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 The rooms are a little outdated.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
  • Marvin W :
The trip was our first last to Punta Cana or VIK ARENA HOTEL.

The trip started off fine until we made it into the country. We start at the airport where it's 10$ to pass through customs (which was weird considering they didn't check anything). Once we made it though customs, again we're being hassled to spend money before we can settled and get our things (okay whatever), next we're looking for the baggage claim but was directed to another salesperson trying to sell a timeshare (wow). Now that we left him we're on our way to getting the info we needed for the trip. We get in our taxi to the hotel and the guy spoke two words to us (no english) well I see how this is going to go. We make it to the hotel and our vacation advisor who would inform us of times and excursion we would need to know never was there the whole 5 days. We didn't know what time was pickup and what was there for us to do. We tried calling the office but no answer. They emergency number said call they office. Sun island or Fun jet should be embarrassed. We had to book our own excursions based off what others had to say. The hotel hostess informed us that we needed to secure our belongings because they weren't responsible for theft. I requested the key to the safe in the room and it was 10 dollars a day if I remember right. While trying to figure out what to do around the resort the resort staff minus the room service crew was rude and made us feel like it was a privilege to be there. There was no wifi in the rooms, no events or shows on the resort and the food was subpar and cold. We couldn't eat in the Italian restaurant because I didn't bring pants to the tropics. I had dress clothes but not pants. Everybody there felt entitled to get a tip and if we didn't their attitudes towards us was nasty. All inclusive is not all inclusive there. My wife and I made the best of it but would never go back. I would not recommend this to no-one.

  • Anni8Huan8 :
Definitely a 4 star!!

This resort is more like 3 star. Check in went through smoothly. Staff at the reception weren't friendly. They looked serious and it was all a business transaction. We didn't feel that warm welcome unlike the other resorts we stayed at. Lobby was small but it is no big deal. The guy at the bar was alright, nothing exceptional. Again, just doing their job. Didn't look like they enjoy working. You could make your own tea or coffee which was great however the milk was watered down. That's being cheap. Room was clean. We had different housekeeper cleaned our room. They did a great job and you can see they work very hard. Our room had a leak, reported multiple times and it took them to finally fix in 3 days later. Pool was nice and we had a good time. Beach had too much seaweeds and the resort had people cleaning every morning. It didn't really help. Shows was okay I guess. We hung out at the theatre every day after dinner. It was fun. Food was a different story. The buffet wasn't that great. Staff in the buffer restaurant weren't friendly at all, maybe 3 we encountered at least tried to make conversation with us. The rest just couldn't be bothered. The best was breakfast buffet and the guy at the eggs station was great and he made it entertaining while waiting in line. Mexican a la carte restaurant was the best. We ate there 3 times. All restaurants didn't have air conditioning so be prepared to be soaking wet while you eat. You couldn't even enjoy a meal. All in all it was an okay stay at VIK. I loved the sun and the pool. But I would not return to this resort. Wouldn't recommend.

  • szaszedina : Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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This was our 2 time in Punta Cana, and 2 time at this hotel.Our first experience it was great, but this second one not so.The beach it was not clean. The food it was very repetitive, and not so fresh, less fruits.The waiters where very rude, and they spoke only spanish compare to our first visit, when they where extremely nice and spoke more languages.The bathroom was old and dirty, the bad tub not functional, the furniture very used and smelly.Front desk service terrible. They also promise us that we can take a shower before departure, never happened. We where with 5 small kids.Entertainment compared to 2015 it was extremely boring.Also we booked a transfer with A2b and the driver at arrival axed us again 150 usd and never showed up at departure.Dominica is beautiful, I would go back any time, but not to this hotel.

  • Tiffany P :
Honeymoon

Just a tad bit of the beautiful scenery. The people were extremely sweet. Not much of a party place you may have to travel a little bit further but great for families and couples. Do use the safes and do not drink faucet water. They do warn you of that and provide plenty bottle water. The hotel was nice and the food was good. Unlimited drinks! Excellent excursions...plenty to choose from, compare prices before choosing because the have different vendors with different packages. Go with the best deal its pretty much all at the same place. Me and my husband will be back sooner than later

  • rdburrus : Wichita, Kansas
Nice Resort

My family of 5 just returned from an 8 day stay. For the most part we were very happy with this resort. The only issue we had was with out room. I purchased a family suite and when we arrived we were told that the family suite we were supposed to have was not available because the previous group decided to stay longer. They ended up giving us 2 connected rooms which worked fine for us. We stayed in room 1028 and 1029 which is about as far away from the beach as you can get. The rooms were both in good shape and we had no issues with them. AC worked great and kept the rooms very cool.The beach is fantastic. We happened to be there during a heavy seaweed period so we had a few days where the water and beach were covered with it. They had large machines cleaning it off the beach and hauling it all off the premises. While the large machines were a bit of a distraction I appreciated them working hard to keep the beach clean. Neighboring resorts were raking and bagging the seaweed by hand which looked like they would never finish with this method.The food was average. We could usually find something to eat but nothing really stood out as being really good. Our favorite meal was breakfast for the made to order omelettes. I don't remember the guys name that ran this station but he was extremely nice and outgoing. There was usually a line for this, but he kept everyone entertained. We ate at the Mexican restaurant for dinner a few nights and were happy with most of our meals there. We also ate a couple of times at the sitdown place next to the Italian restaurant. We also liked our meals from this restaurant too. We never tried the Italian restaurant. My kids really enjoyed the pizza place, but there was almost always a wait for this as they would only make a few at a time and they would be gone right away and would take 10-15 minutes to cook more.Most of the employees were very friendly. The resort was kept extremely clean which was very nice. They were constantly cleaning up dishes and sweeping sidewalks to keep everything looking great.I would definitely return again if we revisit Punta Cana.

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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