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What We Love

  • The ultra-private, natural design of the Monarch Villas
  • Fresh seafood at the overwater restaurant, Blue Marlin
  • Five outdoor pools nestled throughout the property
  • The ever-changing daily activities menu
  • Gorgeous views across the beautiful gardens straight out to sea
  • The nearby Jack Nicklaus Signature par 72 golf course, which has dramatic ocean views

What To Know

  • Less than 15 minutes from the Punta Cana airport
  • Junior Ocean View Suites and Monarch Villas have an all-inclusive option
  • Leave the kids at home—this resort is for adults only

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Sprawling adults-only all-inclusive in Punta Cana with five pools, a huge spa, and top-notch fare

The Lowdown

The Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana region is far from undiscovered, but the secluded, sprawling Sanctuary Cap Cana by Alsol makes you forget the world beyond its 30,000 acres. With manicured gardens, stunning architecture, five pools, an enormous spa, not to mention a spectacular beach, the resort lives up to its moniker. Designed in three sections—Spanish Colonial, Caribbean Villas and the Castle—Sanctuary Cap Cana by Alsol has the feel of an exclusive small town. In the Caribbean area, Monarch Villas are a spacious 1,100 square feet and feature thatch roofs and coral-textured walls, plus beautifully polished wood floors. All of Sanctuary’s rooms and suites have huge walk-in closets and striking views of the Caribbean Sea. While the vibe (and appeal) changes dramatically from section to section, the stellar service and perfectly manicured public spaces never falter. The grounds themselves are marked by palm-lined pathways, free-form pools and an eclectic choice of restaurants. Of the five on-site dining options (pan-Asian fusion at Wok, Argentine grill at the Steakhouse, and low-key Italian at Capriccio), our favorite is Blue Marlin, a stunning seafood restaurant set in a romantic overwater dining room. If you like your days busy, check the resort’s long list of daily activities, like cocktail-making or dance lessons, or just hit the beach and relax.

In the Area

Get in 18 holes with the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Espada golf course in Cap Cana. Afterward, unwind at the 20,000-square-foot adults-only spa for a massage or visit Juanillo Beach next door to the resort, where guests can rent kayaks or grab a drink. In the afternoon, head over to Sanctuary’s sister property, AlSol Luxury Village (formerly known as The Fishing Lodge) and wander around the bustling marina. When hunger strikes, head to one of the restaurants at AlSol, or try local favorite restaurant Jellyfish on the beach near Bávaro. Try the grilled crustaceans, calamari, and conch served in a palapa with views of the sea.

How to Get There

Sanctuary Cap Cana – All Inclusive by Playa Hotels & Resorts
Blvd Zona Hotelera, Playa Juanillo
Punta Cana, 51101 Dominican Republic

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 5172 Reviews
Poor place
Reviewed 1 week ago

Would not go back if they gave me a trip. About the only good thing was one of the dinning place had good food. They staff was not nice. The place was rotting. The view from our room was by fare not good. If you go there hope you done fair as we did.

Amazing Beautiful Resort
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Resort has need more then expected, the service is outstanding, the premises are a Dream, the villas and rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious and spotless, and the views are anybody’s Caribbean dream come true. The restaurants are all amazing, we had no need to leave the resort for anything. The breakfast buffet, one of the best we’ve had.... but most of important of all, the employees are outstanding, they will do anything to make you happy, whatever you ask for they’ll accommodate you immediately, and with a smile on their face.... I’ll go back in a heartbeat. If you can afford the $1000+ a night, make sure to get their top of the line Villa, with an indoor pool, and outdoor pool and just a beautiful home away from home !!!!

March Vacation
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a good 5 days at the Sanctuary. We found the Steakhouse restaurant there was very good. We had a good time eating at Fusion.. The staff cooked across from you table or bar. They had everyone dancing around the bar in short order. A little better than average food and wonderful entertainment. The breakfast buffet and lunch buffet were very good. The staff was excellent. Be prepared for a lot of free flowing alcohol. The beach and swimming area was small. The pool was great. Beautiful site, lush landscaping. The single bungalow was excellent,

Disappointing
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is somewhat late in posting, but we stayed there in August of last year. We booked the Royalty Villa (the one at the point overlooking the ocean and the beach. It was a wonderful view. Unfortunately, we were not impressed with many of the things at this resort. We were never notified that the restaurants would be open on a very limited basis. We ended up having to eat most lunches at the restaurant overlooking the water (the menu did not change the entire time we were there) Our "butler" was difficult to get in touch with as many times he was elsewhere doing something else. When he did provide a service there was always the expectation of some type of tip (which I don't mind even in an all-inclusive resort if the service warrants same) The phones in the villa did not work even though there were numerous attempts to repair them. We ended having to use a phone provided by the resort. Our pool did not have a light for the night - it was finally fixed our 4th day there. The handle on the 2nd bedroom door came off and there was no way to secure that bedroom because if you went out the balcony doors you could not lock from the outside. It took about 2 days for that to be repaired. Additionally the door leading out to the balcony from the living area would sometimes lock and sometimes it would not lock along with on different days it would not even open for whatever reason. When they state that the mini-bar is stocked daily they will hold you to that. I spent several days trying have it stocked more than once a day. The dining area was outside between the 2 bedrooms and when it rained the water would pour over the room onto that area causing water to be all over the table, floor, etc. Towels had to be put down to try to absorb some of the water so that you did not slip when walking across. I tend to order room service a lot and the majority of my food was delivered lukewarm. The large tub in the master bedroom suite had a plant growing out of the bottom. There were many other issues during our time there and my expectation was never met. The trip was costly and it really did not deliver the type of service, food, accommodations that one would have expected.

Excellent place!
Reviewed 1 month ago

This place is amazing and the service is excellent. The variety of the food is great. I loved the view from my room and from the pool. It looks like a castle. I really recommend it. Hope to come back soon!