Aquis Arina Sand

The Aquis Arina Sand is set among 10 acres of gardens – and has a supersized activity list to match.

The Aquis Arina Sand pulls up against a beach, and everything from the pool to the buffet restaurant is designed to showcase sea views.

At this hotel you can kick off the day with a yoga class, head to the beach for an afternoon jet-ski session, and finish the night with a cocktail and a show.

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Based On 658 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 4Buildings
  • 236Rooms
  • 5Lifts
  • Floors: 5 in main building, 1 or 2 in annex buildings

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Full Board buffet meals. Weekly themed nights. Snacks 11.00-18.00. Afternoon tea 16.00-18.00. Ice-cream 10.00-21.30.

Drink

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 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.

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.

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Fantastic staff!!

We arrived near the end of October, closely followed by the hurricane weather that we thought we’d left behind! Whereas we would normally have spent the week around the pool it prompted us to get out and about a bit more. The local area, as some have mentioned, is looking a bit worse for wear, however we found a couple of great bars about a mile up the road and pottered around a few shops. We also took the bus into Heraklion (1.80 euros each) on one day and found a lovely café for lunch – although it bucketed it down while we were there! The hotel though was great. Pretty much what you’d expect for Greece in terms of needing a bit of renovation here and there, but the place was always kept absolutely spotless. Not a luxury hotel, but definitely value for money. We had a sea-front bungalow which was about 15 metres from the beach – the room was cleaned and bedding and towels changed daily, which we really appreciated. On one night the food was a bit hit and miss, but otherwise we found lots that we really enjoyed, such as the meatballs, mackerel, lamb dishes, roasts, greek yoghurt…. The local feta cheese is a must, as is the amazing chocolate ice cream. The wine in the restaurant wasn’t the nicest unfortunately, but we found the white drinkable. The beer however was great. Breakfast was always a joy, especially with the fresh eggs. Ok, as has been mentioned there’s a bit of a wait if you want an omelette or bacon cooked to order (really, what do you expect – a magic wand??) but there’s plenty of alternative choice. We also really enjoyed the mid afternoon crepes from the pool bar. Drinks-wise in the evenings we loved the El Paradiso cocktails! The free wi-fi didn't reach the bungalow where we were, however it worked perfectly in the restaurant/bar areas. All the staff we saw were a real credit to the hotel - always friendly and polite, especially the lady on reception (I’m sorry I didn’t get her name) who spent ages trying to sort out a problem with our return transfer booking. She had the patience of a saint! Special mention to the chefs and the “two Todds” - picture Todd Grimshaw from Corrie with a twin :) - who mainly worked on the evening bar. On previous holidays we’ve tipped individual staff but here I think it’s a great idea that they have tips jars on the bars and in the restaurant and (I’m assuming) share them out. There wasn’t one single member of staff who let them down, and they really helped make our stay enjoyable. It was the end of their season and the hotel was closing for the winter at the end of the week we left, but I can honestly say that we didn’t experience any “winding down” of the service, despite the fact that the weather was pretty awful. A big thank you to everybody there, and keep up the good work!More

Tracey M, Oswaldtwistle, null, United Kingdom

Family holiday

Had a great week here with my wife and son. Food was so so but atmosphere was brilliant and the animation team did an amazing job. If you want a cheap holiday which gives you the best of beach and pool and a great team to keep you and your children entertained I would definitely recommend this. If you are looking for 5* luxury then you'll need to upgrade to somewhere else. More

Alastair L,

Excellent! Two visits this year!

As in the title, this was my friend & I- our Second visit this year! We first came in May & enjoyed so much we booked again in October. It's quite astounding some of the comments people give on here! Firstly the rooms, the beds & bathrooms were totally adequate- comfortable with air conditioning & fine. (You do not come on holiday to spend your time in the rooms! ) Water was always hot & I would like to mention we were given FREE champagne + fruit on arrival which was an excellent greeting. The hotel itself right through is spotless- the cleaning staff & housekeeping team deserve special praise- they are cleaning all day long from dawn to dusk. The reception staff, the bar staff were friendly & thanks to Giorgos who works tirelessly all day in the restaurant. Food, for an all inclusive & for what we paid was fantastic!! The choice is first class- endless to choose from all fresh produce for breakfast, lunch & dinner- we tried all sorts of different food from meats to salad to fish etc. The Greek yoghurt, proper feta cheese, fruit is great. Thanks to all the chefs for their hard work. The pool is large, loads of sunbeds, right next to the beach. Superb. The drinks, what do people expect? The lager/beer was drinkable & cocktails ok- if you asked for gin, vodka, Bacardi etc they were plenty strong enough with good measures. Only 10minutes transfer from the airport, buses right outside if you wanted to travel & very reasonably priced. The animation team led by Ivan- now people on here & on holiday taking the mickey out of them is a joke in itself. Here are 5 young people from different countries, & the only language they can communicate in is English which they had to learn. The team did a FABULOUS job both times we were there. Anna, excellent in her role with the kids mini-club, Azzurra was friendly & fantastic with the activities & joined us on her last night at the hotel which was kind, Claudia- her dancing talent & fitness levels & choreography skills were great- I even enjoyed her Aerobics (& a 44yr old male I was a bit tired afterwards! ) The whole animation team deserve praise. Overall this hotel is of good quality & I wouldn't hesitate to return. As for some people who complain- I'd love to see the state of their perfect houses & what food they eat!! Big THANK-YOU to everybody at Arina Sands, we had a great time- twice! More

James B,

Great Value for Money, Great service

The start to our holiday was not ideal, we were informed by the Hotel upon arrival that our travel company had cancelled our holiday. After numerous phone calls to the UK it transpired the holiday company (Bookable holidays.com) had ceased trading, ergo, our holiday was cancelled. The hotel management could not have behaved any better, they were immediately sympathetic and pulled out all the stops to provide phone calls , internet access , drinks and food. We then had to pay again for our one week all inclusive stay. After the initial shock had died down, we found this venue the perfect place to unwind and enjoy not only the food, but the excellent staff as well. The room was superb and the room maids were magnificent. We are currently looking to have a two week holiday in 2015 at this venue and are looking forward to it. A first class job from a professional team at the Arina SandMore

Alexh988, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Disappointing

rooms are quite nice,but bathrooms are old,in the bathroom we had ,their was a window from floor to ceiling,which we thought you would not be able to see through,but we were out one night,and we looked up at the window below ours,you could see into the bathroom,when we were their it was end of season but we felt the drinks package to be poor in the all inclusive,could drink all day with no effect,conclusion,the drinks must be watered down,breakfast was a joke,you had to stand in line for ages to get a slice of bacon,all in all dissappointingMore

john m, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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