My wife and our two boys 7 and 10 spent 5 nights at the Sanctuary. It is in an absolutely beautiful though somewhat isolated setting. While there occupancy was less than 10% as there recently has been a change of ownership so I can't say that our stay will be perfectly representative as business in the future will almost certainly pick up.
We landed in Punta Cana early afternoon. The airport is no picnic with long lines to pay an entry fee then clear customs (almost 90 minutes). From there, a cab ride to the Sanctuary is 20 minutes and costs $30 (US dollars are welcome everywhere). Cap Cana is a gated area currently being developed. The Sanctuary is every bit of 5 miles past the checkpoint. Upon arriving, check in is fast and friendly. We stayed in room 1026 which was a spectacular 2 bedroom villa with private balcony on the ocean and its own infinity pool. You are taken to rooms/villas by golf cart.
Our room was very clean and well cared for as were the grounds. There are many pools, all lovely. Two main central pools, one with a swim up bar as well as an additional pool at the castle also overlooking the sea. The beach is small and the water shallow and still. Seaweed accumulates throughout the day and the beach is re-groomed each morning. There is also a public beach immediately outside the castle with bars and locals having fun. It feels very safe on the public beach even at dusk.
There is little to do other than relax by the pool and sea. The gym is nice and very under utilized (I was the only one there every day). Plenty of new Lifefitness equipment. There are 4 restaurants as well as room service and pool side dining. However, as occupancy was low they only opened two each evening. The Blue Marlin which has some standard fare and caribbean food was quite good and outdoors on the water. The fresh Pompano and cevice were both fantastic. The italian restaurant was mediocre and asian food quite bad but not inedible. Breakfasts were absolutely fantastic with incredible tropical fruits and fresh juices.
There was absolutely no nightlife there which was fine for us but might be considered dull by some. Staff was incredibly friendly. There were a few small annoyances such as no conditioner or lotion in the rooms. Also, although our villa was incredible we got it at an incredible discount. Had we not, the villa was over $1400 a night and for that kind of money there certainly were small details missed. However, if a quite piece of paradise with little to do and lovely staff is what one needs, Sanctuary Cap Cana is worth consideration.
- 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