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Hotel Excellence Punta Cana Hotel 5 star
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Playas Uvero Alto 22 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic -
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Located on the isolated beach of Uvero Alto, in the far north of the seaside resort of Punta Cana, the Excellence Punta Cana is a luxury suite-only resort with an all-inclusive package, nestling in the heart of luxuriant vegetation. This hotel is recommended more for adults than for families, as it has a discotheque and casino, but no mini-club. It is an ideal destination for honeymooning couples. Its name does not flatter to deceive: there really is a certain excellence.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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    Location 4.78 /10

    The Excellence Punta Cana is located on Uvero Alto beach, from where you can admire the Central Cordillera. It is at the far north of Punta Cana, the centre of tourism in the country, with its 25 mi of beaches. The location is between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, on the south-east coast of the Dominican Republic, 37.5 mi from the lively town of Higuey (1 hour away). The picturesque village of El Macao, home to farmers and ranchers, is a few miles south of the complex. You should allow 20 minutes to get there by car, due to the bad condition of the road network. Punta Cana airport is a good hour's drive away (about 37 mi), and La Romana airport is two hours away. Santo Domingo airport is located four hours away by taxi (128 mi).

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The Excellence Punta Cana only has suites. With colonial-style shades of white and yellow, they are spacious and well decorated, and include all the most modern fittings. They have tiled floors and naif paintings on the walls, a satellite television (35 channels) with DVD, a free safe, discreet individual air conditioning and a roof fan, a mini-bar/fridge, a tea and coffee kit, an umbrella, an iron and ironing board, telephone, free Wi-Fi internet connection, a king-size four-poster bed, a desk, armchair, and round wooden table. The swimming-pool can be reached directy from the fitted terrace and garden (with a hammock, in some rooms). The bathroom is spacious, clean, and well decorated. It has a large jacuzzi bath set between two columns, with two large terracotta vases on the edge, a shower and separate toilet, hospitality products, tissues, a hair-dryer, magnifying mirror, scales, bathrobes and slippers - top class! Room service is available 24 hours a day.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Opened in 2001 and renovated in 2007, the Excellence Punta Cana is a superb luxury resort that has been well incorporated into a lush setting. It is decorated with numerous pools, fountains and travellers' trees, and is home to parrots and pink flamingos. The colonial style can even be seen in the hotel staff, who wear colonial hats. The 452 suites are spread over 11 two-storey buildings served by a lift. Accessible from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, the three swimming-pools are surrounded by sun decks with showers, deck chairs, sunshades, and king-size mattresses, under a straw roof supported by columns. The overall decoration evokes ancient Greek and Roman temples. Decorated with a waterfall, the main swimming-pool has a poolside bar and a small island with a coconut tree. It is crossed by wooden bridges, and runs along the whole length of the hotel! There is also a giant chessboard.

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    As well as the main buffet, the Excellence Punta Cana has eight "à la carte" restaurants and ten bars! Unlike the majority of the hotels in Punta Cana, you do not need to make a reservation for the "à la carte" restaurants in the evening. And you have a great deal to choose from! There is Chez Isabelle, a French restaurant in a romantic setting, or the Mexican restaurant, set a real little castle, with courtyard and brick archways. Otherwise, choose between the Italian, Mediterranean, Japanese, or seafood restaurants, or the pizzeria. Under a straw roof by the beach and swimming-pool is an "à la carte" grill restaurant for the lunchtime and evening meals.

    Spa 8.2 /10

    Spread over two levels, the spa has a pleasant relaxation area decorated with fountains and greenery and a wooden terrace. It has a sauna, a steam bath, a whirlpool bath, a cold water pool, and massage rooms where Phytomer cosmetic products are used.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    Unlike Bavaro Beach, Uvero Alto is not protected by a coral reef, but is completely unspoilt, with barely a footprint to be seen, and it is quiet (motorboat activity is prohibited). It is a superb beach of fine white sand shaded by high coconut trees, with deck chairs and palm leaf sunshades placed here and there among tall bushes and, an absolute must, hammocks, which are ideal for resting in and having a little siesta on the beach! You can play beach volleyball, beach soccer and French bowls in between swims in turquoise and clear water. A water sports club offers non-motorised activities (snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, and wind-surfing). When you start feeling peckish, you can have paella and fajitas on the beach.

    To know

    Members of the Excellence club have a VIP area with a chic gourmet buffet, a large plasma screen television, free internet access, a bar, library, and newspapers. Spread over two levels, the spa has a pleasant relaxation area decorated with fountains and greenery, and a wooden terrace. It has a sauna, a steam bath, a whirlpool bath, a cold water pool, and massage rooms which uses Phytomer cosmetic products. There is also a fitness room with cutting-edge equipment and a room dedicated to yoga and dance lessons. If you like sport, there is also a squash court and a 1,991 ft jogging track. Watch out for falling coconuts on the beach!

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, (paying), beauty salon, sauna, hammam, stretching, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, volleyball, beach volley, basketball, horse riding, mountain bike, sailing, kayak, dance, step, bums and tums, archery, squash, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The beach
    • The spa
    • Comfortable and charming rooms
    • The arrangement and lush setting

    disadvantages

    • Difficult to access
    • Far from the airport
    • The lack of Dominican life in Punta Cana
    • The distances
    • The hammocks on the beach

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