We stayed at this resort for 1 week in Nov 2012. This is a very basic 3 star resort. The food was good even the buffet every day had variety! The staff is very friendly and the rooms of building 4 are nice. Building 5 was closer to the beach but building 4 was definitly renovated. The room never got cold enough. It was like the A/C never went below 24 degrees. The beach here is amazing. white soft sand, drinks served on the beach with plenty of chairs around.
The language is definitly a barrier if you do not speak french or even spanish. ALL of the entertainment is in french, all of the staff speak it and 90% of the guests as well. The wi fi works only in the lobby so between 6pm and 8 pm the lobby is packed with no seats and very slow internet. It is not offered to have internet in your room even for a fee.
This resort and to be honest, the town of Bavaro was VERY VERY pushy! the sales people who want to sell you excusrions as well as the staff will line the edges of the walk ways and ask you day after day if you have had a tour of the Cayena side. They offer you a 'free dinner' in turn for you to sit through a time share presentation. Nice enough resort if time shares are your thing but it got really really annoying being asked every day on the way to breakfast to book or buy an excursion.
Theres a little shopping market close by 'Plaza of Punta Cana' the cab ride was i think 20$ or so each way and theres is just a lot of touristy things to buy, including rum and cigars. Definitly Negotiate. We were able to get things down by even 60% if you wait them out and ask them to do better. It was very very pushy even compared to say Mexico!
Over all if you get this resort for a cheap price and you are looking to relax on the beach its a great spot! If you speak french then its perfect! Just know that its a bit pushy and you will already know what to expect!!
- 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