This was our first visit to Crete and we found the west coast to be almost entirely undeveloped and beautiful. We knew this was going to be a fantastic holiday when we saw the stunning villa Hermes. Brand new, glass and wood, amazing views and all the mod cons you could need. The infinity pool is large and has probably the best views I've ever experienced whilst in a swimming pool. It is THE best villa that any of our party has ever stayed at. We are two couples in our 40s/50s and we were looking for a relaxing holiday. We achieved that here. This may not be for everyone and I suspect that if we had brought teenagers they would have been bored. The nearest large town is a good 50 minutes drive via roads that are, in places, quite dangerous (mountainous, bendy and no barriers). There is a lovely taverna in Livadia (Run by the lovely Yanis), but it is not walkable. Nothing is! Yanis will deliver though. Sfinari beach is quiet, beautiful and great for swimming. There are three tavernas right next to the beach and it never got busy when we were there. Elafonisi lived up to expectations and was beautiful, but I found it a little too busy and preferred the quieter bays that you can find around every bend. Chania is worth a visit. It has a Venitian port that was spectacular and museums, shops and a market. The west coast doesn't have too much by way of archeological sites - they seem to be more to the east. We took advantage of the massage service available at the villa which was most appreciated by our party. We were also extremely well looked after by Mr Gregory who looks after the villas and can help you if you need anything (he managed to find us a bottle of champagne for my husbands birthday). There is a team of ladies who come in to change linen/towels several times a week. The property manager, Natasha, is really helpful and knowledgeable about the area and although this villa is not cheap to rent, you feel like you are getting the best service available. I would love to go back and, as long as you're happy to completely relax, I would recommend this villa and the west coast of Crete. One last thing, Creten people are really friendly and welcoming!