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 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.

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Based on 636 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 4Buildings
  • 236Rooms
  • 5Lifts
  • 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.

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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.

TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »

Great hotel

I have just returned from a week away with my husband and very good friends , the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel facilities were a little dated but functional and comfortable. Wifi was poor as it was not great reception in the room but ok in bar and reception areas. Food was great plenty if choice but could have been a bit warmer. Pool great, beach beautiful, life guard on duty. Hotel is remote but if your looking for anything but rest and relaxation this us the place for you we had a great time thank you too all staffMore

Pauline S, Halifax, England, United Kingdom

perfect rest.

Only a short 10 minute taxi ride from the airport at Heraklion lies this gem. On arrival at gone midnight, we were offered food which we didn't eat due to being very tired. Prompt check in and bags carried to our rooms. Rooms were lovely with gorgeous views as we found out in the morning. The food was very good and varied, ok, so some of it was only warm but who wants to scald their mouths! we found plenty to eat at every meal and a good selection of drinks available. The pancakes in the afternoon were gorgeous. The pool is clean but very cold and is sea water, however the beach is only a step away and warm and crystal clear, great for snorkelling! one day was very windy and lots of seaweed got washed up on shore but it vanished as quickly as it came, don't be put off. The banana boats and jet skis didn't appear to be available during our stay but it is late in the season, also the large aqua park closed on oct 3rd. The bus to Heraklion or Hersonnisos stops outside the hotel and is just over a euro each. Animation team try hard to get people motivated for games but we just wanted to relax so didn't take part but got to know Vadim and azzura quite well, lovely people. The greek hospitality is brilliant even at the end of a long season. Room maids were lovely and kept rooms clean and fresh each day with fresh towels when needed. Lovely touch of complimentary wine, water, sweets and fresh fruit in our room on arrival. Loved every minute of our stay especially the Greek night. Don't think i would have enjoyed it in peak season as queues would have been too long for everything, but perfect when we went on oct 11th to 18th and it was 28-30 degrees every day! my only small gripe was the price of the suncream in the shop at the hotel, 21.50 euros!!! if you need to buy some, walk 5 mins to Kokini Hani and get the same stuff for 9 euros.... oh, and don't buy coke at Heraklion airport on your return journey, 4.5 euros for a small bottle! Aquis Arina Sand, thank you for a lovely stay and great hospitality. :)More

gizmothecat7, woman from Gillingham. England

1970's hotel still in 1970's, however reasonable good for the money

For the price I give this hotel 3.5 out of 5. What's good. Beach, pool, food, staff(all very important) & free internet which even worked in our room. What's NOT so good. In major need of refurbishment, however, this is overlooked by many people bacause of the price point. (Because it's cheap!) The hotel is very clever and i admire them for that. Talking to the staff it would appear they have very high occupency levels. They've teamed up with jet2 and you can get yourselves cracking deals and also travel republic. So if you want a budget holiday with many of the important things ticked, this is the place for you. If you want to spoil yourselves this isn't the hotel for you. (But you should already know that because of how much is cost you!) I don't believe this hotel will get a refurb. It doesn't need to, in order to continue to get business. It regularly gets good reviews. It has a mixed bag of clientèle, I'm trying to be polite in this statement. Many other reviewers have mentioned smokers get my drift. Overall for the money its a good hotel. No more, no less. Incidetally kokinni hani resort is very quiet. Nothing much there at all! Get a hire car and explore the wonderful delights of Crete. Great transfer time of 10-15 mins from airport. Good family hotel on budget. My 9 year old son loved the hotel. Great weather late 20's most days.More

PhilNorthWest_UK, North West, UK

Recommended if you're a smoker

Food excellent, staff very helpful, stunning views. Unfortunately, there is nowhere outside for non-smokers. Smoking is even allowed in the courtyard where the children's Smurf ride etc are, so the freshest air is indoors. More


Basic but good.

We had a lovely week here. The animation team were really good as was the food. The rooms were basic but comfortable & clean. All the staff were welcoming & friendly. In all I would say we got value for money. I don't think it's where I would take a toddler as lots of steps & the pool was very deep but ideal for older children.More


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