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VIK Hotel Arena Blanca

Dominican Republic - Punta Cana

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5 Nights with Air from $639 All-Inclusive
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Customer Rating 87 Reviews
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3.7
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3.4
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4.2
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3.3
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3.4 out of 5
"Overall very nice. Clean, comfortable rooms. The food was Very good , the beer was cold, the sky was blue. A very nice vacation" – Barnz
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Customer Rating 87 Reviews
Value
 
3.7
Service
 
3.4
Beaches & Pools
 
4.2
Dining Options
 
3.3
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2.9
3.4 out of 5
"Overall very nice. Clean, comfortable rooms. The food was Very good , the beer was cold, the sky was blue. A very nice vacation" – Barnz
68 out of 109 (62%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
Tres Ojos Caverna Sto. Domingo He was so helpful and treated everyone equally no matter what language you spoke. Very intelligent clerk VIK Arena Blanca Beach The beach area La Playa The pool area from building 3 Michael Jackson show wonderful
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January 3, 2013
Great vacation for the traveler on a budget!

Was this the nicest, most luxurious resort I have ever stayed at? No. Was it still a beautiful property with a gorgeous beach? Yes! Did I still have a fabulous trip? Yes! The positives: Beach--soft powder white sand with beautiful warm water. Also, I never had a problem getting a beach chair. The pool was also very large with warm water. It wasn't super deep, either. The food was delicious! Breakfast was a huge buffet with just about anything you could think of--homemade smoothies, eggs cooked to order, homemade yogurt bar, cereal, oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, donuts, churros, cold cuts, hot lunch items, fresh fruit,eggs, bacon, etc. There was a snack bar poolside that was open 11 to 6. They cranked out fresh, hot pizzas all day, plus there was a selection of hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, chicken, etc. For lunch, there were 2 buffets--a casual one where you could go in your beach ware and a more formal one that had a larger variety of items. For dinner you could either eat at the buffet or order off the menu at one of 2 restaurants (an Italian one and an "international" one.) I liked the fact that you could eat at the ala cart restaurants as many days as you wanted to during your stay. Also, they did not require you to make reservations ahead of time. I never waited more than 5 minutes to be seated despite eating at various times throughout my trip. I would highly recommend ordering the fish, as it was always fresh and deliciously prepared. The resort was small and easy to get around. Service was very good on the whole. There were always more than one bar open, so I never had to wait long for drinks. The negatives: Smoking is allowed throughout the resort with exception of the restaurants. It was really annoying to have smoke blown in your face at the beaches and pool, Also, you could not sit in the lobby or enjoy drinks at the bars without inhaling in tons of smoke. There weren't a lot of things to do at the resort during the night time. The animation team did play a game every night at 7:30 that was basically name that tune--but it was conducted entirely in French! At 8:30 every night was kids disco hour on the main stay, even though there were barely any kids staying at the resort. 9:30 was showtime. There were a couple outside shows that were good, but the ones performed by the animation team were awful! My room was very large and up to date. I had a large balcony with a table and chairs on it. The hotel provided absolutely no toiletries--not even a bar of soap, so make sure you bring your own. The shower got warm, but never super hot. Also, it had zero water pressure. Finally, there were not hot tubs. All in all, I had a wonderful vacation. I probably would not stay at this hotel again, unless they modified their smoking policy and at least provided some smoke free areas at the beaches, pools, & bars. Also, I booked the optional transfer vouchers through the cheapcaribbean website with Olympus tours. I would advise against doing this. After arriving at the airport, I was given a card by the transportation company stating that I had to meet with one of their reps the next day in order to receive my return pick up time. I took time out of my vacation to meet the rep and she never showed up for this meeting! I went the next day and she didn't show up again. I had guest services call the rep, who said she would meet me in 30 min. Again she never showed up. I had a rep from a different company call and was told that my rep no longer works for Olympus tours and that the new rep would meet with me at 5:30. I met with her and she still wouldn't give me a pick up time! I had to call the night before to confirm a pick up time. When I did, the rep told me to call her later because she didn't have my paperwork with her! Avoid using this company--it is not worth the stress! Taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap.


