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 The rooms are a little outdated.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.
This all inclusive was the best trip I have ever been on so far, the beach is beautiful and spent almost all of our time on the beach. The rooms were comfortable the food was great. There is nothing negative to even say about this all inclusive, it was simply amazing. The water, the sun, the beach, the food, the whole trip was unbelievable and I cannot wait to go back. I wish I could live here and never leave!
Myself, my husband and our 2 girls (ages 7 and 9), spent the last week of January at The Vik. There are Pros and Cons to this resort. I do not like to leave poor reviews for anyone. That being said, there is room for improvement at The Vik. Price - We chose The Vik because it was one of the cheaper places to stay in the Dominican. We payed a little more than we usually pay when traveling to The Riviera Maya. I will say, you get more for your money in Mexico.Check In - I have read other reviews where people were complaining about rude front desk workers at Check In. This was absolutely NOT the case for us. Our check in went very smoothly, and the lady checking us in was extremely helpful, and was very friendly. She also spoke English well. That is a plus at this resort, because you don't find a lot of that. Our check in went seamlessly ( I brought a printout of our reservation from Applevacations). No complaints there.Leaving the Lobby - Well, our walk to our room (building 4) was not as seamless as check in. Right in the center of the resort property, by the pool, there is a little shop area. There are very aggressive vendors here. One man literally came up and started putting bracelets on us. No doubt they knew we had just arrived because we all still had jeans on. Do not get tricked into stopping for these guys (they can be relentless). Eventually a firm 'no thank you' staved them off. Unfortunately they are right in the middle of everything, so you have to go through this many times throughout the day. We finally found a route through the other buildings in order to avoid these guys.Our Room - We were excited when the lady at the front desk told us we were upgraded to an ocean front room. LOL. Well, the room was old and musty. It was a 'family suite', so there were 2 separate rooms. There was a small couch, 2 chairs and a twin size bed in the front room. No TV. The furniture is in serious need of updating. We pretty much just used it to hold our luggage. It did come in handy later in our stay though. I'll get into that later. There was also a small pull out couch in the room with the King size bed. One bright spot in the room was the bathroom. You can tell they have renovated the bathroom, and they did a good job. Hopefully, they'll hit the room next. To our surprise, when putting our luggage away, we found a carry on bag and shoes in one of the cupboards. Before we had a chance to take it to the front desk, there was a knock at our door. It was the owners of the items, who apparently had been moved to another room. It was very odd. Our refrigerator was well stocked with pop and water, and was replenished daily with no problems.The Grounds - The resort sits on beautiful property. The beach and ocean are fabulous. The pool was typical. My only complaint is that there seemed to always be dirty cups, plates and garbage laying around. It was a bit of a bummer to have a nice spot under a palapa, and have to stare at last nights garbage all day. I realize it's the other tourists who are making the messes, but at other resorts we have stayed at, they have people up early cleaning. That was not the case during our stay. Also, the beaches in the Dominican are all public. Meaning anyone can be at them. There are many vendors going up and down the beach all day long trying to sell activities, pictures with animals, braids etc. They will approach you. Again, a firm 'No Thank You', and they will leave you alone (for a while anyway). Another negative for us was how close the chairs and palapas were to each other. They really pack everyone in to the point that you have to walk through people's chairs to go anywhere. Not what we are used to.The Kids Club - My 7 year old loved the kids club. The lady who runs it does not speak English. Luckily there was a little girl who spoke spanish and english, and she acted as a translator for my daughter. I know enough spanish that I was able to figure out what times to get my daughter from activities, etc. All that being said, my daughter continued to ask to go to Kids Club. She really liked the lady who ran it. There were usually a group of 5 - 8 kids there.The Food - O.K. This is what really affected us the most. We have never had a problem with food at any of the other AI resorts we have stayed at. However, here was a different story. Everyone except my 9 year old (who mostly ate dry cereal) got sick. My 7 year old got the worst of it. She spent 2 days so sick she couldn't get out of bed. My husband and I were sick as well, but not as bad as her. It was pretty scary. Luckily I had packed beef jerky and