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
Stayed in the Castle and it was 1st class. We were assigned a butler and his name was Angel. Everyone including Angel was friendly and very helpful. The nightly dinners were excellent and the activities and pool staff were fun and energetic. The best part is that we had no problems and felt very safe. We were initially concerned before we booked because of the poor publicity the area had been receiving. We did our own research and felt comfortable to go and we were so happy we did. The entire resort was clean and inviting. We will definitely be going back in the future.
We stayed in the castle and it was fit for a King. Our butler Angel was attentive and very friendly. The pool staff that helped activities were so enthusiastic!!! All staff was great. We never felt afraid to be in the DR.
We just returned from our stay at Sanctuary, and what a wonderful vacation we had! Rather than participating in all the activities, we really wanted a relaxing getaway after my very intensive graduate program, and it was the perfect place! We stayed in a King and Queen Villa overlooking the ocean, which spacious, full of light, and had a beautiful balcony which we spent most of our time on. Our butler, Eric, was fabulous and made sure we had everything we needed and more (including hand-delivering drinks to us on our balcony in the afternoons!) and our housekeeper, Nancy, kept our room clean, organized, and left our bed beautifully made every day and turned down every night!
The grounds are breathtaking, the buildings are immaculately maintained with gorgeous detail, and I didn't encounter a single place on property which wasn't perfectly clean.
Our favorite restaurant on site was the Blue Marlin - best seafood, always perfectly cooked and prepared! We are accustomed to fine dining, and the rest of the restaurants aren't really up to that standard, but I wouldn't expect such at an all-inclusive resort. The Casa Bella buffet always exceeded our expectations, and our breakfasts and lunches were always delicious there.
Overall, we were exceptionally happy with our experience there - the only thing that would've made it better was to be able to go to Sanctuary Town, but unfortunately we were not there on Saturday. Wonderful vacation, SO relaxing, exactly what we were looking for!