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From: Baldwinsville, NY
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

March 19, 2013
Fair value

This was our first all inclusive vacation and it was very relaxing. We started off in a bad situation missing our connecting flight in philadelphia so we had to spend the night there and I made the mistake of not buying the travel insurance. The service at the restaurants is terrible and the food is not very good. The pizza/grill bar is where we found the best food that is available to the vik hotel arena Blanca side. There are vendors set up inside of the resort and they are very pushy, they will bargain with you but expect to spend a lot of time with people trying to sell you junk or overpriced photos. We had originally booked 4 excursions but the tour company (ocean adventures) who we booked through Olympus forgot to pick us up on the day it was scheduled and they never called to let us know so we sat in the lobby waiting an extra 30 minutes in case they might show and ended up calling our tour representative and he said he would call us back. When he called back, he said it was cancelled due to the weather... It was sunny, blue skies and calm winds. As far as value goes, the Vik cayena is in the same resort but it is a more exclusive spot and they do a much better job with serving the customers. Plus you will get access to the swim up bar which the vik hotel arena Blanca does not have. Punta Cana is an awesome destination but I would not recommend the Vik hotel Arena Blanca to a couple looking for a getaway.


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From: Cincinnati, OH
Age: 19-24
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

April 5, 2013
Great Vacation

Loved our direct flight from Cincinnati to the Dominican on Sun Wing out of Montreal. Free champagne, hot meal with choice of red or white wine, hot towels, snacks, mints and movie. Great service and would definitely fly with them again! The VIK Arena Blanca Resort: This is an older resort but very clean which was important to us - clean room and bathroom. Flat screen TV mounted on the wall but hardly was used. Bathroom was just remodeled using an open concept and pretty stonework. Although we were to have an ocean view room, none of the rooms could have had much of one. Although we could see a little sliver of the ocean, that makes it an oceanfront room. The room was everything you would need for your stay. Three of us girls staying in one room, we could have used another mirror - only one was in the bathroom. Food: Food was good. There are some different dishes there but they also have food that anyone would like. With the all-inclusive, there is a Mexican Restaurant (would give it the lowest rating), and Italian Restaurant (very good!), an International restaurant (didn't eat there) and then the nightly buffet. Different food each night but there was always a pasta bar and stir fry bar. Both are very good. Lunch was at the brick oven where there is pizza, fries, roasted chicken (very good!), hamburgers and hot dogs. I guess there was a buffet for lunch as well but we never went to the buffet for lunch. Drinks: Lower shelf alcohol. Think it would take a lot of it to even make you tipsy. We drank frozen drinks with rum most of the days on the beach. Tried some of the other drinks and they were o.k. Several locations on the resort to get drinks which is nice. Resort: small and easy to get around. Saw other resorts where it took you 20 minutes to walk from your room to the beach. We were in Block #4 (room 4109) and we were literally 2 minutes from the beach - if that long. Like I said, a little older but very well maintained. Lobby has free Wi-Fi so it was crowded in the evening time after dinner with everyone wanting to get on-line. I believe they probably have just so many license so we had to wait to get on line at times. We heard from other resorts where you have to pay for Wi-Fi so this is def. a perk! Pool is nice. Pretty clean - needed a little maintenance but fine. They had water exercises each morning and that was fun! No hot tub that we could find, though. Plenty of seats around the pool and no need to have to reserve early in the morning. Entertainment is limited. Pool aerobics in the morning, some beach games during the day and one night there was a "party on the beach." It is pretty family oriented with a Kid's Club - no kids with us so don't know that much about it. Beach: Ah, beautiful! Softest sand I've ever felt! There are lots of huts on the beach with chairs but you must get up EARLY to get the front two rows. if you go out to the beach after 8:00 a.m., more than likely the huts are taken and as hot as it gets, you need that relief from the huts. We spent the majority of our time on the beach and loved it! Took walks up and down. Lots of people trying to sell you everything from jewelry (pretty cheap), cigars, hair braiding, pictures with live parakeets, monkeys, snakes (Yikes!), etc. Just ignore them and they will go away and not bother you. Saw other resorts from the beach view and I believe The VIK has probably one of the best parts of the beach. Excursions: All kinds of excursions to choose from. We decided to go dune buggy riding and it was fun. Angel from Olympus Tours is great to work with. Honest and cares about you having a fun time. Service: I would lower this down on the scale a bit. We have been to other Caribbean resorts where they wait on you hand and foot. I guess we missed the beach service and pool service. At other resorts, there was always someone there getting you a drink whether by the pool or the beach. Not here. You get it yourself. Kind of slow getting your drink orders at breakfast and dinner as well. That type of service was not top-notch but our maids, bartenders, etc. were extremely friendly - the bigger tip, the more friendly, found out! Culture: We are Americans who speak English and found very few Americans who travel to Punta Cana. Was told the country that comes there the most is Russia, then France (lots of French speaking people) then Canada and Europe. More Americans are going to Punta Cana but not like Cancun or the Bahamas or Jamaica. Found it somewhat difficult to understand them and for them to understand us. We had heard that from others but until you live it for a week, it does make communication difficult. Overall: We like going to different locations so not sure we will come back to the Punta Cana in the near future but if we do, I believe we would stay at the VIK again. Biggest reason: Clean, good food and room was close to everything!


