Amanzoe by Aman, Greece

 

HashtagLife reviews: Amanzoe by Aman Greece.
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If Greece is the Land of The Gods then Amanzoe, set in the Peloponnese, is their summer home, and you should do everything within your power to get within their social circle. Set in the birth place of Apollo; God of the Sun, Amanzoe promises nothing less than an unrivalled landscape for the suns rising and its setting.

On researching Amanzoe prior to our visit, amongst the adorning reviews was one gentleman’s commentary which warned “oh and by God take the helicopter there, the car transfer is 3 hours of hell” –  whilst none of us, I’m sure, are above a helicopter ride or two, this gentleman had respectfully got it all wrong. We had arrived via Hydrofoil from Athens and no description can serve justice to the beauty of drawing in to scenes of the azure waters of Porto Heli, with neighbouring islands Hydra and Spetses within sight.


peloponnesecoastThe residence is perched on a rise within Kranidi, of Porto Heli, surrounded by undulating olive groves, vast greenery and glistening waters beneath. Amanzoe affords you 360 degree views of the Peloponnese and it’s rocky groves. The stunning setting screams: wedding, anniversary, romantic week away, but it is my newfound firm belief that any one in search of peace and relaxation, has not found it, until they visit Amanzoe.

As we pulled into the entrance to Amanzoe, transported by a very welcoming Nikos, we found that yet more hospitality awaited us. It’s that almost made-up moment when you arrive somewhere and a row of friendly, warm, smiling faces await you to welcome you. You panic and in a flash start thinking ‘wait why is everyone waiting for me?’ ‘they must have the wrong person’ ‘do they think I’m some sort of royalty?’  – that is until you learn that here at Aman, they welcome every visitor as a guest to their residence. They follow the ethos that each individual has been invited here into their home; and indeed this treatment transpires into every detail of your stay; from your every need quietly and seamlessly being catered to, to never being presented with a bill. You are treated truly as a guest, in this summer home to the Gods.

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We were welcomed by Amanzoe’s charming manager; Sven, and introduced to each individual we would be seeing and liaising with during our stay. We were offered a guided tour by a very friendly Gina, and too enraptured by the stillness and peace which seemed to envelope us as soon as we’d taken our first steps inwards, we simply nodded for ‘yes’.

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Inspired by classical Greek architecture, design features include columned walkways, serene garden courtyards and an amphitheatre (yes, an amphitheatre) we were led past what they referred to as ‘The Little Acropolis’ which indeed is structured as such, with vast columns reflected into the long pools stretched out along each walkway in true Aman style. The classic inspiration with contemporary flair makes each space within Amanzoe airy, bright, and synonymous with the natural elements which surround it.

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The beautiful Spa – named by the likes of  Conde Nast Traveller as one of the best Spas in the world – combines diet, gymnastics, exercise, massage and sea bathing with modern natural products and treatments. We were welcomed by Nick as we wandered through it’s serene walls, inspired to jump right onto a bed for an immediate treatment there and then. A gym is also available, and studios host yoga and Pilates sessions; but this is no ordinary gym. Long glass windows out-look onto stretches of stunning scenery and are guaranteed to transform you morning workout or yoga session into a ritual of relaxation you’ll want to repeat again and again. Instructor Vasilious is on board to structure whatever reconditioning and exercise regime you require during your stay.

As we walked into a library which I murmured under my breath looked like a small room snatched straight out of the historical library of Alexandria, and out past a beautifully adorned and laid out gift-shop, my mind was racing ahead to the splendour which would await at the rooms – here, referred to as ‘Pavilions’ because, well, thats what they are.

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Drawing on classic Greek architecture, with strong lines and a pared-back aesthetic, Amanzoe’s standalone Pavilions all open onto terraces with private plunge pools and views of the surrounding land and sea. Each Pavilion is accessed via a stone-walled courtyard, leading to a high-ceilinged living area and king-size bed positioned in a marble alcove with views. There are few words for how relaxation-inspiring Amanzoe as a residence is. There are fewer still to portray the peace and tranquility evoked as you retreat into your Pavilion each day. Architected to a true homely comfort in style, yet utter perfection in both interior and exterior design, it was approximately 90 seconds after being left alone in our Pavilion, that I found myself humming along to the British Airways hold music, having decided to delay our flights and extend our stay by as long as possible. Unfortunately, ‘forever’ wasn’t an option, and the BA flight agent whom I spoke to based in rainy Manchester, didn’t seem to find it very funny.

