I've stayed at many all-inclusive places that are 4-5 star and this shouldn't get 5 star. The room was just ok but we didn't spend too much time in it. I did enjoy relaxing by the beach and pool, and met some great people. What made it average? The food was TERRIBLE! I'm not even a self proclaimed foodie. I'm happy with a turkey sandwich for lunch and cereal for dinner, but this was not good. The breakfast was fine, but you can't really mess up breakfast. Dinner was not good at all. I'm not much of a steak snob but the filet at the steakhouse was probably the worst steak i've ever eaten. My jaw was exhausted from chewing it for so long. The Italian place was even worse. My wife got the little pizza and I got the ravioli. The pizza reminded me of the little microwavable pizzas I ate in college and the raviolis had to have been frozen pre-packaged. Luckily there were only 2 places to eat open per night and the Japanese place was open 2 nights we were there, b/c we enjoyed that. Also, they gave you a receipt after ordering everything. The receipt would say the cost of the meal, then $0 as if you were supposed to tip 20%. Even every pool side beverage came with a receipt. I don't mind tipping but it almost felt forced. I paid for all-inclusive so I didn't have to think about signing a receipt every 5 minutes. My wife and I also enjoy traveling and experiencing the local culture. I just didn't feel like there was any. We go to Puerto Rico and eat mufongo, Mexico-mexican food, Jamaica- jerk chicken, etc, but Punta Cana didn't seem to have an identity. Overall, we did have a good time, and like I said, met some really great people, so I'm not too disappointed. But I've stayed at 5-star resorts, and this wasn't even close to 5-star. 1 must, go to the restaurant on the beach after you leave the resort (past the castle area). It had awesome food you have to pay for. 1 last thing if you go in the summer, it's really really humid! We live in Florida, so we were fine, but heard lots of chatter about the humidity.
- 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