Sorry for the delayed response, my family loved Sanctuary. The rooms were beautiful and the thing that most impressed us was the staff- they could not have been nicer or more attentive. We enjoyed being there so much that we didn't take any outside excursions- we would have gone deep sea fishing but the seas were rough and the boats weren't going out. We really enjoyed the guided bike tour and the many restaurants- our favorite was Fusion the Italian restaurant and the hibachi. We never had a bad meal and the boys really enjoyed getting pizzas and tacos later at night. We also really enjoyed eating breakfast outside, the fresh smoothie bar and the daily drink specials.
I did go to the spa for a massage and it may have been the nicest spa I have ever been to.
Thanks for your recommendation, we are so glad we listened to you.
Have a great day.
We had a wonderful trip!! The Sanctuary was perfect, beautiful grounds, beautiful room, welcoming and so eager to please staff. We loved it. Since the occupancy was low, not all the restaurants were open each night, but we just worked around that easily. They even let us go inside the beer bar one night that it was closed, to choose different beers to sample. It was pretty funny.
Transfers and flights were all just fine. No problems at all. The transfer company was great.
We would definitely go back!Thanks so much for our great vacation in DR!
Hi Betsy and the Love to Travel Team!
Thank you so very much for checking in on Jordan and I during our honeymoon! We absolutely LOVED Sanctuary Cap Cana in the Dominican and we can’t thank you enough for helping us plan our dream honeymoon! (: The resort and beach were breathtakingly beautiful!!!
We just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how pleased we were with your kindness, professionalism, and guidance throughout the entire honeymoon planning process. You truly made everything so effortless and easy, and for that we are forever grateful because planning trips at times can be very daunting and overwhelming at times, especially while wedding planning. We couldn’t have imagined planning it all without you, and we will definitely be using you to help plan our future trips as well as pass you along as a reference!
Thank you so very much again.
Best of wishes to you and the Love to Travel Team!
Allie and Jordan
We loved Santuary Cap Cana! The food was delicious! The transfers went very smoothly and had no issues in the airport. The Castle Suite was also great!
We thought about leaving the resort, but Paige was still recovering from an upper respiratory infection, so we decided to lay low at the resort. We still had plenty of fun on the resort. It was a great balance between relaxing and fun daytime entertainment. The Fusion restaurant was probably the best restaurant we went to. The food was good, but the atmosphere and dinner entertainment was something we had never experienced before.
We really appreciate your help in planning our honeymoon! Don't think it could have gone any better. We are moving to Atlanta next week, so nice to relax before the crazy picked back up. Hope you guys have a great summer!
We had a terrific time at Sanctuary Cap Cana. We enjoyed the food, pools, and the staff.
Overall Sanctuary and our vacation was awesome, the only thing we didn't like is twice a week they allow local vendors in to hawk their wares - and they are very pushy. It's the street market atmosphere that we prefer to avoid but couldn't as they were literally blocking the walkway between our room and breakfast and/or the pool. Other than that the staff is absolutely wonderful and they all take seriously their job of making sure everyone has a great time and are well-served. The evening entertainment was pretty good too.
We did like our room, "Beach Front" is a bit of a stretch - when I picture "beachfront" I picture looking out the door/window and seeing sand and water and nothing else. In reality there are pools, beach volleyball, etc. between us and the ocean. But the villas etc that truly are "beachfront" are more "oceanfront" and you can't walk out your door and get to the beach. So I liked what we had better, it was very close to the main pool which is where we spent most of our time anyway. We were technically "beachfront" in that the beach volleyball court was near our room, and the sand of it in continuous all the way through the rest of the resort to the ocean.
We did do a couple of excursions - Dr. Fish Ocean Spa (Bavaro beach area), and "Juanillo VIP All Day Tour" at Scape Park (in Cap Cana). Dr. Fish was pretty good/interesting, we wanted massages and this excursion included that and other things as well for the less $$ than the resort's spa, and it got us out to see a little more of Punta Cana. The VIP tour got snorkeling and visiting "the blue hole", the rest of it kind of felt like the same stuff we would do at the resort anyway, only on a boat for part of it and and a slightly different beach (turned out literally right next door to Sanctuary).
And of course, Punta Espada. You were absolutely right. Bucket-list type course that nobody really seems to have heard about around here. Absolutely gorgeous (and really difficult especially being a little bit rusty!)
So specifically to your questions:
Yes, it was a great recommendation - I don't know if it's better/worse than other resorts in DR, but the whole being in Cap Cana seemed like a nice little bit of extra peace / security. Plus it did save some $$ on Punta Espada, which I don't know that I would have made it to if we stayed somewhere further away / at another resort that has it's own course. If someone wants to do motorized water sports (jet ski, parasailing, etc) this probably isn't the resort for them as those activities are not allowed in any part of Cap Cana.
What we liked best was the staff, their awesome attitudes and personalities, and being waited on hand-and-foot. We were truly treated like a king and queen for a week.
I'm not entirely sure the "Beach Front" was much better than "Ocean View", other than we were much closer (i.e. didn't have to go down stairs), to get to the pool/bar/real beach/etc. But we did like the room.
Bottom line, I would definitely recommend the resort! On a side note, the people who stayed in "the castle" seem to swear by it, but from what I could see and tell I was really glad we were NOT in it. It's kind of far away from everything else.