Always Excellent, Thanks to Your Reviews

Several The Excellence Collection resorts have won the famed TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019 and entered the Hall of Fame.

2019 has been an amazing year for us at The Excellence Collection! We always strive to balance your desires for relaxation, romance, and adventure while we take care of all the details so you can fully experience paradise without a care in the world. As a result, once again many of our properties have been awarded with some of the most prestigious awards given by TripAdvisor, the world’s top travel review site.

Five of our resorts have been recognized with the 2019 Certificate of Excellence, an award given by TripAdvisor to the travel industry businesses with the best and most consistent reviews from travelers like you. This year, our Certificate of Excellence properties were Excellence Riviera CancunExcellence Playa Mujeres, Beloved Playa MujeresExcellence Punta Cana, and Finest Playa Mujeres.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence hotel winners

In case you didn’t know, this year there is also a Hall of Fame for hotels, resorts, and other travel industry businesses that have received the Certificate of Excellence at least five years in a row. We’re proud to tell you that three of our resorts have landed a place in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame thanks to their distinctive level of quality when it comes to outstanding services and memorable experiences that last well beyond your stay.

TripAdvisor 2019 Hall of Fame hotel winners

Beloved Playa Mujeres has entered the Hall of Fame after achieving the Certificate of Excellence for many consecutive years. The romantic and intimate setting of this boutique All Inclusive hotel inspires wellbeing within a peaceful and chic atmosphere.

Excellence Playa Mujeres also ranks within the Hall of Fame after many years receiving the coveted Certificate of Excellence. At this adults only All Inclusive beach resort, guests love the blend of tropical vibes and glamour found in every stay, giving you an idyllic place to indulge in an elegant escape with ahead-of-the-curve experiences.

Last but not certainly not least, Excellence Riviera Cancun has also entered TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame, consistently achieving Certificates of Excellence since its beginnings. This adults only All Inclusive resort is renowned for its attention to detail and luxurious experiences within a warm, lively, and sophisticated setting.

Luxury lives in the finer details at The Excellence Collection resorts, and we love to share it all with you. With our bespoke service, you’ll encounter extraordinary moments at any of our properties on your next vacation with us.

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This is Not Your Ordinary Wellness Vacation

Want to know why? Let’s start here:


What is Global Wellness Day?

All of us would like to be healthier, look better, and live well both physically and spiritually. Living well is the entire world’s shared dream, isn’t it?

That’s why in honor of the precious gift of life we receive every day, we are joining a special global day that inspires us to be grateful for the most valuable thing in our life: ourselves. This particular day is called Global Wellness Day.


As you may already know -or not-, Global Wellness Day (GWD) is celebrated worldwide on the second Saturday of June with an entirely not-for-profit social community dedicated to living well. This year, it’s happening on June 8.

How can you live a healthier and better life? Easy: Let’s start by raising awareness.


  • Recognize what’s worthwhile in your life
  • Have zero stress
  • Connect with your loved ones
  • Enjoy every present moment
  • Be grateful for what you have

At each of our resorts in The Excellence Collection, we have created a day full of inspirational and motivational activities to promote all the beautiful and healthy ways of living.


Enjoy an array of activities designed to connect with your mind, body, and soul. What can you expect to find at our resorts on Global Wellness Day?

  • Yoga by the beach
  • Aqua aerobics
  • Beach Bootcamp
  • Volleyball
  • Miilé Spa mini treatments
  • Cooking lessons
  • Dancing lessons
  • Themed dining parties and more exciting surprises that we will share with you!

Don’t miss the chance to have a laugh and love yourself, even more, this Saturday, June, 8th in all The Excellence Collection resort properties.

Would you ‘Say Yes’, too?



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Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts Rebrands as The Excellence Collection

The renowned hospitality group embraces a new brand strategy, marking its next era as The Excellence Collection

With a mission to exceed guests’ highest expectations in every aspect possible, Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts has become the Caribbean’s most trusted name in all inclusive luxury travel. The family-owned and -operated group, which owns and manages five-star, award-winning resorts in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, will continue to deliver stunning properties and unmatched service as it enters its next chapter with The Excellence Collection.

The Excellence Collection will encompass the group’s three high end brands: the adults-only Excellence Resorts with all inclusive properties in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, and Montego Bay; Beloved Hotels for boutique adults-only all inclusive escapes; and Finest Resorts offering modern all inclusive luxury for all ages.

