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Weddings At Excellence El Carmen | Our Honest Review

Thinking about the Excellence El Carmen resort for your destination wedding?

Curious if it’s the right fit?

We’ve got you covered!

Our certified wedding specialists are sharing everything about this all-inclusive resort, including the pros and cons. 

Ready? Let’s check it out…

Excellence El Carmen is an adults-only resort boasting a pristine beachfront that’s straight out of a postcard.

We love the accommodations here – they’re swanky, with sleek designs, and many even come with private pools.

And the food? It’s a foodie’s dream come true, with restaurants dishing out everything from local to global cuisine.

beachfront palapa at excellence el carmen

But wait, there’s more! The entertainment options are fun, from live shows to beachside yoga sessions.

And if you’re into pampering (who isn’t?), the spa here is a sanctuary of peace.

But, Excellence El Carmen might not be the best pick for those seeking a bustling nightlife.

While the resort offers plenty of entertainment options, the surrounding area is more on the tranquil side.

Excellence El Carmen resort rolls out the red carpet for you with 3 fantastic wedding packages.

Whether you’re envisioning a cozy gathering or a lavish bash, they’ve got your back.

And you know what we find remarkable? Each package packs a punch with loads of goodies and services.

The 3 wedding packages include:

  1. Excellence – $850 for 10 guests
  2. Excellence Of Love – $1,500 for 20 guests 
  3. Gold Excellence – $2,400 for 20 guests 

Depending on the package, more guests can be invited for $10 to $45 per person.

bride groom and guests at beach wedding excellence el carmen

Excellence Of Love Wedding Package

Looking for that blend of romance, intimacy, and budget-friendliness for your destination wedding?

The Excellence Of Love package has your name written all over it.

For $1,500, you get:
  • On-site assistance by wedding coordinators.
  • Minister service (Symbolic Ceremony).
  • Beach venue or wedding gazebo.
  • Standard ceremony décor.
  • 1-hour cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres and open bar.
  • 3-hour private reception dinner.
  • Sparkling wine during dinner for main toast.
  • Wedding cake.
  • 4 boutonnières or corsages for the wedding party.
  • 20 digital full color photos (of the ceremony).
  • Complimentary honeymoon package.
  • and so much more!

Excellence El Carmen offers 5 charming venues.

A picture-perfect beach, elegant gazebos, and a magical ballroom – take your pick for your ‘I dos’!

1. Stone Gazebo

If you want a beautiful, tropical wedding that’s not on the beach, we recommend this venue.

  • Ceremony – up to 70 guests
  • Cocktail hour – up to 70 guests

stone gazebo venue at excellence el carmen

2. Beach Gazebo

Imagine saying ‘I do’ at this beautiful place!

It’s a favorite of our wedding specialists and couples. 

  • Ceremony – up to 70 guests
  • Cocktail hour – up to 70 guests
  • Reception – up to 70 guests

Beach Gazebo wedding venue at excellence el carmen

3. Beach

The beach venue is a hit with our couples wanting a wedding full of sandy toes, ocean breeze, and swaying palms.

  • Ceremony – up to 70 guests
  • Cocktail hour – up to 70 guests
  • Reception – up to 70 guests

beach wedding setup with bride groom and guests

4. Ballroom 

Although it’s classy and huge, we generally recommend the ballroom venue if you’re absolutely sure you want an indoors wedding. 

Or if you have a long guestlist.

  • Ceremony – up to 250 guests
  • Cocktail hour – up to 250 guests
  • Reception – up to 250 guests

ballroom at excellence el carmen

5. X Lounge Terrace

Perched on the resort’s rooftop, and with breathtaking views, this terrace is the perfect place for exchanging your vows under the stars.

  • Ceremony – up to 100 guests
  • Cocktail hour – up to 100 guests
  • Reception – up to 100 guests

X Lounge Terrace venue excellence el carmen

Excellence El Carmen warmly embraces same-sex weddings.

Your selected wedding package and venue can be customized to celebrate your love story.

lgbtq couple 2 bridesNeed help with documentation? Our certified wedding specialists can guide you every step of the way. 

A word of advice from our destination experts: The Dominican Republic is super warm and welcoming, but is also conservative.

While the locals are friendly, couples from the LGBTQ community might attract curious glances.

The 494 suites at Excellence El Carmen blend stylish design with top-notch luxury.

Expect perks like 24-hour room service, nightly turndown service, and personalized touches that’ll make it feel like your own space.

These thoughtfully designed suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows and furnished terraces, inviting you to soak in the outdoors.

Plus, oversized Jacuzzis, spa-like bathrooms, and plush bedding offer the ultimate relaxation.

Oh, did we mention that a few of the suites come with private pools?!

