@Meggiemae14: Well, I am back from Excellence…sadly. We had a lovely time but I’ll try and be honest.
Excellence is older than Breathless or Dreams (others I passed…there are tons of other resorts) but, in my opinion, that means they have all the kinks worked out and we had no issues.
The pool is lovely and huge, the staff is very friendly and they all speak English. Drinks are yummy and I thought the food was decent. The service is great. Poolside or beachside, staff will come around every so often and take drink orders, and they will also come by with big trays of personal pizzas to hand out (which are DELICIOUS!). Of course you can also hit the bar yourself. The ocean is rough – red flags the whole time we were there so you can’t go out very far but it is beautiful.
Rooms are spacious, clean, and comfortable. My biggest (petty) complaint is, for some reason, there is a window from the bed into the shower and the bathroom. I can see how it might be sexy for a shower…but being able to see your partner shit is not so romantic!!
We were very lazy and only did one excursion, the ziplining. The ziplining was really fun but it will take your whole day. We left about 11 and got back about 5. The pool closes at 6 so we didn’t get pool time that day. I didn’t like that the pool closed but I’m guessing it is a safety issue (the beach “closes” too). We didn’t try the “club” and aren’t big partiers so were usually back in the room and in bed early. I was also sick the first couple days – not sure if just from travelling, or the food, or what…
The Excellence Club is worth it! They have a lounge with appetizers out all day and drink service.
I’m torn on the swim up suite. It was nice, for sure, but, you can’t enter your room from the sliding door because there is not outside handle.
So you can go out that way…but then have to go back around. We were on the end, so not a huge inconvenience, but still seemed weird. A key-operated sliding door would make more sense!
The Punta Cana airport on the way out sucked. The service there was fine and all, but it’s hot and crowded.
So that’s all I can think of right now…anything else you want to know about I am happy to answer!!