If you are interested in a relaxing beach vacation at a reasonable price, you will should be satisfied here. I spent a week here and found it very relaxing. The beach is beautiful white sand, the water blue with a sandy bottom for great swimming, and the beach goes on forever in both directions for wonderful beach walks. There was a flea market close if you felt like doing a little shopping and can handle the sellers talking non-stop and trying to lure you in. The size and layout of the resort made it very convenient. I was in an oceanview room on the third floor, but still only 130 steps (I counted) from the beach. My room was not renovated but was clean and had a nice balcony with chairs and a view. Food and drink was very easy and stress-free to come by. There were two bars in the beach area, so only one day was there a line to get drinks. For some reason, one bar was closed that day. The drinks were served in small plastic cups, so I usually ordered two. Food was served near the beach from 11 until 6pm and included pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, sometimes chicken and pork as well. During the lunch hour they added a buffet of salads, desserts, and a few side dishes inside one of the beach bars. The main buffet was quite close to the beach and had a full buffet at lunch time with plenty of options. Breakfasts were excellent buffets with plenty of choices including great sausages and bacon. There was a station where you could have eggs or omelettes cooked to order by a very friendly and efficient cook. Evening meal options were the buffet or the two a la carte restaurants - Italian and seafood. I did not eat at the seafood, but ate several times at the Italian. I did not have any of the typical Italian pastas, but instead enjoyed steak Gorgonzola and salmon fillet. Both were excellent and the starter of Mussels Gratin was also great. A HUGE advantage of this resort is that you do not have to reserve for the restaurants - just arrive. I can never be bothered with the rigamarole of this reserving that most resorts seem to have, so rarely use them. The evening buffet was fine, nothing special, on the two occasions I ate there, but you wouldn't go hungry. The house wine at the resort was quite bad and seemed to change for the worse later on in my week. You can purchase wine in the restaurants for about $30 a bottle. It took me until my last night to wonder, why I am trying to drink this poor wine when they have a first class, great tasting draft beer in Presidente. The resort supplied two large bottles of water in the room fridge each day. So water was not a problem like at some resorts where you are scrambling each night to make sure you have enough water. Also nice was having the same friendly and hard-working chambermaid the entire time I was there. I brought some small gifts from home and tipped $1 to $2 per day. Internet access was available for $2 for 15 minutes at the internet room near the front desk. I wanted to attend Catholic mass on Sunday and this resort did not have. There was a church in a shopping area not too far away. When I asked at the desk they said a taxi would be $15 each way. But I discovered the location of the church on my beach walk and it was only about a half hour's walk down the beach and maybe two blocks inland. Near the Captain Cook Restaurant. Easily walkable for me and a lot cheaper. Was able to give the money to the church instead.
Some of the beach chairs were saggy and broken, but there were plenty of them and little tables with cup holders. Some of the staff were not as friendly as you might expect but maybe I am comparing to Mexico. At night the beach was lit and guarded with security. It was nice to be able to see the water and watch the waves a bit after dark.
The hotel was filled with friendly people from all over the world and it was interesting to talk to them and hear all the languages. I'd stay at this hotel again if I could get the same price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The VIK Hotel Arena Blanca is placed overlooking the incomparable beach of Bávaro, just 30 minutes away from the International Airport of Punta Cana. This hotel in Punta Cana was renovated in 2006 to be able to offer a wide variety of environments: ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vik Hotel Punta Cana
- Lti Beach Resort Punta Cana
- Lti Punta Cana
- Lti Resort Punta Cana
- Lti Beach Punta Cana