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 The rooms are a little outdated.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.
Our family of four had a great time at this resort. There are a few draw backs, which is why it was not rated at 5 stars.... The resort is definitely older, but still in decent shape. When we got there, they said that we had a garden view room, I did pay for an Ocean view room, so they quickly corrected that. The food was good. Standard buffet items. We did not try the other restaurants because I have a picky 6 year old, but the buffet was fine for us. Extremely friendly staff. They are VERY child friendly, so if you are looking for a "Party" resort, this might not be the place for you. (well, with the exception of the 3 older ladies that felt they needed to be topless most of the time. LOL). The entertainment staff was phenomenal! Especially Jasmine.... My children LOVED her! The beach is GEORGOUS, there is a little more seaweed than I like, but still pretty. Pools are great! Shows were extremely entertaining! Now some CONS..... Sales people.... We did feel a little bombarded with people trying to sell us things, at the resort on the beach, on excursions... It was a bit much. Some of them did take no for an answer, some were rather pestering. Again, it being an older resort there were some signs of it. We lost power a couple of times in our room, but not for long. It also seemed like every time we came back to the room someone was in there. Either cleaning it (which the staff did well) or fixing the plumbing, which we didn't notice there was an issue with. But nothing personal ever seemed to be disturbed. We did book a trip to Manati Park with one of the sales persons they have on site. We researched it and my children wanted to go there (my daughter wanted to see flamingo's). Anyway, they offer free shuttle service, so I asked the front desk how to arrange that, we were told we needed to book the excursion with the hotel excursion staff. So, we did. UGH. We got to Manati Park, and were told that they had never seen the ticket we were given by Juan @ the hotel. They said we could either pay again, take a taxi back to the hotel or wait until 2pm for the bus to take us back... SERIOUSLY??? The manager of Manati park did have us go see the dolphin show and said we would figure it out. So, in the mean time Juan did come to the park and give them the $ and straighten it out, so we enjoyed the time. One other thing would be, I wish there were maybe one or 2 more parties on the beach. The 1st night we got there, there was one, but our flight was delayed, so by the time we got settled, it was just too late. The kids were really looking forward to that. Overall, it was a great vacation, but just be aware that there are a couple of drawbacks.
If you're looking for a cheap getaway this place is okay. Pros:Unlimited cheap liquor, beautiful beach (very over crowded), clean rooms (basic amenities), nice pool area (plenty of lounge chairs), I lost my iPhone and security recovered it somehow. The wait staff and housekeeping staff were hard workers- bring a lot of US $1's to tip. They appreciate it but I only tip if the service was great. Cons:The front desk does not speak English and I understand I'm visiting another country but the people selling all the products spoke PERFECT English... hmmmmm I came to the conclusion it's to get out of dealing with issues. One of our shower heads was broken, it took a while to explain. We had a second short shower head so we were fine (they never fixed it)Terrible food! Basic buffet food most of the time, no Dominican food??? This is the Dominican Republic and they have a Mexican and an Italian restaurant. The Mexican food was okay, the Italian food was not great (marinara tastes like they add sugar), the wine is really gross, the night life is terrible, they put on weird shows at night, karaoke and the beach party was fun but that's all, there's a club that is always empty at night, the "snack bar" is disgusting after hours- you get hungry and eat it but it's a make your own cheese sandwich and soup and cheap cookies. Any other resort has a small buffet at night. You will constantly be asked to buy things: excursions, hair braiding, massage, time share/member things, they charge to use lockers $2 per day, this isn't much but you shouldn't have to pay for something that is expected. The pizza guy at the weird lunch buffet is like the soup nazi. You have to stand around waiting and he purposely goes slow, don't you dare ask for pepperoni!!! He will go slower with more attitude. He puts cream corn on most of the pizza (seriously?), I'm a foodie so I expected to be disappointed by the food but this exceeded my expectations. The wifi is slow and only in the lobby, I guess we're on vacation so it's not a huge deal but when I had to email my private surfing excursion (Macao surfing-find on trip advisor) i couldn't do so. I booked an excursion off site after researching places and reading reviews. The final unpleasant thing was Stanley (transportation guy) booked our shuttle at 3:20 am!!!! For a 7am flight. We could not get coffee or breakfast, then we were the first people at the airport and sat there for hours with out food or beverage with obnoxious music playing overhead. As I stated, it is a cheap getaway. Inexpensive doesn't have to be cheap but this is place is. It depends what you're looking for I guess.Also: you can book less expensive through other travel sites, don't book with Apple Vacations.
I am currently staying at this property and have been here for 2 days. We arrived Sunday around 1pm and after a long hot wait for check-in, we were given armbands and told to return at 3:00 for our room. I informed the receptionist that I bought my daughter here as a graduation gift and it was her first time out of the country. Since it was a special occasion, I requested an updated room to "spoil" my daughter! I read reviews that only some rooms were updated like the pictures on the site, hence the request. Well, she said she would give us an updated room and I guess the jokes on me because the room was completely outdated! The bed is hard and cheap. It's like sleeping on those old lumpy spring mattresses with thin cheap sheets! The air conditioner works well but we didn't want to stay in the room because we were bitten by mosquitoes more in the room than out! You have to stay hypervigilant while "relaxing" in the room or you'll be eaten alive! Most of the channels on the tv are in spanish and the remote doesn't allow you to change it to english or even turn on subtitles. I can't begin to tell you what the massive banging and loud noises are in the early morning hours! The food at the buffet was not good and was pretty much a slight variation of the same dishes, re-cooked! We tried the Italian restaurant last night to get a break from the monotony and found our waiter to be quite short and the food was bland. The beach is nice but the seaweed is a pain. Also there are plenty of chairs lined next to one another but they always have personal items on them so good luck finding a spot.I cannot imagine how this property has this many stars unless those are only from people staying in the timeshares because apparently they are MUCH better! I feel really bad for having bought my daughter on this supposedly great vacation as a gift and this place is so poor! I cannot wait to take her on the excursions tomorrow and Friday to make up for this place. Saturday cannot get here soon enough and I have never felt like that going on vacation!
If you’re looking “the best beach in DR” at a bargain price VIK is it. I’ve stayed their twice. A small resort, no need to wait for the “shuttle” here. Great food, good drinks, good entertainment. It’s not 5 star. But you get more then what you pay for here. Family Resort. Enjoy!
Me and my family were there 25 December 2016 - 05 January 2017. We got spacious room with separate compartments for adults (two) and kids (also two). Furniture was a bit old, but everything in good working condition. Restaurant buffet was excellent with many options to choose from, adults get their meal easily and kids love it too. For me personally, once you are travelling with kids, buffet style is preferrable one, hence I can say nothing about hotel a la carte options. I can tell you, that buffet in main restaurant is more than enough, unless you are on a special gastronomic tour! There is some entertainment and animation for visitors. But look here - the beach and the ocean are simply fabulous, my wife and kids did not even look for anything else, that good they are. I strongly recommend to have your swimming glasses with you, it's a real pleasure to dive in the blue clear water. At the period we were there, there was not so much rain (only a little during night time, nothing in daytime), be attentive when booking your vacation in Dominican Republic in November - early December, as you might get a lot of rain (seasonal thing). One last thing to say, you might be surprised with the sea state, waves are relatively high and frequent. But my kids (10 and 7 year old) are good swimmers and had a lot of fun only because of that. And mind my earlier remark about swimming glasses, hope you will have a lot of fun too!
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- 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.
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VIK Hotel Arena BlancaPunta Cana,Dominican Republic
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White Sand, carretera Arena Gorda Bávaro, Punta Cana 290217 Dominican Republic
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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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