Step inside a set of large striking black doors and find an ultra-contemporary and sophisticated premium All Inclusive beach hotel… welcome to the truly excellent Excellence El Carmen!
Want to know what a typical day looks like when staying at this five star adults-only property in the Dominican Republic? Let us show you…
Start with a tricky dilemma: where to eat breakfast? Will you head to the Lobster House to enjoy an a la carte menu, feeling the gentle sea breeze at this quaint al fresco restaurant close to the beach. Or will you sample the extensive buffet at the impressive Kitchen Table with its diverse range of fresh ingredients, many sourced locally.
Then it’s decision time again: to the beach or the pool? Take your pick of sun loungers on the 2,000 foot stretch of soft golden sands dotted with palm groves or laze beside one of the many swimming pools – unless you can be tempted to join one of the informal activities from guided bicycle rides through the surrounding countryside to snorkelling the waters.
When lunchtime comes around you’ll have a number of restaurants to choose from: will it be seafood, Italian of buffet dining? Or if you’re only feeling peckish, the trendy Food Shark, housed in a converted VW Campervan, offers burgers, tacos and light bites until 6PM. Spend a relaxed afternoon in the shade or in your suite – where the minibar is restocked daily – participating in the local pastime of an afternoon siesta; you’re in the Spanish Caribbean after all!
As the sun sets and evening creeps in head to the striking Martini Bar for pre-dinner cocktails, then take your time ‘window shopping’ which of the restaurants you’d like to eat at. Our recommendation is the pan-Asian culinary experience at Spice with its Teppanyaki stations making for a sociable atmosphere.
Love a bit of evening entertainment? You won’t be disappointed! The performances of the nightly shows are top quality, though the entertainment is not the main focus of the resort. If you would prefer to spend time in quieter areas just the two of you, you’ll find it very easy to do so.
And so to bed. After another day in paradise end the evening with a final tipple on your private patio before relaxing within the sumptuous interiors of your suite.