Why Go To: Excellence El Carmen
The brand-new Excellence El Carmen, located on a beautiful, palm-tree strewn stretch of golden-sand beach, will wow you with it’s 23 pools, world-class spa, lush landscaping and contemporary tropical architecture.
With its simple, unfussy but still elegant décor, the Excellence El Carmen delivers the same superior level of service and, well, ‘excellence’, that you’ve come to expect from the Excellence Resorts brand.
This adults-only paradise features 12 gourmet restaurants and 16 bars, giving you plenty of opportunities to grab a cocktail, make new friends, and enjoy some of the finest cuisine in the Caribbean!
Fun Things To Do:
- Hop on a bicycle and enjoy a bi-lingual bicycle tour
- Take an introductory scuba class in the pool
- Work off that buffet breakfast with some dance lessons
- Get your Zen on with some beachside Yoga
All rooms/suites feature these standard amenities, additional amenities and features per room type are shown in the room type descriptions below.
- L-Shaped sofa bed
- Oversize Jacuzzi for two
- Expansive private balcony or terrace with comfortable lounge furniture
- Full bathroom with a rain shower for two, double vanity, hair dryer, scale, make-up desk, VIP toiletries, & cordless phone
- Bathrobe & slippers for use during your stay
- Interactive media 46” flat-screen TV
- Air conditioning with in-room climate control
- Direct-dial telephone
- Free wireless Internet
- Radio / alarm clock
- Electronic in-room safe (laptop size)
- Espresso machine
- Stocked mini bar with beer, juices, soft drinks, water and snacks
- In-room premium liquor & wine bottle selection
- 24-hour room service
- Service box for room service
- Iron and ironing board
- Pillow menu
- Turn-down service and hotel stationery
- Concierge service from 7am through 11pm
Rooms: (500 - Note: EC is Excellence Club)
- Jr Suite Pool View - Spacious Junior Suites (800 sq ft) with one King bed or two double beds. L-Shaped sofa bed with an expansive private balcony or terrace with comfortable lounge furniture with oversize Jacuzzi for two.
- Suite Pool View - These suites offer an upgraded level of privacy, featuring a separate bedroom with a King Bed and double size balconies. Room features sames amenities as the Jr Suite Pool View.
- Jr Swim-Up Suite Pool View - These spacious (950 sq ft) suites are located on the ground floor, offering direct access to a private pool connected to building's main pool. One King Bed and additional amenities include a furnished terrace with a lounge bed, 2 sun beds and a swan-neck Spa Jet. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- Jr Suite Ocean View - Spacious Jr Suites (800 sq ft) with Ocean View. L-Shaped sofa bed with an expansive private balcony or terrace with comfortable lounge furniture with oversize Jacuzzi for two. King bed. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- Honeymoon Suite - These spacious (1100 sq ft) 1 bedroom suite offers a separate living room area, an oversize jacuzzi for two, plus an expansive private terrace with comfortable lounge furniture. Room features same amenities as the Jr Suite Pool View. King Bed. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- Suite w/Private Pool & Garden w/Pool View - These 2000 sq ft (900 room + 1,100 exterior) are perfect for guests looking for their own private garden & pool. Located on the ground floor this category offers a one-bedroom suite with separate living area and double acces to exterior pool & deck, the same amenities as the Jr Suite Pool View, plus a 800 sq ft private garden and a 400 sq ft pool, 2 sun beds and a furnished terrace. King bed. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- EC Jr Suite Ocean View - The 800 sq ft Excellence Club Jr Suites offer breathtaking ocean view, plus all exclusive services and amenities from the Excellence Club, as well as all amenities from Jr Suite Pool View. King bed. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- EC Jr Swim-Up Suite - These suites offer the same amenities as the POOL JUNIOR SWIM-UP SUITE plus all the exclusive services and amenities from the Excellence Club. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- EC 2-Story Rooftop Terr w/Plunge Pool Ocean View - These romantic suites offer ocean views, spacious 1600 sq ft divided in two floors (800 sq. ft each.) a private rooftop terrace with a plunge pool and comfortable lounge furniture, plus the exclusive benefits from our Excellence Club. King bed. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- EC Honeymoon Swim-Up Suite - These spacious (1100 sq ft) suites feature a separate living room area, an oversize jacuzzi for two, plus an expansive private terrace with comfortable lounge furniture and direct access to semi-private pool connected to main building´s pool. These suites enjoy all amenities as the Jr Suite Pool View, plus the exclusive benefits of the Excellence Club.
