This year I came the third time to Pelikita Appartments and I definetely would recommend that place. The accomodations are very compfortable and all facilities you may need you will find here. If not, Pantelis (the owner) will imediately help you to arrange what you're missing.
The place itself is beautiful: olivetrees and various plants and flowers all around the flats. You see, hear and feel the nature everywhere.
The closest beach is around 1km, the next busstation around 400 meters. For longterm-clients (like me) I would recommend a car (or scooter). The "Crete Aquarium", the "Dinausars Parc" and the "Crete Planetarium" are within walking distance.
Pelekita Appartments really is an awsome place apart the big touristic hotspots and Pantelis (the owner) is the best example for sincere Greec hospitality. Highly recomendable!
I stayed at the Pelekita Apartments from October - December 2016 whilst I was volunteering at a local dog rescue shelter. The apartments which are basic and clean are located close to local amenities ( a car is recommended) and also to the main road to Heraklion but from your room you would not know it. Set in amongst pretty olive trees and gardens which are constantly being added too - this is Pelekita's charm. The owner is warm and welcoming and happy to help any questions at all and when he's not helping his guests, you will find him in the garden planting more beautiful lavenders. The complimentary Wi-Fi and cycle hire are an added bonus.
Pantelis is a great host and always there when needed. Everything was very uncomplicated, there were no crazy rules or anything for his apartments. We felt Luke at home.
So I visited Crete for my vacations to do some volunteer work at a shelter for street dogs. A nice woman gave me the contact of Pantelis and his appartments and I was very happy with it. He is a nice man, bought me 12l water when I arrived.
You have a nice view from the balcony at the beach and the olive plantage next to the houses. It takes 15-20min to walk to the beach and the Crete Aquarium(where the shelter is too) and 5min to the bus station, where you can drive to Kokini hani, the next village with two big supermarkets. There's a nother little village with a bakery and a Mini market, where I bought everything I needed for the first days, only 15min to walk I think.
There were some cats too, who were visiting me some days.
For me it was a great experience and I can only recommend you these appartments.
And remember: if you want a dog, choose one from the Gouves animal shelter.
Away from all the tourist trappings, everything you need, 10 minute walk to nearly deserted beach...what's not to like?