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
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sprawling adults-only all-inclusive in Punta Cana with five pools, a huge spa, and top-notch fare
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
The Sanctuary is a beautiful resort. If you think the pictures on the website are breathtaking please take my word it is 100x better in person. The resort is very well maintained and ALL of the staff is wonderful and so full of love. They go above and beyond to ensure your stay at the resort is pleasurable.
During my stay I took full advantage of all activities offered. My husband and I ate at all but one of the restaurants, I utilized the Spa services and on our last night at the resort we did the romantic dinner for two on the beach. I can't think of anything that the resort could have done to improve or make our sta any better. It takes allot to impress me but this resort has left me speechless. I have never been so impressed with everything on a vacation. This was my first trip to Punta Cana and it was everything I could have hoped for and so much more. I/we will definitely be back to the Sanctuary.
We stayed at Sanctuary Cap Cana For 7 days on our honeymoon this October. The resort is huge. We were greeted with champagne and cool towels! Our room was extremely large and beautiful. Comfortable bed. Everything was really clean. It’s off season so there wasn’t a ton of people, which we loved! The place is absolutely extraordinary; the staff goes above and beyond to make sure your every single need is met. We had a butler, Miguel, who was on top of making sure our stay was over the top and we had everything we needed. They have “hype men” (Fido, chocolate, presidente and Wilkins) to get you involved in things like water aerobics, beach volleyball or Salsa lessons, etc...
The food was phenomenal, the wait staff is equally great (Jhonny, Maria,Sandro. Edward,Jonny)- we only ate at the same place once because they have many different options! The steak house was our favorite. The sanctuary town wasn’t open every night which we were kind of bummed about, but they offered different dinners down there each night! They also have different entertainment every night (belly dancing, violinists, karaoke). They hype men also show up to these and hey you excited!
There are multiple bars with different environments. Our favorites were the pool Bar where you’d find Carlos, the bartender, singing and dancing: or the piano bar, where you’d find eddy and michela, the bartenders, to Meet you with a smile and talk about life or baseball!
My only suggestion is if you do go during this time of year make sure you wear bug spray because I’d the mosquitos! but don’t worry, if you forget yours they have some in the shop there!
I named many People who got to know us personally,who took a moment to sit down and have a good conversation with us- people who treated us like we’re so much more than just their job! I wish I could have for everyone’s name though because there wasn’t a single person I met without a smile on their face and a kind heart!
I have never been waited on hand and foot like I have here, we will definitely be going back in the future!!!
Well deserved rating, great personal. Special Thanks to Esteban , Loren and Suneka at the beach bar, Elbam and Maria in the restaurants and Yohiydie at the concierge desk. (Please forgive the spelling ). Never had a bad service, not once heard "no".
Not the best ocean (weeds and rocks ), but plenty of the pools.
Thanks for stress free stay and few extra kilos gained from the great food.(LOL) Great kitchen sfaff, gracias.
We will dream of Sanctuary through the long winter. Hasta pronto amigos.