The Excellence Collection beach

With last year’s opening of Excellence Oyster Bay and plans for a Finest Punta Cana in 2020, the company has focused on new ways to meet the ever-changing needs of the market, and has created The Excellence Collection to do so. The Excellence Collection brings a new brand identity with modern, updated logos and dedicated hyperfocus on the unique offerings of each of group’s properties.

The Excellence Collection resorts

These new elements mark an important milestone for the hospitality group, which has been experiencing rapid growth in the last decade. With three key pillars of Bespoke Service, Extraordinary Moments, and Innovative Curation at the core of The Excellence Collection, the parent brand is a promise made to each and every Excellence Collection guest.

The Excellence Collection

“The Excellence Collection is an evolution of Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts. Our three pillars have been thoughtfully defined, with the end goal to deliver an authentic experience that lasts well beyond the guests’ stay. We do so through a personal and curated approach to luxury,” said The Excellence Collection’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mr. Domingo Aznar.


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Everything You Want to Know About The New Excellence Collection

The renowned Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is updating its brand to become The Excellence Collection

The service you’ve always loved, with a new and fresher look

What was once Excellence Group has now been renamed to reflect the sophisticated style that has characterized us for nearly two decades and will bring us into a new era: The Excellence Collection.

The Excellence Collection logo

Years of innovative, crafted, top-notch moments have led Excellence to strengthen the roots of this much-loved family business by opening even more properties in recent years. 

Keeping the values that are close to our heart and yours, the brand has extended its vision of luxury throughout several Caribbean destinations: Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, and Montego Bay.

As always, The Excellence Collection spearheads three high-end resort brands, each with its own identity:

  • Excellence Resorts, our adults-only luxury All Inclusive brand
  • Beloved Hotels, our adults-only boutique All Inclusive brand
  • Finest Resorts, our modern high end All Inclusive brand for all ages

With several new resorts opened in recent years and the new Finest Punta Cana opening in 2020, combined with the constant recognition from guests who return to our resorts time and time again… it felt right to write a new chapter in the Excellence story.


Thanks to all the help, feedback, input, and messages we received from our loyal long-term guests, our current guests, and potential future guests, the new logos of The Excellence Collection portray the subtle elegance that has grown within this company for years.

The new look for the Excellence Resorts brand is especially impactful:

Excellence Resorts logoEach of the resorts under the Excellence Resorts brand even has its own new flower symbol to set it apart from the rest, and we’d love to introduce you to them:

Excellence Resorts property logos

A fun fact about the Excellence Resorts logos is that the flower chosen for each property has been inspired by the local plants and flowers found in each destination. It’s also a lovely way to portray the lush and detailed gardens that characterize all of our resorts.

The new logo for the Finest Resorts brand stays much the same, except we’ve added a small golden sun to the upper-left corner to represent how much fun under the sun all of our guests can have during their vacation at Finest Playa Mujeres or the new Finest Punta Cana in 2020!

Finest Resorts logoAnd our Beloved Hotels logo has a new heart within a circle added to it, representing the romantic atmosphere found at this serene boutique hotel brand.Beloved Hotels logoThe Excellence Collection highlights the best of our hospitality industry, redefining All Inclusive experiences with Bespoke Service, Innovative Curation, and Extraordinary Moments. As of April 2019, we’re excited to launch our new look combining your input and our own vision.

Click here to read more about the values and details behind The Excellence Collection.


We look forward to welcoming every one of you here at your home away from home!

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When’s Rainy Season in Cancun?

You’ve probably been checking the forecast to make sure your upcoming Caribbean vacay has the perfect balance between sunshine, sea breeze and no clouds on sight. At Excellence Resorts, we know pretty well that sunny days are your favorite days to indulge in the Caribbean state of mind during your stay, and that’s why we put together this info just for you!

Our quick weather guide for your Cancun visit

September until November is Cancun’s official “rainy season”, but unless there’s a hurricane or tropical storm in the area, rain usually only sticks around for a really short period of time (maybe just a few minutes), so don’t worry! If you see some raindrops, odds are that you’ll be back having fun under the sun in no time.

Excellence resort beach in Mexico

Very often, the forecasts will show possibility of rain every day of your vacation, but don’t let those little rain cloud icons scare you. Typically this just means that there is some chance of rain at some point in the day… and again, it’s normally just a quick shower.

Of course, keep in mind that nature can be unpredictable and it might change from time to time, and even in our Caribbean paradises you can experience what we like to call “tropical rain”.

