Finest Punta Cana – a comprehensive review of this newly built all-inclusive resort

 Finest Punta Cana is one of the newest luxury all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, which just opened its doors in October 2021. It offers superb services, amazing culinary options and two Preferred Clubs (one adults-only option and one family VIP club), which are very affordable considering we are talking about a newly-built Punta Cana resort. But what can you expect when booking Finest Resort Punta Cana? Is it suitable for families, couples or honeymooners?

 Let’s find it out in this comprehensive Finest Punta Cana review. We’ll tell you everything you need to know, including some of the fantastic services which are unique at this new all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. And we also explain to you, why Finest Resort Punta Cana is a perfect family hotel as well as a very suitable option for honeymooners and adults-only holidays.

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Where is Finest Punta Cana?

 Finest Punta Cana by the Excellence Collection is located in Uvero Alto, an area of all-inclusive resorts approx. 22 miles northwest of the Punta Cana International Airport. Its neighbors are Excellence El Carmen and the impressive 14-bedroom villa “The Palms”*. The next all-inclusive resort after “The Palms” just a few feet away is breathless Punta Cana.

When leaving Finest Punta Cana, there is not much around to explore by foot, which is why you can book several excursions in Punta Cana to get to know more about the Dominican Republic. However, along the beach, there are a few souvenir stores, a public bar and a popular massage center within walking distance. When leaving the hotel through the front gate, you can reach a small shopping plaza in less than a mile, mainly catering to tourists.

To get to Finest Punta Cana, the most recommendable option is to book a private airport shuttle from Punta Cana International Airport. It takes around 40 minutes and is a smooth and easy ride. Taxis are available but not always as customer-oriented as they should be, therefore you are better with a pre-arranged airport transfer to Finest Resort Punta Cana.

Overview of Finest Punta Cana

Finest Punta Cana features 455 rooms and is a very compact resort, as everything is close together and you don’t have to walk too far. The distance from the lobby to the beach is just 800 feet, making Punta Cana Finest one of the smaller all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana. The hotel features a general section, a family section and an adults-only section, making it a perfect Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for very different types of travelers. And they have not only divided the sections to please everyone, but they also come with very specific amenities for families, honeymooners or any other type of vacationer.

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 When arriving at Finest Punta Cana, you are first greeted by the well-designed, but not too massive lobby. The arrival area and the check-in are on the second floor, allowing you a nice view of the shiny appearance of the welcoming lobby bar, one of the main meeting points during the evening.

Finest Punta Cana, a newly-built luxury all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana

 In case you have booked a room at the Finest Club or the Excellence Club at Finest Punta Cana, you will be escorted to the accordant lounge. You can find detailed explanations about both VIP clubs further below in this Finest Punta Cana review.

The lobby is surrounded by various amenities. You can find the coffee shop here, the sports bar with pool tables and arcade games, a few shops and the theatre next door.

Handmade ice cream at Finest Punta Cana

When leaving this area, you get greeted by the mainly lush vegetation of The Finest Punta Cana, which is pretty impressive considering the resort has only opened 2 months ago. However, this is because all the plants were already seeded when construction began. They even carry large fruits, especially plantains, so if you are lucky, you can eat typical Dominican plantains right from the garden of Finest Resort Punta Cana.

Finest Punta Cana, a newly-built luxury all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana

 Starting here, you can walk along the several restaurants and pools of Finest Punta Cana. While the restaurants are located on the left, juice bar, playgrounds and the main pool with a lot of Bali beds are located on the right side of this centric area. You also have two food trucks here, including a large shaded area to sit and enjoy your snack.

Finest Punta Cana, a newly-built luxury all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana

From here, you are just a stone’s throw away from the beach, which is described in the next section of this extensive Finest Punta Cana review.

 This was the centric part of the resort, but you also have the areas left and right from this little “boulevard” of restaurants. To the right, you can find the Finest Club, which is the family VIP Club at Finest Resort Punta Cana. It mainly includes a separate pool area with a swim-up bar which is particularly quiet and perfect for relaxing. Of course, there are additional amenities, which are also described further below.

Finest Club pool, the Preferred Club section of Finest Punta Cana by the Excellence Collection

 On the back section of this right wing, you can also find several sports courts (tennis, paddle, basketball) and the teens as well as the kids club, incl. their own water park.

Kids water park at Finest Punta Cana, one of the all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic

 What’s a nice detail at Finest Resort Punta Cana is that you have pool and beach towels waiting for you everywhere, elegantly stored around the property. Beautiful!

Towels are readily available at Finest Hotel Punta Cana

If you have booked an Excellence Club room at Finest Punta Cana, you can also explore the left section of the property. Here you can find a large artificial lake and the main pool of the Excellence Club, which is a large swimmable pool with plenty of Bali beds and daily entertainment. There are also some adults-only restaurants on this side, along with a separate pool bar and swim-up bar.

