The brilliant white of the Amanzoe architecture pierces the crisp, clear air of coastal Greece with freshness and intensity only possible in the scorching Mediterranean sun. It seems slightly unreal—almost as if one of the palaces of the Olympus gods made a sudden appearance in the 21st century.
Amanzoe is, in a sense, a destination in itself. Unless you arrive directly to the resort’s helipad (30 minutes by the private copter), it’s a whole journey to get here—the drive from Athens is not short. The resort is isolated. And while there is plenty to see and experience in the area (e.g. the island of Hydra is a lovely place to visit), the isolation is the whole point. At least, that’s what we wanted from the stay at Amanzoe.
Sprawling across dreamy hilltops, this fantastic property from our favorite hotel chain is one of those places well set up for enjoying time off from the everyday, worldly concerns.
Amanzoe’s sophisticated style and atmosphere, and the high level of service from the well-trained staff all inspire thoughts about fantasy visions from the Odyssey. And the resort’s location and its architecture borrow from the Doric templates directly.
Responsible for the concept of Amanzoe is one of the Aman Resorts’ favorite architects, Ed Tuttle. His relationship with Aman started from their very first resort (Amankila and Amanbagh, reviewed by us, are also his).
Tuttle imagined Amanzoe as a hilltop “acropolis” of white buildings surrounded by gardens and pools. The structures unabashedly evoke Parthenon and other classic creations. There is even a proper amphitheater, even if updated to fit the contemporary minimalistic aesthetics. The resort’s other facilities and luxuries are also, of course, thoroughly modern.
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Pavilions and villas
Surrounding the main resort buildings, the guest pavilions and villas are conceived as hillside stone houses. Again, they carry a hint of the classic portico—and are adorned by lavender, rosemary and other fragrant Mediterranean shrubs on their flat roofs and around.
The pavilions are spacious and well designed, with the beautiful, comfortable bedroom, astonishing bathroom area, and lovely patio, perfectly suited to lounge in the sun or dine. Designed in an overall neutral palette, the theme is subtly altered here and there with the addition of rich textures and materials.
For the absolutely best in the resort, luxury pick from among the villas. Nothing compares to their massive amounts of space, the glamour of infinity pools… We are pretty sure they would render Croesus green with envy.
Even the most discerning Aman Junkies should find the service matching the highest Aman standards.
Our transfer from the airport was limousine style—super comfy, and with Wifi on board (priorities!). Our arrival—in some ungodly hour of well past midnight—perfectly organized, with a personal note from the night manager and some carefully-prepared snacks and sandwiches ready in the suite, just in case we felt like nibbling, at 3 AM.
The good impressions continued throughout the stay, with no hiccups, while a high level of training was evident in every member of staff. The restaurant personnel remembered our French-Press coffee addiction after the first breakfast. Small things, we know. But still.
Despite the late (early?) arrival, the bed was so comfy we quickly caught up with the sleep—but Amanzoe still made us feel not quite awake, in the midst of the beautiful courtyards and colonnades. Our days stretched from the absolutely fantastic breakfasts to the sundowners on the iconic circular viewing platform set among ponds and lit by the gas fireplace…
The only bad thing was waking up. Umm, we meant leaving.