Arrival: Feb. 23 – March 9 We stayed at the VIK Arena Blanca from Feb. 23rd to March 9th. As usual, I left with a degree of trepidation based on reviews I had read, only to discover, again, that so many negative reviews are written by people who live to complain or are fixated on one aspect of a resort that they feel did not live up to their expectations. Firstly, the VIK is a good resort, not particularly elegant or great but good! The rooms are basic, but they’re more than adequate and kept very clean. If you have a concern or a problem, it’s attended to quickly. We had, as an example, condensation that was building up around the A.C. unit which created a slow drip of water from the ceiling on to the floor. We reported it. It was repaired the same day, and we received a letter from management apologizing for our inconvenience. Yet, it was no inconvenience at all. Anyway, the rooms are okay. They’re comfortable, there’s a balcony, and plentiful hot water in the shower. We stayed in building 5 (#4 has been renovated if you’re interested), and from our balcony we had a wonderful view of both the pool and the ocean, even though we did not face directly on the ocean.
Some reviewers complained about the food. I’m not a particularly fussy eater, but I do have certain standards and preferences. Bottom line – the food is very good. It’s a smaller buffet than some, but the quality was consistently good if albeit a little salty for my tastes. There was everything from lamb to calamari, from chicken to roast beef and steak as well as fresh salad vegetables, cooked veggies; really too much to list. If nothing else appeals to you there was the pasta station and the oriental station; both were very good. The breads and pastries were world class and the ice-cream was excellent. Breakfasts were a treat. Enrique, the egg guy, is an artist. There again, for breakfast, there was so much to choose from. The coffee was excellent and the juices were very good, and there was always a wide choice of fresh fruits. I ate lunch at the Buccanero restaurant which is next to the pool. Excellent pizza, grilled chicken and ribs, burgers and dogs could be had there. As well there was a small buffet. Again, bottom line, the food was good to very good.
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