Excellence Club area at Finest Punta Cana

 The accommodation buildings are located throughout the resort. There are three main accommodation buildings, two Finest Club accommodation buildings and three Excellence Club accommodation buildings.

The beach at Finest Punta Cana

 The beach at Finest Punta Cana is a well-maintained and broad area in Uvero Alto, with plenty of golden sand, palm trees and lots of sun loungers for everyone. Especially remarkable are the several hammocks and the beach buffet grill, which is completely surrounded by sand.

Wonderful beach area at Punta Cana Finest

 The beach is divided into three sections: the main area, the Finest Club beach area and the Excellence Club beach area. All three of them offer plenty of space, sunshades and beach chairs. The two Preferred Club beach areas at Finest Resort Punta Cana even do have a beach concierge, which helps you with all the needs you might have for your beach day (special requests, certain drinks, beach towels, reservation of beach chairs, etc.). Plus, they provide all Club guests at Finest Resort Punta Cana with sunblock and mosquito repellent in case you forgot yours.

The beach of Uvero Alto at Finest Punta Cana

 In general, the Finest Punta Cana beach is an average Punta Cana beach (which means a great beach 😉 ) with fine sand (particularly in the upper part) and plenty of palm trees. As everywhere in Uvero Alto, the ocean might be a bit rougher on some days, with a few more waves than in other spots in Punta Cana.

Uvero Alto beach at Finest Punta Cana

If you’d like to go for a beach walk from The Finest Punta Cana, you can do so in both directions. Southeastward you have around 1.5 miles until you reach a highly weathered section after passing Royalton CHIC with plenty of stones and plywood, which isn’t that nice to walk anymore. If you walk in the other direction (northwestward), you’ll pass a few other all-inclusive resorts of Uvero Alto (among them Grand Sirenis Punta Cana and Excellence El Carmen), before encountering different stretches of absolutely virgin beaches which are simply stunning. You can walk for around 3.5 miles until you reach the river mouth of Rio Maimon, which marks the end of the Uvero Alto beach.

The rooms at Finest Punta Cana

 As Finest Punta Cana is a completely new all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, all rooms are brand-new and feature state-of-the-art technology and design.

 Finest Punta Cana has a whopping array of 24 room categories, divided into general suites, Excellence Club Suites and Finest Club suites.

 The general room categories are as follows:

  • Junior suite pool view
  • Terrace suite with plunge pool
  • Junior swim-up suite
  • Junior suite ocean view
  • Junior suite with private pool
  • Family suite
  • Pool family suite
Private Pool Suites at Finest Punta Cana

 The Finest Punta Cana rooms with Excellence Club status include the following categories:

  • Excellence Club junior suite pool view
  • Excellence Club junior suite with private pool
  • Excellence Club junior swim-up suite
  • Excellence Club two-story rooftop terrace suite with plunge pool
  • Excellence Club two-story rooftop terrace suite with plunge pool ocean view
  • Excellence Club beachfront honeymoon suite with plunge pool
  • Excellence Club beachfront honeymoon suite with private pool
  • Excellence Club beachfront honeymoon two-story rooftop terrace suite with plunge pool
  • Excellence Club imperial suite with plunge pool
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 If you are traveling as a family and would like to enjoy the Preferred Club privileges, you can book one of the following Finest Club rooms:

  • Finest Club junior suite pool view
  • Finest Club junior suite with private pool
  • Finest Club two-story rooftop terrace suite with plunge pool
  • Finest Club family suite
  • Finest Club pool family suite
  • Finest Club beachfront suite
  • Finest Club beachfront suite with private pool
  • Finest Club imperial family suite with plunge pool

 Amenities, especially in the junior suite category (it doesn’t matter if Excellence Club, Finest Club or regular room) are pretty similar and mostly differ by the view (garden, pool or ocean) and the pool access (balcony, terrace, plunge pool, private pool, swim-up).

 Some of the room categories such as the 2-story suites, the honeymoon suite or the family suites are a bit different and come with more space and additional perks.

All suites at Finest Punta Cana by Excellence Collection are very spacious and feature all the amenities you need for a comfortable all-inclusive holiday in Punta Cana.

Excellence Club Junior Suite at Finest Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resort

 The rooms have the newest technology with USB chargers, electronic air-conditioning, digital cleaning service signs and many more technological gimmicks. Furthermore, the design of the rooms is contemporary, with bright colors, a super large and impressive television, a walkable closet and a spacious bathroom with a separated toilet.

Excellence Club Junior Suite at Finest Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resort

 The only thing which was kind of a design flaw was the jacuzzi. It is located on the terrace, but with transparent walls, which means you still enter it from the room. This being said, you neither have an outdoor jacuzzi nor a jacuzzi in the bathroom. You have one in your room, where you can look outside, but don’t feel a fresh breeze or hear the tropical sounds. Weird!

 Besides this, the balcony of our Finest Punta Cana Junior Suite was amazing. It had a separate nap area and a super cozy and wide sunbed, which was also perfect to relax, watch what’s happening or simply enjoy the beautiful Punta Cana weather. Thanks to the table with two chairs, we also enjoyed a wonderful lunch with room service on our balcony.

