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Arminda Hotel and SPA
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Hey, just want to share my stunning two weeks in Arminda&spa. To be honest it was best holidays i ever had!!! Wish to go again!!! Hotel destination is in perfect place, just 5min away from the beach, 15-20mins away from town which is perfect because its not too loud in evenings, but i you feel like for party its not far away! Its great place for family holidays, same as for couples or just a nice summer brake with friends! Hotel staff is amazing, every one is there and ready to help whatever you need! I have to mention animation team, they are brilliant, playing the games, singing, acting, dancing and much more!!! And the restaurant, trust me on this you cant find better one in all island, im the person who like to eat, so i know what im saying! I just want to say big big THANK YOU for all ARMINDA&SPA team and i'll defiantly gonna go there again!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank SvyBalciuk
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Your holiday starts when you first meet the wonderful reception staff who cannot do enough for you and always have time for a chat.
The rooms are cleaned every day and are fairly spacious.There are secuirty boxes and air con in the rooms
The pools are salt water which does sound of putting but are fantastic.We spent most of our stay at the top pool where you can always find a bed and umbrella
The food is very good, with a wide variety of salads and local dishes. As said here before, be careful of the desserts which will put a strain on you waistlines! The snack bar is excellent
The entertainment is ok, but again, the enthusiasm of the staff carries it through.
The roof top bar is great of an evening, but stays empty because you can only get all inclusive beer and soft drinks up there so is wasted a bit.
Only a short walk to the beach, but venture towards Chersonisos and you will find great beaches along the way.By the way, give Cheronisos a miss unless you want a busy, tacky resort. Stalis on the other hand is far more laid back especially in the evening

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Alan H
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We were staying in Arminda for a week. Accomodation is fine. Food is in high varaity and deliciuos. Entertainers work was amazing, even if you do not go out of hotel your time can be fully occupied by them (ofcourse if you like to participate). Hotel is near the beach, so no problems of long walks to sea. Wery good place for vacation with kids (we have seen ones of couple of months age). All in all, if comming to crete we would like to stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Jolita P
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

My wife and I had a fortnights stay in June at the Arminda and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The location is great. A 30 minute walk east gets you to Stallis and west to Hersonissos. You will be far enough away to avoid the clubbers but near enough for a pleasant walk.

The food was more than adequate for us, indeed a little too much choice at times. I like to try a bit of everything and by the end of the first week I was bloating badly.
Beware the sweets.....a fantastic selection.
The guy on the hot plate works his socks off with fresh pancakes and omlettes in the morning and chicken, pork and lamb at dinner.
Then there is the excellent all day snack bar. The selection there was excellent you have to try the 'Nuttella' in pancakes with ice cream. mmmnnn. There is always fresh trays coming in.
all day.long.

The beer is not the best but is OK, wines and pop are in ample supply as is Ouzo, Raiki and 'Metaxa'. But spoil yourself and pay for the odd cocktail. If you like chocolate try the 'Barman's Special'.

The staff from reception right through to waiting staff and maintenance are all hard working, friendly and courteous. Although First Choice messed up our special requests Eleni went over and above to help us and was wonderful.

The room was great, clean and well maintained and the much needed air con worked a treat. We slept very well on the firm beds.

The pools were cleaned daily and always looked inviting. The seating area by the snack bar was great with ample space.
Entertainment was OK but not Cretan. Bingo, karaoke etc. The Kids Club looked brilliant with lots of freebies.

We loved mixing with other nationalities and had chats with, German, Dutch, Czech, Austrian, Danish and others. Really friendly people seem to be attracted to Arminda.

There is one negative that you have to adapt to though........the stern faced, badmannered and unsmiling Russians!!! If you walk around and smile at people you will soon identify them, they look straight through you. In the restuarant you have to learn to not leave any gap in a queue or they will push in. Block them off at every opportunity and you will preserve your sanity. You will see them in the dining area.... they are the ones who never acknowledge the waiting staff when they clear the table whereas everyone else shows them due courtesy.
Do not let the Russians put you off though play them at their own game and you will get some satisfaction.

Make sure you go to the roof bar and watch the sun set.

We liked Arminda so much we are returning in the Autumn with two more family members.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank izzetafox
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Our family stayed at The Arminda for 10 days in May/June. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful we had no real complaints about the food but it became a bit boring after 10 days. The drinks available in the all inclusive deal weren't the best but the beer was drinkable. The roof terrace bar was a really nice place to have a few drinks before going out and the barman was friendly just a shame it shut at 10.30pm. The majority of people staying at this hotel seemed to be from Eastern Europe and very few English. The 2 salt water swimming pools were very nice and the pool area was kept clean and tidy. The animation team work hard to try and get you involved,they had a kids club during the day and other activities like table tennis,water aerobics, water polo and darts for the older kids and adults to do but found the evening entertainment wasn't to our taste,although the German's and Russian's loved it. The beach was a two minute walk but there were no restaurants or bars there, we would walk down to Stalis of an evening which takes about 20 minutes and there are plenty of bars and restaurants there.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank lisasw19
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