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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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villa pool with lounge chairs

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 5922 Reviews
Total waste
Kingyklair

Extremely low selection of food,restaurants etc..
Hardly any beach to walk.
Concrete jungle.was there hardly anything for dinner choices for vegetarian like us.
When asked about certain spirits,was denied saying not included.

Excellent Getaway!
Nadia M

We stayed for 5 days and didn’t want to leave! Had the best sushi prepared by Josue from The Wok! He was pleasant, kind and super talented! Thank you Josue and David for helping make our stay very memorable!

Sanctuary Perfection!
Martusvacay

We chose Sanctuary Cap Cana for our Honeymoon and fell in love with the Dominican Republic due to our experience during our stay! The photos looked amazing online however, the pictures do not do this property real justice. Every snapshot is a postcard and every moment on the resort is breath taking, everything was clean and exceptionally maintained the whole time we were there.

We stayed in The Castle, room 3045 which had a private salt water pool that was surrounded by limestone which kept the pool pristine and beautifully blue the entire time. Our room was always a comfortable temperature but we also found the Dominican weather at the time we stayed extremely enjoyable as well because even if it were in the upper nineties outside you constantly had a cool fresh island breeze no matter where you were. Housekeeping and room service were always on top of everything and came out immediately if we asked for more toiletries, water, or for our plates to be taken away, they also made sure that the room was secure by reminding us to keep our door to our patio closed (we love being able to let that fresh breeze into the room) to avoid any situations, even though our room was surrounded by a pool of water and it would be quite difficult for anyone to make their way inside.My only piece of advise if you decide to stay in the castle is that you do not leave any food (they will make sure you do not) out in the room for too long because it attracts ants. This was never a problem to us because they were never overwhelming or intrusive also it is an island and you cannot fight nature especially if you leave food out for nature to get to.

Our butler was aptly named Angel and i cannot say enough wonderful things about him! He made sure we tried every restaurant and every event they had going on with his consistent service, he was well spoken and made us feel as if we had known him forever, he anticipated our needs and handled our entire trip to make sure we felt as if we were the only people staying on the resort. If you decide to book in the castle make sure you ask for him, i know we will when we return.

This resort is large and The Castle is a nice quiet area but the entertainment and shows they provided made you feel as if you were in the most lively place on earth. Most of them took place at the main part of the resort which was perfect because when you had your fill of fun you could go back to the quiet Castle. Our favorite was the Foam Pool Party that took place during the daytime on Saturday which had dancers, a dj, the best host, and a saxophone player! We had so much fun that I lost my phone on our daybed near the beach but a quick call to the reception cleared that up (thank you again Edwardo). Another show you wouldn't want to miss is their acrobatic circus show at night which again took our breath away.

The food is also top notch we ate everything and never felt sick in fact we felt better than we had before we came because of their portion sizes, it was always the right amount of food that left you able to enjoy the rest of your day and not want to slip into a food coma. Quality was fresh and always excellent! One pro tip that is not advertised is that if you are at the main pool and see people pushing around wheelbarrows full of coconuts they will lop off the top and give you one to drink if you ask them to, I recommend that if you are not used to coconut water do not do this because your body will process it too quickly, but if you are its a must!

We chose the Scape Park for our excursion and our travel agent was named Julio who was provided to us through Delta, he was also amazing and informational. He described Cap Cana as the Rodeo Drive of Punta Cana (and we completely agree) and he provided us with all the best options that Cap Cana had to offer he wanted us to choose a scuba diving/spa excursion that was 20 minutes off resort but because it was our first time in Punta Cana we chose the Scape Park which was only 9 minutes away but next time we will take his advise. Scape Park was open air and beautiful! there were tons of people from other resorts and lots of locals enjoying their day and asking us how our morning was each time we passed. If you choose to go bring walking shoes and a comfortable outfit because there are a lot of things to cover, we made it to the cenota which is a natural body of water surrounded by a limestone cave wall that you can jump into or wade around and enjoy, the underground cave, and through the entire cultural walk which was our favorite. The cultural walk had Dominican Historical houses built in the middle of the jungle led by a pathway and informational signs that told you about their rich history and brought you close to the local animals (but not too close), at the end you happen upon the Domincan Traditional home where someone is waiting for you with a smile and refreshing Mamajuana (the traditional national Dominican cordial) which is delicious! They also provided zip lining but the hike is about two hours and we were too tired by the time we realized where it was so we recommend to do that first.

Some people on this website complained that the beach at the resort was small and had seaweed but i completely disagree especially after vacationing in Mexico where the seaweed is much worse. There are two seaweed barriers that are maintained every day and people working without being intrusive on collecting the seaweed that makes it to the shore, we went in August when the crowd was light so the beach never seemed small to us and there were always seats or cabanas available to enjoy.

In the end we were sad to leave we fell in love with the Dominican people and the overall experience of our whole trip! If you are looking for a luxury and safe vacation go to Sanctuary Cap Cana!