Room service and junior suite view at Finest Punta Cana

 What’s worth noting is that the rooms are also equipped with – besides the typical minibar – a full liquor bar. You get full bottles of premium liquor into your room. We had an Absolut Vodka, a Johnny Walker whiskey and a Barcelo Gran Anejo rum in our room. The brands may vary depending if you book a regular Finest Punta Cana room or an Excellence/Finest Club suite.

 Additional amenities include a sofa and seating area, a double vanity bathroom, bathrobe, a garment steamer and a service box for room service items after eating (so they don’t smell in your room or disturb the view).

 When traveling to Punta Cana as a family, you should also consider the spacious family rooms at Finest Punta Cana with separate sleeping areas or additional bedrooms, such as Family Suites (regular or Finest Club) or the Finest Club two-story rooftop terrace suite with plunge pool.

Booking and Prices at Finest Punta Cana

 What do you think of Finest Punta Cana? Does this sound like an option for your next holiday in the Dominican Republic?

Once you are decided on Finest Punta Cana, it is time to find the best way to book your stay at this Excellence Collection Resort.

 Let’s have a look first at where it is possible to book your Finest Punta Cana room. As it is still a very new hotel, a lot of popular booking websites such as Booking.com, Hotelscombined or Apple Vacations still don’t offer this Punta Cana all-inclusive resort. But with the following agencies and tour operators, you can book your stay at Finest Resort:

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Website Your Advantage The Finest Punta Cana
Finest Website Book directly with the hotel Check resort prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Expedia Online travel agency with great deals, personal service and good reputation Check resort prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Travala Get a 25 USD welcome bonus (register here*) + 2% cashback Check resort prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Tripadvisor Compare prices and reviews on one site Check resort prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog

 Finest Punta Cana is by far not a cheap all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, but their prices are reasonable and in line with other similar upscale hotels in Punta Cana. With rates starting from around 300 USD per room per night in the low season (May – before Christmas) and 450 USD per room per night in the high season (January to April), prices are still lower than at some of the ultimate high-end resorts in Punta Cana, such as Zoetry Agua Punta Cana, Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana or Iberostar Grand.

 Kids up to 12 usually pay 50% and all older teens or additional adults get a 15% discount on the double rate.

 When checking about the best option to book your stay at Punta Cana’s Finest, you might also consider booking the flight and hotel together as part of a holiday package – obviously only, if you haven’t booked your flights to the Dominican Republic yet. Sometimes these combinations are cheaper, but sometimes not – therefore it is worth comparing the prices.

 To give you an even better idea of where it is best to book Finest Punta Cana, we have made an extensive price comparison between the different booking websites, incl. the homepage of Finest Punta Cana respectively Excellence Collection. This allows you to see where you can expect the best rates for your Punta Cana vacation booking at Finest.

To get a full overview of the different prices, we assume three different situations:
Scenario 1: a couple traveling in high season (15-22 February)
Scenario 2: a couple traveling in low season (15-22 May)
Scenario 3: a family with 2 kids (ages 8 and 14) traveling during the summer holiday (15-22 July)

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Booking website Rate remarks Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
Click on the prices to see the current rate
Finest Website refundable rates 3305 USD 2321 USD 4052 USD
Expedia refundable rates 3481 USD 2445 USD 4236 USD
Tripadvisor conditions depend on the partner websites 3481 USD 2445 USD 4236 USD
Travala refundable + 2% cashback; optional crypto payment possible + 25 USD bonus if you register here* 3272 USD 2200 USD 3812 USD

Surprisingly, Travala.com* scores the best price throughout all the price comparison scenarios. Travala is a blockchain-based booking engine partnering with many famous websites such as Expedia and Booking.com, where you can pay with crypto or regular credit card, get a 25 USD welcome bonus* and a 2% cashback on every booking. Usually, Travala.com offers competitive prices with Expedia, Booking and other major booking channels, but so far it is the first time they offered the very best price, even beating the hotel by a whopping 5%. This being said, you can save up to 10% (lower prices by around 5% + 2% cashback + 25 USD welcome bonus) when booking at Travala.com compared to all the other options.

 In case you don’t trust Travala or prefer booking directly with the hotel, you can also check the price directly at the website of Finest Punta Cana*. They offer competitive prices and a perfect overview of all the room categories.

 Another option, scoring the third place in our price comparison, is Tripadvisor*, where you can compare prices of different booking platforms. Furthermore, you can read many reviews on Tripadvisor, just in case this extensive Finest Punta Cana review here is not enough. 😉

Very important: Prices can vary from one day to another, they might also be different depending on the country where you are located. Make sure to check booking, payment and cancellation conditions, as they might vary widely. It pays off to compare different platforms, but it is also worth skipping some of the cheapest offers if you don’t know and/or trust the company. If booking directly with the hotel or with renowned platforms like Booking.com or Expedia or leading tour operators like Apple Vacations, Sunwing Vacations or Virgin Holidays, you are usually making a good decision.

