Aquis Arina Sand


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 pool bar. There’s also a beach bar serving snacks. Plus, the Ariadme buffet restaurant, which has white furnishings and wooden floors, 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.

TripAdvisor rating

Based on 581 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 4Buildings
  • 236Rooms
  • 5Lifts
  • Floors: 5 in main building,up to 2 in others.

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.

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Outdoor pool

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.

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twin room

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

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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Set your expectations and you'll be fine

Overall, a great hotel, step out of your chalet and onto the beach, enjoy the planes on their final approach to Heraklion , with stunning sunsets. Food is ok, maybe slightly down on what you'd expect, but I believe that's true about Greek hotels in general. Time your trip for lunch carefully as queues often prevail. The pool and sea are deliciously warm, disabled visitors will cope, just about. But the pool bar seems far away and is only accessible by steps, as are the toilets. This is the only bar operating all day Rooms are clean and neat, but you see why the hotel isn't pictured from the outside, as paint does peel in places. It's not fair to judge the hotel because of this though The staff are very helpful within the confines of the rules laid down from above. They instantly changed our room when they realised we hadn't got what we requested .. Just a mix up in communication that was easily sorted on arrival Give up and join the sun lounger reservists or you'll end up frustrated. Oh, and the wifi drops out continuously, so don't expect streaming video quality!More

alan b,

Wonderful stay

My wife and I have just recently returned from the arina sand. And had a great time. Mainly with the great attentive staff and cleanliness of the hotel overall. No queuing for any food drinks or activities. The layout is superb and of course, you can walk straight from your pool lounger to the beautiful beach in seconds . The animation team are brilliant they won't hassle you. Big thanks to Vadims and Azzura for the beach volleyball and water polo tournaments. Would go back in an instant .More

brian m, glasgow


for a start trousers are specified for evening wear when not aware of this,then find out most guests wearing long shorts Orange (fresh) you have to pay extra for, never had to do that before Food not 4 star for sure no shuttle bus to town, buses nearly always full upMore


Return Visit

My wife and I recently enjoyed a week at Arina Sand which we last visited in 1984. Great location, excellent staff, food very good indeed. Special mention for Georgio and his dining room team. Comfortable but basic bedrooms, efficient air con and comfortable beds. Hotel could do with a facelift in some areas. Also public areas should be routinely air conditioned in August.More


Chilled out holiday

We stayed for one week and only booked the holiday a couple of weeks before . We holidayed in crete last year and loved it so decided to return to the island. Arriving late we were greeted by a male receptionist with the biggest smile. The only downside was it was roasting and we were shocked that there was NO AIR CON in the public areas. He showed us to the restaurant which didn't have a lot of choice as it was nearly closing at 9.30 pm but it was unbearably hot so we decided to call it a night. We were directed to our room in the main hotel which again was hot but I soon got the air con was a welcome relief once it started to work. We had no bedding on our third bed which was shorted quickly but it was really hard so we asked for a mattress topper the next day and it was much better, the main bed was really comfy and the rooms basic but clean but NO DRAWERS. This hotel grew on us, it has the most fantastic location right on the beach. The pool is huge and constantly being tidied and maintained. The staff are lovely and work really hard especially in the kitchens and restaurants and the housekeepers. The reception staff are really helpful. The lifeguard was incredibly vigilant and did an amazing job in a serious incident which occurred on our first day. He deserves a lot of credit for what he did that day. He does need to be provided with better life support equipment though and this is something the hotel should be seriously looking at . We met a lot of lovely people and unfortunately a few RUDE Eastern Europeans but that's just the way it is, they didn't spoil the holiday I just wish they would learn to say please and thank you to the hotel staff. Sun beds as always were a nightmare to get unless you were up with the larks. The beach is fab and the water ( when calm) is shallow for ages. We would def return. Alexandra and her drinks tray were a welcome sight everyday, she was lovely.the Zumba dancing was a treat for the guys around the pool although after experiencing the Creta Panomara s animation team this team were not very visible and didn't seem that enthusiastic . Well done to all the staff at this lovely hotel you are all brilliant. We had a great holiday thank you xMore

chesterpotts, leeds

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