combos, and she pretty much lived off of that, dry cereal and pineapple for the rest of the trip. We were all very careful what we ate after that. I still don't know what caused it. Perhaps we picked a bug up somewhere, or perhaps it was the food. I guess we will never know for sure. The food quality also was not that good. Even for an All Inclusive. We were a bit disappointed. The beef is extremely tough. I think the best thing was the pasta station. If you want pineapple for breakfast, get up early! I don't know if others were sick as well , but I started noticing people literally piling pineapple on their plates. It went quick at the buffet, and they didn't replace it. Timeshare - There is a group of people up near the Lobby offering you a 'free welcome gift'. This is a timeshare. The girl gave me a little attitude when I told her I wasn't interested in the gift. This seems to be pretty common for All Inclusives now. Resort Photographer - This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. They have resort photographers walking around the resort all day and night. Sometimes they have animals (different ones each day), other times they are just asking if you'd like your picture taken. Every night they upload the days pictures, and you can view them on one of the computers in the lobby. For $100 you can buy a digital copy of all the pictures. Or you can piece it out (much more expensive). We looked forward to finding our pictures each night. And I want to give a big shout out to Jack the photographer (Captian Jack Sparrow). He was great. We looked forward to Jacks little photo shoots on the beach, or at the pool, or at dinner time. Bonus - he speaks excellent english. Thank you Jack for brightening up our trip!Activities - You get one ride per day on the catamaran. You have to sign up the morning of in order to reserve a time slot. The 'captain' takes you out on a 20 minute or so ride. My 9 year old and I did this, and she loved it. We also did the kayaks. I recommend doing both. I believe they also have boogie boards to rent, but we didn't take advantage of that. The activity staff really goes out of their way t0 get people to participate in things like volleyball, yoga, dance lessons etc. In conclusion: A beautiful piece of property that could be improved upon. This will be our last trip to the Dominican though. You get much more for your money in Mexico.
On the PROS side, the hotel had a great location on the beach - with clean waters, access to kilometers of shoreline to walk on and lots of sun beds. The room was clean, there were enough pools. There was a variety of food options.On the CONS side, the hotel felt a bit too crowded and mainly with mid-aged couples or families. There were practically no real options for any kind of nightlife (I'm not talking about discos, just regular night bars). The specialty restaurants closed quite early (9:30) and were really below average. WiFi was only available at the lounge, which was not very convenient.In SUMMARY: If you are young couple or group or if you are looking to enjoy a bit more social experience, this is not the place to go. Even if you are looking for a more relaxed and quiet vacation, this might still not be the place to go as the hotel is a bit overcrowded.
The place is great for the location of the beach (very nice spot and not too many waves, many sun-beds) and the swimming pool is nice for kids. There are 3 restaurants 'à la carte': Mexican (we did not try) Italian (not good) and Fish and Sea food (was OK). The buffet is full of food but very average. Drinks were served from soda machines so Coke was not bubbly at all and beer was average. Other drinks were better.If you want to enjoy a Cuba libre like me it was really bad! If you want to go to play tennis the 2 courts are in horrible condition.... Don't go or you wil break an ankle! Description of hotel rooms : old but clean, equipped with a small TV with cable, mattress bed was firm but water pressure very poor at night when everyone was showering. Staff was nice even though there is a lot of solicitation to move to the VIP section. The WIFI only works in the lobby area and is very slow. Nightlife had some shows: some where Ok some nights but mainly a family place to go to and not to party if you are single.
My fiance and I just returned from a vacation at this resort. I have to say the room was pleasent and clean, however the bed was not as comfortable as I would've liked and at 6 ft tall my feet stuck out the end. The grounds of the resort were pleasent and well maintained with a nice pool area and beach, although to much boat traffic and not enough room for swimming, also there was no point in snorkelling off of this beach. My issue was with the slow service, it took hours to have clean towels delivered to our room after requesting them. The food was good enough, fairly bland and unexciting, but not my moneys worth. The drinks were terrible, no fresh ingredients were used. I would NOT stay here again.
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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
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