Sissi sounds ideal, lots to do and see, but laid back and relaxed, pretty harbour, and a good selection of bars and restaurants, plus shops, car hire, and so on. Just so you know, if you wanted to rely on the buses to get around, you will need to walk up to the main road which is a good 30 mins pleasant stroll.
Sissi & it's close neighbour, Milatos
I've just re-read the original post, and although Sissi is a lovely village, if a big sandy beach is very important to you, then Sissi might not be for you. Unless of course you have transport to go to, say, the large beach near ancient Malia, or alternatively you are staying at Kalimera Kriti, which has it own "private" beach.
BTW, I think the beaches at Bali are fine. The others mentioned by Albert are also very good, but clearly a bit further.
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