We arrived at Punta Cana Airport. The ingress was interesting. $10 per person Tourist Visa fee (Make sure you have cash). There was about a 30 minute ride to the hotel. The driver the hotel set up was great. He spoke acceptable English and told us about the local culture. At the main hotel we were greeted by staff who walked us to the Cayena Beach Club (CBC).
Check-in was a breeze. Throughout the stay we were politely greeted by staff and asked if they could be of assistance. The CBC is a more exclusive section of the VIK Arena Blanca. It has a restaurant (that serves a tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner from a menu), bar and pool area. As a guest of the CBC, you are able to use the VIK Arena Blanca's facilities.
It is suggested you do not drink the faucet water. Bottled water is provided and housekeeping will leave you as many bottles as you ask for.
I am a SCUBA diver and used the on-site Pelicano Sport (which is a chain of dive shops in the Dominican) for 5 dives. The staff was wonderful. They explained the dive sites and guided us around. Safety briefs were held before we headed out each morning.
My fiance', who is not a diver, chose to lay out on the beach and take in the magnificent beach atmosphere and drink the bottomless local drinks (Pina Colada con rum).
I live in Southern California. We have nice beaches and water here, but there is NO comparison.
We went to the on-site spa for a pedicure... Not impressed.
The casino is about a 200 yard walk from the front of the hotel. It was small, but took my money just as well as any large Vegas casino could!!
I was initially concerned about safety. When I got there I learned that the tourist industry is the largest source of revenue for this country. Therefore, tourist safety is paramount.
Final words... I will be going back!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing next to the VIK Hotel Arena Blanca, this hotel enjoys an outstanding location overlooking the beach of Bávaro. The Hotel Cayena Beach is an exclusive part of the complex, designed with the most discerning guests, like you, in mind ... more less
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