Cellular Renovation
- Deep cleansing treatment
- Oily Skin Treatment
- Mature skin tratment
- After sun treatment
- Flash sensitive & Hydrate treatment
- Anticellulitic & Reaffirming treatment
- Body mud treatment
- Turkish treatment
- body covered with salt Shel Jah and finish with hydrate
- Beauty salon
- hair coloring
- manicures and pedicures
bank, medical services 24 hours/day, shops, car rental, internet
11. Casino on site
entertainment and shows nightly
14. Spanish classes, dancing lessons,
cooking classes, theme nights, weekly Dominican market with art and crafts on
site for extra charge
15. Conference center, if you absolutely need
one, with seating up to 200 in theater style.
||Restaurants: For a resort this size, you will not find such a
large variety of dining alternatives. You will not go hungry and you will
probably find something you will enjoy with so many meal selections to choose
Bars: The nine (9) Bars and two lounges include:
- Quisqueya Elegant gourmet dining. Dress: Formal but tie
is not required, Air conditioned
- Maria del Alma Colonial Mexican restaurant. Dress:
Casual, Air conditioned
- Cazabito Dominican dishes Dress: casual, Air
- Bella Italia Italian dishes and pizza selection. Pizza
take out available. Dress: Casual, Air conditioned
- Madame Butterfly Asian dishes Dress: Casual, Air
- Texas Palapa Steak house (imported prime cuts). Dress:
Casual, open air palapa
- Mediterranean Palapa Fish and seafood specialties.
Dress: Casual, open air palapa
- Higuey Buffet for breakfast with an extensive and
complete selection which also includes a "light" lo-cal menu with natural
juices, low fat foods and cereals. Dress: Casual
- Palapa Nisibon & Palapa Macao Sandwiches and snacks
Three (3) pools with bar service
- Lobby Bar
- Showtime Bar
- Bar Kafe
- Wet Bar Palapa Texas
- Dry Bar Palapa Texas
- Bar Palapa Nisibon
- Bar Palapa Macao
- Bar Disco "Guys & Dolls"
- Sports Bar
- Discoteque "Guys & Dolls"
- Casino Bar
Gee.... Hope we
didn't miss anything <grin>
||Packages with airfare, transfers and room tariff are the
best value. Room rates for resort only vary with the seasonally, with winter
rates (December-April) higher than summer and fall tariffs. Standard suites
range from $150-$250/person/night and Excellence Club suites range from
Check with Castaways Travel for the best value
in travel packages that include resort, taxes, airfare and transfers in one
||Adults only that range from early 30s to 60s.
||The resort is large with 446 suites but it doesn't feel
like it, since the 13 buildings are spread over a long stretch of beach. Access
to the rooms from the common areas, registration, restaurants and bars is quite
rapid. Thirteen buildings average 30-36 suites each and each building unit
includes ice machines and elevators, a nice touch after tennis or
You may be confused with so many dining and sports choices to
make. You have a huge array of activities to choose from so there may be little
need to wander far from the resort itself.
The main pool is the largest we've
ever seen. With such a huge water sports area, you won't notice the walk to or
from the common areas.
You will have lots of choices for night life
ranging from the casino, disco, theme nights to entertainment in the main
theatre as well as late night dining.
Our favorite area is around the
Cascade pool. Not only is it topless, but it's built in two levels, with the
upper pool area overflowing (cascading) into the lower pool).
favorite restaurants are the Palapas Texas & Mediteranean for steaks and
seafood in an open air setting with a huge thatched
If you plan to enjoy any of the spa treatments,
make sure you make your appointments early, like once you arrive at the
To avoid costly taxis, buy your airport transfers as part of
your vacation package.
If you want to enjoy some nudity or privacy
during your vacation, reserve a honeymoon suite, which includes an outside
You don't really need reservations at the restaurants
but it's best to check ahead of time.
If you're a shopper, the
signature/monogram shops on site have some of the best fashions we've seen on
the island....so save up space on your credit card and shop, shop, shop.
There are no bad rooms in the entire resort but our favorite standard
suites are in building # 3, first floor. From there, you can step out of your
patio door room to the Cascade pool, which is topless. In addition, you can
sunbathe topless on your patio overlooking the Cascade pool, too.
course, the most fun accommodations are the Honeymoon suites since you have a
privacy wall outside for nude sunbathing as well as a large exterior Jacuzzi,
||Golf is available at the Cocotal and Bavaro courses within
30-45 minutes from the resort. The Cocotal includes both 18 and 9 hole courses.
Of course, golf is an extra charge.
From the Secrets Excellence Ranch,
you can enjoy horseback tours including the Dominican countryside, Nisibon
Lagoon and beach, Sunset Beach, Full moon rides every full moon, fine stop
There are shopping tours available to the local
market a few minutes from the resort and more shopping at the Bavaro market at
Day tours can be arranged into Santo Domingo but be
prepared for a long ride and a fast trip. If you really want to see Santo
Domingo, take an extra couple of days before or after your visit to Secrets
Excellence so you won't be so stressed out from cramming and touring. Santo
Domingo is a large city with limited quality site seeing
Helicopter tours by air are available and believe or not, Go Kart
racing is within driving distance of the resort.
Otherwise, there is
not a lot of site seeing to do in the area.
||The resort is beautiful, even the garden view
||Since the water sports area and the main swimming
pool is so large, access to those areas from your room is quite short.
||There is not a lot to do within a short distance of
||Having said that, there is plenty to do on the resort
||Although the airport is not very far in distance from
the Punta Cana International Airport, the paved roads are two lanes, so drive
time takes a bit longer than average to reach the resort.
||There are numerous choices to make for daily
activities and evening dining and pleasure.
||Even though there are huge, secluded and deserted
beaches, there in no nudity permitted on the resort.
||Scuba Diving for Certified Divers is available for an
||Anytime is a great time to visit the DR since you're in the
tropics. Just take an umbrella and check the weather during hurricane season
such as August-October.
||Wish the resort permitted a nude beach.
resort included scuba diving for certified divers in its room rates.
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