Arminda Hotel & Spa


Low-rise and peaceful are the watchwords for this little Cretan hotel in easy reach of the beach.

This small, whitewashed hotel has a couple of pools and a roof garden bar that makes the most of the sunset.

It’s quite an away-from-it-all place, though the sandy beach is just a few minutes’ walk away. The local bus can take you to laidback Stalis in about 10 minutes, or the livelier Hersonissos in about 20 minutes.

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Based on 195 reviews

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  • 3Floors
  • 180Rooms
  • 3Lifts

All Inclusive - Here's what you get


Full Board buffet meals. Snacks 10.00-18.00. Afternoon cakes, cookies and ice-cream.


Locally produced alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including gin, vodka, raki, ouzo - until 23.00, thereafter*.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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Outdoor pool

Including sunbeds and parasols. Towels are available with a deposit.

Roof garden bar

Open June-October weather permitting.

Pool bar

Take a dip and then cool off at the poolside with a refreshing cocktail.

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twin room with pool view for up to 3

Twin room with pool view sleeps up to 3 with twin beds, extra bed is permanent. Table and chairs come with the balcony or terrace. Cots are available on request.

twin room for up to 3

Twin room sleeps up to 3 with twin beds, extra bed is permanent. Table and chairs come with the balcony or terrace. Cots are available on request.

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Summer fun

We stayed here in late August for a week 2 adults, 2 teenage children in 2 rooms. This was one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in. The food, the staff and the animation team were all good and cared about service. The pools are nice with a quieter one for Adults, lots of loungers. Drinks - soft, beer and wine are always on tap. The food was perfectly good - a decent buffet for every meal - obviously it's not 5* at this price but we thought it was always good quality. The rooms at the side 51*, 71* and back 40** or 41** are the quietest. I wouldn't want one at the front. Highly recomended.More

YieldLondon, London, United Kingdom

Generally decent hotel but if you veggie no consideration is given....

I booked a last minute deal for me and my son. We had a good sized room on the ground floor so it was easily accessible. The room was very clean although I felt a little dated and rough around the edges. However the room was cleaned every day and there was no issue with changing sheets and towels. There was plenty of food and the majority appeared freshly cooked and well presented and neither of us had tummy problems. However, we don't eat meat and all there veggie options were crammed in between mounds of meat dishes despite there bring plenty of room to display separately. Also, when I asked (with the help of the waiter) for a clean pan for my omelette they just used the same one the bacon omelette had been cooked in. Subsequently I didn't eat it. The restaurant was clean although they took my food away when I was still eating ????? However, the cafe by the upper pool was poor. Again hardly any veg options ( everything had ham in it) and all the plates and cutlery were dirty which I put down to the small dishwasher behind the bar but no excuse. The staff were friendly and the entertainment staff were fabulous. We found reception to be very helpful and knowledgable. We had a great time all in all but although I wouldn't say no to a free holiday there, I wouldn't necessarily pay to go back.More


Economical with the truth

In a few words don't bother with this one. Accommodation clean but basic very tiny bath towels !! Cold shower most nights. Balconies not very private (you can see right into the rooms either side) Hot food was mainly cold, plenty of it but not very nice. Microwave was in the restaurant but was not keen on re heating my food. Drinks in spite of the First Choice statement on their website saying all inclusive drinks including beer wine Raki Ouso Vodka & Gin this is not strictly true. On the first night I asked which drinks were included in all inclusive menu I was shown a tray which had Raki Ouso and Mexxa on (no Gin or Vodka). I then complained to the Rep about the lack of choice in drinks and she took this up with the hotel. the reception told her Vodka was also available. My husband again asked the bar staff what drinks were available. Again he was told beer wine Raki Ouso & Mexxa. It was only when he pressed the point they finally admitted other drinks were available. But when we tried to order a drink at 5.45pm we were refused and told Vodka was only available between 6pm @ 11pm (not all inclusive as stated on the First Choice website.) Pools towels available you have to pay a deposit and there is also a daily service charge again not all inclusive. Pools are salt water and it was a standing joke we never saw them cleaned. Many of the beds were broken as where the umbrellas. Entertainment.. Not very entertaining at all!! We went next door to watch the entertainment at the Nana Beach Hotel or went out. Beach.. This belonged to the hotel next door. If you wanted to use it you had to pay 5 euros per day for each sunbed and 5 euros for an umbrella. If you tried to put a towel on the beach the attendant moved you on. Next nearest beach was a fair hike away but you could get 2 sunbeds and an umbrella for 8 euros on a much nicer beach or you could choose to use the beds around the snack bar pool (where the drinks were cold and the food edible) Staff were mainly rude and unhelpful. Location you could walk to both Star Beach and Stalis but both were a good 20 minutes to half hour walk. Worth the walk in the evening as was a bit more lively than the hotel. Crete is a lovely Island we hired a car and had some great days out and outside the hotel we found the local people really nice. The Arminda Hotal was a total let down.. I would recommend you stay next door at the Nana Beach Hotel, this is much nicer!!More

887SL123, Canterbury, United Kingdom

Very nice holiday!

Everything was just perfect! The food, the personal, animation team, activities in the hotel was just great! 10 points! If you want to relax, here is the best place. Thank you for all people, who made our honeymoon perfect! We hope we will came back here one day. Linkėjimai Agnei ir animatorių komandai! :)More

Justė Č, Vilnius, Lithuania

Great value for money

Stayed for a fortnight and have no complaints. Food wise there was plenty of choice and it was nicely cooked and presented, something different every night. Drinks in all inclusive were only beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. Drinks were self-service in the dining room and the bar which meant no queueing to be served. All Inclusive drinks ended at 11-ish but the bar stayed open and drinks were then reasonably priced. Staff were very friendly and helpful, especially Stavros, the barman in the roof bar. The entertainment team were very good. There was a good mix of nationalities among the guests and a great, friendly atmosphere prevailed. The room was basic (Greece) but very clean and did its job. The mattresses were comfortable. There was both a bath and a good shower. It was cleaned 6 times per week. TV only had 2 English channels , both news, but who goes on holiday to watch TV? We were right underneath the roof bar but when windows were closed there was no noise, music or anything heard. Air conditioning was in all public rooms and bedrooms and was free. Wi-fi was free in the lobby and 3euros for 24 hours elsewhere. Had a great holiday overall and would go again. Recommended.More

Jan C, Pontefract, United Kingdom

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