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
Sanctuary Cap Cana is truly fantastic. From check in to check out and everything in between, it was fantastic. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room was superb. Great views and it was exactly as advertised. We felt like we were staying in a Spanish Fort or Castle. Beautiful place. If you like food, pools, and drinks, there are options aplenty. Beach is smaller but nice. You’ll see some seaweed but they are pretty good about keeping the beach clean. Sand was very fine. We really enjoyed the Fusion Bar and Restaurant. If you like, music, dancing, food and fun, give it a try. Our Butler was Emile. Ask for him. He does a great job. Nancy was our housekeeper. Extremely nice and pleasant to talk to. She and Emile made our anniversary very special. Thanks Edward and staff for being so friendly. Will definitely go back and highly recommend for and adult getaway.
Everything was excellent!! Food, staff, nightly entertainment, room service, cleanliness, etc.. Cap Cana is actually a private area where only guest, taxi drivers, and workers can enter. It is very safe and when you leave for any excursions, the staff working the gate ask for your room number and writes down the drivers license plate number to make sure you get back safe. Scape Park is one excursion that is a must! It’s only 15 mins from the resort. Horseback riding was also really cool and that is 45 mins from the resort. When you book your excursions through the hotel downstairs by the front desk your taxi fee is included with the excursion. We went to Hard Rock Casino in Punta Cana. That was a 40 min drive and the taxi fee round trip was $100. So if you plan on going, get a group to go so you can all split the cost. Also, every Friday there is a foam party at one of the pools. That was my husband and I first foam party ever and we had a blast!! The staff is very caring and always has a smile. We called in room service at all hours of the day and they tended to us with no problem at all!! We highly recommend this resort!! We will be going back to celebrate our 1yr anniversary!
My wife and I stayed in a Monarch Oceanfront villa and we can’t speak highly enough of it. The location and view were just superb. Our butler Miguel made sure all of our needs were taken care of and completely arranged a romantic private dinner for us. The bartenders Jose and Esteban at the Beach bar were fantastic and always made sure we had a cold beverage in our hand.
The restaurants at Sanctuary are top notch, most of the food was absolutely delicious. Casabella for breakfast was great and had wonderful views. Our favorite was the Blue Marlin (This is where Jonathan took care of us during our private dinner). Wok is excellent and the atmosphere is awesome. Also, the little restaurants in Sanctuary Town are great as well.
In closing we would like to thank the entire staff of Sanctuary Cap Cana, especially our new friend Miguel who really made our stay the best. We will be coming back again, and next time bringing our friends with us.
P.S. For any golfers out there play the Punta Espada golf course. It’s a little expensive but belongs on every golfers bucket list.
There were a group of 10 of us that just came back from 5 nights here. Our last day we just kept talking about how amazing our experience was and the value we received! So, here is a detailed review of our experience:
We all had originally booked the Junior Suite ocean view. My husband and I were upgraded to a Monarch Villa. They were trying to get some of our group to upgrade for a cost to the Royalty Villa so we took a tour of the three rooms; the Junior Suite Oceanview ( the one they toured us smelt very musty, although those in our group who stayed in them did not complain), the Monarch Villa, which did not have an ocean view but was a stand alone unit, and the Royalty Villa! The Royalty Villa was absolutely gorgeous. It had 2 bedroom suites, a fabulous view of the ocean, a small private pool and a shared living room with glass walls. One of the bedrooms was definitely better than the other with a private jacuzzi. If it was just two couples traveling together and never wanting to leave your private escape, I would recommend this room in a heartbeat. Our group opted for the Junior Suite and Monarch Villa and were still very pleased.
