VIK Hotel Arena Blanca
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My journey to the Dominican Republic were longer than I expected. BecUse I had to first get to the airport from where I was and that took around 6 hours with ferry, 2 buses and taxi. Luckily, nick came with me so I had company almost the whole way. However, I arrived really late at night and didn't arrive at the hotel before 4 am! I was sooo tired and hungry because I didn't eat at all at the plane. So I came there and the people in the reception ...
... Took some more photos around the resort. - I took some great sunset shots of our last night in Paradise. Palm trees, a breeze, the stars. So nice to be relaxed and not scheduled. - Pre-ordered breakfast for the plane Drinks we have tested/indulged in... Coconut Milk...with and without rum Strawberry Daquiri Champagne Dirty Monkey Coco Loco Happy Mango Sex on the Beach Bahama Mama Piña Colada Dominican ...
... but as it was booked we wandered down to the World Cafe for supper. We walked back to the beach to watch a movie, but gave in after being buried in sand with high winds blowing the beach around We went back to the shops and picked up some sweets. Then took in the International Show of dancing. Back to the room to relax and read and check out pizza room ...
... suit and the little guy was active and seemed like he was laughing when you tickled him under his wings. That made swallowing a good portion of the Atlantic worth it! - from there it was a lazy cruise to a natural swimming pool where we lounged in the warm water, protected by the natural coral reef from waves and predators. - Perfect half day excursion because it seemed like we had both enjoyed a full day and we still had ...
... and tank tops and back to Oceania for a delicious meal of Tuna steak. We wandered out to the beach and looked at the stars, checked out the movie on the beach and looked in on a bonfire on the beach for a wedding party. There were some romantic dinners set up on the beach which looked beautiful. We then wandered back to the room and chatted on the patio before turning ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews VIK Hotel Arena Blanca Punta Cana
NOT GREAT, a big bore
I just came back with a friend from Canada and we met up in LTI. The resort in itself, the structure is nice and pretty clean. The beach and the pool is the best part of all, and the gardens full of palm trees and vegetation is very well kept and clean. However, the food, all of them, even the a la carte restaurants, are sooooo bad, how can people eat this day in and day out? The food was tasteless and the quality of the fruits and seafood and desserts were quite pathetic. Either people do not know how to eat or what. Mostly all Germans, and older people, mixed in with French, so that if you are looking for quiet time. this is the place....a big YAWN. Did meet a couple of good funnier people but that is about it. After day 5 we were ready to go. The women staff is great, but the Dominican Men are very aggressive so be careful. I personally, would not go, I have heard much better things from Melia Caribe and the Bavaro places which has more entertainment. OH yes, the ET of LTI was the WORST ever!!!
Fun Place w/ Intn'l Flavor
My wife and I went with her sister & husband. We all loved it. Sure the food was not great - seafood rest. is the way to go while you're there, but I can't imagine going to the DR for the food. We didn't know it was a German managed resort until there, so we were surprised at all the German speaking guests, but it gave a fun intn'l flavor. We met many friendly people, a couple from S.Africa now living in Dublin, a gent from London, saw cute european looking couple - studd guy while girlfriend frolicked topless in her purple swimsuit and hat. Oh and did I fail to mention that I was in a cast with crutches during this whole trip? So if I can manage to drink, scuba, and relax I'm sure you can.
Have fun at the LTI!!! - TW
I just got back from Punta Cana with my Spanish class. It was awesome!
We stayed at LTI and loved it. Everything was great...especially the staff! I would love to come back again!
Good but food are very average
1 week Trip: Staff are very cool and friendly. Some are very average.
(exept for 1 restaurant (with reservation)). Always chairs available (who is a good point). Very cheap show at the end of the day (but very friendly). A good place if you have a very good deal...
We just got back from a one week stay (Oct 24-31) at the LTI Beach Resort in Punta Cana. The resort was great - small and compact. Beautiful pools, great food, plenty to drink, incredible beach. We couldn't find a bad thing to say about this resort for the price! Great fun was had by all.
Loved Punta Cana, LTI can be better
My mother, aunt and cousin just got back from LTI for the first week in October. We stayed at the resort for 6 days and there were some pros and cons to our stay. The beach is beautiful and not crowded, which is perfect because it is right on the beach and our rooms overlooked the beach. The food was OK, while abundant, there was not a lot of variety.
The meats were not that good, although the rice and beans tasted delicious. The burgers offered in between meals were horrendous, no flavoring whatsoever and they tasted like rubber. The drinks are too sweet and are not LTI's specialty. We just drank water or seltzer water. We expected nightly shows, with merengue entertainment, but to our disappointment nothing during our 5 night stay!! The service was great, but the entertainment and ambience was non-existent. We asked the locals (waiters, cooks) why the lack of music and they said the guests had complained about the "loud" music. Most, if not all of the guests, were German and/or French, and I am sorry, you should not go to the Dominican Republic and expect NOT listen to merengue and complain about the native music. So, we left the resort and took a day trip to Santo Domingo and stopped in different towns [Higuey, La Romana, San Pedro de Macoris] by renting a car and hiring a young local as a guide and driver (we paid $70 for the rent-a-car and paid the guide $50 US - so $30 per person) which is half the cost of taking a bus tour that takes you straight to Santo Domingo for $60 a person. The guide was great (we speak Spanish it was not a problem) and were happy to have left LTI. My cousin and I did a 4-wheel drive to Macao and it was the best time we've had!!
