VIK Hotel Arena Blanca
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This resort is more suited for travelers looking for a quieter and more relaxing vacation. The VIK Hotel Arena Blanca is located near some of the most beautiful beaches in Punta Cana. It's also a few minutes walk away from stores and shopping centers. There are only three options with restaurants here (buffet, Italian and Mexican). They are all pretty good in quality and freshness. The rooms are a little outdated. However, they are regularly maintained and cleaned. So this should not take away from your experience.
We went to Punta Cana for a family vacation. When we reached the resort and went to the front desk to check in the first thing I noticed was a sour smell emanating from behind the desk?? The scent reminded me of a dirty cloth used to clean a surface. Anyway after checking in we were given directions to our rooms. The property was clean and the landscaping was very appealing. Our rooms were clean in appearance as were the bathrooms. The mold/ mildew aroma on the other hand was undeniable!! I sprayed Lysol everywhere yet the scent remained. The food was good for the most part. The food at their Italian restaurant was VERY salty! The seafood night was nice. The meals were not apart of the All inclusive package though. The alcoholic beverages were decent.We enjoyed the beach and the pool. The staff was so so. We won't visit this resort again. The mold and mildew being the primary reason.
The hotel looks nice and relaxing at first sight: beware! It all ends up like a scam set up to rip you off and to force you to buy items or upgrades you don't want to buy, take photographs you don't want to be taken by professional photographers (without your permission, by the way) and sell you deceitful tours you will pay twice as much at the hotel than outside. And don't forget the one-hour talk you MUST have where they will trick you into selling you a timeshare scheme first thing in the morning of your first day in Paradise. It all looks like an organized mob of people that smile at you only when they think they can sell you some overpriced service or product (paintings, massages, braids, beach shawls) or growl at you when you refuse or complain about their relentless harassment. Great facilities, unfortunately, opportunistic, unreliable and tricky people. Nothing is ever enough for their greed and aggressive marketing: you paid for your overpriced tour but will also have to pay for most things there, like the gear they never tell you you might need so they can sell it to you during the tour when you have no choice. Unstable slow connectivity ONLY in the lobby, many less sports than the ones listed on the website, and the cherry on the cake: the hotel employees might on occasions ask you to get beer for them, because it's free for you, vamos, amigo!
The first impression of this hotel was good, a nice and open reception area with lots of chairs (more as to why they're there later). Check-in was quick but their staff was not super friendly, then again we really just wanted our keys and sit down (AC in the room, building 3 - great!). Sadly staff friendliness seemed to be the same problem almost everywhere (Big up to the very friendly servers at the breakfast place! Except Viktor, who tried to chat up my wife. ;)).The pool area and beach are very nice but at the pool you'll be constantly within range of the activities, no way to avoid the loud music and so on. I guess that's to be expected from a hotel of that kind though. At the beach it's much calmer and there's not too many people trying to sell you stuff either, if you're not in the first row you probably won't be approached by them. On the hotel grounds though hotel employees will, rather aggressively, try to sell you stuff: excursions, photos, random products from the Dominican Republic (or so we've been told). You can, however, rent a car directly at the hotel but they won't bug you about that, you'll have to go and check with them.The food, on the other hand, literally made me sick. I was sick for around a week, all started a few days before we left. I spent half the flight from Santo Domingo to Paris in the lavatories. Not sure which plate caused all of that but the cooks are mostly not using gloves when handling the food, sushi was left outside (it's 35°...) for people to pick from and so on. Rather obvious stuff like the sushi I managed to avoid but something else I must've missed. Drinks were also super bland, especially everything that's soda. Their mix is way off, possibly to save money, so if you're thinking about getting Sprite, Coke etc. think again.Cleanliness of the room was pretty OK, the facilities were all (in- and outside of the room) pretty much stuck in the 90s, except for the TV, so it was up to the standard of the 90s. All in all I wouldn't suggest going to this hotel, it's not a four star facility. It may be a basic three star but that's it, far from a four star hotel. You can get someting much better for the price.
I don't know where to start off but my vacation experience was horrible from the first day we got there. My plane was late 4 hours when I finally got to the resort i went directly to check in and gave them my information as the guy Gilberto was his looking he informed me that my reservation was cancelled and I would have to find another place to go so I was like no sir I paid everything in advance it has to be a mistake so we tried to call the travel agency but at that time it was close. So I asked him in this case what do you do? His answer was you have to fine another hotel until we can clear up the situation that is not my problem I was in shock and very upset so I called my friend in Miami to please call the travel agent on her cellphone directly and explain the situation. Well after 3 hours the travel agency called the resort and cleared up everything and we got our room. As we went to the room it's looked ok so we went to the buffet area and got something to eat not to much variety it was not that good but we were so tried and hungry we just ate and went back to the room. As we were walking to the room they had some people selling cigar's and native stuff we were harassed by them to buy I said no maybe tomorrow and the guy was trying to grab me and take me to the table and I got upset and told him to leave me alone. Need less to say we we're harassed by them and the timeshare people in the hotel all week long. I had a leak in my bathroom bed bugs food poison the beach was bad the drinks were cheap alcohol we have bed bug bites and had to buy food in the street everyday. Because all the restaurant had hard food no AC no ice machine chicken and meat undercook. So it's not worth the trip or stay worse vacation ever. If you are going to Punta Cana go to a better resort like Barcelo or RIU if better to pay a little extra and not get sick never again would I go to that place.
