A palatial white structure piercing the Greek countryside's tranquillity, the ultra-exclusive Amanzoe Hotel is a truly unique destination. Yet the grandeur of the hotel is not overstated. Designed by legendary Aman architect Ed Tuttle, the Amanzoe has become a sophisticated haven for luxury-seeking holidaymakers in recent years. Its location means guests enjoy panoramic views across the neighbouring vineyards and olive groves, out as far as the eye can see towards the sparkling coastline of the Aegean Sea. With exceptional service combined with the allure of the contemporary villas and pavilions, the Amanzoe 5 star hotel really does offer its guests unrivalled luxury in the heart of the Greek countryside. Read our hotel review :
Amanzoe Hotel Luxury Hotel in Greece
Where is the hotel located?
Nestled in a secluded location on the east coast of Greece's stunning Peloponnese peninsula, the Amanzoe hotel enjoys the majesty of the quintessential Greek countryside, while also benefitting from residing in an area rich with many noteworthy archaeological sites of interest. What's more, according to Greek Mythology, the Peloponnese peninsula is the place where the ancient Gods walked the earth, further adding to the splendour and otherworldliness of the hotel's exceptional location.
What can guests expect from the hotel décor?
Architect Ed Tuttle envisioned the Amanzoe as a hilltop acropolis of crisp white buildings surrounded by pools and gardens. The building's structure undoubtedly mirrors those of ancient Greek grandeur and subtly couples this tradition with the interiors' contemporary and sleek design. The compound is so striking when you first see it, that it would surely have impressed the likes of Zeus and Poseidon at a time when they walked the earth.
From a structure so grandiose, you might expect the interiors to be equally as lavish and filled with objects pointing to its ancient Hellenic tradition. Instead, the hotel's interior is serene and minimalist, with the villas and pavilions providing guests with privacy and space to luxuriate in the quaint surroundings of the sprawling hills. But don't mistake minimalism with simplicity; the hotel's interior is as opulent as you would expect and lends itself magnificently to the overall splendour of the resort.
What are the rooms like?
You can choose to stay in one of three accommodation types at Amanzoe: pavilions, cabanas, or villas. During my stay, I stayed in a magnificent standalone pool pavilion with a countryside view. You can choose from either a deluxe pool pavilion, which includes a 12-metre private pool and sprawling views across the country; a pool pavilion premium view, which benefits from a 6-metre private pool and premium views across the Aegean Sea; or a pool pavilion room, which enjoys countryside view and a 6-metre private pool.
Located away from the resort and directly at the beach, the cabanas comprise all of the hilltop pavilions' luxuries but provide direct access to Amanzoe's private beach area and benefit from a private 9.5-metre pool and garden terrace. However, to truly treat yourself, you could opt for a private villa. Surrounded by olive groves and all enjoying panoramic views across the Aegean Sea, the luxury villas at Amanzoe feature open terraces with sand-coloured marble floors, traditional dry stone-clad walls, and concrete columns and cornices. With sizes ranging from one bedroom to nine, you can hire a villa to suit your requirements, and you will enjoy service from a private host and chef during your stay.
What services are offered by the hotel?
Service at Amanzoe is about providing guests with what they want when they want it. The staff are exceptional and cannot do enough to ensure all your needs and wants are catered for. Despite the resort's incredible size, you can request almost any item within reason and receive it within a heartbeat. Although relaxation is the primary purpose of any trip to Amanzoe, there are more than enough services and facilities to keep you entertained during your stay.
You could borrow a book from the 1,000-volume library or enjoy a game of tennis at one of the two championship-style courts. Naturally, you can enjoy swimming at one of the private or communal pools, or head down to the private beach and luxuriate in the warm coastal waters of the Aegean Sea. What's more, with a focus on health and wellbeing, you can keep fit at the gym, enjoy Pilates or yoga in the purpose-built hillside studios, or enjoy an incredible range of spa treatments that have been inspired by the healing philosophy of ancient Greek medicine.
How is the food and drink at Amanzoe ?
During my week-long stay at Amanzoe, I enjoyed eating at all three of the resort’s restaurants, each of which serves the most mouth-watering cuisine as you would expect. The expertly sourced wines are an ideal accompaniment to the fayre on the menu, and you can, of course, enjoy a selection of international spirits and beers.
The main restaurant is an opulent venue with views that rival the quality of the food. The menu is reasonably varied, and the chefs prepare modern Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, using only locally sourced produce. The second restaurant at the main pool is slightly more casual during the day and transforms into a sophisticated Japanese fine-dining venue at night. The beachside restaurant is the place to be for delicious wood-fired pizzas and open-aired BBQs during the summer months.
How to get there?
After arriving at Athens airport, you can expect a three-hour drive through the Greek countryside to arrive at Amanzoe. The drive is fairly relaxing on excellent roads as you wind away from the city. However, if you want to arrive in style, you can do so via helicopter, which takes just thirty minutes from the airport.
Is Amanzoe good value for money?
If you're looking for ultra-exclusivity and unrivalled opulence, you will do well to find a better spot in the whole of Europe than Amanzoe. The rooms are exquisitely designed, the food is exceptional, and the service is faultless, making it difficult to criticise the resort even in the slightest way. Prices start at 750 euros per night in the low season and rise to 1,600 euros in high season, including breakfast.
Overall, Amanzoe is a truly enchanting complex in the Greek countryside and is the ideal place for those looking for luxury, privacy, and exceptional service. It is for sure one of the best hotel in the world.
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