Stella's Traditional Apartments, Kato Zakros
Tel: 30 28430 23739
Concierge.com's insider take:
Set amid a grove of shade trees less than ten minutes' walk from the beach, these eight stone-built apartments are so tranquil that the height of activity is a nap in a hammock. Although of relatively recent vintage, each air-conditioned apartment, with kitchen and veranda, has an appropriately rustic look, complete with a decorating scheme that relies heavily on farm instruments. A word of warning, though: Profess even the slightest boredom, and Stella and her husband, Elias (who are perhaps overly enthusiastic hikers, having trekked even in the Himalayas), are likely to lead you along some of the area's many, sometimes challenging, trails, or even happily lend you Elias's climbing ropes.