- EC Honeymoon 2-Story Rooftop Terr w/Plunge Pool OV - These extra spacious (2500 sq ft) suites feature breathtaking views to the Caribbean Sea, a separate living room area, an oversize jacuzzi for two, plus an expansive roof top private terrace with a plunge pool and comfortable lounge furniture. These suites have all amenities as the Jr Suite Pool View, plus the exclusive benefits of the Excellence Club. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- EC Beachfront Honeymoon Swim-Up Suite - These spacious (1000 sq ft) suites are located right on the beach with impressive ocean-front views. They feature a separate living room area, an oversize jacuzzi for two, plus an expansive private terrace with comfortable lounge furniture and direct access to semi-private pool connected to main building's pool. These suites also enjoy all amenities as the Jr Suite Pool View, plus the exclusive benefits of the Excellence Club. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- EC Bchfrnt Hnymn 2-Story Rooftop Terr w/Plunge Pool - These extra spacious (1800 sq ft) suites, located right on the beach with impressive ocean front views, feature a separate living room area, an oversize jacuzzi for two, an expansive roof top private terrace with a plunge pool and comfortable lounge furniture. These suites have the amenities and services from the Jr. Suite Pool View, plus the exclusive benefits of the Excellence Club. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- EC Imperial Suite with Private Pool - This luxurious beachfront 1-bedroom suite offers 1700 sq ft of interior space plus a private garden with a large pool. Includes a separate bedroom, a full living room, a bar, a separate WC at living room and the bedroom, plus all the amenities and services from the Excellence Club Jr Suite Ocean View. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- EC Imperial Suite 2-Story Rooftop Terr w/Plunge Pool - This luxurious beachfront 1-bedroom suite offers 3400 sq ft divided in two floors. At the ground floor you will find a full living room, a bar, a separate WC at living room and the bedroom, plus all the amenities and services from the Excellence Club Jr Suite Ocean View. The Rooftop terrace features a plunge pool, lounge bed and a sofa area. Max Occupancy: 2 adults.
- Agave - Open from 6:00pm -10:30 pm. Agave features authentic Mexican food and Tex-Mex favorites like burritos and fajitas -- as mild as you like or as spicy as you can handle. The menu is filled with delicacies from the land and sea, grilled, sautéed or marinated. Your choice of romantic indoor seating or outdoors under the moonlight in the hacienda-style courtyard. Tableside mariachi entertainment completes your perfect Mexican evening. Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance (see below).
- Basmati - Open from 06:00pm - 10:30 pm. Basmati specializes in the regional dishes of India’s North-West frontier, mixing up tangy herbs, spices and cooking techniques against a dramatic and romantic backdrop. Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance (see below).
- Chez Isabelle - Open from 6:00pm - 10:30 pm. Dinner at Chez Isabelle, Excellence El Carmen's signature French restaurant, is as alluring as a night in Paris. You’ll feel transported from Punta Cana to the Left Bank as you choose among savory hors d’oeuvres, mouth-watering entrees and desserts that live up to the French culinary heritage. Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating in a plush and romantic atmosphere. Live music nightly enhances the ambiance. Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance (see below).
- The Grill - Lunch open from 12:00pm -6:00 pm, Dinner open from 6.30 pm-11:00 pm. For lunch, The Grill at Excellence El Carmen serves up an a la carte menu of hearty salads, sandwiches, burgers and wraps in a giant thatch-roof palapa. For an alfresco dinner, the sizzle of prime steaks, chicken and shrimp searing on an open flame tips you off that you’re in for an exceptional meal. Lunch Dress Code: Casual, Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance (see below).
