Pros

  • All-inclusive rates in beautiful Uvero Alto
  • Adult-only policy keeps things romantic (mostly)
  • Beautiful, semi-private beach with cabanas and a full bar
  • Two sparkling beachfront pools with swim-up bars and adult-only sections
  • Chic rooms with Midcentury Modern decor, plus flat-screen TVs, swanky bathrooms, and minibars
  • Spacious Suites add swim-up terraces and multi-room layouts; optional butlers
  • 10 restaurants, including themed eateries with adult-only sections
  • Live music and entertainment at village square
  • Modern indoor/outdoor spa with salon services and a hydrotherapy area
  • Fast and free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Self-parking is free in a secure lot
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Cons

  • Proximity to the family-friendly Nickelodeon hotel dampens the adult-centric vibe
  • Located on the choppy Atlantic, not the calm Caribbean
  • Fine dining at K/23 isn't included in rates
  • Reservation-only restaurants can fill up fast
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Bottom Line

Built in 2016, the four-pearl Sensatori Resort Punta Cana is among Punta Cana’s newest and chicest adult-oriented all-inclusive resorts. The long list of amenities: a semi-private beach, 10 restaurants, several bars, an indoor/outdoor spa, and an open-air theater -- are designed to encourage guests to never leave the grounds. The 252 rooms and suites are bright and bold with Midcentury Modern decor and they come with large flat-screen TVs, swanky bathrooms, and private balconies (with optional ocean views and swim-up layouts). However, unregulated overflow from the neighboring, family-friendly Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana can put a damper on the otherwise romantic atmosphere and past guests have complained that Premium Rooms aren't worth the upgrade. For slightly higher rates, Excellence Punta Cana offers similar amenities in a sleeker and more sophisticated package -- without any kids in sight (or earshot). 

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Scene

Modern, adult-centric all-inclusive with a (mostly) relaxed atmosphere

The hotel shares a location and almost every amenity with its sister property, the decidedly more family-friendly and rowdy Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. Sensatori employs modern architecture that wouldn't look out of place in Miami. The wide curving facade of the front entrance is made from beige and white stones and accented by palm trees. Grounds are kept carefully manicured with trimmed lawns, rock paths, and hedged shaped into animals, like a butterfly.  

By day, the wide, semi-private beach and adult-only infinity pool host guests looking to unwind in peace. Two bars, including a swim-up bar and a beach bar, whip up alcoholic drinks from early morning. By late afternoon, the social scene moves to the Gourmet Village with its numerous restaurants, open-air village square with live music, and chic piano and wine lounge. The vibe is lively, and the alcohol flows freely, but it never rises to the level of an all-out Spring Break-style fiesta. The biggest guest complaint is that families from the Nickelodeon side of the resort move freely throughout the Sensatori side, with little no to staff intervention, and break up the serene vibe. 

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Location

In a relaxed, two-resort complex, 45 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport

As Punta Cana is still expanding northward into Uvero Alto, the surrounding area remains largely undeveloped. The lack of nearby restaurants, bars, or other resorts means the area is quiet day and night. However, it also means there's nothing within walking distance. Guests looking for additional dining or entertainment options will need to take a taxi. The area’s most popular outdoor activities -- zip-lining, windsurfing, wildlife safaris, and sportfishing charters -- are within a 10-minute drive. Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is 45 minutes away via a modern highway. The zone-based taxi rates are reasonable and comparable to most major U.S. cities.

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Rooms

Bright rooms and suites with flat-screen TVs, private balconies, and upscale bathrooms with soaking tubs

Built in 2016, rooms and suites are decorated with Mid-Century Modern details and decor. Each unit is bright and modern with liberal use of frosted glass, mood lighting, and bold pops of Caribbean-inspired color. Copper pendant lights and gold circular art above padded headboards add a retro vibe. Room categories offer similar layouts and differ mostly in the level of amenities. Entry-level Luxury and Premium Double Rooms are generously sized with studio-style floor plans. Suites add separate living/dining rooms. All rooms are well-appointed with state-of-the-art conveniences like large, flat-screen TVs, bedside USB charging ports, and touchscreen climate control. Wi-Fi is fast, free, and reliable. Bathrooms are spacious and feature separate stalls for the shower and toilet. A large soaking tub sits behind a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the bedroom. Modest travelers can draw an electric shade for privacy. Hairdryers and Calais brand bath amenities are provided. Private, furnished balconies are found in every room with wraparound, ocean-view, and swim-up options available. 

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Features

A beautiful semi-private beach, two oceanfront infinity pools, and 10 all-inclusive restaurants

The resort shares most of its amenities with the family-friendly Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana located on the same grounds. This can bring much more of a kid-friendly atmosphere in to the mix than many guests seeking an adult-centric experience might prefer. However, adult-only areas near the pool, on the beach, and at several restaurants keep things mostly segregated.

The beach is technically semi-private (all beaches in the D.R. are public), although it's rare to find non-guests on the sand. There's ample seating via long rows of lounge chairs and reservable beach beds. Like most beaches in northern Punta Cana, the Atlantic waters are often choppy. While this makes for great water sports like surfing and kitesurfing, it can be too dangerous to swim. 

The two pristine beachfront infinity pools offer sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Rows of lounge chairs and outdoor beds provide plenty of space for guests to relax without feeling crowded. A small adult-only section is provided to keep children from the adjacent Nickelodeon resort out, but past guests have complained about having to wait for a chair.

The restaurants and bars are concentrated in a small town square called Gourmet Village, which is shared with the Nickelodeon property. Here, guests will find the main buffet restaurant, Sugarcane, which offers well-reviewed menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nine additional a la carte restaurants feature specialty cuisines including Italian, French, Asian fusion, and a gourmet burger bar. All are included in the base room rate, except K/23 -- the resort’s formal Dominican eatery. A single poolside restaurant, Lighthouse, is the only adults-only restaurant exclusive to Sensatori guests. Reservations are necessary at the a la carte restaurants and some of them book up quickly. 

The spa is chic and ultra-modern with a long list of traditional and specialty massages, plus beauty treatments. Open-air sessions are available in an intimate outdoor area, along with couples treatments. There's a gift shop that sells overpriced toiletries and medicine. Wi-Fi is fast and free throughout the property. Free self-parking is provided in a secure lot.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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