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Contemporary Luxury on Ancient Land: The Amanzoe Resort in Porto Heli, Greece

When you find yourself standing on ancient land, steeped in history and mythology, it’s impossible to remain indifferent. Top it off with a sun-kissed vista and glistening blue waters and you will question, whether or not you’ve come to paradise. Located in Porto Heli in The Peloponnese, the spectacularly luxurious resort Amanzoe might just enjoy one of the best locations in the whole country. Pair it with impeccable service, striking architecture and design, and a range of irresistible activities and you will find it difficult to find a resort like this anywhere else in the world.

Amanzoe Luxury Resort at The Peloponnese

Location

The Peloponnese has been praised for its natural beauty and it’s easy to see why. Azure waters, stupendous mountains, lush vineyards and olive groves, and pristine, uncrowded beaches make this a destination unlike any other. Greek gods have been said to have walked the land, and these days it is every bit as impressive. The region is also home to some of the most noteworthy Unesco World Heritage sites in Greece.  When you stay at the luxurious Amanzoe resort in Porto Heli, all of this and more lies at your very fingertips. Porto Heli itself is a charming harbor leaving anyone arriving by sea or land instantly impressed.

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The Resort

When faced with the great responsibility of setting up a luxury resort in a place as noteworthy as The Peloponnese, you need to be at the top of your game. Amanzoe resort was designed by the acclaimed architect Edward Tuttle, who gained inspiration from classic Greek architecture as well as the intention to enhance the existing landscape, and the result is marvelous. The resort’s secluded hilltop position offers mesmerizing panoramic views of tranquil waters, the nearby vineyards, and towering mountains in the distance. Architecturally everything within the resort follows clean and natural lines to truly enhance the surroundings – an instant zen effect is achieved by merely being present. Pillars and colonnades, flat roofs, and geometric precision all fell extremely calming and create an effortless transition between the spaces while also becoming an integral yet unobstructed part of the landscape.

Photo Credit Aman Resorts

Photo Credit Aman Resorts

Staying at the Amanzoe Resort in Greece

Channel your inner Greek god when staying at the Amanzoe as every pavilion, cabana, and villa delivers a five-star experience above and beyond of what you have expected. Fragrant gardens and spacious tiled terraces, private pools, and palatial marble, stone, and wood all create an ambiance of utmost luxury. Clutter-free interiors are designed to exude contemporary elegance. The pavilions enjoy king-sized beds that are conveniently positioned in marble alcoves with unobstructed views over Porto Heli. For a closer view of the azure waters choose a beach cabana. As the name clearly implies, those are located directly on the beach and similarly have spacious terraces, private pools, and lush private gardens. Enjoy the ultimate experience in one of the one-to-nine-bedroom villas with open terraces and ancient Greece-inspired columns. Each villa is conveniently served by a private chef and a host. Need we say more?

Photo Credit Aman Resorts

Photo Credit Aman Resorts

The Experience

A resort as luxurious as this offers so much more than just a comfortable stay in stylish accommodation. The whole experience is exceptional. First and foremost we have to mention the spa and wellness center. The impressively spacious and light-filled spa is all about a holistic approach to wellness – from indulgent treatments and rejuvenating procedures to massages, sea bathing, Pilates, as well as yoga sessions to relax both your body and mind. Local organic ingredients are generously used in the treatments and it’s a real pleasure for the senses. The resort often invites world-renowned experts in their field to contribute their knowledge to the guests’ wellness experience. This summer sees the arrival of a visiting specialist in traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. John Sanchez offering acupuncture and Chinese foot reflexology.

Photo Credit Aman Resorts

Photo Credit Aman Resorts

Moreover, there’s a private beach club nestled below Amanzoe and next to a sheltered bay. Enjoy complimentary transfers to the Aegean, partake in exciting watersports activities, or simply lounge by one of the four private swimming pools and take in the view. When it comes to dining, there is an impressive offering – whether you go for a fine dining experience or enjoy casual yet so indulgent nibbles at the beach club restaurant, or furthermore, a diving private dining experience within the privacy of your villa, you can rest assured that the food served will surprise, excite, and satisfy. Locally-sourced produce is used to prepare Greek and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Fresh seafood is delivered and prepared daily, while the meat options are equally impressive – from pork to lamb, and even rabbit, there’s a generous offering. Since the region is the main player within Greek winemaking, you know you’ll get the best wines both locally-sourced and from abroad.

Photo Credit Aman Resorts

Photo Credit Aman Resorts

In its seven years since its opening, Amanzoe has gained international acclaim and won several awards and distinctions, including being ranked the 4th Best Hotel in Europe and 26th among the world’s 100 by Conde Nast Traveler readers at the 2017 Travel Awards.

Lauma Breeze

Ever since reading In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne in her childhood, Lauma has been fascinated by all things travel. From sailing as well as exploring nature inland to continuously being fascinated by cities and cultures worldwide, she conveys her passion and inquisitive nature in writing.

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