This was our 3rd trip to Cayena. Cayena Beach Club is the time-share part of the Vik Hotel Arena Blanca. As a guest of Cayena you gain access to all the Vik Hotel amenities. There are several restaurants, since our first trip 3 yrs ago, the food is much better. The Vik Corporation only recently acquired this location, it was our impression that they are working on making improvements. PLEASE remember to TIP!!! No one TIPS!? We were sure to bring a large amount of $1 and $5's to tip. A $1 goes a LONG way. We just couldn't understand why no one tips. It just doesn't make sense to us. There are stations at breakfast & dinner, if someone creates a meal for you & you enjoy it, tip them! If the waiter is standing over you refilling your drink, tip him!
This is a quiet resort. There are children, and families. This is not a resort for people with the "let's get crazy" vacation attitude. This location is best for people looking to STOP and RELAX! The beach is GORGEOUS!! Be sure to bring a lot of sunscreen as the sun is strong. This trip we had 4 bottles of spray Coppertone and used them all up!
Unfortunately we had a lot of rain this trip...however, had we had sun the entire time, we would have been burned to a crisp! Only one day was a complete wash, otherwise we were running back n' forth from the beach to the room or restaurant.
What to bring- Books to read, sunscreen, beach toys for the kids, someone left "noodles" in the pool that we got a lot of use out of...we brought $2 floats, $1 shovels and pails for our children. We leave the sand toys behind for whoever wants them.
I would suggest you bring some light snacks (we are a snack family.) We brought almonds, goldfish, dried fruit, licorice, etc. They have a mini-mart on site, but the snacks are expensive, so we bring our own. Bring a wash cloth. We also travel with small DVD players for the kids. I brought a couple of their favorite movies to watch at bedtime. The TV doesn't offer many channels in english.
The reception staff of Cayena work together with an orphanage. We brought play dough, stickers, coloring books & gave them to be donated to the orphanage. The ages range from 18 months to 18 yrs old. If you are able, bring new or gently used items to donate. It was said that, "they need everything."
This trip my family did an excursion. They went on the dune buggy trip to a cocoa plantation, cave, and beach. They loved it. They said it was super muddy and very interesting. This excursion was booked through the Vik activity center near the main lobby.
Well, we are sad to be home. We had a wonderful visit and look forward to next year.
- 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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