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From: Indiana
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

October 18, 2012
BEST PRICE EVER

this hotel is one of the best, the staff treat you like king the drinks are amazing i will definitely go back, the only thing i didnt like is i was trying to get cash from my credit card they charge me 34$ us when i withdraw 150$ us so i dnt know why it is so high orther than that i have lots of funnn


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From: Orlando florida
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

Most of the resort's 447 rooms have an oceanview. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, in-room safe (charge), mini-bar and hair dryer. Most room assignments will be made at check in, and all special requests will be considered. The resort also offers an exclusive section of the resort called the Cayena Beach Club, featuring more spacious Junior Suites. Cheap Caribbean offers this as a separate property.

Room Details

Superior Garden View Room
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Garden View Room (available until 12/23/17)
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Ocean View Room (available until 12/23/17)
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Family Suite (available until 12/23/17)
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What's to Love

There's something for everyone at Arena Blanca. From catamarans with a captain, to the Etra Spa with professional spa treatments.
 

What We'd Change

With so much to do, you might find it hard to find a quiet place. So why not join in the fun?
 

Why You Should Go

If you're looking for something to do, Arena Blanca is the place - water sports, land sports, golf and more.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Car Rental Available
  • Volleyball
  • Dive Shop
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Golf Course ($)
  • Kayaks
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Playground
  • Snorkeling
  • Internet Access ($)
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Scuba Diving ($)
  • Windsurfing
  • Aerobics
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Wedding Services
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Nightclub/Disco
  • Scuba Lessons
  • Horseback Riding ($)
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 4 Bars/Lounges
  • Massage ($)
  • Spa ($)
  • Catamarans
  • Sauna ($)
  • Steam Room ($)


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Casino(s)
  • Jet Ski Rentals
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Parasailing
  • Water-Skiing

Map of Local Area

The Dominican Republic continues to grow as a major tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches, rich culture, and abundance of available activities.

VIK Hotel Arena Blanca

White Sand, Carretera Arena Gorda, Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

1-809-221-6640

Hotel Description

VIK Hotel Arena Blanca: Slip Beneath the Stress

Feeling drained? That's your body telling you it's time to recharge! No fuel is better than the sun, sand and sea at the VIK Hotel Arena Blanca. Located in tropical Punta Cana, the beachfront resort is a gem. The exquisite spa, gorgeous pools and nearly 24-hour entertainment for honeymooners ad families are just the start to a care-free experience in paradise.

The ivory shores of Bavaro Beach beckon sunbathers while snorkelers and scuba divers find bliss off shore. What's more, the resort offers non-motorized water activities free of charge. Skim over the waves on a complimentary catamaran excursion, or head to the resort's pool for a game of water polo. If you'd rather just relax and bask in the island atmosphere, though, the resort also provides loungers, palapas and towels for you to do just that. A refreshing beverage from the beachside Bucanero Bar tops off a perfectly beachy afternoon.