Better than expected! They have 24 hour room service. The Buffet was the breakfast option. They make great omelets and had plenty to choose from. Blue Marlin and The Buffet were the lunch options. Blue Marlin had really good roasted vegetables for an appetizer, however, sometimes it was missing a few of the vegetables. The first time I had them was definitely the best; tomatoes, zucchini, onion and red and green bell peppers. There was some kind of black salt on them that just added to the flavor. Blue Marlins garlic shrimp, salmon, mahi mahi and skirt steak with chimichurri were also fantastic. This place also has the view. It sits in the ocean. The Steakhouse (guys have to wear pants) was good as well. We are from the Midwest so we know a good steak, and although it was different, it was still really good. One of the guys in our group gorged himself on filets the last night we were there, it was so good. My favorite thing there was the Chocolate Souffle; AMAZING! The Wok (need reservations for hibachi) was entertaining when we went for hibachi. They serve you sushi, miso soup, and then the main dish which included beef, salmon, shrimp, tuna and chicken. Our chef kept saying, 'ya baby, I love my job'! Very upbeat guy! We went back one night for just the regular asian food. Large sushi menu and what we had was tasty, ramen was very flavorful and teriyaki salmon was delish. The Italian restaurant (guys wear pants) was okay. It wasn't horrible by any means. Nice ambiance, but our least favorite place. Fusion in Sanctuary Town(need reservations) was such a fun experience! It's a long bar that seats probably 16 people. The music is really, really loud and upbeat. The staff of 6 dances while preparing the food, which is 4 small plates and really good! They also prepare an alcoholic beverage to go with each small plate. At the end, they have you in a conga line to go around the bar and dance. Very, very fun experience! Our group also liked the Taco Truck in Sanctuary Town. Sanctuary Town is open for lunch and dinner on the weekends and opens at 6pm on the weeknights. The mini bars in the room are stocked with Coke, Fanta, Dasani water and Presidente beer. They have lots of different hard liquor, even top shelf choices at the bars. Eddie in the Love bar was able to make a delicious Expresso Martini when we gave him the recipe to look at!
The property overall was very beautiful and well kept. We were there when it was 90% occupied and did not feel crowded. It would be nice if they had a few more swimming mats for the pools. They are located by the towel hut on the beach and if you want one for a pool you are carrying it around the property to your pool of choice. Of course, a majority of the people hang out at the main pool by the beach with the swim up bar, but the infinity pool that is just a few stairs away is perfect too! The beach has plenty of chairs and little bed cabanas. If you want a pretty beach scene though, this may not be your place. Some sort of ocean plant is constantly washing up on the beach. They have staff raking it and carting it away but it is constantly there, just in various degrees. It does have quite an odor also. There are lots of little areas to lounge throughout the property. Blue Marlin has couches and swings and sits over the ocean. The Fitness Center, located in the Castle, is a good size and has plenty of equipment to work out on. Everything is within a short walk!
They have pool games going on during the day, a sand volleyball court, and ping pong table on the beach. At night they have either karaoke, acrobatic circus, white party, foam party, band, Brazilian party. The Pub is actually not a beer drinking place, but a dance club that opens at 10:30 at night. There is a great mariachi band that comes around at dinner. They even know the words to Hotel California! ha!
So accommodating and friendly. Our villa came with a butler. We loved Henry! We communicated with him through What's App. He would make dinner reservations for us, pick us up and transport us around the property on the golf cart and even gave us a tour of a couple other room options for future reference. We joked that he just popped out of the bushes and that they had a gps tracker on us because he had a way of knowing where we were on the property. ha! Ask for Henry! What you will notice about the staff is that they work multiple locations. Little K, which is a sweet 20 year old, works the main pool during the day, apparently a secretary someplace, fusion for dinner and the Club at night. Loci Loci Wow (name hilarious right) also works the entertainment sector. The entertainment, restaurant, butler staff work their tails off and always have smiling faces! Henry works 12 hours a day for 12 days and gets 2 days off.
In the end, this is a place we definitely see us ourselves coming to again! The resort is only 15-20 minutes from the airport and has everything we wanted! Our only concern is that they are currently adding 140 more rooms (almost doubling the size) which will open next month, yet we didn't see where they were adding more pools and such. I really hope it doesn't lose the quaint feel with the addition.
Thanks for a wonderful experience! Ed and Ashley Stroud
Honestly, this place was perfect. I went with my husband and another couple, and we had a BLAST! It was equally fun and relaxing, everything was clean, and everyone was SO nice! We can't wait to go back!!