My wife and I just recently returned from a 6 day stay at the Sanctuary in the DR. This was our first trip outside the US. Not knowing what to expect, we sought the advise and guidance from friends and reviews from other travelers that posted comments on Tripadvisor. I'm sharing my experiences, in hopes it will provide others with useful information.
Although we have no other travels in the DR to compare with the Sanctuary, my wife and I both loved the experience. The best attribute of the Sanctuary was the staff. They were extremely nice, respectful, and always friendly. (Special thanks to Danis Severino!). With this type of positive atmosphere, it made the Sanctuary a great place to celebrate our 20 year wedding anniversary!
I would not recommend the Sanctuary to families with young children (6 to 12). This is primarily a place for relaxing activities (which is one of the reasons why we chose this location). If your children are like ours, they would become bored rather quickly.
The variety of food is somewhat limited to what we are accustomed to here in the US. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style. After the first day, we primarily ordered room service. Dinner was a different experience. All the restaurants we visited were exceptional. I do recommend the All-Inclusive plan (especially if you plan to drink or order room service).
Since one of my initial fears of traveling to a foreign country was the transportation from the airport to the hotel, I also wanted to briefly share my experiences with our transport provider, Amstar DMC. Amstar was a great selection. They were prompt on the pickup at the airport and at the hotel on our return trip. Their website was easy to use to setup the appointment.
Couple of recommendations....
1. If you are on the "All-Inclusive" plan and you want to tip the staff, take plenty of 1's, 5's, and 10's (instead of 20's, 50's, and 100's). You can always tip via the credit card but the staff always prefer cash.
2. Pack small snacks. There is a small mini-market on site but the selection is limited.
3. Enjoy the public beach adjacent to the property.
- 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