VIK Hotel Arena Blanca

Resort Map
  • Overview
  • Reviews
  • What's Included
  • All Inclusive Features
  • Facilities
  • Accommodations
  • Restaurants & Bars
  • Kids
  • Spa
  • Weddings
  • Bonus
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 The rooms are a little outdated.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
  • sfseibel : Thunder Bay, Canada
First impression not great, gets better with time

Family vacation 3 kids (11,10,6)We learned to enjoy this resort. Great pool, fantastic beach. Basic amenities in room (one towel & pillow per person, no clock, no dresser, 5 hangers in closet, 2 chairs on balcony for a family suite). Room was always clean and lots of bottled water placed for us in our mini fridge.Buffet was great - kids found lots to eat, adults enjoyed the variety. We were approached at many points for upgrades, tours, services etc. at the resort and on the beach, but never harassed - people take no for an answer.Kids mini disco each evening on the stage was a great highlight for the kids.Glad we brought pool toys/floating mats/masks for the kids - kept them entertained for hours at the pool.Read thorough the reviews, bring some extra supplies, create reasonable expectations in your mind and this is a very good budget-friendly family resort.

  • seed02 :
Great Trip

The wife and I booked this hotel last minute after reading up on some of the reviews and we were not at all disappointed. Check in staff were very nice and friendly and porters took our luggage to our room for us. Nice hotel with great ocean view rooms with all amenities. We ate at the buffet mostly and always found something good to eat from the wide variety of local and international dishes. We would definitely come back to this hotel again for another stay and get away from the cold winters in Canada.

  • Mark B :
Christmas Getaway with the kids

We took our 5 kids to VIK Arena Blanca for a week of sun during the first week of January. This was my second all-inclusive trip and I have to admit I really wasn't impressed.Check in - the major problem we had at check-in was that our two rooms were in two totally different buildings. This was after we were assured that we would have two rooms next to each other when we booked. Rooms - The rooms were outdated and in need of repairs. The one room's door had been smashed in and the safety lock had been broken and not repaired. The other room also in need of repair. The bathtub drain was broken, there was holes in the wall, and the safe was broken (which btw you had to pay an extra 2 dollars a day for). Cleanliness - I'm not going to say that the property was dirty....but it definitely wasn't spotless. There were plastic plates and cups left around the property and wouldn't be picked up for days. Beach - The beach was nice, and we always were able to find a place to sit. Activities - There were a few activities every day, but certainly not an over abundance of things to do. The kids would take the dance lessons every day but that was about it. They were able to keep themselves entertained by playing fooseball or ping-pong between swimming in the pool or snorkeling on the beach. (The fooseball and ping-pong tables need fixing).Food - Food was ok to good. The buffet always had a decent selection of items. Wasn't really impressed with the Italian restaurant, but the Mexican restaurant was pretty good. Drinks - Get ready to put on some miles in walking back and forth to the bar. There are no staff walking around getting you drinks...you are on your own. And the drinks were in small cups and cheap booze. Believe it or not, we caught the bartender actually not putting alcohol in some of the drinks and we would have to ask him to put it in.Staff - Some of the staff were friendly and helpful, but a lot really simply ignored you. Overall - with 7 of us going, we were trying to make it affordable but at the same time we wanted a little luxury. We were told that VIK was a 4 star rated hotel, but it is not. 2.5 stars to maybe a 3 at best. With my first all inclusive stay being at a Secrets, there is absolutely no comparison. All in all, we had fun because we made it fun....but we won't be returning to the VIK Arena Blanca.

  • Swisslab :
Amazing family vacation

Another amazing family vacation at the Vik Arena Blanca. We were a ground of 6, we arrived on New Year's Eve , check in was quick and super friendly, I asked for oceanview rooms and received 3. Two rooms were in building 4 which is the renovated one and one in building 5, we all loved our rooms as well as the view and sounds. We didn't have hot water one evening, but no big deal took a cool shower that night. The buffet always had great variety and plenty to eat. Egg station for breakfast, pasta and Chinese stations at night were always our favorite. For lunch we mostly had pizza , hot dogs , hamburgers and fries from the snack bar close to the beach.The ala cartes are ok, it's nice that you don't need reservations , and at the Mexican , long pants are not required for men, that's a bonus when it's 30 degrees.The beach is beautiful, lots of chairs but chairs are little close together, we always went early to get our chairs and spread them out to give us more room. As for seaweed, our first 5 days were great as they cleaned it up early every morning, but then a storm was coming and we woke up to knee high seaweed on the beach. They had to bring in dump trucks. Still didn't change the view for us.Pedro at the beach bar is amazing , we would tip him $10 in the morning for the six of us and he would remember your drinks and make them even before you'd asked . You've got to try Dino - Saurio drink.We only spend one day at the pool and had a great time, lots of chairs to pick from . Pool is clean.Game room could use some new pool cues but still fun times to be had.Entertainment could use a little work, we always sat on the outside of theatre and played games while watching the show in the background. Our last two days the air conditioning was down , so that made it a little uncomfortable but we just opened our patio door and let the breeze in . The resort is a perfect size as your not walking forever to get to things. Resort is very clean.All in all it was a great vacation and will definitely be back next year. Remember it's you that's makes the vacation, don't look for the negatives, relax and enjoy.

