Amanzoe resort on Greece’s eastern Peloponnesian peninsula is a Doric-columned, marble-hewn hilltop homage to classicism that could wow the most demanding of deities with its serene, herb-scented setting, 360-degree views, private beach club and stress-banishing spa.
Just-so Aman service
Private beach club
Eye-popping sea and countryside views
One 60-minute massage per person at the Aman Spa
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Two Pool Pavilions have been specially adapted for wheelchair use, and all public areas are fully accessible.Though you're perched high on a hill among the olive trees, you're only ever ten minutes from the secluded Beach Club: your own private pebble-shored, turquoise-watered stretch of Aegean Sea. Transfers are free and the hotel will whisk you down whenever you fancy
Ladies, leave your beach hat at home – the hotel doth provide. Otherwise, don't forget your PADI license if you're planning on diving and pack a pair of binoculars for games of ‘whose yacht is that?’.
Chic resortwear, Grecian gowns, crisp cottons. Winged sandals optional.
Mr and Mrs Smith reviews
Mr & Mr Smith have just returned from a stay at this luxury Greek hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their just-pressed olive oil and Nemean wine, a full account of their glamorous break will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Amanzoe.
Ever been to the Acropolis and thought, ‘This would be even more magnificent if it was less crowded, moved to the countryside and given a luxurious makeover so I could stay in it’? Well, Amanzoe obliges.
On a Peloponnesian hillside, the resort (from the ever-elegant Aman stable) is a scattering of secluded pavilions proudly positioned to show off the best of Greece’s verdant valleys and twinkling tides. There’s plenty of architectural grandeur – Doric columns, sweeping reflecting pools, a quarry’s worth of marble – but everything is tempered by the quiet, lavender-fragranced, tree-lined setting.
The bountiful surrounds provide for the local-loving, Noma-trained executive chef, Dimitris Boutsalis, and his modern Greek cuisine is given pride of place at the best-view-of-the-lot restaurant where you’ll be torn between photographing your food and the ‘oh-wow!’ sunsets.
Take the 10-minute chauffeur-driven trip down to the Beach Club and, not only do you get an extension of the hotel’s note-perfect service, you can hop aboard one of the head-turning speedboats to Spetses, Hydra and a host of other day-trip-perfect island idylls. Then head straight for the treatment-rich Aman Spa on your return to unwind from your on-foot adventures.
The influence of Ancient Greek gods hangs heavy round these parts – arrive at Amanzoe and you'll be so awed by the peace, the pampering, and the on-tap indulgence that you'll start to feel deity-like, too. Leave, and you'll be praying to return.
Agios Panteleimonas, Kranidi, Argolida, Peloponnese, 213 00
3.3 mi / 5.3 km from city centre
- Valet parking
- Aerobics instruction
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
- Tennis court
- On-Site parking
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
Executive chef Dimitris Boutsalis earned his gourmet gold stars in the kitchen of world-renowned, ant-serving restaurant, Noma. Now back on native soil, he serves up insect-free, Greek-tinged cuisine – made from the best locally grown, reared, fished and foraged ingredients – at the vista-riffic main restaurant. Seafood fans will be drawn to the cru of market fish and sea urchins with bergamot vinaigrette, and the kakavia fish soup with lagoustines, prawns, scallops and saffron-lemon aioli. The pool restaurant serves light lunches and Asian-accented evening meals, and you can accompany your Beach Club lounging with Mediterranean snacks, coffees and cocktails.
Thanks to the 360-degree views, there's no such thing as a bad table, but a sea-facing terrace spot at sundown is particularly covetable. Take your postprandial ouzo by the poolside fireplace.
Breakfast is from 7am to 11am. You can dine til 6pm at the Beach Club or 11pm back at the resort. Cocktail hour ends when you want it to.
Juices, smoothies, fruits, yoghurts, pastries and eggs by way of breakfasty bits, then sandwiches, pasta, seafood, grilled meats, salads and an array of desserts.
The sleek, black-topped bar sits beneath six marble columns in the middle of a relaxed lounge-cum-terrace – it's the ideal spot for toasting the jaw-dropping sunsets. Much of the wine is locally produced and many of the ingenious infusions on the cocktail menu use herbs grown in the hotel's garden.
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