Drawing its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for “peace” and zoe (pronounced zoi), the Greek word for “life,” Amanzoe Luxury Hotel is situated on a hilltop close to the quaint town of Porto Heli on the east coast of the Peloponnese. The luxury Porto Heli resort offers breathtaking panoramic sea views as well as a private Beach Club in a picturesque bay.
Dotted across the hillside, Amanzoe’s Pavilions and Villas are classically inspired and contemporary in attitude. Drawing on classic Greek architecture, with strong lines and a pared-back aesthetic, Amanzoe’s standalone luxury Pavilions all open onto terraces with private plunge pools and views of the surrounding land and sea. Each Pavilion is accessed via a stone-walled courtyard, leading to a high-ceilinged living area and king-size bed positioned in a marble alcove with views over the Porto Heli vista.
Eight spa treatment rooms offer massages, scrubs, and wraps alongside a Watsu pool and moonlit yoga in the amphitheater. The holistic healings of Hippocrates are the inspiration for Amanzoe’s light-filled 2,850m2 Spa, combining diet, gymnastics, exercise, massage and sea bathing with modern natural products and treatments. A gym is also available, and studios host yoga and Pilates sessions.
Elegantly simple Greek and Mediterranean dishes emphasize local produce, including a range of fresh fish delivered daily. From Nama’s Japanese cuisine to the Restaurant’s Mediterranean fare, Amanzoe places the focus on simple flavors, expertly prepared. Daily deliveries of local bass, bream, grouper, and crustacean, as well as locally reared lamb, pork and rabbit, make Amanzoe a champion of produce that is local and seasonal – all served in the airy Restaurant, with its deep-blue sea views, by the pool, at the informal Beach Club, or surrounded by candles in private.
Set on an idyllic beach, a host of watersports activities are joined by four pools, a restaurant, and private Cabanas. The private beach and beach club are set below Amanzoe on a sheltered bay. Complimentary transfers take guests down to the Aegean, where non-motorised watersports can be enjoyed. The serene beach club is home to four swimming pools and overnight Cabanas, as well as a casual eatery and two-room spa.
Every one of Amanzo’e’s 38 guest pavilions has its own private swimming pool. Each Pool Pavilion offers a six-meter pool and each Deluxe Pool Pavilion features a 12-meter pool. The free-standing pavilions are arranged on different levels to maximize privacy and the breathtaking views over the Aegean. Each pavilion is accessed through a stone-wall courtyard that leads to spacious, high-ceilinged living and sleeping areas. Beds are positioned in a marble-walled alcove which, together with the living area and bathroom, opens up onto the terrace, shaded by a pergola.