  • SunTanBuddy : Ottawa
Overall great vacation and resort

Don't let the bad reviews scare you away. I travel alot and my friends consider me a princess :-) I liked it there. We were there for New Years Eve.We booked an oceanfront suite and were so glad we did. View was amazing in building 5. You can literally step out onto the beach. The resort is well laid out. We never felt like we had to walk for long to get anywhere. All the hurricane damage has been fully repaired. The beach is beautiful. All the cleaned daily for seaweed. They have also repaired all the palapas and replaced the sand lost during the hurricanes. Food was good, even at the buffet which had a different variety every night. I loved that we did not have to make reservations for the a la carte restaurants. You just show up when you're ready to eat. Also they break up the smoking and non-smoking sections. I do not know how anyone drinks the wine. I am not a wine snob but, oh my, one sip was enough for the week. They do have a wine menu that you can buy a bottle if you chose. Rooms were clean although dated but we appreciated the cleanliness. The only complaint we had with our room was the air conditioning and safe. It never got colder than 24.5c even though maintenance looked at it twice. The bathroom was especially hot. The safe was a charge of $14US (for the week) and you have to carry a key for the whole week as safe is not digital. Wifi is only free in the lobby and a lot of people swarm to it to use it so it's really slow. However, you can buy wifi for $70US for the week or even just $10 for a day. The staff work hard and most are very friendly even if there is a language barrier, but we are in their country so we have to respect that. Overall we would go back again. I am happy to answer questions.

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • 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 
  • Unlimited Domestic drinks 24 hrs & Wine with dinner
  • Lounge chair & towels (pool/beach)
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
  • Kids Club
  • Daytime tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Table tennis
  • Aerobics
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 456 rooms in several 3-storey buildings
  • 4 restaurants
  • Snack bar
  • 5 bars 
  • Disco
  • 1 pool
  • Children's pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • 2 tennis courts
  • Gift shop
  • Spa services (fee)
  • Car rental
  • ATM
  • Wi-Fi (fee)
  • Medical services 24 hrs (fee)
  • Golf course & casino nearby

Garden View Room

  • 1 king bed, or 2 double beds
  • Garden view
  • 323 square feet
  • Maximum 3 adults
  • Maximum 2 children
  • No more than 4 guests in the room
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini fridge
  • Smoke-free
  • Balcony or terrace
  • A/C
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Safe ($)
  • TV

Ocean View Room

  • 1 king bed, or 2 double beds
  • Ocean view
  • 323 square feet
  • Maximum 3 adults
  • Maximum 2 children
  • No more than 4 guests in the room
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini fridge
  • Smoke-free
  • Balcony or terrace
  • A/C
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Safe ($)
  • TV

Superior Garden View

  • 1 king bed, or 2 double beds
  • Garden view
  • Maximum 3 adults
  • Maximum 2 children
  • No more than 4 guests in the room
  • Balcony
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini fridge
  • A/C
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Safe ($)
  • TV

Superior Oceanview 

  • 1 king bed, or 2 double beds
  • Ocean view
  • Minimum 1 adult, maximum 3 adults
  • Maximum 2 children
  • No more than 4 guests in the room
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini fridge
  • A/C
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Safe ($)
  • TV

Family Suite

  • 2 double beds and 1 sofa bed, or 2 single beds and 1 sofa bed
  • Minimum 2 adults, maximum 3 adults
  • Maximum 2 children
  • No more than 5 guests in the room
  • Balcony
  • Mini fridge
  • A/C
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Safe ($)
  • TV

Oceanfront Suite

  • 1 king bed and 1 sofa bed, or 2 double beds and 1 sofa bed
  • Oceanfront
  • 393 square feet
  • Minimum 2 adults, maximum 3 adults
  • Maximum 2 children
  • No more than 4 guests in the room
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini fridge
  • Smoke-free
  • Balcony or terrace
  • A/C
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Safe ($)
  • TV

Cayena Beach Club Junior Suites include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Ocean, pool, or garden views
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Living area
  • Sofabed
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-bar stocked with water, soft drinks and beer
  • In-room safe
  • Fully equipped bathroom with Jacuzzi
  • Hairdryer
  • Oceanview
  • Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids

Restaurants

El Bucanero 

  • Buffet for lunch;  A la carte for dinner
  • Mexican
  • Dress code is Smart Casual

El Mirador 

  • Buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • International
  • Dress code is Smart Casual

La Trattoria

  • A la carte for dinner 
  • Italian 
  • Dress code is Smart Casual

Estrella de Mar

  • A la carte for dinner 
  • International
  • Dress code is Smart Casual

El Calypso Bar

  • Tea, coffee, soups and sandwiches

La Proa ($)

  • A la carte for dinner 
  • Caribbean dishes and seafood
  • Located at VIK Hotel Cayena Beach
  • Dress code is Formal

El Cano ($)

  • A la carte for dinner 
  • Seafood barbecue
  • Located at VIK Hotel Cayena Beach
  • Open once per week
  • Dress code is Smart Casual

*The restaurants La Proa and El Cano and the barbecue do not fall within the All-Inclusive service and are offered at additional charge.

Bars

  • Lobby Bar
  • Calypso Bar
  • Bucanero Bar
  • Bar Playa
  • Patio Bar
  • Disco Bar

Kids Deals - Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE offer is available at select times. Savings will be reflected in online prices automatically.

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.

Spa Services

  • Massage
  • Body Treatments
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa Circuits

Charges apply

Honeymooners - To be eligible for the honeymoon package, newlyweds must advise at the time of booking and present their proof of wedding, dated within the last month, upon arrival at the hotel.

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 Blanca
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

  • Hotel Contacts
  • Extra Info
  • Disclaimer
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.

Escapes.ca makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. Escapes.ca is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.

l