- Flavor Market - Open from 6:00pm - 12:00am. Try something different for dinner. Small plates deliver big flavor in this cozy gourmet restaurant. Order from an extensive menu of tapas dishes paired with premium wines recommended by their sommelier. Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance (see below).
- The Lobster House - Breakfast open from 08:00am - 12:00pm, Lunch from 12:30pm - 3:00pm, and Dinner rom 6:00 pm -11:00pm. Beneath an open-air thatch-roof palapa that bridges the main pool, The Lobster House serves up tasty a la carte dishes for breakfast and lunch. For dinner, the glow of soft lanterns and the reflection of our meandering pool turn the restaurant into a wonderful atmosphere for all things lobster. This is the place in Punta Cana to sample exquisite shellfish dishes prepared to your tastes. Breakfast and Lunch Dress Code: Casual, Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance (see below).
- Spice - Open from 6:00pm - 10:30pm. Step into the world of pan-Asian delights with exotic specialties from Japan, China, Vietnam and Thailand. Enjoy a romantic table for two or casual seating at the sushi bar. If you like Japanese iron griddle cooking, cozy Teppanyaki rooms are the place to delight your taste buds and your senses as talented chefs prepare your meal right in front of you. Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance (see below).
- Oregano - Open from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. A popular trattoria-style restaurant serving simple but delicious fare including pizza--from traditional to unpredictable--calzones, pastas and a selection of sweet treats. Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance (see below).
- Toscana - Breakfast open from 8:00am - 12:00pm, Lunch open from 12:30pm - 3:00pm. Delight in the fine cuisine of the buffet art. Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance (see below).
- Sports Bar (Snacks) - Lunch open from 3:30pm - 5:30 pm, Dinner open from 6:00pm - 10:30pm. It’s the place to watch the big game on the big screen. Enjoy full bar service along with a snack menu.
- Exellence Club Restaurant - Breakfast open from 7:00am - 11:00am, Dinner open from 6:00pm - 10:30pm. The unique restaurant for Excellence Club guests only. Enjoy a wondrous meal with your loved one. Breakfast and Lunch Dress Code: Casual, Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance (see below).
- Las Olas - Snack grill located on the beach, open from 12:00pm - 03:00pm. Enjoy the ocean, sun and a bite at Las Olas snack grill. Located on the beach with selection of fast food, salads, wood-oven pizzas and grilled favorites.
- Pool & Beach Service - Nothing quite says indulgence like beachside dining right from the comfort of your chaise lounge. Enjoy an extensive selection of snacks, entrees and beverages -- with the soundtrack of lapping waves and the scent of salt-air breezes. For an unforgettable evening, amp up the romance with a private dinner on the beach, and see how magical a décor of sand, stars and sea can be.
- Room Service - Spoil yourself with our delicacies even after midnight. In addition to the restaurants, snack bars and lounges, gourmet room service is available 24 hours a day at Excellence El Carmen. Treat yourself to breakfast in bed or a picnic lunch on your private terrace. They deliver no matter when the hunger pangs hit. Room service including alcoholic beverages and wine is included in your Excellence El Carmen stay, along with a fully stocked mini bar offering unlimited juices, soft drinks and premium alcoholic beverages. ***
- DRESS CODES:
- Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance - This means: For Gentlemen: Long pants, dress short, Capri pants, collar shirt. For Ladies: Long pants, Capri pants, skirt, blouse. Casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn. T-shirts, tank tops, shorts or beach sandals are not allowed.
- Breakfast and Lunch Dress Code: Casual - This means: Shorts, Bermudas, sarong and t-shirts welcome. Tank tops, wet clothes or swimsuits not allowed.
- Martini Bar - Located in the central building next to the lobby. Hours: 9:00am - 12:00am
- Aire Bar - Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm
- Cielo Bar - Located in the exclusive Excellence Club pool area. Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm
- Blue Bar - Swimup bar located the main pool area. Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Stars Bar - Located in the theater. Hours: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
- La Habana Bar - A plush setting to kick back with a premium cigar and spirits.
