by Whitney Rife
Arena Blanca offers some of the most spacious rooms in Punta Cana. Situated on Bavaro Beach, the hotel is home to more than 445 modern rooms and suites. Family Suites sleep up to five people with two bedrooms, a balcony or terrace and a mini-refrigerator. All units are air conditioned and have ceiling fans. Deluxe rooms are newly renovated with flat-screen televisions, neutral colors and preferential views. Four restaurants, three bars and a snack bar are at the resort. Families can find Italian, International and locally-inspired cuisine. All-inclusive rates cover most meals, snack and beverages. Guests should ask reception for details about meal plans. Rates also include an introductory scuba diving lessons in the huge pool, planned activities and a “Smiley Club” Miniclub. The children’s program runs supervised activities for kids’ ages 4 to 12. Meanwhile, parents can visit Etra Spa for a steam bath, massage or Vichy shower. With the beach onsite, there are plenty of water sports opportunities for everyone.
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by Sean Y
Clientele: 50% Russians, 30% Europeans, 15% from other Latin countries, 5% from USA and Canada.
Here's what I like and don't like:
Size - It's mid-sized, perfect for me.
Gym - fully equipped and opens daily. Very often I was the only one there.
Food - it has one of the best food I've had anywhere. I only ate at the main buffet Mirador, which offers enough variety. I have yet to find a dish I don't like.
Above said, Vik did not offer big shrimps even once during my stay.
Quiet weekends - Out of the many resorts I've been to, this is the only hotel that did not have a sudden surge of locals descending on the weekends.
Good beach - no seaweed issue
Security - I did not bother to rent the little safe. No thefts. .
I was approached many times to complete their survey about the hotel in general and rate every show.
Daily games by the entertainment staff - very seriously lacking: bocca and darts only, nothing else.
Dance lessons are bachata only, no other styles.
Evening shows - very poor, and the lighting for the shows is atrocious.
The only exception is the Michael Jackson show.
The shrubs need trimming.
Trainees of animation team don't speak English at all.
Water sports - none in week 1, even though it's yellow flag
Door - On my last day, the door won't lock - anyone can open the door without the key card. Don't know how long it's been like that. I did not lose anything though.
4 days in a row, the cleaning lady forgot to put bottles of water.
The average mark for this place on TripAdvisor is pretty accurate. I would also mark it as 3.5 out of 5.
If you are looking for a luxurious place, this is not for you. If you are looking for an inexpensive small relaxing place with a beautiful beach - you will like this place.
Don't book "ocean view" room - in the best case scenario, you will get the same basic room with the ocean somewhere far away on the horizon. For the real "ocean view" go for "ocean front" on the top floor of building #5. Even if you by "ocean front", at the check in be prepared that they will try to put you in the building #4 with partial ocean view (our story). Just insist on getting what you paid for.
Avoid rooms on the ground floor by the entrance to the building: there will be always many drunk people passing by your door every few minutes.
Food was ok.
The beach is the best part of the hotel, but there is always a chance that there will be algae in the water.
For diving & snorkelling trips, go to the Pelicano Sports dive shop - highly recommended.