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Why Is Every Excellence Property Included In Transat’s Luxury Collection?

Because cream always rises to the top!

Stepping into one of the resorts in our Luxury Collection is like entering an alternate universe of bountiful indulgence, where luxury crops up in the most delightfully unexpected places.

Excellence Finest Playa Mujeres PoolFinest Playa Mujeres Pool

Those are the words Transat uses to describe the resorts offered in its Luxury Collection – and they are music to the ears of Ana Laura Alvarez, Business Development Executive for Excellence Resorts.

That’s because in the battle to gain entry into Transat’s top-of-the-line luxury collection, Excellence is the only hotelier to have all of its properties accepted. That’s 6 resorts in total, 4 from the adults-only Excellence brand – 2 each in Mexico and the D.R. – 1 Finest resort, which welcomes all ages, and 1 Beloved property, a boutique style adults-only regarded as the flagship of the group.

Excellence is the only hotelier to have all of its properties accepted.
Excellence Beloved Casita SuiteBeloved 2 Storey Casita Suite

Brenda McInerney, Product Director for Transat, says the process began with one Excellence resort being invited to join the collection. “As we experienced the different Excellence resorts, we realized every one of them should be part of our Luxury Collection. In my opinion Excellence is a true 5-star product and it’s offered at an affordable price.”

An Elevated Vacation Experience

Clients staying at one of Transat’s Luxury Collection properties get tangible benefits, from both the tour operator and the property. From Transat, leading perks include free access to a VIP lounge at participating airports, a free upgrade to Option Plus and private resort transfers.

At the resorts, Luxury Collection prerequisites include free WiFi in the room and public spaces, unlimited à la carte gourmet dining, concierge or butler service, waiter service at the pool or beach, unlimited premium brand drinks and 24-hour room service.

McInerney says Excellence properties set themselves apart by going beyond those requirements.

Excellence El Carmen RestaurantExcellence El Carmen Restaurant

“Excellence has the greatest variety of à la carte restaurants in each of their resorts. There’s no reservations required and there are no lineups. There is no buffet for dinner – all the options are à la carte -- and guests can eat lobster every day if they choose. There is 24-hour room service, but it’s not a limited menu – there are over 50 items. There are premium brand liquors at every bar, not just a few of them. There’s turndown service nightly, pillow menus, free WiFi, Nespresso machines, oversized Jacuzzis, free phone calls back to Canada. It really is a special product that agents can sell with great confidence.”

The 6 Excellence properties featured in the 2017/2018 Transat Luxury Collection are:

Excellence Playa Mujeres -- Named as the best All-Inclusive Resort in the World in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards, Excellence Playa Mujeres is located 25 minutes north of Cancun on the mainland and sheltered by Isla Mujeres.

Excellence Riviera Cancun – Fresh and new after a 3-year renovation program, this all-suite, all-adult luxury resort and spa is set on an immaculate white sand Caribbean beach along Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, just 15 minutes from CUN.

Excellence El Carmen – Opened 1SEPT, 2016, the newest property in the Excellence family property is already earning repeat bookings from Canadian travellers.

Excellence Punta Cana PoolExcellence Punta Cana Pool
Excellence Finest Playa MujeresFinest Playa Mujeres

Excellence Punta Cana – Opened in 1990, this was the first Excellence property and has been consistently popular with Canadians. It was closed for four months this year for a major overhaul to raise it to the level of its PUJ sister property Excellence El Carmen.

The Finest Playa Mujeres – A modern, sophisticated beachfront resort catering to guests of all ages. Ideal for weddings and multi-generational groups, the property features an extensive Excellence Club area where adults can enjoy serenity while having access to the rest of the resort.  

Beloved Playa Mujeres – Now adults-only with just 109 suites – and three swimming pools, four restaurants and six bars -- this boutique property is positioned as the pinnacle of the Excellence Group, with an amazing three staff members per occupied room.

“Participation in our Collections in general makes a big difference for our resort partners and travel agents,” says McInerney. “With 300-500-page brochures, how do you get the attention of the consumer? The resorts in all of our Collections are places we have great confidence in, and it makes it easy for agents to talk them up.”


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