Just returned from 6 nights at VIK Arena Blanca. If you haven't booked yet, look into Riveria Maya, Mexico. Most people on our plane that stayed in other resorts said the same thing: "Resort was nice, beach was okay, food was bad." Hard not to compare to last year's Mexico vacation but here are my honest thoughts and advice. Room - make sure you do not have a room that connects to another. We had to move to a new room because of TV and hair dryer noises late at night and early in the morning. The woman at the desk was not overly friendly. She took care of the problem but seemed put out by our request. There were plenty of empty rooms so that wasn't her problem. Both rooms were in the same building (2) and were average in quality. Garden view room pics are fairly accurate. Our AC did seem to work better in the second room. All 5 buildings are located near everything. Not a far walk at all, Food - just ok. My favorites were the calamari and the beef dish at La Proa. Mexican was not good at all. Italian was ok. All the tomato based sauces seemed extra sweet. The buffet was best at breakfast. Go for a custom omelette or eggs at the egg station. Bacon was also cooked well. Lots of bread and cereal choices. Dinner had some variations each night. Custom pasta station was pretty good. Different pasta salads also pretty good. Dessert choices not my favorite but the coffee ice cream was awesome. At lunch they serve burgers, hotdogs, fries and pizza. Pizza is really good when you can get some. Pizza seemed like the least expensive thing for them to make but often times there were several people waiting and there was only one pizza in the oven. Inside that building were difference choices of rice, veggies, and a sandwich maker for grilled cheese (ham) but I never did that.Drinks - drinks are all local alcohols and all mixes. Not that great, No fresh fruit at all for drinks. Bartenders will fill any size cup that you give them. Make sure you read descriptions. Not always the drink you would expect for familiar names.Beach - beach was good. If the resort is crowded, as it was our first two days, you need to get there early to get chairs. They say no reserving but everyone does it. Don't be left out because you follow the rules. We never turned in our towels for cards until the end of the trip. We would get a fresh towel for the next day. Water has waves but wasn't overly rough. I prefer the beach in Riveria Maya but it was still tropical and pretty.Lobby - the lobby is always crowded because this is only place for free wifi. I paid for international pass on my phone so this wasn't a concern. Coffee machine was always being used. I don't drink coffee but the hot dark chocolate and caramel latte were really good.We are early to bed and on the beach at 7:00 a.m. so we never saw any nighttime entertainment.I don't want to sound completely negative. We paid about $850 each for airfare, bag, and 6 nights. It was a budget trip and we had budget expectations. I enjoyed reading on the beach, sipping drinks, taking a dip in the pool, and just relaxing. A simple no the peddlers on the beach was sufficient to make the keep walking. Overall it was a relaxing vacation. Just don't have huge expectations for drinks and food. This seems to be the theme at most of the resorts.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast lunch and dinner daily
- Day & night snacks
- A la carte dinner at specialty restaurants from special menu w/reservations
- Unlimited Domestic drinks 24 hrs & Wine with dinner
- Lounge chair & towels (pool/beach)
- Snorkeling equipment
- Boogie boards
- Catamarans (1/2 hr with captain per stay)
- Pedal boats
- Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
- Daytime tennis
- Table tennis
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 447 rooms in several 3-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 2 a la carte restaurants: International & Italian features Pizzeria, dress code & reservations required
- 24 hr Beach snack bar, features BBQ buffets
- 4 bars including swim-up bar
- 1 pool
- Children's pool
- 2 tennis courts
- Gift shop
- Massage services (fee)
- Car rental
- WiFi internet access (fee)
- Medical services 24 hrs (fee)
- Golf course & casino nearby
- Horseback riding, banana boat rides, snorkeling excursions, scuba diving (fee)
Standard Rooms include:
- 1 king or 2 queens or 2 twin beds
- Cable/Satellite Flat screen TV
- Mini-bar w/2 waters & 2 soft drinks
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom with rain shower
- Hair dryer
- Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 1 child
Superior Rooms include:
- Same as above but larger with sofa bed in living area
- In-room safe (free)
- Oceanview balcony
Family Suites include:
- Similar to Standard Rooms but with small additional room with sofa bed
- Max occupancy 3 paying persons or 2 adults & 3 kids. Please note 2 adults or 2 adults & 1 child is not permitted
Cayena Beach Club Junior Suites include:
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Ceiling fan
- Living area
- Satellite TV
- Mini-bar stocked w/water, soft drinks and beer
- In-room safe
- Fully equipped bathroom w/Jacuzzi
- Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids
Kids Deals - First child 2-11 Stays & Eats Free when sharing with 2 adults. Second child 2-11 pays a special all-inclusive rate.
For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised children's activities at the Kids' Club, playground and wading pool. Babysitting service available (fee). Cribs and high chairs available upon request.
Honeymooners - Receive a free room upgrade (subject to availability at time of check-in), a fruit basket and bottle of rum in room on arrival and a farewell souvenir of your stay. Request when booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate at check-in.
Wedding Packages available - Please inquire for details.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Resort Location Map
VIK Hotel Arena BlancaPunta Cana,Dominican Republic
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White Sand, carretera Arena Gorda Bávaro, Punta Cana 290217 Dominican Republic
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
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