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.
Based on 578 reviews
- Official Rating
- 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.
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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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
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
Great Family Holiday
Ignore the bad reviews! We had a 2 week family holiday in August at this hotel and it was excellent! My children loved it!! The food was a very good standard and they do provide free water and Juice for children. Staff here are excellent and the animation team are very friendly. Particular mention to Vadims on the animation,Maria on reception and all the bar staff. The salt water pool was a bit of a pain but my boys had goggles and were in the pool all the time. Most of the guest were also very nice. I never write reviews but felt that some of the bad ones for this hotel were unjustified.More
Our family of four ( 2 adults and 19 & 16yr old sons) stayed at the hotel from late July to early August. Our stay was for 10 days and if I was honest that was just perfect for a holiday at this hotel. Every member of staff was friendly and helpful. These people all work very hard for the little money they earn. Special thanks has to go to Osvaldo and Alexandra they both have just one thing in mind whilst working and that is to do all they can for you. The pool is saltwater and does sting the eyes a bit so if you are taking young children I think it best to pack some goggles for them but saying that you can get some from the hotel shop which is quite reasonably priced. Leaving the hotel and turning left ( as not much to the right) you will come across some shops bars and restaurants but they are a bit sparse for the first but the further you walk the more their are. Check out Google Street view. We had a surprise upgrade to the bungalows for the 4 of us as it was my wife's birthday whilst we were there and also sparkling wine and a birthday cake on the birthday. Very pleased with the whole trip and would recommend this hotel to anyone. More
Dave C, Cirencester, United Kingdom
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