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Secrets Excellence Resort in Punta Cana

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A June 2003 trip to Punta Cana by Cantin2

Secrets Excellence Punta Cana Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: We generally are not fans of all-inclusives. We feel that you miss out on the local flavor of the country. Since Punta Cana is a newly developed resort area it lacks shops, restaurants, clubs, bars, discos, and convenient transportation. All-inclusive is the only way to go.

Secrets Excellence Punta Cana

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Hotel | "Secrets Excellence Resort"

Secrets Excellence Punta Cana Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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After an hour's drive through the rolling green countryside in an A/C van, we are greeted with lush landscaping, ponds with flamingos and ducks and a huge open air lobby with more ponds and waterfalls. This is Secrets Excellence!! An adults-only all-inclusive resort on a long palm fringed beach. The resort feels like a small village. It has a square with daytime activities and nightime music or entertainment. Accommodations are spacious - a canopied king or two queen beds, rattan sofa and chair. All have balconies and some patios even sport a hammock. A large Jacuzzi tub for two separates the sleeping area from the dressing area. Amenities include A/C, coffee maker, minibar, safe, ceiling fa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Secrets Excellence Punta Cana
Playas Uvero Alto
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
809-685-9880

Mediterranean Seafood Grill

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Mediterranean Seafood Grill Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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This restaurant exudes atmosphere -- the Mediterranean Seafood Grill is an open air palapa restaurant facing the ocean. Tablecloths -- even at lunch time -- and comfortable cushioned rattan chairs makes lingering over another glass of wine very easy. It's worth waiting for the outside row of tables. Having lunch here feels as though you may be in Tahiti -- gentle breezes -- your table overlooks the dunes and you see the tops of the beach palapas and the ocean beyond. Could also give you the feeling of a European cafe on the Mediterranean with folks strolling by hand in hand. The grill menu features, shrimp, lobster, calamari, grouper, tuna, clams, salmon or veggies. Whatever the fisher...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2003

Mediterranean Seafood Grill
Secrets Excellence Resort
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Quisqueya Restaurant

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Restaurant

Quisqueya Restaurant Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Quiqueya is Secrets candle-lit gourmet restaurant available by reservation only. It's a small A/C restaurant with a continental menu. You'll find mostly tables for two -- no loud groups here. Reservations can only be made from 3-5pm daily. If the times are not convenient for that particular day, you will be given a reservation for the next day at your choice of time. The service is leisurely and formal but enjoyable since a pianist provides background music. Men are required to wear long pants and collared shirts -- these well dressed people and the music create a "supper club" atmosphere. Lobster bisque and hearts of palm salad were savored bite by bite. The loin of lamb was...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2003

Quisqueya Restaurant
Secrets Excellence Resort
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Texas Steakhouse

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Restaurant

Texas Steakhouse Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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This open air palapa over the pool is accessed via a bridge. It's worth waiting -- at the long bar -- for a prized table. These are on an elevated area on stilts over the pool. It's quiet, breezy and not "buggy" (mosquitoes are pesky after a shower). A casual lunch menu has choices of 1/2 pound beef burgers (very popular), veggie burgers, fajitas, quesidillas, shish-Kebab(delicious and tender) wings and ribs complemented by a self-serve salad and dessert bar. Flickering candlelight and tablecloths transforms the mood of the steak house at night. You are also entertained by the music that drifts over from the evening entertainment in the nearby square. Five types of US Choice ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Texas Steakhouse
Secrets Excellence Resort
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

A few tips to enhance your stay

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1. Don't bother to fill out the immigration forms at the airport -- they don't care about them, so just go to the head of the line. 2. Don't forget sunscreen and bug repellent with at least 20% DEET -- Off Deep Woods is good (you may need it after a rain shower) -- but basically they've taken care of their "bug problem". 3. Be prepared to wait for your room. Pack a bathing suit and cover up in your carry-on. Change and head for an open-air restaurant for shrimp or steak rather than the buffet that you'll be directed to. 4. All rooms are basically similar. If you're on a budget, the garden rooms are fine -- water fountains, beautiful plants, and flowers. 5. Bu...Read More