Restaurants and bars at Finest Punta Cana

 During our stay at The Finest Punta Cana by the Excellence Collection, we noticed three particular areas which were extremely outstanding compared to other all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana: the attention to detail, the family amenities and the culinary options.

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Most booked through Punta Cana Travel Blog: Small-Group Snorkeling* (rating 4.91/5)
Best off-the-beaten-track excursion: Montana Redonda & Costa Esmeralda* (rating 4.91/5)
Best excursion for families: Family Buggy Adventure* (rating 4.63/5)

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Considering Finest Punta Cana is a pretty small Punta Cana resort with less than 500 rooms, they offer an amazing array of 15 bars and 11 restaurants (+ beach snack, Grab and Go stations, coffee shop and more). That’s an extremely large selection, even though not all restaurants are open every day.

In total, Finest Resort Punta Cana offers the following restaurant options:

  • International buffet “The Market Kitchen”
  • Snack buffet “Las Dunas Beach House” (with a wonderful location – see the next photo of Finest Punta Cana)
  • Mexican à-la-carte restaurant “Lizo” (incl. show cooking)
  • Pan-Asian à-la-carte restaurant “Melting Pot” (incl. Teppanyaki show cooking + interactive Yakiniku tables)
  • À-la-carte restaurant steakhouse “Brass”
  • À-la-carte restaurant “Duke’s Lobster & Seafood” (incl. different lobster dishes)
  • Italian à-la-carte restaurant “Insieme Trattoria”
  • French à-la-carte restaurant “Le Petit Plaisir” (adults only)
  • Japanese à-la-carte restaurant “Shoji” (adults-only; incl. Teppanyaki show cooking + sushi menu)
  • International à-la-carte restaurant “Gusto” (for Finest Club and Excellence Club only)
  • International à-la-carte restaurant “Dommo” (adults-only, for Finest Club and Excellence Club only)
Las Dunas Beach House at Punta Cana Finest with an amazing ocean view

 Besides those main restaurants, you have the following additional food options during different hours of the day:

  • Food Truck “La Cocinita”
  • Sports bar “Legends” (with a super extensive snack menu, which is a hidden à-la-carte restaurant 😉
    Grab&Go stations in different areas of Finest Resort
  • Coffee shop “The Sweet Corner” (incl. snacks)
  • Self-service soft ice cream machine right at the pool bar (kids will love it!)
Food Trucks in Punta Cana, here at Finest Hotel and All-Inclusive Resort

 During breakfast, you only have the option between the main buffet and an à-la-carte breakfast in one of the Club restaurants, if you have booked a Finest Club room or an Excellence Club room. This was probably the weakest part of Finest Punta Cana, but this is complaining on a very high level, even though the Excellence Club breakfast was indeed very subpar.

For lunch, you can choose between the beach snack (with marvelous views – see the next photo from Las Dunas Beach House), the international buffet and the fantastic à-la-carte lunch at Brass.

Las Dunas Beach House at Finest with an amazing ocean view

 Finally, for dinner, you have the full choice among the à-la-carte restaurants. Usually, 4 to 5 of those are open each night on a rotating schedule. Plus, you can order the very recommendable room service throughout the day and night, as you can read below in this Finest Punta Cana review.

 All à-la-carte restaurants at Finest Resort Punta Cana can be visited without reservations as often as you want, except for the show and live cookings, where you need a previous reservation, which can be made during the day in the accordant restaurant.

 In case the restaurant is full when you visit, you register via the Excellence App and get an email once your table is ready. In the meantime, you can enjoy a drink at the bar.

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 It’s not only the quantity which is outstanding, but it is also the quality. Without a few exceptions – namely the Excellence Club restaurant Dommo (super slow and inadequate service for breakfast + a limited breakfast menu) and the beach buffet Las Dunas for lunch (amazing location with great beach views, but very limited choice and average quality) – the food was extraordinary.

À-la-carte lunch at Brass was a 3-course delicacy with a selection of fine meats, tender fish and vegetarian dishes, including some of the best bread we have ever had at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. It was definitely freshly baked right in the hotel.

Culinary diversity at one of the Finest Punta Cana restaurants

The Mexican cooking show was interesting and focused more on food than on entertainment – which was a welcoming change compared to all those loud Teppanyaki shows in other Punta Cana hotels. And, another important detail: the show cooking, both in the Mexican and the Asian restaurant, was located in separate closed sections, so the other guests à-la-carte dining wasn’t disturbed by the sounds or the (often very intense) smells.

Culinary diversity at one of the Finest Punta Cana restaurants

The Asian dinner was amazing as well, with super delicious Asian fusion cuisine and some solid and tasty sushi (+ a nice honeymoon surprise for us from the kitchen).

