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VIK Hotel Arena Blanca

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Our Opinion

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 The rooms are a little outdated.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.


Overview
This very charming superior hotel is directly on the beautiful, white sand Bavaro beach, surrounded by a palm grove and the Caribbean sea.

Location: Directly on beautiful Bavaro Beach, 5 min to Plaza Bavaro shopping center, 30 min from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • ohnettan : Karlstad, Sweden
Nice resort area

Nice resort area. Nice staff. Very good food both the buffet and s la carte. All included "free drinks" and snacks during the day. Nice beaches with service around. The rooms could be little better😃 Well worth a visit!! Super service 👍🏻 One more week to go !!

  • Jennyanidots :
Great vacation!

We had SUCH a great trip, even though it rained for a lot of the time and was very windy. Big shout out to Felix at the pool bar (cute dimples) and to Murt (Captain Jack Sparrow) the photographer. All of the staff were very friendly and always willing to chat or smile. The food was on the better side of so-so, but all of us found something to eat at the buffet every day. Breakfast was usually our fave. The Mexican and Italian restaurants were ok - service not so great. Having said that, they were hosting a wedding the night we did Italian so I will cut them some slack. Previous reviews indicated the beds were hard - they are. We were mildly bothered by the timeshare guys but all of them were lovely and let you go if you said no thank you. Bring lots of sunscreen!! It is very expensive to buy on the resort. We were not bothered by any sand fleas, and went for long walks on the beach every day. Do NOT go to the "shopping plaza" 10 mins away via free shuttle. There are only three stores selling all the same crap and it will take a long time for the shuttle to come back and get you. The front desk has some kind of a deal with these guys but it's really not worth it. DO an excursion if you are able - we went to Monkeyland and it was so great. My kids loved it so much they didn't want to leave (ages 6,10 & 12). Lovely trip into the mountains and educational to boot. Overall it was a great resort, nice pool and beach, and our Family suite met our needs perfectly. Would go back!! Wish I was there now lol.

  • jennie V : Winnipeg, Canada
Great Vacation

Spent a week at the Arena Blanca and it was fantastic. Pros:-lots of shade and chairs on the pool deck and beach-good food and drinks, lots of staff so no waiting in lines-easy check in and check out....we had to change rooms which was easily done. Had to wait to get a safe which was odd.-shopping on the beach, 5 minutes one direction or 40 in the other (walking distance). A bit pushy vendors...but, it's their livelyhood so it makes sense. Good deals to be made (I got a $35 dress for $10)-we went when they were doing renovations on the buffett and there were no issues at all.cons:-rude tourists, not the resort's fault; but, ridiculous. Worst was the children in the buffet lines licking serving spoons - come on parents-beach was dirty...tourists fault as there were plenty of garbage bins; however, didn't seem to be cleaned at night-very rude staff in the gift store. 5 staff on shift, gabbing with each other, ignoring us. We eventually left dollars on the counter and mimed that it covered our items and left. Had we not needed the items, there wouldn't have been a sale at all*Would Return to the hotel*

  • RVSNiagara : Niagara
Nice Resort

8th trip to Punta Cana ..4th time to The VIK…. Its a smaller hotel so I enjoy this resort when Im looking for a quiet trip away.. The beach is lovely.. I really like that they offer ocean front and view rooms .. Its a great place to unwind.. The food quality is always good either at the A La Carte's or the buffet. If you are looking for party central look elsewhere.. not much going on after 11.. Staff is always pleasant and do what they can to take care of you.. Remember .. its not a 5 star so don't expect lobster everyday.. Its a great value hotel.. Punta Cana is about beach.. If you want to get some sun and relax this is a great place to visit..

  • sonnyamc : toronto
Decent Hotel for a Family Vacation

I stayed at the VIK hotel from Dec 25th to Jan1st with my family of 5 (3 kids aged 13, 10, 5). We travelled from Toronto Canada. I chose this hotel because the prices for travelling at Christmas were outrageous this year - between $10K and $12K for a family of 5. The VIK Hotel I was able to book for about $7.5K so it was definitely cheaper. I can see why it was cheaper than the 5 Star hotels, especially since our family were visiting a nearby 5 Star resort and we visited with them one day. However, for the price difference I would still choose VIK Arena again. The Beach was beautiful and there were always loungers with umbrellas available. The food was great. Lots of local dishes to try. Lots of vegetable and fruit choices, plenty of healthy options. Also, no reservations required for restaurants so we were able to go to all of them and the food was quite good. Any other resort I've been too requires reservations and when you arrive the restaurants are usually already booked up for the week. This is the first hotel I've stayed at where I could actually go to the restaurants! In comparison to other 4.5 or 5 star resorts that I've visited, I can see that the rooms were quite basic, the drinks were not nearly as good, there were minimal activities during the day and the pool area was quite basic too. Nonetheless, for the dollar savings I was able to get I would still book it again - the food and beach were great and that was really all our family needed. I will say that there was no hot water in our shower. (only a small trickle came out when you turned it to hot) and they never fixed it. If I did it again I would have asked for a new room on Day 1 when we first tried it. Even though they told us we had a renovated room, it didn't look it. Very basic. No hot water. But the staff was very friendly, check in / out was great, beach was gorgeous, food was great and Family room was huge. The other thing to note is that this is a European hotel. I only mention this in case you are looking for a resort where you can speak English. Almost no one does. In summary, if the prices are close, I'd go up to a 4.5 or 5 star. But if it saves me a few thousand again, I would return to this hotel no problem. It is a good value for the money.

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).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

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
  • Kayaking
  • Catamarans (1/2 hr with captain per stay)
  • Pedal boats
  • Windsurfing
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
  • Daytime tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Table tennis
  • Aerobics
  • 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
  • Disco
  • 1 pool
  • Children's pool
  • 2 tennis courts
  • Gift shop
  • Hairdresser
  • 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
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite Flat screen TV
  • Mini-bar w/2 waters & 2 soft drinks
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Full bathroom with rain shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Balcony
  • 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
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Living area
  • Sofabed
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-bar stocked w/water, soft drinks and beer
  • In-room safe
  • Fully equipped bathroom w/Jacuzzi
  • Hairdryer
  • Oceanview
  • 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.

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  • VIK Hotel Arena Blanca
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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VIK Hotel Arena Blanca
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.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

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.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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