Have just returned from Marni Village having been there the first 12 days in October. Apart from first weekend when weather turned quite cold the holiday was great. The one bedroom apartment we had was spacious with two balconies, comfortable bed and small kitchen which enabled us to cook breakfast or lunch whenever we wanted. Plenty of space. The housekeeping service was first rate, cleaned every day and towels changed every other day. The food at the hotel snack bar was good, with a lot of variety. The staff at Marni Village are first rate, nothing is too much for them. We arrived at 4 am and the manager on duty gave us a bottle of water, carried our bags to our room and was extremely helpful. The tavernas in Koutouloufari are numerous and we would especially recommend Onira's where you are greeted like one of the family and the food was excellent. The highlight of the trip was a land rover safari into the interior and the mountains - what a fantastic day - highly entertaining and informative driver, thrills and a great lunch at Zorba's in the mountains. If you only do one excursion in Crete I would highly recommend this one. The barbecue evening was very entertaining, with good food and Greek dancers. The bar staff was very friendly, helpful and offered lots of tips of what to do and where to go. One word of warning if you intend to hire a car use one of the big firms, we hired a car from a local firm which was old and rattled and broke down after four days. Definitely stick with Avis or Hertz next time.