There is certainly more than one way to make Gouves feel like your home-away-from-home. This beach resort comes with everything from luxury hotels to accommodation geared towards families on holiday in Crete All Inclusive. All of them enjoy easy access to the beach, as well as bars and tavernas in town. Though with so many buffet-style restaurants and hotel pool bars for you to choose from, there's a good chance you won't need to venture very far to find exactly what you're looking for.
This 4* hotel is designer chic, with rooms whose balconies dip off straight to the pool, which itself is lined with plush beds and umbrellas. Even the daytime activities feature a stylish edge, with cooking and cocktail-making lessons. Though you won't go hungry with the hotel's four restaurants, predominantly dishing up Mediterranean fare.
The Andreas Apartments are family-run and cosy to match, with Self Catering suites that feature fully-equipped kitchenettes. On the complex's grounds you'll find a small swimming pool that's decked with chairs, though the shops, restaurants and activities of downtown Gouves are only a five-minute stroll away. This makes Andreas Apartments an ideal spot for last minute holidays to Crete.
As the name suggests, this top family spot comes ready with its own modest waterpark and three swimming pools. The hotel specialises in activities for kids, with daytime entertainment, a kids' club and playground, though adults find their own fun with sporting pitches and evening shows.
The Ourania Apartments are small but mighty, with plenty of chic on top of that. The whitewashed exterior has an almost Spanish feel to it, though organic food and Greek nights are supremely local. It's only a five-minute walk to the nearest sandy beach, where you'll find a smattering of bars and restaurants if you want to branch out from the hotel's cuisine.