Sanctuary Cap Cana property overview

A Sanctuary in the Dominican Republic


February 23, 2023
Words by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of Sanctuary Cap Cana

Sanctuary Cap Cana is a luxury all-inclusive, adults-only resort in the Dominican Republic, and it just so happens to be the first of its kind for the Marriott Luxury Collection. This pristine property is located in the exclusive Cap Cana community, which boasts pristine beaches, world-class golf courses, equestrian stables, a marina and a scape park full of natural wonders. The resort underwent a grand reopening after being closed due to a hurricane, and I was fortunate enough to be one of the first guests to experience its renewed splendor.

Photo by Sanctuary Cap Cana

Photo by Sanctuary Cap Cana

Photos by Lauren Ertl

From the moment I stepped into the lobby, I was struck by the beauty of Sanctuary Cap Cana’s aesthetic. The décor is elegant and sophisticated, with plush furnishings and warm lighting that create a sense of comfort and relaxation. The lobby also offers a breathtaking view of the ocean, which sets the tone for the rest of the resort.


Photos by Lauren Ertl

Photos by Lauren Ertl

My room was equally impressive. I got the special treatment and stayed
right on the beach in one of the property’s oceanfront villas. Besides having a private deck over the sea, my one-bedroom Monarch Villa boasted a king-size bed, living and dining room, jetted bathtub and much more! The Villa Collection section also offers VIP services like a personal butler, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, and the list goes on… There is a wide range of accommodations with various pricing and offerings to suit your preferences and budget – which is ideal if you plan to travel with a large group.


Photo by Mikkel Paige

Speaking of large groups, one of the unique features of Sanctuary Cap Cana is its ability to host weddings and other special events. There are several venues perfect for weddings, from a private tropical island ideal for intimate nuptials to The Castle Ocean Lounge for couples who wish to feel like royalty come Wedding Day. On-site experienced and dedicated wedding planners work closely with each couple to create a wedding that reflects their individual style and preferences. Whatever your dream wedding may entail, Sanctuary Cap Cana’s range of wedding packages suits different budgets and preferences.

The resort also offers a range of dining options, from casual beachside eateries to fine-dining restaurants. My favorite was Capriccio, which serves specialty Northern Italian items and classics in an elegant, expertly decorated space. The property also has several bars and lounges where guests can enjoy cocktails and entertainment throughout the day and night, including its very own disco!


Photos by Lauren Ertl

One of the highlights of my stay was stepping into full relaxation at the Sanctuary Spa. From the moment you enter “the castle” building which houses the spa, more suite accommodations, a secluded bar and pool, and the state-of-the-art fitness center – expect to be in a perpetual state of awe. On your stroll to your spa treatment, make sure to stop by the waterfall room where a giant water feature mimics the sound of the ocean, and take a mindful moment.

Upon entering the expansive spa, take in the elegant, natural decor and subtle lighting creating a peaceful ambiance. The treatment menu features a variety of massages, facials, body wraps, and other beauty services ideal for getting ready on the big day, all performed by highly skilled therapists using premium products. Whether you opt for a deep tissue massage, a hydrating facial, or a full-body scrub, you are sure to leave feeling refreshed, revitalized, and utterly pampered. Overall, the spa at Sanctuary Cap Cana is a must-visit for anyone seeking an indulgent and unforgettable wellness experience.


Photos by Lauren Ertl

What truly sets Sanctuary Cap Cana apart is its commitment to providing a truly personalized experience for its guests. The staff goes above and beyond to ensure that each guest feels special and well-cared for. From the moment I arrived, I was greeted with warmth and hospitality, and the staff went out of their way to make sure that all of my needs were met.

Overall, my stay at Sanctuary Cap Cana was nothing short of exceptional. The resort’s grand reopening after the hurricane was a testament to its resilience and commitment to providing a world-class experience for its guests. From the stunning views and luxurious accommodations to the personalized service, it’s no wonder couples flock here to tie the knot in paradise!

Wyndham Alltra

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