Peloponnese, £££££

At last the eastern Peloponnese, drenched in classical history and mythology, has a sublime resort hotel to do it justice. At Amanzo'e the delightful largely local staff encourages guests to explore their land. Winkling clients out of the 38 serene guest pavilions may however take some persuasion, for Aman's master architect Ed Tuttle has applied all the learning from previous projects to this magical realisation of barefoot luxury. Bedrooms are so spacious, merging into broad private terraces with personal pools, that one could cheerfully stay put, having meals in the shade - as some romantically inclined couples have done. But that would be to miss out on the beachclub and intriguing expeditions to the mountains and islands, particularly fashionable Spetses.

Pricing Key:

£££         Great quality at reasonable prices
££££       Fairly priced, excellent accommodation
£££££    Top dollar for the very best in class

Suitable for:

  • Honeymooners and hip couples
  • Families with teenagers or older children
  • Culture vultures

Things to do at the property:

  • Infinity pool commanding a panorama of gulf and islands
  • Quiet but oh-so-well stocked library in which to escape the midday sun
  • Sunset cocktails with savoury Greek canapes
  • Sensationally designed spa with seven double treatment rooms using Aman's own beauty products
  • Immaculately curated hotel shop offering leather and linen in the best Greek taste
  • Play a few sets of tennis on the floodlit courts
  • Take yoga lessons on the serene yoga platform

Things to do nearby:

  • Visit the isolated mountaintop monastery of St Demetrios with its Byzantine frescos
  • Take the hotel boat across to chic Spetses island for shopping and clubbing
  • Explore the Venetian and Ottoman-influenced town of Napflion
  • Discover tiny chapels carved into living rock at the Didyma caves
  • Enjoy a music or theatrical performance at the Ancient Greek amphitheatre of Epidavros

Nota bene:

  • While nearby Porto Heli has limited appeal there are charming fishing villages in both directions with good seafood tavernas.
  • The drive from Athens takes about 3 hours but a helicopter transfer just 35 minutes.
  • St Demetrios monastery, the Didyma caves and Napflion are all to the west and can be combined in a one day visit.
  • In addition to the hotel's own, water taxis serve Spetses from Porto Heli

Insider Viewpoint

While the opening of an ultra luxury resort in the middle of Greece's financial crisis surprised many in the travel industry - and some locals - Amanzo'e has proved an immediate success with visitors, and a number of private villas on the estate have already been purchased. While not inexpensive the resort has raised service standards beyond those prevailing at existing resorts on the Greek mainland and attracted the approval of fans of Aman's Asian properties. As the gardens mature around existing olive trees the hotel is starting to settle into its striking landscape. Our preference is for the outer ring of guest pavilions, particularly the higher ones which enjoy the most extensive views.

Classical Greece undergoes luxurious reinterpretation
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