Swim-up suite Excellence Playa Mujeres

Spring is here right now, providing us with the very best weather in Cancun, with an average temperature between 73-88°F. In this part of the world, the turquoise blue ocean and the relaxing sounds of the waves are the ideal combo for participating in activities and water sports under the sun.

Excellence Cancun Riviera Maya resort snorkeling included

Yes, rain is still a possibility any time of the year, even if the forecast says otherwise, and there might be a brief period of time when you can’t bask in the sunshine… it might be a 15-minute drizzle or a 50-minute shower, but that doesn’t mean it has to be an inconvenience! Instead of feeling blue, you can take part of your day to enjoy a restorative and relaxing treatment at our world-class spas, or enjoy a forecast of 100% chance of cocktails at any of our bars.

Excellence Riviera Cancun martini bar

If you want, you can pack a lightweight jacket and a pair of close-toed shoes just in case, but honestly, tropical rain is typically short-lived and is almost always accompanied by a dash of sunshine and a playful rainbow… a great memory to complement your stay!

At Excellence Resorts, we want to always give you our first-hand information, which is why we’re providing you with this heads up info before your arrival to the amazing Caribbean destination that is Cancun. To be perfectly honest, we hope you’re lucky enough to experience a bit of tropical rain on your vacation because, without rain, there is no rainbow.

Excellence Playa Mujeres resort lobby

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What’s the Difference Between Excellence Riviera Cancun and Excellence Playa Mujeres?

If you’re reading this article, it’s for two reasons: You’re looking for an unforgettable all-inclusive vacation, and you’ve chosen one of our Excellence Resorts in Mexico to do so.140325_Excellence_Riviera_Cancun_04_649

Since you’ve chosen Mexico as your home away from home, you might have come across travel forums trying to find answers to your question: Which Excellence property should I go for… Excellence Playa Mujeres or Excellence Riviera Cancun?

Although the answer might be easy, the decision is as important as the vacation itself so you can fully relax and unwind in the best place for you.


Excellence Playa Mujeres is situated 25 minutes north of Cancun International Airport in a double-gated beachfront community, while Excellence Riviera Cancun is 25 minutes south of the airport near the town of Puerto Morelos.

Both properties provide beachfront views, a powdery white sand beach, and tropical Caribbean grounds for optimal relaxation.



Each property has a personality. Excellence Playa Mujeres boasts a contemporary layout with open and wide surroundings; you’ll be astounded by the ample views of the resort as soon as you first step in. 

Excellence Riviera Cancun is a classic all-suite Mediterranean-style resort, crafted from stucco, tile, and marble; the Mexican Hacienda vibe adorns the grounds throughout this beautiful property.OVERVIEW AT NIGHT_D1D0286

Suites & Amenities

The suites at both of these Cancun all-inclusive resorts are about the same size. However, at Excellence Playa Mujeres you’ll find larger balconies, the jacuzzi located closer to the balcony, and a slightly more romantic setting, versus the suites at Excellence Riviera Cancun where the jacuzzi is located in the center of the room.

Both resorts offer the same restaurants, activities, and entertainment. The lively ambiance you find will depend on the current clientele at the resort. Both resorts provide locations to join in on the party or relax in peace with the perfect midnight atmosphere to properly relax.

Beach & Destination Activities

If you’re a beach lover, the powdery sand along both stretches of the resorts will allow you to enjoy long walks while the waves harmonize your relaxing escape.XPM_Excellence_Club_Beach_03_LR

If you decide to stay at Excellence Playa Mujeres, the most popular excursion is a trip to Isla Mujeres, where clear turquoise waters will surround you on the boat ride. This island is a favorite stop for shopping and exploring, with great views from every angle of the island.140328_Excellence_Playa_Mujeres_Day_01_06_1000

If you’re looking for a more adventurous experience, Excellence Riviera Cancun is the closest to an impressive natural attraction: the second biggest coral reef in the world, as well as many other nearby Riviera Maya attractions where you can wander and release your inner jungle explorer.XPM_Activities_04_HR

Dining & Service

Both resorts offer the same restaurants; however, Excellence Playa Mujeres has recently made additions and revamped their locations to provide newer and more elegant experiences for their visitors, like Magna restaurant for Excellence Club guests and Havana, their new Cigar Bar Lounge, while Excellence Riviera Cancun showcases their new beach snack grill right under a huge palapa and impressive infinite beach views. 

