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
My wife and I spent our honeymoon here and out of all the places we looked at we are incredibly happy with our choice. The property is completely remodeled and everything is designed and thought out beautifully. Sanctuary has a very private and luxury feel. The staff is what makes this place so enticing. Ricardo, Enrique, Chocolate, Bernabe, Lookey Lookey, Chapony, Louise, Hector, and Smith in particular went above and beyond to make the most of our time here as well as the rest of the staff. The staff works hard and has a fun loving, laid back attitude while still attending to every need. Private beach, amazing food, excellent service, exciting entertainment and activities, and a overall great intimate experience, especially for a honeymoon! The only thing that I would change is having the beds be more high end. other than that highly recommended.
This place did not disappoint. I stayed here for 5 nights/6 days and enjoyed every moment of it. The staff was very nice and professional. They spoke everytime we passed, asked how our stay was, and wanted to help in anyway possible. My wife and I stayed in a Jr Suite with an ocean view. Rooms were clean, housekeeping came everyday or whenever you wanted. Everyday was sunny and 85 degrees (with the humidity it felt like low 90's). There was always a breeze coming off of the ocean/sea. I thought the food was great. The sushi was great at the Wok. The steakhouse was fantastic. Capriccio the Italian cuisine and Fusion were probably the best. Sanctuary Town was also fantastic. I would say that I was expecting more options in between lunch and dinner to be available. But I settled with the buffet (DARN!!!). The gym was spacious and very clean. Tons of machines and weights. SEXY MONKEY IS THE MAN!!!. I learned a lot about the Dominican culture from many of the staff. 'Choco latte on fire' was also great at the pool doing water aerobics. There were so many pools I could not keep up. The main pool seemed to house many of the guest, but there were several pools without people in them. Nightly entertainment was plentiful. Overall,my experience was great. Especially during a time that the Dominican Republic is catching a lot of negative attention. The resort was very safe! There were plenty of chairs at the beach. No waves in the water for those thrill seekers. Beach was clean, there was some seaweed but not enough to scare you away. The staff did a good job gathering up the seaweed.
Some things I would warn guests about would be THE SUN!! I cannot tell you how many adults I saw get sun burnt on their first day and then struggle the rest of their time at the resort. I personally witnessed guest being unpleasant because they were uncomfortable. Also, those that are expecting tons of american food options may not like all of the cultural options. Please don't come here expecting McDonald's burgers and fries.
Henry my assistant was fantastic. Ray, Juan, and Robinson the servers were fantastic. Sexy Monkey at the gym was great. Chocolate on fire was awesome.
My husband and I stayed at Sanctuary Cap Cana June 9-13, 2019 - we went with another couple, all of us leaving our kids behind for a much needed vaca! Rave reviews!! We stayed in an ocean front room in the castle - we were immediately shocked at how quiet and peaceful it was there! Definitely a different vibe vs. the main pool area, where we ended up spending most of our time for a bit more excitement!
Food was excellent - only wish the taco truck and ice cream/crepe shop opened earlier than 4pm haha! Heads up - they generally serve red wine chilled (yuck) and guys, they are pretty strict on attire (pants and no open toe shoes for men). My husband only read the pants requirement and so ended up having to wear sneakers since he only brought sandals. I loved the steak place and the Italian restaurant in particular. We definitely ordered room service most evenings - just a heads up that the room service menu thins to only a few options after 11pm - but the cheeseburger is pretty solid =). Also, the Presidente on tap is light beer - they kept joking it was Dominican water, which was kind of true. By the third day, we were ordering the non-included beer options. My husband also tried to order premium liquor at the Castle bar (willing to purchase, since not included), but they would only sell by the bottle, which seemed kind of weird (either that or something was lost in translation!).
Staff was sensational! I thought some of the evening "activities" might be a little cheesy, but they were actually pretty entertaining... karaoke, "circus" night, etc. If you're lucky enough to hang out with Diana, she is the ULTIMATE party-starter/entertainer - we were sad to say goodbye to her!!! In general, ALL of the staff were so hospitable, genuine and fun - Raulyn and Dionicio were wonderful and so welcoming - they definitely went out of their way to make our stay amazing!
Spa massages are also a must-do - you also get access to the private pool, sauna, etc., which is crazy peaceful. Gym... I worked out in the gym there a couple days and it was practically empty - but a long row of treadmills and a couple dozen weight machines, free weights, etc., and yoga mats/balls. We did the morning yoga with "Sexy Monkey" who cracked us up. Mostly because the husbands lost a bet so had to do yoga with us and were constantly falling down. But it's in the hut over the ocean so extremely zen-like!
We'd definitely go back again!
This place was so awesome!! As soon as we got there we were upgraded to an ocean view room. The room was very big and really nice.
All the restaurants were so good. Lourdes was our waitress at the Italian restaurant and we always sat in her section for breakfast. She was great!! The steakhouse was delicious, I recommend the crab cakes and the filet for 2. They cook the steak right in front of you. We ate at the Wok restaurant and Ray was our waiter. He was really good too. It was super yummy and tried to go back the next night but it was closed that evening. Don’t listen to the bad reviews about the food because it was so good no matter where we ate! I would also recommend making a reservation for Fusion in the Sanctuary town. It was so much fun. We made friends with Diana around the pool and then saw her at Fusion. The workers at this resort are extremely hard working. They are somewhere during the day working hard and then somewhere else in the evening always with a smile on their face.
Fido was always so helpful around the pool and saved our chairs around the pool when he saw where we liked to sit and Lorena was a great waitress when we needed something to drink around the pool. My husband made friends with Gilbert at the swim up bar. Those guys were lots of fun!! I really can’t say enough about the staff at this resort. Everyone says hi and makes sure your stay is wonderful.
I would love to go back here because it has been the best place we have ever stayed.
The room was amazing, service, food ,overall 5 🌟 experience, we will recommend and comeback for sure! Santos Martinez assistant executive chef was absolutely outstanding ! The service,food,drinks everything was fabulous.