So my guess is that its totally possible that right now you are sitting at your desk, possibly looking out the window like I am at SNOW! Ugh that’s right friends, its January, the end of the holiday season and the beginning of the cold and dreary winter. What sounds better than jetting off to Punta Cana right about now? While I can’t offer you a trip there, I can invite you to read the perfect blog post for a blustery morning like today! Remember Jackie and Matt? They got married back in August and graciously offered to be the first guest blogger for my honeymoon series! I know this is a huge decisions for my couples to make, where to go, what to do, all-inclusive or no? So many questions to ask! Well, hopefully this guest blog by Jackie and Matt will help make some of your honeymoon decisions for you! Oh, and help you dream of sunny skies, blue water and sandy toes!
When planning for our honeymoon, my only requirements were all inclusive and adults only. I naively thought that would help to narrow down our choices, but I was wrong. We were overwhelmed with pictures of beautiful beaches, nice restaurants, and awesome rooms. After looking online at resorts, we realized we needed help, so we booked an appointment at AAA. The woman who worked with us was extremely helpful, but we still felt we needed more guidance. We reached out to all of our married friends and asked them if they liked their honeymoon destination. Surprisingly, a lot of them had gone to Exellence Punta Cana and loved it. We were sold. Matt booked another appointment with AAA and we had the honeymoon checked off the list!
The rooms options included either ocean view or garden view with a price difference of a couple hundred dollars. From reading reviews on TripAdvisor (definitely a great resource), I learned that the ocean view wasn’t really worth it, so we went with the garden view. The resort offered an upgrade package called the Excellence Club which included premium alcohol in the room, a club lounge, a private beach, and an upgraded room service menu. We decided since it was our honeymoon to go for it, and we were so happy that we did.
When we arrived at the resort, we were welcomed with the staff saying, “Welcome Home” and offering us glasses of champagne. We probably looked so lame with our cheesy smiles staring at the beautiful resort as we were taken to our private check in the Excellence Club. We were taken to our room after being offered more champagne and some snacks. Our room was clean and well-kept and looked out onto a beautiful garden.
Another one of the reasons we picked Excellence was their restaurant selection. The resort has 8 restaurants. Matt can be a bit of a picky eater, so we knew we would want a lot of selection in case he didn’t like something. The food was definitely our biggest disappointment of the resort. Matt and I would describe it as “ehh” or just a little off. Nothing was horrible or anything, but everything was just a little bit off. After coming back, a lot of people told us they thought the same thing and it is just something you deal with when going to a Caribbean resort.
We spent our days on these giant beds in the Excellence Club private beach area. Matt and I said numerous times that the beds were worth the extra money for the Excellence Club. They were comfy and covered, which was perfect for me and my paleness! They even had waiters come around and get you drinks, which was awesome. The water was rough and they had a red flag up all the days we were there, but it really was similar to the East Coast beaches. The resort also had two large pools. One pool ran parallel to the beach and along the entire resort and the other pool was tucked away with a waterfall.
Overall, we would recommend Excellence Punta Cana to other couples looking for somewhere to go for their honeymoon with a warning of the food not being the best. All of the staff spoke English and were extremely nice. The resort was clean and beautiful.
Some photos from Jackie and Matt