(Closed) Excellence Punta Cana – opinions?

posted 9 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
24 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hi Magnolialove!  I haven’t been there yet, but we are getting married at the Excellence in 2 months!  It was HIGHLY recommended by 4 friends of ours, all who were there at different times over the last 3 years.  If you’re considering a wedding there as well as your honeymoon, their coordinators have been fantastic.  Everyone has recommended to us to upgrade to the Excellence Club room though.  Great perks for your honeymoon!

Post # 4
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I did.

Only down thing: The food was kinda sucky. It was OK, but it wasn’t fantastic. It’s the only reason we aren’t going back. we did the regular suite and it was just fine, not worth the $1,000 upgrade. Everything else was great, it just wasn’t 5 star dining. They have 7 different restaurants and most are ho-hum. My “filet mignon” was more like sirloin, etc. You catch the drift. Shrimp curry from the asian place? Like something I’d make at home. Breakfast buffet was fab. I ate fruit+bread every day. Coffee is a little lackluster but i’m a coffee snoot. My husband ate lots of the hot bacon, eggs, etc and some he liked and some he thought tasted a little different. They don’t keep their milk or yogurt on ice as well as we do in America though, so lots of the guests said don’t eat/drink that. Warm milk doesnt’ do it for me. Oo food on the beach was good though! They have a bbq every day for lunch. Paella one day, burgers the next, etc. Drinks are all fantastic, too.

Also, every couple we met dealt with some food poisoning. DO NOT brush your teeth with the water. My husband did and got sick. They tell you you can though. A travel agent we met said this was a common problem in the Dominican. He also ate some uncooked eggs by accident (check your omelets really good) but everyone else we talked to had it worse! But we met people from other resorts that had a stomach bug, too, like Dreams. They all had diahhrea and were throwing up for about half their honeymoon. No, it wasn’t the pina coladas. Something in the food. He just had some stomach cramps but it was a major damper on it all. He wasn’t fun in the evenings, catch my drift? The cleaning solution they use in the rooms is a little stinky in the evenings, but that wasn’t too big of a deal.

Over all, a great trip, don’t get me wrong. Romantic, relaxing, etc. But due to the food not being quite our thing (it’s fancy, it’s pretty, it’s kinda boring and tastes like no big deal), we were advised towards the Riviera Maya next time for more “commercialized” foods. My parents always do Riu hotels and talk about how ridiculously good it is, but they’ll eat anything and pig out. Seriously, who doesn’t gain a bunch of weight from their honeymoon?! We didn’t. It wasn’t THAT good.

PM me if you want some more details about the hotel in general. We had a great time! Just don’t expect 5 star cuisine that wows your tastebuds. See, we did. And we have high expectations for food in general. The crepes and fish from the french restaurant were my favorite. Oh and their “vinaigrette” is really gross, stay away! Chunky and super sour.

Post # 5
235 posts
Helper bee

We stayed at the Riu in Punta Cana once and it was awesome.  While we were there they were just opening a newer Riu right next door and it looked soooo nice.  It might be worth a google search to see what its like.  The food and the staff were awesome as were the beaches and resort.

Post # 6
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I actually went there with three gfriends for a getaway a few years back.  Gorgeous resort, we enjoyed the all inclusive nature, but have to agree, food was ‘eh’, but hey, it’s all inclusive!   🙂

Other than that though, we didn’t run into any problems with food poisoning, but did stick to only bottled water.

Here are some pics I could dig up that show the resort.  Pls don’t judge the bathing suit shot- it was a long day of drinking ‘blue lagoons’ in the pool.  lol, but you can see the patios and stuff are really nice.

I would definitely return- price was great, it was fun, and it would be perfect for a couple.

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Post # 7
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oo if you want to see any pics from our honeymoon (of literally EVERYTHING), PM me and I’ll shoot you the link to our shutterfly site. Virtual vacation!

My parents are in the Riu right now. They always rave about the food. I think the man and I will do Riu next or the Secrets resorts.


Post # 8
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We stayed at the Excellence Playa Mujeres and we LOVED it.  I’ve heard wonderful things about all of the Excellence Resorts.  

I don’t know if you’re dead set on going to the one in Punta Cana, but if you’d like to check out my trip advisor review on the property you can do so here

All inclusives are the way to go!  Good luck planning the honeymoon!

Post # 9
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

So happy to hear these stories – hubbie and I are honeymooning there in 2 weeks!

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