Culinary diversity at one of the Finest Punta Cana restaurants

 The buffet at Finest Punta Cana offered a bit of everything, with well-selected food, plenty of space, and an adequate presentation. However, it still couldn’t fully compete with the amazing à-la-carte experience we had at Finest Punta Cana.

The buffet at The Finest Punta Cana by the Excellence Collection

 Besides our own experiences at Finest Punta Cana described above, one has to say that the menus at this resort are amazing as well. There is so much choice, it definitely can compete with any public restaurant. Not even that, each and every (!) restaurant (even the sports and snack bars) has their own kids menu and their either vegetarian and/or WFPB (whole-food plant-based) menu. So far, Finest Punta Cana is the best Punta Cana resort for vegans and vegetarians we have seen throughout our stays. You could easily dine here for around two weeks without getting bored with the food and the variety.

 Furthermore, they had all your dietary restrictions present during the restaurant visits. As you check-in for dinner with your room number, any allergies or preferences are automatically popping up – and the staff is immediately informed. What a great way to use digital technology!

By the way, besides the sumptuous family menus, each (!) à-la-carte restaurant (on the family side) and the buffet restaurant are offering kids’ care right beside the restaurant. This being said, the adults can eat relaxed at the restaurant while the kids enjoy some additional playtime right next to it – what a perfect combination and an interesting detail for families.

Small kids area are available at every restaurant

 And if this wouldn’t have been enough, the room service menu at Finest Resort Punta Cana was also one of the best we have seen so far. Among the possible options are fresh fruits, tofu, green juices, different kind of breakfasts (British, traditional, healthy, Dominican), smoothies, seafood soup, grilled salmon, chicken wings, hummus, classic and vegetarian sandwiches and burgers, Mexican burritos or fajitas, different pizzas, pasta, Asian dishes, pork ribs and different desserts – simply amazing.

 Room service is available 24 hours a day. There is a regular room service menu and a Finest Club/Excellence Club room service. Interestingly enough, the Finest Club/Excellence Club room service menu is much more limited, so make sure to order from the regular one even you are in an Excellence Club room or a Finest Club room. You can choose between both.

As you can see, we were more than pleased with the culinary experience at Finest Punta Cana by the Excellence Collection. But it wasn’t only the food which was extraordinary, we were also very happy with the drinks. 15 bars sounds like a high quantity – but they also offered high quality.

The lobby bar at Finest Resort Punta Cana

 Besides the typical array of pool bars, sports bar, swim-up bar, club bar, lobby bar and beach bar, there aren’t many surprises among these 15 bars. It simply says that there is never a bar far away.

One which was particularly interesting was the juice bar, as you indeed got freshly squeezed or mixed juices there. Even though unfortunately, the staff didn’t know their own menu (not a single item of it), but I assume this is going to change over the upcoming months, when all the staff members in this newly built all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana get more used to the daily operations and processes.

 What probably amazed us most when it comes to drinks at Finest Punta Cana was the fact that coconuts were included in the all-inclusive program. While in most Punta Cana resorts coconuts are sold for 3 USD or sometimes even 5 USD, we could enjoy as much as we wanted from the natural and delicious tropical water.

Free coconuts at this Punta Cana all-inclusive resort: Finest Punta Cana

 Furthermore, the selection of beers was amazing. Besides the Dominican beers, they had Sol, Dos Equis, Bitburger 0.0, Coors, Miller, Heineken and Budweiser – one of the biggest selections I have seen so far in Punta Canas’ all-inclusive resorts.

Large beer selection at Finest Punta Cana

 Regarding drinks, every bar had a full stock of premium liquor brands and there wasn’t anything you could have asked more for: Baileys, Campari, Martini, Malibu, Bacardi, Barcelo Imperial, Absolut Vodka, Bombay Sapphire, Johnny Walker and many more. They also made some good drinks (except the mojitos), definitely according to the luxury standard of this all-inclusive resort. And, importantly, their house wine was super delicious, so far the best one we had in all the different hotels in Punta Cana.

Entertainment and service at Finest Punta Cana

Entertainment, service and activities at Finest Punta Cana – there are also some special things here that are worth mentioning.

Obviously, you have all the typical activities such as pool games, beach sports and nightly performances (either in the theatre or live open-air, usually both) which are pretty common in all the all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.

However, there have been some pretty cool activities as well where you could learn something new. Take for example their Aloe Vera workshop or a mud therapy, which is done in very small groups at the beach – something different than the typical entertainment.

Furthermore, there are a lot of options for sports. Besides the typical kayaks and Hobie Cats for the ocean, Finest Punta Cana by the Excellence Collection also counts with a brand-new paddle court, a tennis court and a basketball area. Additionally, there are opportunities for table tennis, table soccer and pool billiard at various places throughout the resort.

