It’s tough to review the Sanctuary Cap Cana in 2014 because it is closing in September for a four-month makeover. They promise that, aside from expanding the gastronomic variety of the restaurants and improving the rooms, the overall feel of this favored resort will not change when they reopen for the 2015 season. 
There will still be a choice of rooms in the Spanish colonial–style main hotel and in the (adults-only) faux stone “castle,” or you can rent a Caribbean-style villa. Most are done along clean modern lines done in complementary tones and materials: off-white sofas with black wicker chairs, warm woods against pale stonework and marble
This is a smaller and less rule-bound resorts. In some room categories, you can just do bed-and-breakfast—though most people do opt for the all-inclusive experience, especially as Cap Cana is a bit isolated from the rest of Punta Cana—and there is no fiddling around with the false scarcity of having to make reservations at the a la carte restaurants the way larger resorts do (and, save for the breakfast buffet, all meals are a la carte). 
Note that, although every room claims to have a sea view over the small beach, those in buildings set farther back on the property only get them if you are not on the ground level
Nearby is the premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf course Punta Espada (rated Golfweek’s #1 in the Caribbean and Mexico).