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
I love coming here. It’s my third time. And I’ll come back again. The service was perfect and I so enjoyed my own pool. It’s a great, quick, getaway from the United States. Stay in the Castle! It’s great.
We cannot tell you how much we loved this resort! Definitely 5 star without question .. the attention to detail, the rooms, the grounds and the staff were beyond phenomenal!! 24 hour room service was a two thumbs up!! Who doesn't love burgers and fries after a night of dancing LOL.
We absolutely loved the entertainment as well - one night we had two electric violinists that were phenomenal, a beach dance party, a country night with a great band etc. So good!!!!
We had two drawbacks:
"Sanctuary Town" where there are 5 of the restaurants were situated was closed for the week as the resort was not busy enough to have it open therefore our options were 3 places for dinner .. steak house, hibachi grill and/or the Italian restaurant which can get tedious. The buffet was open at breakfast and lunch only and one evening where they featured a Dominican night. I think for the price we paid we should have been warned by the hotel that this was going to be the case.
Beach/Ocean area was kept beautifully clean but the water was not what you expect in the Caribbean (the reason we wanted to go to Punta Cana was we heard the water/beaches were amazing) the entrance to the water was so very rocky (we kept laughing about our broken ankles) and the water just seemed murky and choppy. If you are going to go for an ocean vacation this is not the place.
Regardless overall it was seriously the nicest place we have ever stayed at and the hotel staff (every single one of them!!) was truly amazing.
We travel once a year and typically do all inclusives. This is by far our favourite resort! It’s a perfect mix of relaxation and fun . Amenities were top notch and high end. Rooms were clean and modern. Decor was absolutely stunning. Every area had a different feel. Could definitely take some stunning photos here.Entertainment was great and restaurants were great. Gilbert and the crew at the swim up bar were fantastic. They always made us laugh. We stayed in the castle- and had a swim up which was beautiful. Our butler Emilio was incredible- we had a great friendship with him- and he always made sure our experience was great - got us last minute reservations and always made sure we were having a great time. We had a great experience at the spa as well. We stayed for 6 days and after just the first day we agreed we’re coming back and recommended it all to our family and friends. Thanks so much for the memories and fantastic experience !