Games and activities at Finest Punta Cana

For families traveling to Finest Punta Cana, there are additional areas the kids will love. First of all, there is the water park already shown above. It is part of the kids and the mini club, which are offering an extraordinary playground, indoor and outdoor. The water park at this Punta Cana resort is also divided into a section for kids and one for toddlers (open both from 10 am to 5 pm and from 6 pm to 9 pm, subject to change). It’s a pretty cool world where the children will have lots of fun. It is one of the better kids clubs among the all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.

Furthermore, there is also a playground in the middle of the resort. Right next to it, you can find a unique water bubble, which I have never seen before anywhere in the Dominican Republic. It is a super cool thing to play and splash around, even the adults had a lot of fun here.

Main pool area at Finest Punta Cana

 Concerning the service, we are usually not very picky as you can read in the other all-inclusive resort reviews here at Punta Cana Travel Blog, but you definitely could feel that Finest Punta Cana is a newly-built resort, where processes and daily operations still need some time to find the right adjustments. Not all the staff members knew what to do and there were a few hick-ups here and there, but in the end, that’s normal in a newly-opened all-inclusive resort.

Restaurant services were occasionally very slow and bartenders didn’t know their menus. But that’s nothing unusual for new Punta Cana hotels. At the time when you are reading this Finest Punta Cana review and planning your trip to this Excellence Collection Resort, likely everything works close to perfect.

Furthermore, everyone was very attentive, always smiling and helping to make our stay at Finest Resort Punta Cana unforgettable. Additionally, room service was very quick, which should not be taken for granted in a new all-inclusive resort.

Excellence Club and Finest Club (VIP Level) at Finest Punta Cana

 The Finest Punta Cana has two clubs that grant Preferred Club status to its clients: Finest Club and Excellence Club.

In the beginning, this double VIP tier system seems a bit complicated but in the end, it is pretty simple: both VIP clubs have access to each others amenities as long as you are only adults. If you are traveling with kids and book Finest Club, you don’t have access to Excellence Club as this is adults-only. However, services and amenities and both clubs are pretty similar.

 In other words:
– if you are traveling as a family, you can only book Finest Club and have access to Finest Club only (+ all the general areas of the hotel), not to Excellence Club (even though the adults could use any Excellence Club areas without their kids)
– if you are only adults traveling to Punta Cana, you can choose between Finest Club and Excellence Club and you can use the areas and amenities of both clubs (+ all the general areas of Finest Hotel), even though you probably spend more time at the Excellence Club areas, as this is an adults-only section

Excellence Club pool at Finest Hotel Punta Cana

 When booking your room, make sure to check the room offers and prices carefully. For our booking, for example, Excellence Club was cheaper than any other room category, so obviously we chose Excellence Club.

 But what amenities you can expect when booking an Excellence Club room at Finest Punta Cana?

 Let’s have a look at the details for these kinds of Finest Punta Cana rooms. The following services are included when booking Excellence Club:

  • Private check-in & check-out in the Excellence Club Lounge
  • Late check-out & early check-in (subject to availability)
  • Private lounge (7 am to 11 pm) with concierge desk, snacks and bar
  • Access to Excellence Club restaurant (Dommo)
  • Excellence Club pool area with large pool, sun deck, pool bar, swim-up bar and entertainment
  • Excellence Club beach area with private beach section, large beach beds, concierge service, bar service, towel service and repellent/sunblock service
  • Bvlgari toiletries and upgraded minibar in the room
  • Nespresso machine and daily fruit & petit fours in-suite
  • Fresh flowers and sparkling wine in suite upon arrival
  • Upgraded in-suite premium liquor selection
  • One Aqua hydrotherapy treatment per person per stay
  • Access to all areas of Finest Club

 The most important feature of the Excellence Club at Finest Punta Cana is the separate pool area with activities and a swim-up bar. According to our impression, most of the happening was there, even though there are activities and a swim-up pool at the main pool as well. Furthermore, you have the very comfortable and exclusive Excellence Club Lounge with bar and concierge service, even though, you mainly have the same drinks as at the regular bars. While in other all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana there is a certain difference between the brands you get in the regular area and the Preferred Club area, this is not the case at Finest Punta Cana (with a few exceptions) as the quality of premium alcohol is already very high in the entire resort.

The Excellence Club lounge at Finest Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic

 The beach area of the Excellence Club is also worth the upgrade if you enjoy upgraded services.

The Excellence Club beach section in Uvero Alto at Finest Punta Cana

 On the other side, some of the additional perks were not available, such as the snacks in the lounge, the flowers and petit-fours in the room or the early check-in or late check-out of the room (even though the hotel had an occupancy level of below 50%). I assume that some of these amenities were not available because of Covid-19 in Punta Cana. Of course, we were able to use all the amenities and restaurants of the hotel before and after check-in/ check-out, hence this wasn’t a problem.

 The 2 additional restaurants you get with your Excellence Club booking are nice-to-have, especially for longer stays. However, they are not 100% necessary, thanks to the outstanding quality and culinary diversity Finest Punta Cana is offering in general.

