My wife and spent a week at the Sanctuary in June 2013. It was for our 10th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful week in paradise. The hotel staff is excellent, and they really go out of their way to make your stay comfortable.
My wife is vegetarian, so I emailed the resort a few weeks in advance to see what kind of vegetarian options would be available for her. As soon as we arrived at the hotel, Enrique (hotel manager, I think) greeted us in the lobby and told us that the chefs would be more than able to accommodate our needs. The choice of restaurants is really nice; the only problem is that there is a rotating schedule each night for which restaurants are open. I loved the Steakhouse; unfortunately for me it was only open twice (I think)! Food options were way better than what I had expected. I am not a "foody" and so my standards may not be as high as other, more-seasoned travelers, but I was very happy. We enjoyed eating at the Wok and at Capriccio (my wife really enjoyed the pizza there). One of our final nights there was "Dominican Night" at the Blue Marlin, which was very tasty. The morning breakfast buffet was always excellent. I do wish that they had more varieties of fresh fruit (we only got to eat mango once all week). Try out the smoothies! You give them whichever fruits you want and they create a really nice, refreshing morning smoothie. They play a lot of "Bossonova" music at breakfast... think of Pink Floyd, Zepplin or the Rolling Stones sung by a jazz singer in a swanky 50's era nightclub. We loved the music so much that we actually asked the DJ (Melvin) about it, and he transferred almost 150 songs to our iPad!
The hotel grounds are simply stunning. Our hotel room was over in the castle side, room 1034. We loved our room. I had notified the hotel in advance that it was our anniversary trip; when we arrived, they had upgraded us to that room. It was a ground level suite, very spacious and gorgeous. There was a large patio/deck for us to read and chill out on. The deck overlooked a small creek that would fill up with water as the ocean tide rose, and there was a wooden bridge over this creek that connected our room to a large grassy area with beach chairs and large 4 post bed-looking things that seemed perfect for meditation. We loved exploring the whole hotel. Lots of beautiful views to be had.
The pools are gorgeous. There are no fewer than 4 pools on the grounds (I may have missed one or two); most people either use the swim out bar pool next to the Blue Marlin restaurant or the pool on top of the castle. Drink service was everywhere, and was great. One criticism I have about the main pool area is that on two of the days that we were there, the resort had allowed some street vendors to come in and sell their jewelry/art/cigar/Mamajuana (alcoholic beverage, not "mary jane"). This was quite a nuisance, because I really did not appreciate being hassled by the vendors while trying to relax. Quite honestly, those guys should not be allowed on the property because they are super annoying.
I wouldn't call the Sanctuary an adults-only resort, because there were kids there, but there isn't too much for children to do there, except swim. There is a little daycare/camp area on the resort property which looked like fun, but as we were there without kids, I don't know any details.
The hotel also has a nice gym with a few treadmills, elliptical and weight machines. I loaded up my iPad with a few workout videos that I have and had plenty of space for that. The spa is also great for relaxation, although the men's bathroom could have been a little bit cleaner. There was a funny smell coming from the toilet/urinal area.
Overall, this was the most amazing resort that my wife and I have ever stayed in. The people are very kind and very sweet and go out of their way to help you. The room rate we paid ($332 total per night for all-inclusive) was a great value and well worth it. We will certainly return to the Sanctuary whenever we can. I have already been telling anyone and everyone who will listen that they should go visit the resort for an amazing stay!
- 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