Playa’s Big Expansion in Punta Cana

punta cana westjet flights sanctuarySanctuary Cap Cana, in Punta Cana's tony enclave of Cap Cana.
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By the Caribbean Journal staff

Playa Hotel and Resorts has officially unveiled its newly-expanded adults-only Sanctuary Cap Cana resort, set in the tony enclave of Cap Cana in Punta Cana.

The property has completed a $35 million expansion project that saw the addition of two new buildings, each with six stories, with a total expansion of 140 new hotel rooms.

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Sanctuary Cap Cana.

The Punta Cana luxury resort now has a total of 325 rooms, along with five restaurants, six bars, a fitness center, five pools, a private stretch of beach and amenities like 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi and a mini-bar stocked daily.

The expansion is part of a complete “reimagining” of the hotel, covering everything from the lobby to the resort’s dining concepts to its signature spa.

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Juanillo Beach.

It also comes as Playa is set to unveil a major new all-inclusive complex in Cap Cana: the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara resort complex, with a family-friendly and adults-only resort (modeled on a similar Playa pairing in Montego Bay).

That project is slated to debut Nov. 1, according to Playa’s Web site, and like Sanctuary will be set on the shimmering white sands of Juanillo Beach. (It should be noted that Playa does not own, but manages the Sanctuary resort).

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A rendering of the all-inclusive Hyatt complex in Cap Cana.

It will include a total of 750 rooms across the two properties.

Punta Cana, the tourism hub of what remains the Caribbean’s biggest tourism destination, the Dominican Republic, continues to be a haven for hotel development.

That’s thanks to what is one of the Caribbean’s friendliest investment climates for hospitality companies.

— CJ