This was our second time in Crete and we mostly wanted a place to swim, relax and do nothing. The first time we had drived from one side of Crete to the other and had seen all the major towns and resorts, ancient sites and beautiful beaches, but this time we just needed to sleep a lot and swim. Our hotel was in Maleme, a nice and quiet village close about an hour from Chania, so that we wouldn't have to change transports. I hate this part, to take long to go to your hotel, especially when you are carrying heavy luggage.
Our ten days in Maleme was exactly what we wanted. The beach was right in front of the hotel, the town of Chaniawas close if we wanted to go and buses were very frequent to the Town or to other beaches. All taverns by the sea were delicious but we used to have meals at the tavern far left, I don't remember the name, but the owner is short and has a big moustache, if this helps. We rented a car for two days, just to explore a little the area ourselves. Just drived, not going to somewhere specific, just wander around the inland and the villages.
Villages in Crete are just as lovely as beaches and villages in the mainland could be totally quiet and traditional. We bought honey from an old lady on the way to Kissamos and I think this is the most delicious honey and really good for the children. I want my kids to eat biological products and there is no better place than Crete to get them. People in the villages of Crete seem to live in another world, no stress, no deadlines, nothing to worry them except for their families and friends. I love this attitude to life, this is really healty!