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Each free-standing 210-square-metre Deluxe Pool Pavilion features high ceilings and spacious rooms, which open onto the terrace, a 12-metre (39 feet) swimming pool and magnificent views of the Aegean Sea or surrounding countryside. The pool is set amongst an outside terrace shaded by a high pergola, and the inside space, approximately 100sqm features open plan living and sleeping areas, his and hers bathrooms, and a wide shower with two opposing shower heads and a glass ceiling above, which, I checked at night and can gladly confirm, you can star-gaze from as you shower. Heaven.

 


outdoorbarTo dine, simple, modern, locally sourced ingredients maintain a light and healthy cuisine whilst intricate and tasteful. We dined in the main restaurant alongside the warm fireplace in a living-room inspired space. Tender lamb, grilled octopus and amberjack stand out as signature dishes. By day, the pool club, where you are hosted by an incredulously kind-spirited George and team, offers refreshing, light food, and freshly created poolside smoothies. One thing I could not stop thinking about for the 23 and a half hours in which I was not eating it was the locally sourced honey at breakfast time, glazing granola and yoghurt based dishes, or served on it’s own alongside homemade marmalades and jams. Available at the giftshop the team will gift-wrap them for you to take a taste of Greece back home.

coastWe took a day trip to the enchanting neighbouring island; Spetses, should you be strong-willed enough to leave the enrapture of the residence itself. As with all else; the arrangements were seamlessly taken care of by the team at Aman; from taxi and short-boat ride to the islands, to maps, routes and restaurant recommendations. Also near-by is the equally beautiful island of Hydra and from May onwards Amanzoe’s private beach club opens; a stunning bay beneath the residence.


As we sat one evening, with hotel manager Sven, in the ‘central terrace’ – an open-air round stone-setting, we observed the sunset which I had heard them reference as the ‘most beautiful in the region’ but hadn’t quite believed until we beheld it ourselves. Just so, you might not yet behold my testament that Aman, both in meaning and in form, truly means ‘place of peace’, until you have visited yourself, this hidden haven; sanctuary and summer home to the Gods.

www.aman.com/resorts/amanzoe

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35 Comments

  1. lailani52
    April 9, 2016 / 9:26 am

    It a perfect place to describe as home of the Gods and home of the sun. Looks perfect.

  2. Lilian
    May 10, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    The resort is really inviting. Outstanding view and the beautiful natural surroundings are very inviting. I think this is a must go place for a holiday to wind down and chill.

  3. Miaka
    May 10, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    The views are amazing, it is stunningly beautiful. Seeing a place like this makes me feel so happy. Wish I lived there!

  4. que
    May 11, 2016 / 12:34 am

    I always wanted to go to Greece, especially to Santorini. But learning that there are other beauties in Greece, I suddenly want to tour the whole place. Thank you for this!

  5. Barry Dee
    May 11, 2016 / 5:53 am

    Weren’t there any other guests? The place looks so empty. Actually, I like it that way. Especially when I want some deep R and R. The architecture and interior are gorgeously designed. It emanates a relaxing vibe of elegance from the classical and the convenient sleekness of the modern.

  6. Claire
    May 19, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Wow just Wow! This is sooo beautiful! And that spa with the sun bathing and massage sounds like it would just make me melt in pure bliss 🙂

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  7. Khushboo
    May 19, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    The place seems more of a palace with amazing hospitality and luxurious comfort. From starting to read till i reached the end of the writing, i fell in love with Amanzoe. Definitely this should be added on the list of things to go before you die!

  8. ryka
    May 21, 2016 / 12:42 am

    Wow what a wonderful place. I wanted to spend my honeymoon here. It surely is romantic. The Greek architecture is so beautiful.