And if that’s not enough, you can upgrade to the Excellence Club and get elevated service and amenities.

swim-up suite at excellence el carmen

You get to choose from 9 suite categories…
  1. Junior Suite Pool View – 1 king size bed or 2 double beds
  2. Suite Pool View – 1 king size bed 
  3. Honeymoon Suite – 1 king size bed 
  4. Junior Suite Ocean View – 1 king size bed
  5. Terrace Suite With Plunge Pool – 1 king size bed 
  6. Junior Swim-Up Suite – 1 king size bed 
  7. Suite With Private Pool And Deck – 1 king size bed 
  8. Junior Suite With Private Pool – 1 king size bed
  9. Two-Story Rooftop Terrace Suite With Plunge Pool – 1 king size bed

For the wedding couple, we highly recommend the Suite With Private Pool And Deck!

suite with private pool excellence el carmen

The Suite With Private Pool And Deck’s a private oasis adorned with a garden and a fully-furnished terrace.

Here, relaxation meets luxury with a private pool, and round-the-clock room service.

The suite features separate living quarters, an oversized Jacuzzi for 2, and an inviting L-shaped sofa.

You also get a full marble bathroom equipped with a rain shower for 2, double vanities, and all the essentials from hair dryers to toiletries.

With a stocked minibar, premium liquor selection, espresso machine, and plush bathrobes, your comfort is curated to perfection.

We love the in-suite climate control and the pillow menu.

You’ve got a whopping 23 swimming pools here, including private pools.

The main pool’s right by the beach and offers breathtaking views.

Don’t miss the 9 hot water Jacuzzis, including 7 exclusively for Excellence Club guests.

Trust me, your stay’s going to be fantastic!

beach and pool at sunrise excellence el carmen

Trust me when I say that the resort’s secluded beach is one of the best in all of Punta Cana!

You can enjoy activities like beach volleyball, beach soccer, and snorkeling here. 

Excellence El Carmen treats you to a culinary feast with 13 restaurants that’ll have your taste buds begging for seconds.

Expertly crafted by on-site chefs, these restaurants promise a world-class dining experience.

And hey, make sure not to pass up on the divine cocktails and concoctions served at the 13 bars!

food truck at excellence el carmen

13 restaurant options include… 

  1. The Kitchen Table | global cuisine
  2. Agave | Mexican cuisine
  3. Chez Isabelle | French cuisine
  4. Basmati | Indian cuisine
  5. Oregano | Italian cuisine
  6. Flavor Market | Spanish tapas
  7. The Lobster House | fresh-caught seafood daily
  8. Spice | Asian cuisine
  9. The Grill | steakhouse
  10. Magna | global cuisine 
  11. Las Olas | beach restaurant serving snacks and more
  12. Shark Food Truck | Latin inspired cuisine
  13. La Placita Food Truck | Mexican inspired cuisine

swim up bar at excellence el carmen

Excellence El Carmen has a ton of activities and entertainment options for you and your wedding guests.

From timeless games and live shows to water sports and interesting excursions, the resort has it all.

fire show at excellence el carmen

Fun activities and entertainment include…

  • Snorkeling
  • Aerobics and water aerobics
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Scuba diving with instruction
  • Tennis
  • Theme nights
  • Yoga classes
  • Spanish lessons
  • Dance lessons
  • Cooking lessons
  • Beach volleyball
  • Beach soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Pickleball court
  • Bocce
  • Darts
  • Board games
  • Archery
  • Air rifle shooting
  • Billiards
  • Fitness center
  • Live musical performances
  • Nightly shows in outdoor theater
  • Festive theme nights
Q. Which is the nearest airport to Excellence El Carmen?

The Punta Cana International Airport is the closest to the resort.

It takes approximately 45-50 minutes to reach the resort from the airport. 

Q. How many rooms does Excellence El Carmen have?

Excellence El Carmen has  494 rooms and suites located in 21 different buildings.

Q. Is there a dress code at Excellence El Carmen?

The resort’s restaurants and bars follow a dress code. As a rule of thumb, avoid wearing shorts and vests/tank tops. Each restaurant has its own dress code which is mentioned on the resort’s website.

Q. How many stars are Excellence Resorts?

Excellence Resorts are a chain of 5-star resorts.

Q. Is there Wi-Fi at the resort?

Yes, Wi-Fi is included in your all-inclusive package. We found the signal to be strong throughout the resort.

lounge at excellence el carmen

Ok, let’s break it down!

Excellence El Carmen offers stunning wedding venues, luxurious rooms, delectable dining, and views that’ll mesmerize you.

But let’s also consider the flip side.

Our certified wedding planners have the inside scoop on this resort 👇

beach wedding setup at excellence el carmen

Things we love: 
  1. Beautiful, secluded beach.
  2. Super spacious suites – no suite is under 800 sq. ft.!
  3. Budget-friendly wedding packages. 
  4. Guests love the food trucks!
  5. The glass of prosecco during check-in!
Things we don’t love: 
  1. Some suites are a bit of a walk from the beach and main areas.
  2. Not everyone’s a fan of the dress code at restaurants and bars.
  3. Seaweed can be a problem on the beach. But the staff works hard to clear it away.

excellence el carmen at night

Still unsure? 

Take a look at these 3 similar resorts that could be perfect for your wedding. 

  1. Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana 
  2. Hilton La Romana
  3. Viva V Samaná

Want to plan your destination wedding but not sure where to start? 

We can help!

Our team at has planned 100s of weddings and can guide you every step of the way. 

Call us today at 877-737-0177 or contact us here for a FREE consultation.

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