Although the apartment slept 5 we were a family of four, two were teenagers aged 17 and 18. We chose the resort of Plantanias so the kids could break away from the parents, walk to the beach, jump on a bus, and not be tied to the parents. The main drag of the resort is a busy road but our lovely apartments were off this in the old village just 400m away (up hill but very manageable) where the more traditional restaurants are. Plantanias as is well placed for touring the western end of Crete and great for coming back to, leaving the car and being able to walk to many restaurants and enjoy a drink...or two!
Esthisis Apartments were ideal for us. Very clean and well equipped with fabulous views on two balconies over looking the village and out to sea. I imagine all apartments are designed to have a good view. The beds were very very comfy. I always worry about beds on holiday as they can be poor quality but ours were home from home. Effie and her son and daughter were very helpful, giving us a lovely welcome of juice on arrival as we checked in. They were on hand every day until 9pm. In the apartment was fruit and wine, and some days little treats were left like a plate of cakes! The apartments were cleaned every day and fresh towels supplied. The communal pool was immaculate, as were all areas. Not a problem to us at all but if you find steps a problem there are plenty but there seemed to be apartments available lower so this is worth bearing in mind if you have pushchairs or a problem walking.
We had two beach day , not at Plantanias, we walked the Samara Gorge (our highlight even though I ached all over after), the kids went alone to the nearby water park, a day in the lovely larger town of Chania, and 2 days exploring in the car. The car was very useful although the buses run regularly on the coast road.
If you have older teenagers this is a good safe resort with a few lively bars, and sports bars. Not my thing but good for older kids.
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