I loved Punta Cana, I would go back, but not to LTI. Other hotels people recommended were RIU.
Spent 4 beautiful days in Punta Cana at the LTI Beach Resort. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. The entire resort was clean and well-furnished. Food was buffet-style, with large variety. For an excellent meal, I recommend the grilled lobster at the Estrella Del Mar restaurant. Make reservations early, as the seats fill up fast. If you're looking for good frozen tropical drinks, this is not the place to go, but good mixed drinks and Presidente beer. The beaches were clean and not over-crowded. The staff at the watersports center were very helpful. Overall, a great bargain.
LTI Beach Resort!! The place to go
While in the Dominican Republic we stayed at the LTI Beach Resort in Punta Cana. We had an amazing holiday. The food was delicious, the people were very friendly and the rooms were spotless. It is a small hotel with lots of hospitality. We went snorkling, took scuba lessons, went on a all-terrain-vehicle tour, walked the beach, shopped and more. Everything was great. I can't wait to go back. Give this place a try, I am sure you will love it!
I found it to be average
I recently stayed at the LTI in Punta Cana March 15-22, 2003.If you have never gone "All Inclusive " before you will love this resort but for those who have traveled quite a bit in the past and are looking for a more "upscale" resort I would suggest that you try The RIU "PALACE" or The IBEROSTAR Palace or the PARADISSIUS these would suit more to your taste. Don't get me wrong...LTI is nice , and clean , the food is average, the help is polite but it's a pretty basic resort. The food is good but repitious from each restraunt. Breakfast is the same every day. Grounds are very pretty and well maintaned. The pool is very pretty but there is no swim up bar if that is what you prefer. I would suggest to bring a larger Thermo "sippie " cup for drinks if you plan to do the beach scene as there is not a bar relatively close to the beach like at other resorts . You have to go thru a restraunt to get drinks .Men are expected to wear long pants to dinner and this was enforced. A pair of nice Khaki's will do. Don't wear muscle shirts or tanks to dinner....they will ask you to go change your shirt. Women wore skirts, dressy city shorts etc..."dressy casual" for dinner is the norm. Leave the flashy cocktail "cruise" type dresses at home. You won't use them at this resort.The beach is one of the best on Bavaro beach!! There is plenty of sun all day long as well as access to plenty of palyapas at both the beach and the pool if that is what you are seeking.Rooms are clean but pretty basic. There are 5 buildings w/ a few floors on each. There is internet access available via Phone modem which tends to be a little slow but it's better than nothing...and it's relavtively inexpensive . You can buy minimum of 15 minutes for $3.00 US.The exchange rate while I was there varies from $20.00-$23.00 US to one RD$.There is a nice jewelry shop , bank as well as a few gift shops on site.The evening entertainment isn't much but they did try....most evenings I was too tired to care. :) The sun sure takes alot out of you. Whew....Americans by far were the miniority keep this in mind...and don't expect too much "friendliness" from the other guest that are of Foreign origin because you will be dissappointed. The Canadians were a blast and we met some wonderful people!There is a water taxi that leaves from the water sports building that runs from 10am until 5pm for $5.00 US p/p and they can take you down to the market which is about a 45 minute walk. There you will find a ton of neat shops and a small village. Plan on bartering there. There is also a little beach market just a 10 minute walk down the beach (toward ) the shipwreck that also has some neat shops and they too barter.At the LTI there is a photographer that goes around taking Photos each day and he is very , very good at his job and it show. The next day the photos are available to purchase for a mere $6 US. Wednesdays they bring in two parrots that you can have your photo taken with. I wish you a grand time on vacation. If you are looking for other info on the Dominican check out a website called : [--]Hola!!
LTI Punta Cana Beach Resort
I liked the relatively small size of the complex and its proximity to the beach. The location on the beach is excellent. This is our fourth trip to Punta Cana, and unfortunately, the LTI Punta Cana Beach Resort did not live up to the standard we had been used to in other hotels. The hotel is only 2 years old, but there are numerous problems with maintenance. The air conditioning does not work - many of our fellow travellers could not even bear the heat in their rooms on their first night, and they could get no assistance from the front desk to be moved. The ceiling fan in our room made so much noise that we couldn't sleep. The shower head continually fell off the wall, the shower curtain fell down, the door locks don't work or the doors locks have been jimmied. I don't know what the idea is with French doors in the bathroom! There was no hot water or garbage can in the hosptality suite at all.
We booked a VIP ocean view room, but we got none of the amenities listed in the package. We were ocean facing, but on the bottom floor and could see nothing but bushes. After requesting a change of room, we finally got it sometime late the next day (unable to unpack until we got moved), and had a wonderful view. We still had to continuously request the amenities in our package and did not receive them until two days before we left. One of fellow travellers were on their honeymoon, and they neither got what they had paid for, but also got twin beds. By the end of the week, they still had refused to move them to another room.
The food was average, some very unfamiliar dishes, but reasonably OK. The service was adequate. The staff are very friendly and nice. The house wine was awful. You could not order anything except housewine and beer in the main buffet dining room - only in the specialty restaurants, and anything other than house wine started at $25.00/bottle, even though all else was all inclusive. I suspect that the food was not washed in filtered water, as three of the four of us travelling together got diarrhea, which persists 8 days after we got back. We have never had any similar problem ever in Punta Cana before.
While there were many things we did like about the LTI, we would not go back there. Obviously, having been back there four times, we LOVE Punta Cana, but the LTI needs some serious manage-ment and maintenance issues addressed.