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.
Our Editor Loves
- Smiley Club Miniclub
- Eight restaurants and bars
by Kennedy O
This is the real Carribean experience, a mid size older hotel right on palm fringed Bavaro beach. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. The swimming pools are surrounded by "Palapas" with an abundence of lounge chairs. The beach is lined with palm trees and "palapas" (straw covered shades) again with an abundance of lounge chairs. The rooms have all been updated to modern standards with a level of comfort as good as most resort hotels.
The grounds and public areas are spotlessly clean with staff constantly mentaining these areas. I was particularly impressed with management's ability to provide a level of comfort and service to their guests.
The resaurent buildings are an archectural delight with beautiful woodwork and cathedral ceilings. The food is excellent with a variety of pork,beef,chicken,fish and a variety of vegetables. Besides the buffet restaurent there are four "a la carte" restaurents which, unlike other resorts, do not require reservations.
The staff always seem to be smiling and are happy to service their guests. You will probably not be surprized that I have visited this hotel many times and will be returning their later this month.
We was a great relaxing time. Workers at this resort are very friendly. Did not hover over us. Clean rooms. Well taken care of. Very affordable. They had good entertainment every night. The food is not American but you can Lways find something to eat.