This was my sixth trip to Punta Cana and I have read various reviews on the hotels I stayed at. You should not believe everything you read. The reviews I read on the VIK were mostly negative, we were a group of 10 and we loved the resort. So far, all the staff we encountered in Punta Cana were the friendliest at the VIK. The dining room attendants took the time to talk to you and provide you with what you need. We always tip, and this was the first time in PuntaCana that the staff appreciated the gratitude.
We were in building 4, which is the renovated section. The rooms were adequate, clean and the mattresses new and comfortable. Had lots of hot water. The rooms did smell musty but that is not uncommon in hot climates. Take air freshener with you.
Restaurants and Bars:: We frequented the buffet and the beach restaurant and bar. The food was always fresh and there was always a vast selection of meats,fish, vegetables, salads, cheese, desserts and fresh fruit, as well as ice cream. A pasta bar, grill and stirfry section was also available. The bars were all ok, served you quickly. International liqour was available at a cost. The bar next to the night entertainment area was open until 05h30 in the morning (how much can you drink??) and they served sandwiches and soup for those who did not have enough to eat at dinner. The sandwiches were prepared and refrigerated, you serve yourself and a grill is at your disposal if you choose to grill your sandwich. Our friends tried the seafood restaurant (at a cost) and were satisfied with their portions and meal.
The lobby bar was good but closes at midnight. There are different areas that have tables set-up where you can relax with your drink and enjoy your evening.
Beach/Pools/Grounds:: The beach in front of the VIK is fantastic. Lots of people stop on the beach to take pictures by a plam tree that is curved. You can walk the beach for miles, it is amazing. Grounds were very well manicured, watered daily and shrubs were blooming. The pool and jacuzzi were clean. Lots of chairs were available at the poolside as well as at the beach. To get chairs under an umbrella you must get up early and reserve by placing something on the chair.
I liked the fact that there were very many garbage cans on the beach, therefore you did not see litter left behind. A bar attendant collected the reusable plastic glasses so this also helped keep the beach clean.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:: We did not go on any tours but they are available. Activities; there were dance lessons, games on the beach, volleyball, water polo, ping-pong, and pool.
A gym, spa, disco and casino were available.
Other Comments:: We would return to this resort in a heart beat. We liked everything about it, the people, the overall friendliness amongst staff and guests and the ease of getting around the resort. The Christmas decorations were put up during our second week and all looked festive and beautiful. I would also like to say that the bathrooms around the resort were kept clean and stocked.
I am ready to go back.