Guests at the Sanctuary Resort Cap Cana by AlSol in the Dominican Republic get the pampering expected of a high-end Caribbean vacation destination, plus access to one of the Caribbean's best golf courses. The resort -- right down to its employee uniforms -- is more Spanish Mediterranean than Dominican, but you'll love the sense of staying in a small (albeit still growing) traditional village.
Rooms at the Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort
The junior suites at Sanctuary Cap Cana have views of the ocean and pool from balconies that have lounge chairs and a small table. While the room is spacious, it is a bit narrow. The edge of the bed seems to be a bit close to the wall. There is a separate seating area and a walk-in closet, as well as a restroom that could double for a Manhattan apartment.
The bathroom has all the products that you rarely want to spend the money on at home. The bath gel makes your skin feel so soft you might be motivated to spend a little extra time in the tub. The towels, bath mats, and robe are all that extra soft you get in higher-end hotels.
The suites also include internet access, a 37-inch plasma TV, and fine linens on the bed. A coffee maker is present, but the coffee is not complimentary and you are essentially paying mini-bar prices for ordinary coffee.
Dining at Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort
David Crockett Steak House: The steakhouse at this resort is fairly ordinary, with the usual steakhouse offerings.
They are particularly proud of their Argentine style of grilling meat.
Blue Marlin Grill & Sea Food: The views are great at the Blue Marlin and the cuisine is straight from the waters of the Caribbean. It is a casual yet elegant restaurant that feels very much like they have retained the local flare and atmosphere of Caribbean culture.
Casabella: Breakfast and lunch is served at Casabella, where the buffet is an option and the best alternative if you are looking for a lighter meal without traditional sit-down service. They do offer a few dishes that get as close to authentic as you will get at the resort.
Recreation at Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort
Golf: If you enjoy golf there is little chance you will be disappointed with Punta Espada. The course is picturesque from tee to green. Lagoon, ocean, sand traps and iguanas, this course will soon steal your heart.
Beach: The small strip of sand in front of Sanctuary is decent if you want to stay close to the bar and the pool area. There is a separate beach adjacent to the resort that is pristine and worthy of the 5-minute walk.
Casino: If you enjoy a little gambling with your nightlife you might enjoy the casino action at Sanctuary Cap Cana. Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Poker, Caribbean Poker, Baccarat, and slots are available in the small casino on the property.
Pools at Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort
The large pool in the center of the resort is perfect for an afternoon of lounging. You can swim up to the bar and have a seat in the water while having a drink, or you can find a bit of shade under the large umbrellas that surround the pool.
Service at Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort
The staff is very attentive and most speak English well enough for you to be able to communicate your needs. The check-in staff was cordial and very willing to answer any and all questions. Restaurant staff were fairly friendly, but reserved.
Intangibles at Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort
The grounds at Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort are truly part of the allure. The proximity of the sand to the suites makes this an ideal location for those who want the exclusive feeling of having their own private beach.
However, the small private beach can become crowded if the resort is operating at full capacity.
The Sanctuary Cap Cana Golf & Spa Resort
Playa Juanillo, Cap Cana
Punta Cana, Republica Dominicana
Rooms: 120 at Sanctuary, 54 at Fortress
Phone: 809-544-4343 or 888-892-0587