The Aquis Arina Sand is right on a long strip of beach, and the whole place is designed to make the most of the views. For starters, you get panoramic sea views from the hotel’s big pool, which has a huge terrace and a pool bar serving drinks. There’s also a beach bar for snacks and the Ariadne main restaurant - serving breakfast, lunch and dinner - which looks out over the water. As for the rooms, they’re really contemporary, with neutral décor and sculpted furniture, and great views of the sea. And, if you want to head out, there are a few restaurants on the beachfront.
Based on 649 reviews
- Official Rating
- Floors: 5 in main building, 1 or 2 in annex buildings
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals. Weekly themed nights. Snacks 11.00-18.00. Afternoon tea 16.00-18.00. Ice-cream 10.00-21.30.
Local alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, tea and coffee 10.00-23.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
Facilities► View all
Shared saltwater pool with parasols and sunbeds, suitable for ages 13 and above.
Ariadne buffet restaurant
A large open-plan buffet restaurant, offering a large range of foods with vegetarian options, suitable for all ages and includes kids' dining.
Hotel-run kids' club
Indoors with soft blue cushioned flooring for comfort. For 4 to 12 years.
Rooms ► View all
Twin room sleeps up to 4 with 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Most rooms are in buildings set in the grounds with some located a distance from the main block.Available at a supplement. All rooms have DVD player and mini-fridge. Cots are available.
Twin room sleeps up to 4 with either 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children - can be sold as a single. Sole occupancy available at a supplement. Most rooms are in buildings set in the grounds with some located a distance from the main block. All rooms have DVD player and mini-fridge. Cots are available.
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Crete for the first time
This was our first visit to Crete. After looking for late deals etc.. for a last minute break we came across this one at the Arina sands. As this was the last week of the season we were expecting some lack of certain facilities so I will take this in to account with my review. Very quick transfer from the airport, 1st drop with our tour operator. Very welcoming smile from the receptionist and quick check in. We had a room on the 5th floor with "sea view". This actually looked out over the top of the reception area towards Heraklion and we had both a view of the sea the hotel entrance and the adjacent land and derelict buildings. Still an acceptable view but not full sea view. The room appeared to be recently refurbished as was stated in some of the reviews we had checked out. Always kept very clean and tidy by the cleaning staff who were all very pleasant and wished you a good morning if you saw them in the corridor. Beds were a little lumpy but still reasonably comfortable. I tend not to complain unless it is unusable / colapsing as sometimes its best to be careful what you wish for, you could spend half your holiday getting the beds and rooms changed around. We arrived around early evening so it wasn't long before we were sampling the restaurant. Good selection of food on all days and themed nights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays whilst we were there. Temparature of some of the food was not great but still edible, we tried a number of different times to see if that made any difference but found that it was best just wait and try to get what you were looking for when they replenished the serveries. I think it would be better with more holiday makers there as the food turn over would be much faster. All in all the quality of the food in the restaurant was very good. The poolbar did a great selection throughout the day and this was much hotter as they were cooking on demand virtually. Wine, beer, coffee, tea and water are available throughout but juices at breakfast are cordials. Local alcoholic drinks are served pool side from 12.00. "Location" The hotel is located on the outskirts of Kokkini Hani and there is a couple of mini stores just up the road from it and thats it. The nearest others are a short walk up the road but I must say this did not look a very safe walk at night, not aware of any problems but the lighting levels were poor. We walked there during the day but not much to see lots of abandoned properties and I don't think they had just closed down for the end of the season. On the plus side there is a bus stop right outside the Hotel which takes you to Heraklion for 1.80 euros each one way. "A little tip" if there is a big Q it's best to walk back down the road to the next stop and get on there. We waited for 2 busses which were full so walked back to the other stop where we got straight on the next one but then did not pick up at the stop we had been waiting at due to number of passengers waiting, we did have to stand but not for long. We also took the bus in the other direction to both Malia 2.3 euros each one way(Closed for the season) and Hersonissos 1.9 euros each one way (Much better) To sum up for the price we paid this was a totally acceptable package (although we did not get great weather) and the hotel was of a very good standard. I would reccomend you shop arond for the deals as we saw the same hotel offered by antoher operator as a late deal for over Â£150 more and if we had paid this amount I would have been extremely dissapointed as the service and facilities are the same for all.More
oj4u, York, United Kingdom
Lovely clean hotel, nice big pool, friendly staff. Quiet location, animation team were fabulous. Food was very very good. Restaurant manager was so charming. Bus stop just outside to get around. Great holiday.More
Just home after spending 2 weeks in Crete at the Arina Sand. This was our first visit to Crete & after reading some reviews we were slightly apprehensive about this hotel. On our arrival at 10.30 in the evening we checked into our room in the main building and told there was a cold plate waiting for us in the dining room along with a welcome drink. We had a sea view room, which was kept spotless by the housmaids. We also found the rest of the staff in all areas of the hotel to be very helpful & friendly. All in it was a most enjoyable stay & hopefully we will return soon.More
Katherine M, Ardrossan, United Kingdom
Fantastic place for children
We came here for two weeks this time as 1 week last year just wasn't enough we also invited friends to come along with us & they also enjoyed the holiday food was very nice & George the restaurant manager would cater chicken nuggets, fish fingers etc for the children he also baked our daughter a lovely bday cake & made us 5 salad baguettes for our journey home we have never had that at any hotel before, so here's a big thank you to George the restaurant manager also thank you for our bottles of champagnes & fruit platters in our room on our arrival & 2nd week there, would also like to mention our daughter had a free choc massage given for her birthday & I got a free beauty treatment this was 1 top holiday catered for everyone would definately go again xxxMore
Was our first visit to Crete. Cannot fault this hotel. Perfect for families too.Fantastic location, food (excellent variety everyday) and hospitality. Was just ashame we didn't have the perfect weather.More
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