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Best all inclusive resort in Punta Cana for foodies?

m3tan Aug 10, 2012 12:41 PM

Hi, we're planning a trip to the Domincan Republic and plan to stay at an all inclusive resort in Punta Cana. Never done an all inclusive before and the thing that makes me most nervous is the food. My wife and I are foodies and have always felt that the dining on cruises and guided tours are awful and had much better experiences when we venture off for ourselves. Are there any all inclusives that someone can recommend for those with more discriminating taste? And to clarify we're not looking for fine dining (we have two young kids and don't mind casual). We just want real food, not starchy buffet food - and if it's local cuisine, it should be true to the local recipes, not "Americanized" and blanded down. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Dax RE: m3tan Jan 2, 2013 02:40 PM

    Did you already go? What resort did you choose and/or how was it food-wise? We are going in March to the Excellence Punta Cana.

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      JennS RE: Dax Jan 26, 2013 12:30 PM

      We stayed at the Excellence in 2008 as well. We chose it because it had the best ratings of the all-inclusives. Unfortunately then we found the food to be decent at best. We didn't eat outside of the resort. We found the Asian restaurant on the property and the afternoon pizza to be our favorites. The breakfast buffet was massive and full of options but we felt that the quality of the food -- even the fruit -- was pretty sad. I hope it's improved since then. It's a stunning resort and the service was wonderful. Please report back!

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      Camper2419 RE: m3tan Jan 2, 2013 02:53 PM

      I highly recommend the Excellence Resort - great food....but, I think most are adults only?

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        Dax RE: Camper2419 Jan 11, 2013 09:22 AM

        Camper, what all did the Excellence offer? Did you eat locally too?

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          Attknee RE: Dax Jan 16, 2013 11:30 AM

          Stayed at Excellence a few years ago, in 2008, so I might be a bit outdated. It was, at that time, not close to any other resorts so did not eat locally. As with most all inclusives, the food starts to taste the same as the week goes on, no matter which restaurant you eat in. I think that is because they use a common kitchen for many restaurants. However, based on my research at the time, you have picked the best resort in the area and I am sure you will have a great time.

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