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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- 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.
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.
These twin rooms are designed with a bright and airy feel throughout. There’s a balcony overlooking the partial sea view. Plus air-conditioning is available from May to October.
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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 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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Dissatisfied and Disappointed
Don't book ANY room in this hotel. Ever. All the pictures on the website are deceptive and false. I was so excited to reach Crete and this hotel has completely ruined my holiday. And I only just got there. I have to give them credit for preparing our room and checking in at 10 instead of 3, but seeing the room after felt that maybe they didn't deserve such credit. Firstly, who on earth expects someone to come on holiday to a beautiful place such as Crete and sleep on a rock solid mattress. The pillows are small and deflating. We had just come from a tiring night flight and all i wanted was a soft bed to rest my head but no, i get to nap on a nice, flat and hard "mattress". All the beds were the same. Now, the AC. The remote wasn't working so i had to stand on the bed and reach up to the off button to turn it off. Absolutely ridiculous. The breakfast buffet can only be described as s***. The food was appalling and so minimal. It wasn't much of a buffet to be honest. Just don't bother. Also, the website says the hotel provides free wifi throughout the whole hotel. WRONG. I didn't get any connection in ANY part of the hotel apart from the lobby, and even there the signal was terrible and it took me almost an hour to connect to it. I don't have any internet access in my room which is where i needed it most. Lets talk about the rooms. We got what was supposed to be one of the best rooms in the hotel but walking around I noticed that the whole hotel looked disgusting. The walls on the outside weren't even PAINTED and were all grey like cement. We booked a bungalow with a sea view. The sea view was astonishing, the room however was not. I don't know why i agreed to pay this extra amount of money if all i got was a normal double room with a sofa bed (which was impossible to sleep on). OH AND THE RANDOM STRAY CATS THAT WONDER AROUND OUTSIDE OUR ROOMS. Oh and lets not forget about that stupid receptionist woman who waved her hand at me to tell me to move my legs instead of kindly coming up to me and asking me not to put my legs up. How charming. I just can't wait for this week to end so I can just go home and forget about this stupid hotel.More
Magda F, London, United Kingdom
Budget All Inclusive in need of modernising. Could be better.
We went for this hotel when we got a refund from our Tunisia holiday. We had to pay Â£1100 more and it definitely wasn't worth the extra. Don't get me wrong the hotel was clean and the staff were (mostly) friendly and helpful. However, we have been to Mexico and other all inclusive and this hotel is no where near as good as those. When you go to the bar there is a 2 drink maximum which when you have a family of 4 makes getting drinks or all a bit of a nightmare. Only 1 bar was open at a time - changing from the pool bar to the other one at 5.30pm - there was generally only 1 bar tender on at a time and Maria on the pool bar only seemed to give you what she wanted to and not always what you had asked for! I think soft drink self-service dispensers in the pool bar and other bar would save the staff and the guests time. The hotel is very Eastern European orientated in the food and its outlook which made us feel a bit like outsiders most of the time. The food - for most of the time - was very polish/Russian style. Only on the last day did we find something new we liked. I was very disappointed with the Greek evening in the restaurant as I didn't feel it offered anything particularly Greek except Moussaka and even that wasn't authentic. The area is a let down too - when we went on a trip to Ag. Nikolides it was so beautiful. We would go to Crete again but not this hotel.More
becky_boocat, Alton, United Kingdom
Budget hotel that should be rated 2-3 stars
We had a nice stay at the hotel but be warned that it is a budget all-inclusive hotel. The hotel should be only rated 2-3 stars. Our room was very clean but the hotel is very old and shows ugly wear and tear. The food is OK but you can tell that every single thing from the juice to desserts are cheap quality. The beach in front of the hotel is small and dirty. It would be fine if someone cleaned it but it was dirty from the people and large amount of seaweed. We used two beaches that are adjacent to the hotel. The one on the left with a Beach club is the best, only 2 minute walk and free if you buy drinks. The staff were very nice. The kids disco was really fun for our 6 years old but I was not comfortable with the kids club as there is no system for signing in and out and not much accountability at the pool. We used the spa to get massages. They were really good for the exception of the fact that there is only one massage room and there are two tables in it. So if they spa is booked you will have another strange person laying next to you...not the most relaxing situation. The hotel is very close to the airport which is a plus after a flight but it is not in a very nice area of the island. We rented a car and spend 3 days driving around finding beautiful beaches and nice villages. Overall if you are looking for a budget all-inclusive it will suffice. But if you are expecting a 4 start hotel, like it is rated, you will be disappointed.More
NAM77, Paris, France
Never been to Crete previously but so impressed with the quality of the hotel. When booking it we noticed it had a private beach which turned out to be very handy which resulted in more beach trips with the family. Food was great and the pool and the rooms were both very clean More
Just come back from the Aquis Arina Sands hotel. I travelled with my husband and 3 children (4, 14 17). It was everything we could have hoped for! The place is really clean, the staff are lovely, its on the beach!! The pool is at least 30 metres so swimming is a must! The food is really good. Some may moan there was less choice than other AI's but I preferred this as it stopped me picking at millions of dishes!! Snack bar was brilliant! The food there was our favourite especially the pancakes for afternoon tea!! There are a lot of nationalities there and the English are in the minority but this seems to work really well as the amazing entertainment team make sure everyone is involved and speak about a zillion languages!! (Look beyond the tacky shows as they were trying so hard!) Even though it was August it didn't feel frantic and packed. We felt very welcome and got fresh towels every day. Pool towels were lovely and could be changed 3 time a week. Drinks were plentiful if a bit "all inclusive". But water was available on tap in the restaurant, bottles were left in the room everyday. It was very much a no more to spend holiday. WiFi is free and pretty good in the main building so logging in if you wanted to as easy. All in all we loved it. We especially loved the entertainment crew who made our kids feel so special and included.More
andrea k, Nottingham, United Kingdom
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