I did read the book The Island about the lepper colony on Spinalonga in Crete. The story starts and ends in Plaka a little village near Elounda. It is of course very tourisrtic but in the evening when all the tourists are gone the rest and calm come over the village and you can enjoy a nice meal in the many restaurants around.
The Stella Mare Appartments are OK, small bedroom, small bathroom but big shower if you compare with the traditional Cretan showercabins. Little sitting room with ktchenette, small terrace.
Airco, fridge , watercooker, some pots and pans ....
Very nice for one or two nights.