When dinnertime rolls around, check out El Mirador to sample the theme-based evening menu this buffet has in store. If you want Caribbean-style meals, La Proa serves up meat and seafood dishes with signature Island flair. In the mood for Italian? Don your best "smart casual" ensemble and make an appearance at La Trattoria for pasta dishes served a la carte. On Fridays, the decision is easy. Head straight for El Cano, where guests enjoy a fun seaside barbecue under the stars.

After dinner, the party keeps going at Calipso Bar until 5am. If the night's still young, though, the Fun Pub is the best spot to get groovin'. Then, if you feel like you're on a roll, venture to the Towers Casino to see how Lady Luck treats you.

If gambling is a step too close to the wild side for you, get a good night's rest instead, and prepare for the relaxation experience of your life at Etra Spa. From private parlors for couples massages to a full-service hair salon, the resort's on-site spa pampers you until the cares of ordinary life become distant memories.

This hotel is All-Inclusive.
Features include:

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • A la carte dinners at specialty restaurants from special menu
  • Day and night snacks
  • Unlimited domestic drinks 24 hours a day and wine with lunch and dinner
  • Non-motorized water sports, including snorkeling equipment, boogie boards, kayaks, catamarans (30 min with captain per stay), pedal boats, windsurfing
  • Scuba lesson in the pool
  • Daily and nightly entertainment
  • All taxes and gratuities


DINING

This hotel includes unlimited food and drinks, but some dining restrictions may apply. Please check with the front desk for details.

El Bucanero
Type: Mexican Restaurant
Hours: Daily, lunch - 12:30pm-2:30pm; snacks - 11:00am-6:00pm; 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: A la carte restaurant with Mexican specialties. Snacks and pizza during the day.

El Mirador
Type: Buffet
Hours: Continental Breakfast - daily, 5:30am-11am; Buffet Breakfast - daily, 7am-10am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-2:30pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: Buffet restaurant serving an early continental breakfast and a full American breakfast buffet. Lunch and dinner offer an International buffet and theme-based evenings.

La Trattoria
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: Smoke-free, a la carte restaurant offering Italian specialties.
Dress code: Dinner - Smart casual. Gentlemen must wear long trousers, closed-toe shoes and collared shirts.

La Estrella del Mar
Type: International
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: A la carte and smoke-free restaurant offering a variety of International dishes. Some special menu items and selected wines may incur an additional charge.
Dress code: Dinner - Smart casual. Gentlemen must wear long trousers, closed-toe shoes and collared shirts.

La Proa
Type: Caribbean
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: A la carte restaurant with a comfortable and exclusive atmosphere, offering Caribbean dishes, seafood and imported meats. Located at the VIK Hotel Cayena Beach. Surcharges apply (meals here are not included in the All-Inclusive plan). Reservations may be made through the reception desk.
Dress code: Dinner - Smart casual. Gentlemen must wear long trousers, closed-toe shoes and collared shirts.

El Cano
Type: Seafood Barbecue
Hours: Fri, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: Weekly Friday night seafood barbecue under the stars (weather permitting). Located at the VIK Hotel Cayena Beach. Surcharges apply (meals here are not included in the All-Inclusive plan). Reservations may be made through the reception desk.

All hours are subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Patio Bar
Garden style lounge bar by the shops area. Daily, 4pm-11pm.

Lobby Bar
Self-service coffee available 8:15am-10am. Daily, 10am-midnight.

Calypso Bar
Lounge bar, serving snacks and soups after midnight. Daily, 6pm-6am.

"El Bucanero" Bar
Beach bar. Daily, 10am-11pm.

Fun Pub
Disco bar. Daily, 11pm-2am.

"La Playa"
Tiki-bar right on the beach. Open daily, 10:00am-6:00pm

Nightlife
The resort offers nightly entertainment for all ages with beach and theater shows. The fun continues deep into the night in the resort's disco, the Fun Pub.

Casinos
The Tower Casino is located between VIK Hotel Arena Blanca and VIK Hotel Cayena Beach. Guests of the Arena Blanca enjoy a private entrance and don't need to leave the resort to enter the casino. Daily, 7pm-5am.



