Sanctuary Cap Cana – All Inclusive by Playa Hotels & Resorts
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
We stayed in the castle honeymoon suite and absolutely loved almost everything about this resort. If I had one complaint, the rib eye at the steakhouse is upgraded fajita meat. The filet is worlds better.
Staff is amazing. Food was fresh and above average quality. The sanctuary town was awesome and let me pick up food to go on our last night.
Again, the staff here is nothing but helpful and smiles. They are truly what makes this resorts go from good to amazing. The property is always in great shape. Even with construction nearing the end on an expansion, the roads are clean. Things are always being worked on. The landscaping is gorgeous. There were no stains or flaking in common area paint.
The worst property appearance thing I could think of is the light bulbs range from warm white to daylight white and aren’t consistent throughout the resort. God forbid that the color of a bulb ruin the ambiance. It’s an amazingly well kept resort. I would put this above Disney world for quality of upkeep and staff. After leaving the resort, 9/10. At the very least, find a resort in Cap Cana. It is by far the nicest part.
When we left, our flight was cancelled by American. We were put up at another hotel (Ocean Blue). I would rate this resort a 0/10. Everyone has been beyond rude and I am typing this after sitting in the mexican restaurant for over 20 minutes without someone talking to me. Run to Sanctuary. It’s a bargain at the current prices.
Just got back from spending 6 days at Sanctuary Cap Cana. Our company, Zoom Media had a incentive trip at this destination. Everything about this resort was 5 stars! The rooms were fantastic! The restaurants were all 1st class! The quality of the food and choices were both excellent! Sanctuary Town was very cool. The entertainment was 1st class, the entertainers themselves were all very friendly and talented (Baby, Estephania, Looky Looky, Kevin Hart, Fido and many more!). The staff is what separates this All Inclusive Resort from everybody else! Angel was our room butler, the best! Jorge is my guy! Julian as helpful and friendly as they come! Yvonne in the fitness center was very sweet and helpful! Antonio & Anuedy in the buffet were awesome! Loved this resort and staff! Here are a few suggestions: Sanitary wipes in the fitness center so people can wipe down the equipment they just used. Also needs a few Purell dispensers as well. Resort needs to install at least 1 tennis court on property. Would be nice if the bikes they have could be rented or used to go on rides in the Cap Cana area, not just the guided tours by staff which was excellent!
The grounds, rooms, restaurants, and pools were beautiful. The service was the best I have ever had. Every meal was excellent. The entertainment was wonderful. Hats off to all the dancers-Estefani, Baby G, Looky Looky, Kevin Hart, Jennifer (?) and all the rest. Gilbert was our excellent bartender by the pool, along with others. Nancy our housekeeper, Justin at lunch and the Italian restaurant, our wonderful butler Angel, Jorge the bellman, and the entire staff of servers, waiters and waitresses, bell staff, lobby staff, etc., were all excellent. We did not meet one person that did not give excellent service. We enjoyed a bike ride, Sanctuary town, the many pools, volleyball, disco, etc. We really enjoyed our dinner at Fusion, the Italian Restaurant, buffet, and steak house. I would come here again in a heartbeat.
We would love to see them add a tennis court.
The only thing I would want others to know, though it didn't matter to me, because I loved the many pools, is that for months, they have had a seaweed problem, and they clean it up everyday, but I personally would not go in the water, because it smelled bad, and was dark. I don't know of anyone in our group of sixty that went in. The beaches were beautiful, except for this. Some did lay out at the many different chairs, beds, etc. on the beach. The pools were gorgeous!
We just enjoyed a fabulous week here! The pristine grounds and beautiful facilities surely can't be beat in Cap Cana - or really anywhere for an all-inclusive vacation. Staff is friendly and attentive, the food was really good with a great mix of local seafood and "American" choices. There is always a grill choice at buffets so you can get special orders, as well. The nightly entertainment is fun and the entertainment staff is energetic and friendly - you don't have to participate but you can't get ping pong on the beach at home ;) Most enjoyable for us was the laid back, peaceful environment. Some activity, plenty of food and drink but not party overload. And the spa is incredible! Be ready to spend a little extra so you can hang out in the beautiful area and be pampered. Prices are higher than typical American fees, but the experience is worth it. We will return ...and bring a few more friends with us!
We had a great time at Sanctuary this past week. We were the first group there after their reopening, and the resort is absolutely beautiful.
We got to experience a bit of everything… restaurants, spa, pools, drinks, evening activities, more drinks… and everything was very well done.
We were there with a group of about 60 people from our company’s sales team, and they did a great job of catering to our group needs as well.
The staff was fantastic and always eager to please. A big shout out to Henry, our butler for the week, and our pool bartenders… Carlos, Gilbert, and Bernardo. Thanks, guys!