- Sol Bar - Hours: 9:00am - 11:00pm
- Sports Bar - Located in the main lobby near the Martini Bar. Hours: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
- Excellence Club Bar - Exclusively for Excellence Club guests.
- Revive Bar - Juice bar located at the pool around the hotel gardens. Offers a variety of natural juices prepared with fresh fruits and natural yogurt. Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm
- Aroma - Coffee bar with fresh oven-baked breads, pastries, and desserts along with a frothy capuccino or an espresso. Hours: 7:00am - 10:00pm
- Las Olas Bar - Located on the beach. Hours: 11:00am - 4:00pm
- Alegria Bar - Disco bar with a DJ. Hours: 10:00pm - 2:00am
- Palms Bar - Located in the Excellence Club pool area. Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm
- Xlounge Bar - Outdoor deck bar near the main pool and beach. Hours: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
- ART DECÓ Piano Bar/Cigar bar with an open-air smoking lounge. Hours: 7:00pm - 12:00am
- "Theme" nights as well as nightly entertainment, and live music on certain nights at some of the bars.
- horseback riding (30 min. included per person per stay)
- fitness classes
- Spanish lessons
- dancing lessons
- cooking lessons
- beach volleyball
- paddle tennis
- table tennis
- board games
- air rifle shooting
- In addition to the opportunity for some great wet-and-wild times afforded by their 23 pools, Excellence El Carmen also offers:
- snorkeling gear
- water aerobics
- introductory scuba lessons
- scuba diving with instruction*
- deep sea fishing* *Additional costs may apply.
- Mille Spa at Excellence El Carmen has 7 indoor treatment rooms, a bride's room with treatment area and shower, and 'Spa Suites' designed for couples with a hydrotherapy tub and shower, and an outdoor oceanfront treatment area so you can enjoy a massage on the beach.
A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub, a steam room, and Turkish bath/hammam, as well as a full hydrotherapy circuit.
The Spa is also where you'll find a fully-equipped Fitness Center, a Beauty Salon, and a Wellness Classroom.
Available treatments include:
- Hot stone massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Swedish massage
- Prenatal massage
- Sports massage
- Massages on beach
- Manicures and pedicures
- Body wraps
- Secluded powdery sand beach
- 23 swimming pools
- 9 outdoor Jacuzzis
- 12 international restaurant options--(no reservations required)
- 16 bars including poolside and beachside
- 24-hour room service
- Pool and beach waiter service
- Free Wi-Fi
- Fully equipped fitness centre
- Tennis courts including one multi-sports court
- Jogging course
- Use of snorkeling gear
- Introductory scuba lessons
- Table tennis, darts
Groups & Events:
- Excellence El Carmen offers 4,800 square feet of dedicated indoor meeting and event space. The Grand Ballroom features 2,700 square feet of flexible area that can be subdivided in three separate spaces. The resort boasts impressive outdoor venues for poolside receptions and cocktail events, including 10,000 square feet of oceanfront terraces and a spectacular stretch of beach for private cocktail parties.
- Stress disappears as soon as you step off the plane in Punta Cana and see the thatched (grass) roof on top of the airport. But don’t let this native look fool you, the newly renovated airport boasts air conditioning in many sections, and is very easy to navigate. Plus, there’s lots of friendly staff around to help you.
- After you exit customs, continue along the hallway and you will be greeted by the kiosks of the various tour companies. You want Olympus Tours. At their desk, they will take your information and lead you right out to the vans that will take you to Excellence. It is very easy and efficient.
- Excellence El Carmen is 35 miles north of the Punta Cana airport and currently driving time is about 30 - 40 minutes, and you will get a lovely view of the Punta Cana countryside along the way.
The Fine Print:
- Check in: 3:00pm / Checkout: 12:00pm
- Adults-Only resort - minimum age for guests is 18
- Photo ID and Credit Card or Cash Deposit Required at check-in for incidental charges
- No Pets or Service Animals allowed
- Special Requests are based on availability and are not guaranteed