Preface--- this will be a long review of extensive praise. For those who won't read the whole thing and want a summary: STAY HERE.
My friend and I spent a week at the Makris Gialos Apartments and fell in love instantly upon arrival. The pictures provided are completely accurate and totally unedited, but the beauty of the images doesn't even compare to what it's like to actually be there. You are steps from the most insanely blue water you've ever seen, water you can see and hear from every apartment balcony. There are other restaurants within walking distance of the apartments, but the food is so good at the restaurant that we ate every meal there--- Ivana and Dionisis cook themselves, traditional Greek food, including fish caught and delivered every morning.
As hosts, Ivana and Dionisis are top--- friendly and helpful and totally accommodating. It was our first time in Greece, and Ivana got a sense of our taste right away, and every morning she suggested an activity that we always loved. She even remembered our dietary restrictions after being told once, and always prepared the food accordingly.
The property is immaculate. Very, very clean, beautiful and well-done (Dionisis built it himself!). It was paradise and I'm still dreaming about it. I'd recommend this place to anyone--- my family, friends, and total strangers.
You can get all your beach supplies and needs from shops within walking distance. And from the apartments you can snorkel and swim in many coves nearby. When we were there in June, we were often alone on all of these beaches. You're also a mere 15 minutes from the Blue Caves, and getting a boat to the famous Shipwreck beach from the apartments is very easy--- many, many options from small to large boat tours, and even renting your own.
You won't believe the quiet and calm and privacy of these apartments and location.
Do rent a car so you can explore the island, but you'll always be happy that you're staying at Makris Gialos and not in one of the party-oriented towns. Nice to be able to travel to those towns, but even nicer to be able to come home to Makris Gialos.
Stop searching and book this place now.
Thank you Ivana and Dionisis!!