BEACH

VIK Hotel Arena Blanca is situated on Bavaro Beach, one of the most beautiful white-sand beaches on the island. Sun loungers and palapas for shade are available at the beach. Daily beach activities are also available through the resort.

POOLS

The resort offers freshwater swimming pools for both adults and children. Complimentary towels and sun loungers and palapas for shade are available at the pools. There are also daily pool-based activities and a Jacuzzi located at the adult swimming pool.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

VIK Arena Blanca offers a full-service water sports center with complimentary, non-motorized water sports. Daily, 8am-6pm. Hours subject to change.

  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayaks
  • Boogie boards
  • Windsurfing equipment
  • Pedal boats
  • Catamarans (30 min with captain per stay)
  • Scuba lesson in the pool
  • Water polo

Available at an additional charge:

  • Diving (PADI-certified dive center)
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Deep-sea fishing
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Whale watching
  • Parasailing

Land

Complimentary Sports and Activities:

  • Two tennis courts
  • Beach volleyball
  • Table tennis
  • Aerobics
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance classes
  • Table tennis
  • Billiards
  • Darts

Available at an additional charge:

  • Horseback riding

Golf
The resort's location makes it easy to play a round of golf at the following courses:

  • Playa Dorada Golf Club in Puerto Plata is an 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones
  • Guavaberry Golf & Country Club designed by Gary Player, the course features natural waterfalls and coral formations dotted along the fairways. The Golf Academy is headed by professional golfer Mark Clouse and offers personalized training and practice sessions for beginners and experienced golfers alike. It is located 30 minutes east of the Santo Domingo airport.
  • Las Lagunas Country Club in the Santo Domingo area is an 18-hole course originally designed by Pete Dye and subsequently modified by Jack Corrie.


INTERNET

VIK Arena Blanca Hotel offers Wi-Fi service in the lobby/patio bar area for an additional fee.

SPA SERVICES

Radiance Wellness Centers is the resort's full-service, on-site spa, featuring a team of national and international technicians. Daily, 9:30am-6pm.
  • Male and female sauna rooms, with multi-temperature steam baths
  • Vichy shower
  • Jacuzzi bar
  • Three double massage parlors
  • Three suite spa parlors
  • Four single parlors
  • Hairdressers
  • Beauty center
  • Spa gym
  • Relaxation area
  • Spa shop
  • Waiting room


WEDDING/HONEYMOON

Wedding
The resort offers a variety of wedding packages with an on-site wedding planner to take care of all the details for an additional charge. Please contact guestsrv@vikhotelarenablanca.net directly for more information.

Honeymoon Package (free of charge)
Honeymooners receive a room with preferential location, upgrade, king-size bed (upon availability), dessert basket and bottle of sparkly wine upon arrival.

  • 10% discount on their first visit to the wellness center
  • 10% discount in La Proa Restaurant
  • 10% discount for the seafood night


CHILD CARE

The resort offers the complimentary "Smiley Club" with supervised activities and in an air-conditioned playroom. Children ages 4-12. Daily, 10am-noon and 3pm-5pm.
The resort also offers a children's playground, located near the beach.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
VIK Hotel Arena Blanca is located on Bavaro Beach, on the Dominican Republic's eastern coast. The resort is approximately 35 min from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) and 3 hours from Santo Domingo by car.

Check-In/Check-Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: 12:00pm
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Awards
VIK Hotel Arena Blanca - awarded the MAXIMUM HYGIENE STANDARD Award by IMAX International

Minimum Stay
A 3-night minimum stay is required at this resort with the following exceptions:
A 5-night minimum stay is required for travel Nov 1-Dec 23, 2017, Jan 2-April 30, 2018 and Nov 1-Dec 23, 2018.
A 7-night minimum stay is required for travel Dec 24, 2017-Jan 1, 2018.

Facility Sharing
Guests staying in the Cayena Beach section of the resort enjoy full access to VIK Hotel Arena Blanca amenities, but guests staying at VIK Hotel Arena Blanca are not permitted to use the Cayena Beach facilities.

Honeymooners Policy
Honeymooners must identify themselves at the time of booking and must present proof at the resort upon check-in. Honeymooners and guests celebrating their wedding anniversaries also receive additional discounts with advance notice.



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