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.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based On 666 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.

Kids' club

The hotel runs its own kids' club for 4 to 12 year-olds. It's indoors with soft blue cushioned flooring for comfort.

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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.

bungalow room

Bungalow room sleeps up to 4 with 3 adults and 1 child. 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 a DVD player and mini-fridge. Cots are available.

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Located in a small run down town which has little to offer at any time, this leaves you tied to the hotel. Hygiene is not high on the hotel priority list, no hand sanitizing facility at all. Hand drier not working in the ladies toilet and a lack of basic maintenance in the gents, broken toilet seats for example. WiFi is very poor, mobile reception is poor. Breakfast was below expectation with overcooked omelette or undercooked fried eggs. Lunch and evening meals were also below par, I often found the menu uninspiring. Staff in the main restaurant do not like being inconvenienced by their customers. We gave up and went down town to a local restaurant, the food there was far superior to the hotel food, at a cost obviously. All inclusive alcohol was surprisingly weak, drink all night and remain sober. There were usually enough sun beds but many needed bolts secured, another area for maintenance. On a more positive note, there is a bus stop just outside the hotel, allowing you to explore Crete's other attractions at a reasonable cost. Sorry but there has to be a better hotel than this one.More

wbr4bruce, Scotland


Visited this hotel in may 2014, staff are all excellent, food on the other hand was very disappointing, tend to cater for the east Europeans more, position of hotel good right on sea front. Kokinimhani on the other hand is very run down, we went into heraklion a few times on bus which was only about 3 euros this was a lovly city, and the museum is well worth a visit,More


Better than i expected!

I read lots of the reviews before staying at this hotel, most of them were good but there was the odd bad one so I was a little apprehensive about my stay here. I was very pleasantly surprised, I couldn't believe it when our bus pulled up outside, the hotel is beautiful (especially at night when it's all lit up!) the staff were efficient and friendly, we were shown to our room within a couple of minutes of arriving. The room was lovely, very clean, big and a balcony with a sea view ! Upon first glance the shower looks really basic (its one of those that is attached to the tap) but it was actually very powerful and really hot. The food was really nice (not Michelin standard, but more than good enough for the standard/price of the hotel!) always fresh salads and fruit, and a variety of hot dishes, which changed nightly. The free bar was open for a decent amount of time (from 12 noon -11pm) and had a good variety of drinks available. We managed to get good sun bed spots every day, without getting up at a ridiculous time in the morning ! The beach was beautiful and the sea was warm and calm, great for swimming. Above all, the bar staff were brilliant, so friendly and such a good laugh, if I couldn't find a seat near the bar on an evening one of them would always come running over to the rescue, with another chair ! Really makes a big difference to your holiday if you are surrounded by pleasant people. Would definitely re-visit this hotel!More

HeatherCW, Preston, England, United Kingdom

Food and drink were a let-down

We were there in the last week of October on an all-inclusive package. The hotel is built at an angle, so I think that most rooms have a sea-view, but the best ones will be on a higher floor, overlooking the beach. We were on the other side and although the view was acceptable if you didn’t look down at the storage area, we had hoped to overlook the beach. All that being said, we were shown other rooms in different parts of the hotel by the charming & helpful Natia, but in the end, settled for the first one given – 1406. The room was minimalist in design but of a good size with very comfortable beds, and it was spotlessly clean. The A/C was very efficient and the blackout curtains worked 100%. One strange thing to report was the constantly flashing smoke alarm over the bed (of course, there needs to be a smoke alarm, but the position over the bed was ill advised. If I hadn’t brought a sleep mask with me, the constant flashes in a dark room would have driven me crazy. There was bottled water in the fridge on arrival, but once that it gone, you have to buy it (go to the local supermarket – its much cheaper), or fill up your water bottle in the restaurant. It should be said that the hotel looks rather in need of renovation, with peeling paintwork and the roofing felt on the flat roofs being held on by large boulders! We can pronounce the food to be plentiful, but uninspiring. Fish wasn’t cooked to order and as a result was virtually always overcooked and not pleasant. The salads were bland and lacked imagination and there was never any cheese option at dinner other than the omnipresent feta. In contrast, we found the vegetarian options at lunchtime (but not in the evening) to be particularly tasty. Breakfast was absolutely fine, but the queue if you wanted an omelette took at age, so we gave up after day one. The drinks were not branded and we got the impression that they were ‘under strength’. The mixers came out of bottles (sold at the local supermarket) and the contents were often ‘flat’. We found the white and red wines undrinkable, but almost got to like the rosé, probably out of desperation! My favourite after dinner drink when I am on holiday is Baileys – the only time I drink it – but sadly, this wasn’t on offer. The hotel is well placed with a good beach and huge swimming pool which sadly, is not heated. The local bus also stops outside for trips to Heraklion or down the coast. We did quite a lot of exploring in our week there as the weather was poor -not the hotel’s fault of course. We can highly recommend the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion – very well done and the displays stunning. All the staff were pleasant and very hard-working, but particularly praise must go to the aforementioned Natia on reception and Maria who worked in the pool bar. In conclusion, the hotel was comfortable and clean, with absolutely lovely staff. The location on the beach is excellent, but overall it was let down by the poor standard of food & drinks on offer and we would not rush to return.More

yorkspuds, Leeds, United Kingdom

In need of repair

Probably one of the worst locations for a hotel. Room was comfortable food was less than average. View from room was of a quarry and two motorways. Traffic noise a constant, aircraft pass a couple of hundred feet overhead to land at airport constant smell of aircraft engine fumes. Animation team are extremely annoying. The small town has little to offer other than some small and poorly run tavernas. On the positive side the beach and sea are good but it was dangerous to swim when we were there because of gales and hail storms.More

Bob C,

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Aquis Arina Sand
Rated: 4.0 /5 based on 666 customer reviews
from £466.30