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VIK Hotel Arena Blanca
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   White Sand, carretera Arena Gorda | Bávaro, Punta Cana 290217, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #72 of 101 Hotels in Punta Cana
London, United Kingdom
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“Amazing memories”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I went for a 7 night stay with my friend. We are both 21 and we were tired (we had just had our finals!). It was an amazing iexperience: the beach right in front of the hotel is amazing, warm waters, white sand and we felt extremely safe. Some of the hotel staff try to sell you tours and excursions at first, but once we explained we were broke students they pretty much left us alone. The men in the Dominican Republic know how to make a white female tourist feel amazing, be prepared for lots and lots of compliments from the hotel staff and from locals. Food was varied and very satisfactory for an all inclusive. Rooms were clean, and at anytime there are alcoholic drinks available which tend to be stronger during the night time.The hotel entertainers are all amazing and props to them for making our stay memorable: they are very chatty, nice and a vibrant bunch with a lot of funny personalities. Weather was amazing despite what the weather forecast was, and make sure to use the free water sports available such as kayaking and the catamaran. Extremely relaxing, whatever you age, however there was actually a predominance of mid-age couples.

Room Tip: Try to get a ground floor room: there are no elevators and it is much easier to get your bags in and...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Service was second to none, A real family all inclusive resort. I'm a meat lover, they offer me such a wide variety of choices, I ate till I could eat no more. (buffet and Italian - out of this world)
They cater for vegetarians also so if you are, don't worry, you will have a full stomach, with all the tasty stuff.
I'm going again this July with my Amral's Travel peeps

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I visited Dominica Republic for the first time in May and stayed at the Vik Arena Blanca all inclusive. On the whole it is a lovely place to stay and the staff were very helpful and friendly.

We stayed in block 3 which was okay and the room itself was cleaned daily (sheets were not changed daily) but despite this there was an over-whelming musty smell. It was also rather odd that we received notification about fumigation taking place one morning without any further details (our friends in block 4 had not received this).

Breakfast was amazing, lots of choice (we even had fried plantains). The restaurants were not so good. The Italian served food after a long time and it was cold. The Mexican was good if you ordered the Fajitas! The pizza man near the swimming pool area produced the most stunning pizza at my request. The drinks were also all inclusive and depending where you went e.g. the bar at the beach or the bar in reception the quality varied. I would recommend the bar in reception excellent Mojitos!

One big downside for me is that the hotel was isolated. Any journey outside the hotel involved a cab.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone who just wants a good resort holiday on a fab beach, consuming as much food and drink as they want.

Room Tip: If you want a beach view then block 5.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

1st time visit to this hotel, they were more than helpful on check in with our group mum being on a walking stick we were placed on ground floor near lobby, pool, food halls .. how ever Lookea have a big part in the hotel and its all about the French hmmmmm they cant dance and there shows were poor .... The Dominican animation team are getting there noses pushed out they are the best (keep up the good work Darlyn,Luis,Antonio.Manni,El cidro, and more of you ....Food was ok no fizzy drinks in fridge in room as advertised when I booked just water.... the service in restaurant was poor the tables were either full of dirty plates or not laid... the room was ok pillows lumpy tv was run on gas I think lol not a good picture .... MOSQUITO"S are rife I had a medical bill of £450 ... Met some fantastic people from Sheffield,Bolton. Leeds all in all was ok

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Visited this resort 2 years ago had fab time so decided to go back 13 th may till 27 th may.2013.just feel I have to say it was not the same atmosphere as half the hotel has been taken over by a French group .although the French holiday makers were very friendly we found the representatives of club lookea verged on being rude by not acknowledging any person not wearing a yellow wrist band.the Dominican boys and girls still as charming as ever and have they got rhythm !,the staff are very helpful and food pretty good.you can always find something to eat.the beach is excellent well kept as are the grounds of the complex.rooms very clean but could do with a bit of updating.eg.shower head would not hold position when turned on little things but mean you have to improvise so water not all over the wall instead of you .please take plenty of sun tan cream as its very expensive over there and don't forget the Mossie spray.you will need it .

Room Tip: Bock 2 near all amenities but can be noisy till 11pm ish block 5 nearer beach sea views on some quie...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This was my third stay at the Vik Arena Blanca. It is located on a beautiful beach. If you are going for a beach vacation and want easy access to food, drink, beach, you will like it. It is not a luxury property, but it has a lot of advantages. The biggest plus is the size. It is not a mega-resort, so you are never far from anything. Building 5 is the closest to the beach, but the others are not far either. The restaurants, lobby, beach, pool, and bars are all close. Sitting on the beach, there are two bars available to get drinks, lines are never long. Food is available all afternoon in the beach/pool area. Ala carte restaurants do not require reservations. There are plenty of beach chairs. The hotel has a few shops and there is a flea market down the beach if you want to shop. The staff is very friendly and go out of their way to be pleasant and helpful from the gardeners and maids to the managers.
The best recommendation I can offer is the number of repeat visitors. During my week. I recognized at least a dozen people who were there the same time as me last year and spoke to many more who had been there before.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Very good place to stay good food eclelent restaurent a la carte, everything is close to you 1 min walk to the market ,beautiful beach ,nothing to say ....
i will go back there.
I switch hotel to finish my vacation and this place to compare to CARABELA hotel where we got rip off and money stollen in our room. these guys here Know how to run a resort....Bravo

One turn off is the FENCH group from France who are anoing and very not nice to other poeple i`m french my self and you guys make me sick.Leave the entertament to the local you got no buisness sticking your nose in there.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: White Sand, carretera Arena Gorda | Bávaro, Punta Cana 290217, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#51 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#61 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — VIK Hotel Arena Blanca 3.5*
Number of rooms: 447
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

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