EAST PELOPONNESE, GREECE
Amanzoe resort on Greece’s eastern Peloponnesian peninsula is a Doric-columned, marble-hewn hilltop homage to classicism that could wow the most demanding of deities with its serene, herb-scented setting, 360-degree views, private beach club and stress-banishing spa.
At the hotel
Private beach club, speedboats for island-hopping excursions, two swimming pools, gym, spa, yoga studio, tennis courts, boutique, library, free WiFi. In rooms: private swimming pool, minibar, TV, iPod dock, hair dryer, bespoke Aman bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Mere rooms don’t cut it here: every guest gets their own free-standing, marble-edged pavilion positioned for maximum privacy. All are soothingly styled with pale walls, natural stone features and a touch of pine, so your tough choices include: six-metre pool or 12-metre pool? Widescreen views of the shimmering sea or here-to-the-horizon olive-grove panoramas? Larger groups or families should plump for one of the serviced 4-6 bedroom villas – they come with a chef to cater for your every craving.
Gather at the main pool, an infinity-edged, lounger-lined stretch of azure with countryside views so impressive they’ll distract you from your lengths. Shade-seekers will appreciate the pergola-sheltered smaller pool, and if you’re a spontaneous skinny-dipping sort, each pavilion has its own private secluded pool. There are free transfers to the private Beach Club where you’ll find two more 25-metre lap pools and a sheltered bay to swim in.
Ancient wellness rituals get a 21st-century update in the Aman Spa where massages, facials, body scrubs and Watsu hydrotherapy treatments are all available for solo or couples’ relaxation. For further pampering, there are two hammams, a yoga studio and a beauty salon.
Ladies, leave your beach hat at home – the hotel doth provide. Otherwise, don’t forget your PADI license if you’re planning on diving and pack a pair of binoculars for games of ‘whose yacht is that?’.
Two Pool Pavilions have been specially adapted for wheelchair use, and all public areas are fully accessible.
Small dogs are welcome to stay free of charge, but you’ll have to provide their food. See more pet-friendly hotels in East Peloponnese.
There’s a grown-up feel to the place but children are welcome, with a family-friendly pool, an indoor playroom and bicycles to borrow, by way of distractions. Babysitting can be arranged a week in advance for €18 an hour.