My boyfriend and I just returned from a five-night stay (traveled with another couple) at the Sanctuary. We had been to the Excellence Punta Cana and the Magestic Elegance (both adults-only) but wanted to try out an all-inclusive with a smaller feel. It's true that the beach at Sanctuary is much smaller than the other resorts. The beach at Excellence was unbeatable. But the Sanctuary beach never felt crowded and the beach chairs, beds etc were top-notch. We spent an afternoon at Juanillo beach, where, if you walk a little ways down from the noise, is an area for Sanctuary guests with chairs. I'm not sure why some reviewers are so upset about the seaweed. It's the ocean, people. There was seaweed but the water was blue as could be and the sand was incredibly soft.
We stayed in a Beach Front Suite, which was well-outfitted (though not modern) and had a view of the beach/ocean. If you need to be directly on the water, a Monarch Villa would be your only option. But we were able to walk back and forth from our rooms to the beach/pool in seconds, which was very nice. If you're staying at the castle, it's a further walk and not beach-front, which, even with more modern decor, I would not have wanted.
There were rotating restaurants with one breakfast option, three lunch options (the bar, blue marlin and beach) and two dinner options each day. Breakfast was fine, nothing to write home about, the best items being plantains, mashed mango or some of the more local options. For lunch, the Blue Marlin is definitely the best option. The grouper burger and grouper ceviche are not to be missed. You can also order from the bar and have food brought directly to the beach, which was great. The beach buffet was disappointing. Our favorite dinner was the Blue Marlin: grilled whole Pampano fish, ceviche, paella etc. The Wok habachi was fun to do and on par with Benihana (sushi was definitely not). We also had a regular dinner at the Wok which was good. The Italian restaurant and the Steakhouse were okay. Again, totally fine but not five-star cuisine.
The bars always had plenty of drinks flowing although they were often out of limes for some reason. I recommend the pina colada, mojito or a bananas con leche. There were kids around, more so during the week, which wasn't a problem but would have preferred otherwise.
All in all it was a very classy way to experience an all-inclusive. And, despite a smaller beach, we had an amazingly relaxing time with little to no issues whatsoever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Its inspired design combines the charm of a Spanish colonial village with the laid-back sensuality of the Caribbean and the stylish sophistication of streamlined, modern design accents. Bougainvillea-lined pathways lead guests through the resort grounds to 176 expansive, private suites housed in replicas of a tower, colonial buildings and fortress. Within the resort are 5 exceptional restaurants, 5 bars, an elegant casino, a half-mile private beach with sugar-white sand, and meeting space for up to 500 guests, while just minutes away lie all the world-class recreational appeals of Cap Cana. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Cap Cana Hotel Punta Cana
- Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort