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Hotel Ancora Punta Cana Hotel 4 star
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Fishing Lodge Boulevard Cap Cana, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic Cap Cana, Dominican Republic -
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Welcome to the luxurious Cap Cana marina, a real city with its yachts, church, streets, squares, houses, bars, restaurants, swimming pools, and of course it huge villas and private apartments. Away from the hustle and bustle of Bavaro, Cap Cana is a luxurious resort in the south of the Punta Cana area, close to the airport, with golf courses and several luxury establishments. Previously the Fishing Lodge, the Marina Sands Luxury Resort Cap Cana is aptly named: it is located at the heart of Cap Cana, in the marina, near the beach, and is a luxury resort! It is also suitable for families with children, and offers an all-inclusive package with entertainment and a kids club. On the downside, though, the distances from one spot to another here can be quite far, such as to the beach, for example.

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      Ancora Punta Cana   -   © C. Hiltgen/Easyvoyage 2015

    • Hotel Ancora Punta Cana

      Ancora Punta Cana   -   © C. Hiltgen/Easyvoyage 2015

       
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    Location 7.0 /10

    Located in the south of the touristy Punta Cana area, the country's top tourist destination with 25 miles of beaches, between the Caribbean and the Atlantic Oceans on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, the Marina Sands Luxury Resort is part of the exclusive Cap Cana luxury resort, a city in itself with golf courses and a marina! It is located in the Cap Cana marina itself, 300m from Fondadores beach and near to the Punta Espada golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The Punta Cana International Airport is just 9 miles from the hotel: allow 10 minutes for transfers.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    There are four different room, or rather apartment, categories (Junior Suites, Deluxe Suites, Premiere Suites and Diamond Suites) at the Marina Sands Luxury Resorts, all of which are spacious (a minimum of 65m² for the Junior Suites) and equipped with a kitchen. We say kitchen rather than kitchenette because it really is a fully-equipped kitchen: oven, microwave, sink, fridge, cutlery, crockery, two hobs, and a cooker hood, with a minibar included (with water, beer and soft drinks), and tea and coffee-making facilities. A small balcony overlooks the marina. Decorated with blue and grey tiling and carpet, the accommodation includes a lounge with a sofa, two armchairs, a wooden coffee table and a large flat-screen television with various cable channels. Of course, there is a free electronic safe that is big enough to store a laptop, individual air-conditioning combined with a ceiling fan, an iron and ironing board, and free Wi-Fi Internet access. Guests sleep in a comfortable king-size bed, and the wooden bureau and the armchair with its cushion are all very elegant. There is also a pouf and a bench seat at the foot of the bed. The decoration throughout is cheerful and original, with a sea theme (shells, crustaceans, star fish, etc.). As for the bathrooms, they are shiny, stylish, clean, and full of light. They include a large bathtub with two handles, a separate tropical shower, a double wash basin, a make-up mirror, Paul Gauguin brand complimentary toiletries, tissues, special massage soap with bubbles, and bathrobes. The toilets are separate, and a hair-dryer can be found in the wardrobe. The three Diamond Suites, the top of the range suites, measure 243m²!

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Built in 2011, the former Fishing Lodge changed its name and ownership in December 2012 to become the Marina Sands Luxury Resort, part of the Spanish Corporacion Quality Investment (CQI) group. It has 299 65m² suites equipped with a kitchen divided among 7 pastel-coloured buildings either two or four-stories high with a lift. The reception is charming with its red bricks and chandelier. Country music and even Elvis Presley can be heard at the bar. With such a large surface area, the resort's three swimming pools are not excessive! There is one opposite the Restaurant Bistro Grill, another for organised entertainment (with a water volleyball net), where notably the aqua gym takes place, and the main, largest one, in the shape of a lagoon. With a gentle incline, like at the beach, and lined with palm trees, it is a very peaceful spot where yoga and tai chi are practised under a palapa (open-sided thatched hut). The three swimming pools are surrounded by a lawn, and are equipped with some unique showers (wooden beams), white canvas parasols, deckchairs and mattresses. The towels are supplied directly in the guest rooms at no extra charge. The Malibu Grill and Pool Bar is near to the animated swimming pool and serves snacks from 11:30am to 5:00pm. Children will adore the playground and its bouncy castle, just like they will adore the kids club (ages 4-12) open from 9:00am to 8:00pm. There is also a games room, a television room, a (free) sauna and a gym. Open from 7:00am to 11:00pm, the gym is spacious and equipped with state-of-the-art machines, air-conditioning and televisions, although the music is much too loud - worse than a night club!

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    As elsewhere, there is plenty of choice for food with five restaurants. Of course, there is the main buffet restaurant, the Market Buffet Gourmet, with show cooking and a terrace corner. With a capacity of 200, the restaurant proposes a different theme every evening (Mexican, Italian, international, etc.). The breakfast here is better than in most of the country's all-inclusive resorts, as it includes a variety of natural fruit juices (melon, pineapple, papaya, etc.). Those who like to get up late don't need to worry as breakfast is served from 7:00am to 3:00pm! The pizzeria is open all day, as is the snack bar at the animated swimming pool, where choices include nachos, hamburgers, pasta, fish, minced beef, salads and sandwiches from midday to 6:00pm. In the evenings, the buffet is open from 6:30am till 11:00pm. The Malibu Grill and Pool Bar is open from 10.00am until 6:00pm. In the evenings, the Bistrot serves dinner à la carte in a chill-out lounge atmosphere with live music. The Spanish chef cooks Mediterranean cuisine, with three meals included in the package per week. From here you will have the most beautiful view of the Cap Cana marina. Lastly, guests can eat at the Api Bech restaurant at Fondadores beach. The set menu is included in the all-inclusive package, and it serves snacks from midday to 5:00pm. It is also the beach bar. The Sushi bar and the Taperia del mar complete the food options.

    Beach 7.45 /10

    Fondadores beach is about 300m from the marina. A free shuttle leaves runs every 15 minutes from 9:00am to 6:00pm. The crossing lasts 10 minutes. It is not an idyllic beach like the ones in Bavaro or Juanillo. There are rare spots of shade under the few small coconut trees, and the sand is neither fine nor soft, but rather mixed in with large shells. With its waves and currents, this is not a peaceful lagoon. Guests can make themselves comfortable on the white plastic deckchairs protected by awnings, while those interested can play some beach football or paddle tennis. There are also showers provided, and the Api Beach bar and restaurant serves snacks between midday and 5:00pm. However, there are no water sports available.

    To know

    The Marina Sands Luxury Resort is not like other hotels. It is a veritable city (with shops, mini-markets, an ATM, a church, squares, a marina, a golf course, a hairdressers, a beauty salon, etc.) at the heart of Cap Cana, surrounding the marina, which is also part of the complex. It even has a Dominican-style chapel, a real church with stained-glass windows and two bells, where mass and weddings are celebrated. Guests can take a stroll through the squares, such as plaza Candelaria, or the gardens with a fountain, and across the lawns. Note that the underground car park is free of charge, which is rare! The Spanish Corporacion Quality Investment group owns the establishment, which is also a condominium (some owners rent out their rooms). The whole resort has free Wi-Fi Internet access, and there is a freely accessible computer in the lobby. The distances are great but electric golf buggies are provided. To get to Fondadores beach, you have to take a (free) boat, which departs every 15 minutes from the marina, from 9:00am to 6:00pm. The crossing lasts 10 minutes. The Dux nighclub in the marina is one of the trendiest clubs in the region. However, the Marina Sands Luxury Resort Cap Cana lacks a spa!

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, stretching, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, aqua gym, aerobics, golf, dance, water-polo, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

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