Speaking of service, once you have experienced Excellence’s top-notch attention to detail, you will be hooked! And we’re not kidding! Both resorts deliver a high level of presence and cater to every guest need. Spoiled? Excellence Resorts will take it to the next level!

Pools & Grounds

If you’re more of a pool lover, both properties display extensive, well-located, and incredibly refreshing pools! At Excellence Riviera Cancun, you will find secluded lagoon-style pools (in addition to their main pools) amidst lush gardens, while Excellence Playa Mujeres has river-style pools.140325_Excellence_Riviera_Cancun_07_1117

The maintenance for both resorts will amaze you! The grounds from our locations are 360° immaculate, detailed hard work with beautiful gardens and open spaces where you can find the picture-perfect spot or just to relax in the privacy of its corners.XPM_Romance_Garden_02_LR.jpg

Relaxation at Miilé Spa

If you need one thing while on vacation, it’s relaxation… and the perfect package for this has to be the spa facilities found at both properties, each with an impressive hydrotherapy circuit. 

Excellence Riviera Cancun has that grand two-story high spa entrance that will have you swooning from every angle, set at the center of one of their beautiful pools. Plus, at Excellence Riviera Cancun you can find a sacred Temazcal for an ancient Mesoamerican sweat lodge experience.

With this quick brief, the decision is up to your needs and interests. Trust us! Whatever your choice is, Excellence Resorts won’t disappoint your crave for a vacation with the most extraordinary service! 

Want to explore more Excellence Resorts? You’ll find Excellence Punta Cana and Excellence El Carmen in The Dominican Republic, and Excellence Oyster Bay in Jamaica!

Did we help you take the final decision? Contact our agents to get the assistance needed for your Excellent vacation.

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Excellence Group Expands Its Portfolio with the Opening of Finest Punta Cana

The Modern All-Inclusive Brand from the Renowned Hospitality Group Set to Open Early 2020


January 30, 2019, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Following the immense success of their foray into modern all-inclusive vacations with Finest Playa Mujeres, Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts has announced plans to open the second outpost from their Finest Resorts brand.

The latest addition to the Excellence Group portfolio of properties will be set on the shores and crystal blue waters of Punta Cana. Set to open its doors for the first half of 2020, Finest Punta Cana will be the third Excellence Group property in the Dominican Republic, expanding their presence in the region.

The first of its kind in the area, the resort marks a new standard for all-inclusive, non- age-restricted luxury, catering to romantic getaways, nuptial celebrations, rejuvenating holidays, and options for both adults and couples with children.

Finest Punta Cana will house all of the exacting standards and personalized luxury that Excellence Group has become renowned for, with 450 suites, including 60 family suites, that will range from 800 to 2000 square feet.

All of the elegantly designed suites will offer the Excellence Group guest touchpoints that have helped the group earn their place on the Travelers’ Choice® for Hotels Awards, such as the brand’s oversized jacuzzis, fully stocked in-room premium bars, private pools, decks with breathtaking views, rooftop terraces, and family-designed suites.

As leaders in all-inclusive luxury travel, Excellence Group’s expertise and experience will be evident in every thoughtfully designed detail of Finest Punta Cana. Guests will be able to choose from at least twenty world-class bars and restaurants, and Finest Punta Cana will also offer private club settings in the Excellence Club for those seeking adults-only relaxation, an exclusive Finest Club for all ages, a world-class spa with hydrotherapy circuit, six swimming pools complete with a children’s pool and baby wading pool, and a playground and pavilion for children and teens. With a wide array of activities for guests of all ages and unmatched culinary experiences, Finest Punta Cana will bring a new level of all-inclusive luxury to the area.

Excellence Group’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mr. Domingo Aznar, stated, “We are thrilled to be opening our second Finest Resort in Punta Cana. With the success of Finest Playa Mujeres, we know that both adults and couples with children are seeking top-of-the-line luxury and personalized service. With our Finest Resorts brand, we offer Excellence Group’s exacting standards in luxury, comfort, and service that guests have come to expect from the brand. Our resorts offer the convenience of an all-inclusive experience and the amenities of an upscale five-star property while seamlessly combining both family-friendly and adults-only options. We are thrilled to offer a whole new all-inclusive luxury experience for both adults and families traveling to the Dominican Republic.”

Surrounded by a beautiful palm grove and bordering the Caribbean Sea, Finest Punta Cana will be conveniently located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, only 35 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport and 75 minutes from La Romana International Airport.

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