 In total, we enjoyed the perks of the Excellence Club. Especially when the surcharge is not that high, it is worth the money and very recommended. You can check the price difference here, everything less than 30 USD per night per person can be considered a very reasonable price for an upgrade.

 As mentioned above, with an Excellence Club room booking, you can use all the perks of Finest Club as well.

 Finest Club amenities at Finest Resort Punta Cana include:

  • Private check-in & check-out in the Finest Club Lounge
  • Late check-out & early check-in (subject to availability)
  • Private lounge (7 am to 11 pm) with concierge desk, snacks and bar
  • Access to Finest Club restaurant (Gusto)
  • Finest Club pool area with a smaller pool, sun deck, pool bar and swim-up bar
  • Finest Club beach area with private beach section, large beach beds, concierge service, bar service, towel service and repellent/sunblock service
  • Bvlgari toiletries and upgraded minibar in the room
  • Nespresso machine and daily fruit & petit fours in-suite
  • Fresh flowers and sparkling wine in suite upon arrival
  • Upgraded in-suite premium liquor selection
  • One Aqua hydrotherapy treatment per person per stay
  • Access to all areas of Excellence Club for adults

Interchanging facilities between Finest Punta Cana and Excellence El Carmen

 Finest Punta Cana by the Excellence Collection is located right adjacent to Excellence El Carmen. Both hotels share the main entrance and belong to the same hotel group.

 Therefore, one could think that both hotels share some amenities, especially as Finest Punta Cana has an Excellence Club area.

 However, this is not the case. Both hotels are completely independent all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana and don’t share amenities. The only exception is the water sports center, which is located right in the middle of both resorts and therefore provides service to guests of Finest Punta Cana and Excellence El Carmen.

 Therefore, you don’t have access to Excellence El Carmen as a guest of Punta Cana’s Finest. Obviously, you can walk along the beach of Excellence El Carmen as all beaches in the Dominican Republic are public.

Safety Protocols and Hygiene Standards at Finest Punta Cana

The world is still dominated by a pandemic and that’s why Covid-19 in Punta Cana is still an issue.

 With over a dozen all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana we have visited since the beginning of the pandemic, it was the first hotel where guests were not required to were masks during the entire stay. Therefore, if you are tired of wearing face coverings at home, Finest Punta Cana is your place to go.

 Furthermore, there are just some occasional temperature checks, which are not as frequent as in other Punta Cana resorts.

What irritated us most was that the food buffet was handled as before the pandemic. No gloves, no masks, no one serving and also no sanitizer right at the buffet (only when you enter the restaurant) – this seemed a bit careless to us, especially when everyone is touching the buffet tongs without any precautions.

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However, this doesn’t mean that Finest Punta Cana doesn’t take care of Covid-19. All areas are getting deep-cleaned and sanitized, including the rooms, which are getting sealed after cleaning and before check-in.

 All the employers are wearing masks – but not the typical face coverings, it is more a kind of mouth and nose shield, which is transparent. This is a perfect idea in our opinion because you can see the smile and the face of everyone, while still preventing germs, bacterias and viruses from being transmitted when speaking or breathing. We loved this idea as it brings back so much personality while still protecting the guests (unfortunately not the employees).

 Furthermore, protective measures are in effect, such as social distancing, Plexiglass shields at check-in counters (not at the bars though like in other Punta Cana resorts), limited occupancy in restaurants or training of staff members concerning Covid-19 in Punta Cana. Different than in some other hotels in Punta Cana, bar seating and the swim-up bars are open at Finest Punta Cana.

Finest Punta Cana also has an extensive Covid-19 protocol in place, which includes the following measures:

Arrival and Check-In

  • Disinfectant mat in the lobby upon arrival at Finest Resort Punta Cana
  • Luggage is disinfected on arrival
  • Guests’ temperature is taken on arrival
  • Protective shields are placed at the check-in counters
  • Surfaces and equipment are cleaned and disinfected regularly
  • Front desk employees disinfect hands frequently
  • “Absolute Privacy Option” for guests at check-in, meaning that no person will enter the room during the entire stay

Public Spaces

  • Limited occupancy for elevators
  • Antibacterial gel dispensers available throughout the hotel
  • Various measures to ensure social distancing of at least 5 feet
  • High-frequency touchpoints are cleaned and disinfected frequently
  • Main public spaces are regularly deep-cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray
  • Using hospital-grade products that meet criteria from the WHO, the CDC and other organizations for cleaning throughout Finest Punta Cana

Suites

  • Sealing of the room after disinfection and nebulization
  • Stricter cleaning and disinfecting protocols according to Covid-19 protocol in Punta Cana
  • Anti-Covid amenity kits in the room upon arrival
  • Remote controls and minibar service items are laid out in a disposable protective bag
  • Personal-use linens are changed every day
  • In-suite fabrics are steam-sterilized after every check-out
  • All suites are nebulized at check-out with an electric ULV fogger machine
  • “X-box” cabinets for room service in each room to avoid direct contact

