Aman Resorts are renowned throughout the world for their exquisite service, meticulous design and the unparalleled beauty of their locations. The classically inspired, hilltop acropolis of Amanzoe is no exception. Nestled among olive groves overlooking the Aegean Sea on the east coast of the Peloponnese, this flawless property is the epitome of tranquil simplicity and style, a peaceful retreat from which you can explore the coast, islands and ancient heritage of the region. Sarah Woodthorpe, our Europe specialist shares her recent visit.
This was my first experience of an Aman Resort and while I was expecting opulence, Amanzoe is in a different world. With every imaginable luxury and extraordinary attention to detail, everything from the gardens and pavilions to the beach cabanas and villas exceeds expectation. The whole resort is simply stunning with soaring pillars and colonnades in marble and stone throughout. However, it is as the sun sets over the Aegean Sea, when the golden light casts shadows across this contemporary acropolis that it becomes magnificent.
Thoughtfully positioned to make the most of the views, the rooms each have a private pool, garden and terrace. They are so spacious and inviting that if the four restaurants were not so enticing, you may never leave. I have been fortunate enough to stay in many beautiful hotel rooms but none have taken my breath away like the Pool Pavilion at Amanzoe; pure luxury with his and her bathrooms, a sunken marble bath and walk-in shower with a sky view. The private garden matches the room for size with a pool, terrace and more incredible views.
Relax and Rejuvenate
Starting the day with the sunrise yoga class was an absolute must for me. A 180 degree, panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding countryside, with olive groves and sprawling cypress trees, can be seen from the yoga pavilion. I enjoyed a rejuvenating session under the calming influence of the yogi, and there is no better way to set you up for the feast that is an Aman breakfast.
Mid-morning we moved to the Beach Club, a ten minute car transfer away but if you are feeling energetic you can use the complimentary mountain bikes available in the resort. Located on a private beach, the Beach Club is home to four swimming pools and overnight Cabanas as well as a casual eatery and two-room spa. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of freshly caught seafood, salad and mezze.
The highlight of the afternoon was an elegant departure on one of the resort’s powerboats; an exhilarating ride to the beautiful island of Spetses for a swim in the clear water of a secluded bay, before an indulgent moment at a bar in the whitewashed streets of the island. Many guests take the opportunity to dine on Spetses in the evening which is easily reached by water taxi from Porto Heli.
“Amanzoe is a rare combination of timeless beauty, exquisite attention to detail and a sense of tranquillity that is hard to find. It has an undeniable WOW factor and I dream of returning.”