Paradise Island Villas, Anissaras
This family-run cluster of villas is on the north coast near Anissaras. It offers 12 spacious villas with chic rattan sofas, muslin-draped beds, private gardens and plunge pools. Hotel-style facilities include a communal pool, surrounded by olive groves, hammocks, sunbeds and a cocktail bar. Guests can enjoy traditionally prepared Greek meats at the weekly barbecue evening or sample refined Cretan fare at the à la carte Ambrosia Restaurant.
Paradise Island Villas, Anissaras (00 30 28 9702 2893; luxuryvillascrete.com). Nightly from €248, self catering. Villas sleep two to six.