Puna Cana, Dominican Republic
A lot has changed in Punta Cana over the years. The arrival experience at the airport has changed for the better and taking advantage of the VIP experience is an excellent way to kick off a vacation. We checked out the adults-only Excellence El Carmen for the first time and it’s pretty hip. The only way to go is The Excellence Club. This level comes with a private check-in/check-out area, where you can unwind and partake in a variety of snacks, meals, and cocktails. Besides the private lounge where these activities take place, there is an exclusive restaurant for Excellence Club guests called Magna. Enjoy a private beach and pool areas, there’s a private concierge service available throughout the stay, a preferred room service menu with exclusive dining offerings, designer Bvlgari toiletries and, get this– upgraded in-room premium liquor. You get four bottles in the room, Johnny Walker, Bombay Sapphire, top local Barcelo rum, and Vodka. One bottle replenished daily, and feel free to take them all home. This is such a unique feature we had to let you know.
The stylish and sophisticated Excellence El Carmen is home to 173 Excellence Club suites out of 492 suites in total. This sounds like a lot of accommodations yet there’s so much space on the well-manicured, grounds of the resort that you feel a sense of space and tranquility at all times. Dining is diverse with 12 international dining offerings, you will want to leave room for a taste of them all. There’s an extra feeling of privacy with your own swim-up pool suite. Our insider tip is that you opt for beach-front when making your booking, it makes life so much easier when dashing from sand to pool and having as many freshly cut coconuts as you desire. Also remember to take full advantage of the spa as each Excellence Club guest has Included, one Aqua Wellness treatment per stay. Destressing will be a breeze at this resort, situated on the lovely island of the Dominican Republic. Be sure to keep the VIP experience going by upgrading your departure to the VIP lounge at Punta Cana International airport. You will thank us later, while you are watching the planes taxi to the gate while you sip one more tropical cocktail poolside overlooking the runways.
We love the Dominican Republic’s authenticity and natural beauty. The good news is that this resort sits on one of the island’s fabulous beaches and even with its modern architecture, the soul is strictly Dominican and the vibe is unmistakable.