  9. Jacqueline Juarez
    May 23, 2016 / 2:11 am

    I’m a nature lover and enjoyed every detail of your post. I really want to go there but can’t afford it yet. Thanks for posting this article. This really helped a lot not only for me but those who are planning to visit there I’m sure.

    • July 25, 2016 / 6:50 am

      The rich are falling over thmveslees to lock their money away from banks and money markets and into assets such as gold and property! If you own a house in London then rub your hands together as if the euro collapses then it could up 5 fold!

  10. Jet
    May 24, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    I would really love to be here. The architecture is just divine! I can imagine myself by the pool eating grapes like the gods would!

  11. Kayla
    May 24, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    I like how you say that Amanzoe is the summer home for the Gods. It is indeed very stunning, the view, and the architecture.

    • Sarah
      July 16, 2016 / 2:06 am

      Yeah, I love that analogy too! Very clever, indeed.

  12. SR
    June 3, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Good place to be physically and mentally… so much relaxation. Adding it to my list!!!

  13. Jamie
    June 3, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Wow…I have no words. Amanzoe looks absolutely magnificent. It’s just breathtaking! Think I’m gonna have to start saving up for this place now. Bookmarking this. Thanks for the post!

  14. Aznor Azizul Dzulkefli
    June 6, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    This article has made me fall in love with Amanzoe, a place with a really natural environment that will rejuvenate you inside and outside. I’m sure anyone would fall in love with the perfect scenery and all that it has to offer to its guests!

  15. Shanon Lincoln
    June 23, 2016 / 10:59 am

    With those columns it looks a palace. Too Greek to my taste though. The healthy cuisine makes it up for it I must say.

    • Leslie
      July 16, 2016 / 2:08 am

      My thought exactly! It does look like a modern palace.

  16. Rodney J.
    July 1, 2016 / 10:36 am

    This article and your entire site is simple amazing! Your writing details are very descriptive and will give anyone reading it a major case on travelust. Will share of facebook & twitter!

  17. Anna
    July 10, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    The complete form of nature’s softness and royal ambience is what made me love Amanzoe more. To be treated like a guest more than as a customer serves truly as a plus point making it justly reckoned as “summer home to god”!

  18. Vee
    July 10, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    This place sounds absolutely amazing. And your pictures of it are stunning. Amanzoe is definitely going to be added to the list of places I need to visit

  19. Xian Zhang
    July 13, 2016 / 5:16 am

    Greece has always fascinated me. When I was just a young boy, I thought that it was just another mythological place. Imagine my surprise the first time I found it on the world map for the first time! Anyway, the hotel looks wonderful. More pictures on the review could entice more people to visit.

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  20. Nicole
    July 14, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    It’s a close call now between here and Santorini. I’m torn now! I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini but seeing Amanroe now is giving me serious second thoughts…

  21. Sam
    July 14, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Reading your review on Amanzoe and looking at these beautiful photos are seriously giving me the itch to travel again. Will definitely have to save this post!

  22. Suze W.
    July 14, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    I visited one of Aman’s property in Indonesia: Amanjiwo. The unbeatable luxury and Aman’s style definitely is a hidden paradise on earth.

  23. Jethro
    July 14, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    The best part of staying in any Amanzoe is the service and treatment you get from the crew. They treat everyone as royalty, no matter the price of your room or how long or short your stay is. Now that’s great hospitality service!

  24. Ron Abrahams
    July 14, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    The Greek architecture is beautiful. I’d feel like a Greek god staying here, imagining myself looking out on the mortals from the opulence.

  25. Dishant
    July 15, 2016 / 7:30 am

    I am already a fan of Greek archictecture, and Amanzoe makes me desire a visit more than anything else i would love to do in the world. Definitely a beauty to explore!

  26. Tina
    July 15, 2016 / 7:34 am

    Amanzoe is indeed a big name. I try not to think how much expensive it would be. Anyhow i am sure the experience there would be worth it.

  27. RATNA
    July 15, 2016 / 9:13 am

    To enjoy the real nature this is the place to be. Aman’s property designs and styles are excellent. Outstanding view and the beautiful natural surroundings are keep anyone to visit again.

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