For those of you that have been following me for a while you would have seen updates of our last holiday to Excellence El Carmen in the Domincan Republic – we had the most amazing time!
From the moment we arrived at the gates and were greeted with delicious champagne (even better tasting than the EPM one!) and an ice cold towel we knew we were in for a treat. We were immediately whisked off to the Excellence lounge for a relaxed check-in and then escorted to our room. Our booking with Blue Bay included a free upgrade to a 2 storey roof top terrace suite – this was the first time in this room category for us and was incredible! The room had the most breath-taking views and the rooftop plunge pool was where we spent half of our trip relaxing. The decor in the room was much more modern than EPM with clean crisp lines but at the same time maintaining a luxury Carribean feel – I’d highly recommend that room type to anyone looking at this resort!
We had 7 fantastic meals during our stay at Agave, Basmati, Chez Isabelle, The Grill, Spice, Magna and Oregano – we love the choice of restaurants and food at Excellence resorts, there was always something on the menu that appealed and every dish we had was delicious! Particular favourites included beef tenderloin at Chez Isabelle, cylinder-shaped lamb at Magna and tamualipas at Agave.
The newsletter always contains daily spa deals, which we redeemed early on for a Miile Couples Massage – the spa is definitely worth a visit! Every massage included a free hydrotherapy circuit too, we were led around a series of areas from the usual steam room, sauna and water jets to buckets of freezing water, a rock walkway with jets and a mini head massage to finish –and all of that before we had even started our massage! The massage itself was incredible, like nothing we’ve ever experienced in the UK, so much so that I even drifted off the sleep a few times before catching myself! On the subject of massages, we also wondered along the beach to a highly recommended little shop called Tropical Treasure, which had a large selection of souvenirs as well as reasonably priced massages on the beach front – we got some lovely bits to take home!
During the day the resort looked half empty but in the evening when everyone gathered at the Theatre for the nightly show it was clear to see just how full they were – that’s another thing we love about Excellence resorts, they are always so brilliantly laid out that you never feel it’s overcrowded and you have so many options of how to spend your day to suit everyone. The evening shows were entertaining, we particularly enjoyed the fire show, magic show and circus show.
Another thing that Excellence resorts do well is making their visitors feel special, to which Excellence El Carmen was no exception, small things like when the staff remember your names or your favourite drinks, to special chocolate platters and drinks being sent to your room unexpectedly– it’s these little touches that made this trip exceptional for us and we cannot wait to return again! If you’re looking for a beautiful resort in the Dominican Republic with lots of added extras then look no further.
- Make sure you try a few treats from Aroma – ice-creams, muffins, pastries galore!
- Try the Lobster House or Oregano for lunch, they have different menus than for dinner
- Head over to Las Olas on the beach for delicious stone fired pizzas!
- Relax on the Sky bar for beautiful views of the ocean during the day and stunning views of the stars at night
- Ask Aurelio at the Martini bar for some mini beer shots to start your evening!
- Learn a few basic Spanish words/phrases – the staff love when you try some Spanish with them
- The daily events board is located near the Theatre and includes more than the newsletters, be sure to check this daily
We booked a package deal through Blue Bay Travel (aka Caribbean Warehouse).
You can read this full review over on the Blue Bay Blog:
The grounds were just stunning, everywhere was perfectly manicured and looked liked a dream! These were the views from our breath-taking suite – we had a 2 storey roof-top terrace with our own private plunge pool, definitely an unforgettable experience!
These are the super cute surprises we received from the resort – those cocktails were even brought to our rooftop unexpectedly and that chocolate platter was delicious!
For anyone looking for an adults-only luxury destination with lots of added extras, we would highly recommend having a look at Excellence El Carmen!
The beach was beautiful and despite the fact we had gone shortly after a horrendous storm had ripped across the Dominican Republic, there was very little evidence of that as the staff worked tirelessly to put it back to normal.
We also had the absolute pleasure of meeting a fellow instagrammer – Lindamyhomestyle16 and spent many fantastic evenings eating, drinking and talking away!
We’ve visited their sister resort Excellence Playa Mujeres 4 times and already have our 5th trip back booked too – I’ll add another review up about that one at some point too – we even had our honeymoon there and it’s officially our favourite place in the whole world!
One last thing, Excellence are also opening another brand new resort in Jamaica next year which we also have our eye on so watch this space for more paradise photos!
Lots of Love