The friendly, family-run Sun Hotel, sits across the road from Amoudara beach on the outskirts of Heraklion. You'll find sunloungers and watersports along the sands or, if you prefer, you can while away time at the attractive pool, which is surrounded by sunloungers and parasols. A poolside bar is here for refreshments and there's a wood-beamed restaurant serving hearty Greek and international specialities. While the simply furnished rooms are on the small side, they're clean and comfortable and offer balconies with great sea views. Getting out and about is easy, too. Restaurants and shops are nearby, as are buses into Heraklion centre.