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 The rooms are a little outdated.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.
I don't want to be negative about this hotel because the care and preparation with the hurricane was excellent. I upgraded and had a sea view room 5115 and it was really nice and comfortable however I had to move to 3112 when the hurricane hit as windows were being boarded up along block 5 . The second room I had was even nicer and I decided to stay there for the rest of my stay ,The rooms had everything you could need and were nicely decorated . No kettles in rooms which peeved me a bit as I like a cuppa before breakfast .Food was above average with a good choice . No where to get anything to eat after 9.30pm and no 24 hour room service.The beach was beautiful with lots of beds free and the pools were lovely too.Try the toffee cappuccino in the lobby ...I lived on the stuff.Take strong mosquito repellent with you and spray your bed each night before you get into it as the little blighters hide in there !I would say most of the staff were friendly and laid back. There were loads of Germans and dutch staying there and I only met one other English person so thank god for Google translate !The only place to get wi fi is in the lobby and that's a bit of hit and miss.So all in all a good holiday
I liked that this resort was located so close to their downtown area so there was so much to do at any time. I enjoyed the excursions, we swam with dolphins at dolphin discovery (the experience and the staff were incredible), my boyfriend and I also went in some dune buggies and drove around to a cave that we got to swim in for a bit and then they brought us to this gorgeous secluded beach before we headed back - it was a ton of fun. We also did an excursion to Saona island, it was alright but unfortunately it was a rainy day and a little chilly. On this excursion we stopped in a bay for pictures and rode on a catamaran and a speed boat and then we were dropped off at Saona island, there wasn't much to do there since the weather wasn't the greatest but it was a good spot to take pictures.On the resort we enjoyed the pools and the aqua fitness. The beaches were really nice too and there were lots of water sports available and shops to look around at. It is a little frustrating and uncomfortable how hard people try to approach you and try to make you buy things from them for strangely high prices - even on the resort, they don't really leave you alone and that can be frustrating. They can also really rip you off if you don't know how much things cost, including excursions, so be mindful. On the resort they will try to sell you a necklace for $75 US but if you walk to the beach they'll sell it to you for $10. The people there do need the money and it's always nice to tip, but sometimes you just want to be left alone or to be able to walk across the resort without being guilted or harassed. I bought all my excursions from people on the beach because it's the exact same and it was much cheaper since they don't have to pay out the resort or large companies. Other than that though it's quite enjoyable, the food was really good too.
I have stayed here probably a dozen times. It is by far the best resort if you love laid back friendly people and atmosphere.Everyone is friendly, food is good and drinks are always good.We stay here every time we go to Punta Cana which is usually 3 times a year.
I have been coming to Punta Cana for 10 years on a yearly basis. I stayed five years ago here at VIK and thought i would try it again. So lets start at check-in. Ricardo was great but there was a lady with him that was rude. He was going to check to see if our room was ready because we was early and she just cut him off and said no not until 3:00PM. But we appreciate that he was willing to try. Room views were breathtaking. No doubt about that and we were in room 4217. Bed was hard as a rock. Now lets proceed to the hospitality. The housekeepers were absolutely the best. Other then that hospitality was horrible. Very rude staff. We did come across two chefs and they were great. The omelette station and the stir fry station chefs were awesome. Lobby staff was nothing to write about.We had some friends come over and decided to stay an extra night to be with them and because i had been sick and wanted to extend my week. We went to the front and Santa stated that it would be fine and to come back and speak with Gilberto and he stated that everything was fine and to come the next morning and pay for the extra night. I changed my flight and transportation and went the next morning to pay for the night. They stated that they may not be able to accommodate us and if so maybe not in the same room. I couldn't believe it. After 3 hours they said they could and it cost us $50 plus regular room rate for the night. At that point we were willing to pay whatever because everything else was changed.Mini Mart staff were great. I was very ill a couple of days and sent my husband down to get me some medicine. He came back with dramamine. I pulled myself together and got out of the bed and went to the mini mart myself. i was trying to explain but the language barrier was against me. I decided to pull up a translation app to help and my phone was being so slow and one of the staff members was watching me and told another to pull it up on the computer. They then let me come behind the counter and type out what was wrong. I had chills, stomach ache, headache, and was fevering. They then gave me what was needed. My fever broke within 24 hours and i continued with my vacation.Entertainment - It could use some help. Got very boring. Didn't have enough crowd participation. A lot of dancing and not enough comedy.Drinks - i read quite a few reviews that stated they watered down the drinks. That was not the case with us.Pool bar - would stand in line to get drinks for me and the husband and they would sometime bypass me and give the regulars their orders first.All in all i am so disgusted with this resort that i will NEVER come back. Good luck to all that try this resort. There are too many resorts to pick from to ever stay here and be treated so rudely.
When you come and you feel like you are on your own. I been five times here, first time it was before 14 years and at that time it was LTI Punta Cana Resort. I notice some difference through this years, some things changes, some improvements have been made.Staff is extremely pleased and so friendly. For example Felix at the desk for internet...His smiling is so unique...and many others...Food is very good, you have always plenty of choice so you will find something great to eat. There are few restaurants and you can change it or you can go and eat on a la carte or you can go to the restaurant at Cayena beach and have unique pleasure, with tasty food and unbeatable view and feelings...I am an "repetidor" at this resort because I fall in love at the first sight with it. It has nicely position on the beach, and it has "Soul". I been in some other more luxury hotel in Punta Cana, but they can't compare. You just pay more, but when you are returned to your home you are bringing your feelings and memories with you, and in that Arena Blanca is excellent.Through the time, I have some complains about food or drink or choice of fruits, but when I tell it to the "Man", they made improvements.
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
- Hotel Contacts
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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.
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.
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