Right in the heart of the Caribbean lies the stunning Dominican Republic. A blend of indigenous and Latin American cultures has created a perfect cocktail of Caribbean life here. The Dominican Republic is the picture-postcard of the Caribbean. Most of the resorts here are all-inclusive but there is so much to see and do outside of the resorts My husband Ronnie and I honeymooned here 3 years ago and if you are looking for a totally chilled out picture post card destination the Dominican Republic will not disappoint. We stayed in the All-Inclusive Excellence Punta Cana which is an adult only resort.
During our stay at Excellence Punta Cana, we stayed in a Junior Suite, which was extremely spacious. The rooms had a very traditional Caribbean feel with the dark wood on the roof, and pale wood on the furniture around the room. Stocked minibars have free beer, wine and snacks. Sparkling wine and fresh fruit are provided on arrival. Flat-screen TVs have a few English channels and Wi-Fi is free. A jetted bath tub was situated in the bedroom area, a real romantic touch.
Excellence has nine fabulous restaurants for dinner, one buffet restaurant, one beach snack grill. which served mouth-watering pizzas, burgers and tapas during the day. Each one of the restaurants (Mexican, Italian, Lobster House, Oriental to name but a few) has an extensive food and wine menu. All included in the price. Unlike many all-inclusive resorts the drinks served were premium brands.
There was an action-packed day for everybody if that was what you prefer from your holiday, or for people who wish to keep it more relaxing (this was us). Definitely a WOW factor for me during our stay was the beach, it was the biggest white sandy beach I had ever seen and with the most comfortable sun loungers ever. There were yoga classes to attend and the spa was amazing. The evening entertainment was like visiting the theatre every night! Whilst we were in The Dominican Republic we took some fabulous excursions. We explored the oldest city in the Americas on this walking tour of Santo Domingo. During this excursion we visited the 5th century colonial monuments, Las Damas Street and Diego Columbus Alcazar, the first cathedral built in the new world. We stopped by the National Presidential Palace and got fantastic views of downtown and shopped for souvenirs at the local markets.
Punta Cana River Horseback Riding and Zipline Tour: this incredible adventure paired horseback riding and ziplining for a day of adrenaline! We were kitted out and went on a trot with the horses through some of Punta Cana’s most stunning scenery as we made our way along the Anamya River. After finishing our horseback experience, we joined our guide at a cigar plantation before soaring through the treetops on an amazing zipline ride, it was something I had never done before, and it was a pure adrenaline rush. Worth doing!
Our last excursion was an all-day excursion to Sanoa Island. It was AMAZING! During the excursion, we went snorkelling and saw a variety of fish in the clearest water. We then took a speedboat to the middle of the ocean to a natural pool / sand bar. We were literally in an area where there is no land in sight and we are just standing in the water with it only coming up to maximum of our shoulders and that’s only if you start walking further. About midday we went to Sanoa Island (this is the island where Blue Lagoon was filmed). On this gorgeous island we had a delicious Dominican lunch and relaxed on the beach before returning to our resort.