Restaurants

  • Buffet service is updated to minimize guest handling of food
  • Restaurant employees implement social distancing protocols
  • Maximum capacity is reduced to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Punta Cana

Pool, beach, gym and spa

  • Loungers and Bali beds at the pool and beach have a separation of at least 5 feet
  • Stricter cleaning protocols than usual for the Finest Punta Cana spa
  • Selection of bacteria-killing essential oils for spa-area aromatherapy scents
  • Machines, equipment and accessories at the gym are cleaned and sanitized by staff after each use
  • Gym is closed three times each day for a deep sanitizing process
  • Additional Covid-19 protocols are in effect for weddings and events

Staff

  • Training on new sanitizing and social distancing procedures for staff
  • Mandatory training on immediate-action preventative measures
  • Mandatory face mask regulation for staff (+ gloves if necessary)
  • Use of transparent face masks for staff serving guests
  • Replacement of disposable face masks after 3 to 4 hours of use
  • Company provides staff with clean and sanitized uniforms every day
  • Employees undergo health checks

Excursions from Finest Punta Cana

 Even though it might be hard because the hotel offers so many amazing services, you should leave your resort to explore more of the beauties and wonders the Dominican Republic has to offer.

Particularly as Finest Punta Cana is located pretty far north along the coast of Punta Cana, it offers a perfect starting point for excursions from Punta Cana to the north, such as Montaña Redonda, Whalewatching or trips to the Samaná peninsula.

Montaña Redonda is a stunning mountain just 45 minutes away from Finest Punta Cana by the Excellence Collection and allows full family fun and unique photo opportunities you won’t find anywhere else in the Dominican Republic.

Spectacular Montana Redonda between Miches and Punta Cana

 Whale watching from Punta Cana is a must-do excursion if you are visiting the Dominican Republic from January to March. A Samaná excursion from Finest Punta Cana often combines the picturesque waterfall Salto El Limón and the famous island of Cayo Levantado, also known as Bacardi Island.

 Of course, you can also check out some of the most popular excursions right in Punta Cana, such as ziplining, buggy adventures or catamaran tours. And if you want to see the most beautiful island of the Dominican Republic, you shouldn’t miss a trip to Isla Saona, even it is pretty far from Uvero Alto and Finest Resort Punta Cana.

The one and only Isla Saona, the most popular excursion in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic

  Do you need more ideas of what to do during your vacation in the Dominican Republic? Then check out this list of the best things to do in Punta Cana.

Summary

 Finest Punta Cana is an amazing all-inclusive resort, both, for families and adults. In our opinion, it creates the perfect symbiosis between a family resort and an adequate adults-only experience. There are various family amenities such as the huge kids club world, the kids care services next to the restaurants or the kids’ menu in every restaurant which makes it a very recommendable family resort in Punta Cana, especially for those looking for a luxury experience.

However, due to it being one of the more upscale Punta Cana resorts, Finest Hotel Punta Cana will never be a place with tons of screaming and yelling kids. In combination with the adults-only Excellence Club, all those on honeymoon or seeking peace and relaxation will have enough opportunities to do so, as an entire part of the beach, a large pool with swim-up bar and pool bar and a couple of restaurants are exclusively for adults.

With this combination, The Finest Punta Cana by the Excellence Collection manages to offer the best of both worlds. We were really happy that we stayed here (on our honeymoon 😉 ) and enjoyed our stay to the fullest, particularly due to the enormous culinary diversity, the free coconuts, the additional service amenities described in this Finest Punta Cana review, the outstanding room service and the beautiful grounds, to name just a few reasons.

If you are looking for a similar experience, Finest Resort Punta Cana definitely is a top choice when planning your holiday in Punta Cana. And when booking your stay at Finest Punta Cana for 2022, you can be pretty sure that the few service hiccups will be a thing of the past as well.

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Hey, I am Chris, a born and raised German, travel-addictive and Caribbean Soul. Since 2011 I have been living in the Caribbean, among them 5 years in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is my home-base here in the country and I’d love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana off-the-beaten-track and give you all the advice you want to know for your vacation in Punta Cana.

4 thoughts on “Finest Punta Cana – a comprehensive review of this newly built all-inclusive resort”

  1. This review is not accurate. Many people complained of the food. Booking on website has many problems as once booked if cancelled cannot get in touch with anyone to get refund. There are many issues that are not addressed here

    1. Hi Sammy,
      thanks for your comment.
      Have you visited Finest Punta Cana so that you can let us know a little bit more about your experiences?
      I’d be seriously interested why and about what people complain about the food – Finest Punta Cana has one of the most extensive menus you can find at Punta Canas’ all-inclusive resorts – the quality is superb as well. Even though you can always find something to complain about, which is why this Finest Punta Cana review includes the points we have disliked as well.
      If you are not happy with the website of Finest Punta Cana, I highly recommend using one of the online travel agencies mentioned in this resort review.
      If there are any other issues you have experienced during your stay at Finest Punta Cana, let us know.
      Cheers, Chris

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