Buildings and gardens around property are really well maintained and feel authentically Cretan yet modern. Small cluster of apartments at top of hillside mean it is quiet and a good place for a relaxing stay, yet close enough to Archanes to pop into the town square for a meal in the evening (recommended - local cafes and hotels are good). Staff / owner were lovely. The place is small enough to give a good personal experience.
We arrived late at night and it can be a little hard to find in the dark. Many local roads are unnamed and very steep and can just peter out into dirt tracks. Part of the charm but best to be ready for it. Discovered next day a lot of signs about halfway up lamp posts in the area giving directions.
We booked a short break as we were in need of a good rest and this was the perfect place to go. Staff were lovely, food good, room fantastic, service excellent. With it's own really safe beach - wonderfully designed and engineered to make bathing pure fun. Good swimming pools. We particularly liked the fact that there was no need to carry cash around, free wifi (I needed for business), and reserved beds and 'cabins' on the beach for all rooms.
Went for a 4 day break to attend a friend's wedding. The accommodation we stayed in although basic met our needs needs and was spotless - there are more luxurious rooms available but for the price this was very good value.
The beach was less that 30 secs front our front door, the restaurant and pool areas less that a minute. The animation was mostly in French and not too much in your face which was good for us - it was there if you wanted to use it.
You can have lunch at the poolside if you want and the only critique or improvement would be for more food/snacks to be available throughout the day. Not really an issue as the high street and supermarket was a short walk. Enjoyed the stay.
The Creta Beach Hotel & Bungalows is a 4 –star hotel complex, situated only 5 km west of the city of Heraklion and 12 km …More
Excellent vacation! Everyone at the hotel was frendly and helpfull, the chef does a great job, the fresh fish was amazing . The receptionists were as nice as can be, making this hotel a must return! The animation team , the wait staff, and all the bar tenders, should get a standing ovation. Bravo !
George. All the way from Pennsylvania
We had a great time at the hotel.
All inclusive. Everything was an up charge if you did not have the package. Food was extremely overpriced for its quality as was the hotel in general. Staff was nice and the beach was beautiful. But not a 4 star even for European standards. Not even close.
My wife and I went to the Aquis Arina Sand for our honeymoon and it couldn't have been a better experience. Not only is it in picturesque Heraklion with it's perfect sunsets, peaceful atmosphere and warm clean sea, but the staff and all that we met there are lovely, accommodating people. From the second we got there the staff was very kind and took us to our bungalow on the sea which had a complimentary bottle of Crete bubbly and a fruit plate. It was a very nice touch to start off our honeymoon after a long 19 hour trip to get there from our home in Canada.
The next 9 days were filled with awesome food from around the world, pleasant staff interactions, and relaxing time spent by the pool and sea. While we were there to just relax and unwind, there was plenty of activities offered at little or no cost at all. The resort has an arcade, pool & ping pong tables, as well as rentals of jet skis, paddle surfing boards and even parasailing.
The 'Animation Team' is terrific. They put on activities and shows every night such as traditional Greek dancing, performance art and dance parties. Throughout the day they are seen greeting guests and ensuring everyone is having a good time as well as running beach volleyball, water polo and other activities.
I could go on a lot more about our terrific experience there, but will sum up my review by saying it was a pleasure to be there and would recommend it to anyone. Crete is beautiful, and the people there are lovely.