Contemporary, palatial, sanctuary
Agios Panteleimonas Kranidi, Argolida, Greece (30) 275-4772-888 www.amanresorts.com
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At a Glance
Located on the eastern coast of Greece’s Peloponnese, Amanzoe commands a position atop a large hill like a modern-day acropolis; a complex so striking it would impress Alexander the Great.
- Beaches and restaurants on nearby Hydra and Spetses islands, accessible via boat
- Incredible sunset views from the main bar and restaurant
- Lavish bathrooms, which are certain to be the most extravagant in Aman’s collection
On the eastern coast of the peninsula, just over two-hours from Athens, Amanzoe commands a position atop a large hill like a modern-day acropolis; a complex so striking it would impress Alexander the Great. A setting more reminiscent of the Mallorcan countryside than the wind-swept Cyclades, the landscape is a feast for the senses. Bushels of lavender and yellow dandelions offer pops of color, groves of green olive and Cyprus trees add layers of depth to the valley and white freesia and pink bougainvillea grow along the hotel’s columned facade. Amanzoe, which translates to “peaceful life,” delivers on that promise, redefining the meaning of sanctuary.
Architect Ed Tuttle seamlessly joins past and present at Amanzoe, taking the ancient Greek aesthetic and Aman-ifying it in a way that blends harmoniously with the surrounding environment. Monochrome furniture in materials like leather, metal and suede sit within traditional columned structures; shallow reflecting pools and sleek outdoor fire pits complement garlanded pergolas and marble statues of important historic figures. An authentic Greek amphitheater awaits open-air music and dance performances throughout the summer.
Thirty-eight palatial pavilions with private swimming pools are scattered throughout the property offering views towards the sea or verdant valley. Pavilion interiors showcase Amanzoe’s hi-tech savvy, with lighting touch panels, slick gas fireplaces and oh-so-indulgent Japanese heated toilets. Bathrooms open to the outdoors and are fit with his and hers dressing chambers, sunken tubs and sky-lit showers for two.
Particularly noteworthy is Villa 31, which, in addition to a 72-foot private pool, also boasts a permanent art installation by American artist James Turrell. Titled Sky Plain, the work is meant to inspire peace through light and is comprised of a 20-foot by 20-foot square building with a gaping opening in the ceiling. Lucky residents at the one-bedroom villa can appreciate the installation at all hours, whereas other guests staying at the hotel can observe it during special dinners when the villa is not being rented.
While many guests would be happy spending their days in the privacy of their own pavilion, not to take advantage of Amanzoe’s facilities would be a waste. During my stay, the massive pool area remained nearly empty despite a full hotel as many guests flocked to the beach club, located a seven-minute shuttle drive from the main house. With three pools (and one specifically for children), the beach club also offers a bar, lunch restaurant and water sports. Two floodlit tennis courts, a sun-drenched fitness center and an eight-treatment room Aman Spa offering Yoga and Pilates pavilions round out the plethora of Amanzoe’s on-property experiences.
A base from which to discover the ancient history and untouched beauty of the Peloponnese, most guests will spend their days marveling at the splendor that has been created at the resort and never step foot off the property.
Who Should Stay
Honeymooners, couples or families with well-behaved children who are looking for an impeccable hotel product and stunning landscape in an off-the-beaten-track location. While there are off-property attractions, travelers that need to be within close proximity to a town, may not enjoy the Amanzoe.
Indagare Plus Amenities
- USD 100 Hotel credit per stay, personalized welcome card from GM
- A la Carte: either in Main Restaurant or in-room-dining
- Upgraded Room Category on Availability at Check-In
- Late Check-Out on Availability
- Complimentary WiFi Internet Access