Max and I booked the Sanctuary Cap Cana on Chase Ultimate Rewards points on a great deal for our trip at the end of July. We were excited to check out this incredible, architectural wonder in Cap Cana.

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Sanctuary Cap Cana is part of the Playa Resorts group, who manage a number of all-inclusive properties around the Caribbean.

Overall, we enjoyed our experience there, thanks to a great upgrade from the hotel to the King & Queen Suite overlooking the water. The King & Queen Suite features a living room, bedroom, large bathroom and half bath, outdoor tub and massive patio with a small jacuzzi. We felt that regardless of the room you book, you can’t really go wrong at Sanctuary – every room was unique and absolutely qualifies as “beach chic”.

While many of the F&B outlets were closed during our stay due to COVID-19 occupancy lulls, we did get to try the steakhouse, fine-dining French option and our favorite, Blue Marlin. Sanctuary is one of the few resorts we have stayed at that do not charge extra for steak and lobster, so we took full advantage of the delicious lobster at Blue Marlin ;). We do wish they offered more outdoor dining options, particularly during COVID-19 as we tend to prefer outdoor seating any time we go on vacation. We look forward to returning when all the outlets open up to share more about the f&b experiences with you all.

The summer in the Caribbean is a beautiful time to be traveling, but do keep in mind, no matter where you go, it’s very likely that you will encounter Sargassum seaweed. We experienced this quite a bit during our trip to Punta Cana and Sanctuary did a good job trying to clear it up. I will look forward to visiting in the winter and spring next time to avoid as much seaweed as possible.

The facilities are excellent: full spa, multiple STUNNING pools, incredible architecture and all the fixings of a 5-star resort. They have built a small “town” outside the lobby of the hotel that features shops, restaurants and sundries for guests of the hotel and of the other Cap Cana properties. Note that only some of the outlets are included in the all-inclusive.

beautiful views of a castle

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Want to learn more about this property? Read our full written hotel review of the Sanctuary Cap Cana.

Overall, we were impressed with the Sanctuary’s design, elegance, delicious lobster and COVID-19 precautions. We felt incredible safe and loved how seriously staff took the current situation.

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00:56 – Location

03:05 – Lobby & Check in

06:13 – Rooms

08:19 – Service

09:42 – Dining

11:43 – Facilities

12:31 – Style


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Disclaimer: We were not hosted by Sanctuary, but we did receive an upgrade in exchange for our honest review. Please know the opinions expressed are all our own and may not reflect the hotel’s own views.

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