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 The rooms are a little outdated.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.
Resort is older & needs some tlc. Only 2 restaurants open + hot dog stand. No nightly entertainment. Mini mart store ran out of supplies at the beginning of our 2nd week & never got restocked. You pay extra for beverage to be put in your fridge (extremely small) & for a lock for the room safe. No coffee machine in room. No room in bathroom for a 6ft person to sit on the toilet facing front ways. Allowed street vendors on the resort who then blocked all the main sidewalks.Will not go back due to the cost.Good things: Beach & View.
My wife and I stayed at VIK Arena Blanca for two weeks. This is not our first time in the Dominican Republic, we are not a picky couple, as long as we have a clean room and good food we are ok.We arrived at the hotel around 11:30 pm, the first room they gave us was not clean, dirty towels all over the floor and garbage all over the place, we didn't get too upset as people make mistake, they gave us another room. Second room had two single beds,we went back to the front desk yet again. We were told that we had to wait until the next day after 3pm. By this time it was 12:45 am at that point we were tired and didn't care and we went to sleep. They have 3 a la carte restaurants and the food is great! the service is slow, but you are in "Dominican time" At the buffet you are self serving, you get your own drinks which I like! I can go and get as many beer as I want.This hotel is short staffed big time, the staff is not as friendly, but I do understand why. The tourist were very RUDE to the staff. They speak to them as if they are the Help, and that's not ok! If you are polite they will help you! IF YOU ARE NOT A SMOKER THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU! My wife and I don't spoke, 90% of the facility is smoke friendly and we are not talking about one smoke you are dealing with people who chain -smoked!!!! The buffet restaurant has an area for smokers, but people don't seem not understand that! We had people smoking in the part of the restaurant that was smoke free, and when asked to move they were not happy.We had our Christmas dinners at the alacarte restaurants and we were never asked if we wanted smoke free area. During dinner there was 8 stables with smokers (chain-smoked) (9 tables out of 15) a few tables complained as they had kids and the kids kept coughing. I asked the waiter if the area we were in was a smoking area he said no, Even though people complained nothing was said to them. One family didn't finish the meal because the smell and smoke was horrible. The people that were staying at the hotel were not the most classy,manner or polite people. Most were French Canadians and Eastern European. I am from Canada, but I do have manners!!!Overall this hotel is good, but needs work.
We just returned from two weeks at the VIK. It is a smaller resort that is easily walkable, my wife just had hip surgery and had no problem at all. The resort is very clean, the rooms and the grounds.The rooms are plain but cleaned daily, the maids do an outstanding job...a little tip will go a long way ! The food was very good and they have a great variety at the buffet. Turkey, rabbit, seafood, pork, chicken, even vegetarian The main buffet is under construction, but not a big deal. The private restaurant for the private timeshare, on site, is being used as the Italian a la carte for the time being. They also have a restaurant near the beach that is used as a Mexican one night and an International the next night. You will always find enough variety to keep you full. The pools are a good size and cleaned daily. The one closer to the reception area is a little deeper and there is a small kids area. We had a good time thanks to the friendly staff. Mr Milton Hernandez, one of the managers, was extremely helpful. Angela, in the buffet, always had a big smile every morning and Pasquale, one of the A la carte managers was fantastic. If you see him call him "El Torro" and say hola for me. All in all the resort was fine, I don't understand the negative reviews. Could there be some changes made? Certainly, even some 5 stars have problems. But at this price, I don't think you could ask for much more. The music is the same every day, the shows are not Las Vegas, they do their best. The one problem we had, and it is not under the control of the resort, was the constant helicopters flying over head. someone has found a new way to make money !! But all in all we had a good time and will not take this resort off our list of places to revisit.
I love this resort because it has exactly what I want: a gorgeous beach (one of the best in Punta Cana),it's a small resort which I love because you don't have miles to walk to get to anywhere. Not many à la carte restaurants but the buffet is so good you will find something different to eat every night. It's a quiet place so perfect to rest. The rooms are clean and cozy. The staff is nice.
Pro's:The food quality was excellent. Rooms were large and all had a balcony. Pools were very large and drinks were plentiful.Con's:The bathroom was filthy. The door looked like it was just thrown on to cover the bathroom opening---paint nearly all off, a huge ring of dirt all around the door handle and glass window broken and filthy. They sprayed weekly with a insectiside that smelled horrible---we asked to not have it done, but they said it was mandatory. The lock on the lockbox didn't work. They tried three times to fix it, with no luck. It's a family resort so lots of kids in the pool screaming. Also, entertainment is sub-par. This resort really caters to French Canadians. Not that that's bad, but we found it difficult to meet people due to language barrier. Would suggest looking elsewhere. Resort needs a face lift.
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
- Extra Info
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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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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