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Best of the Best 2013: Resorts: Amanzoe

  • Andrew Sessa

The whitewashed villages and sandy slopes of Santorini and Mykonos have long shaped the traveler’s image of the essential Greek getaway. But a new Grecian idyll has emerged on the Peloponnese peninsula, where the country’s first Amanresorts property, Amanzoe, opened in August outside the tony village of Porto Heli.

Set along a dramatic cliff some 100 miles southwest of Athens, Amanzoe comprises a collection of sand-colored pavilions that blend subtly, almost imperceptibly, with the surrounding olive groves. Each of the resort’s 38 suites (constructed from local stone and marble) features a terrace with an infinity pool, an outdoor dining area, and views of the sapphire-blue Aegean Sea. Spacious interiors include separate living and sleeping areas, as well as sunken bathrooms with indoor-outdoor soaking tubs that overlook the ocean and olive groves.

Amanzoe embraces its Peloponnese surroundings for more than just the views. In the 12,000-square-foot spa, which was completed in March, treatments incorporate local yogurt, sea salt, lavender, and olive and grape-seed oils. The resort’s restaurants—a formal dining room, poolside and beachfront cafes, a casual lounge—harvest the nearby sea and soil to serve crisp, clean Mediterranean dishes such as Peloponnese lamb with green olives from Khalkidikí.

Amanzoe guests who wish to stray from their contemporary acropolis can take the short drive to the resort’s private beach club, where afternoons can be spent on the sand or by a marble-tiled emerald pool. The resort’s small fleet of boats stands by for a day cruising along the outlying islands of Hydra and Spetses, home to whitewashed villages, sandy slopes, and the crowds that go with them. ($1,000–$1,800)

Amanzoe, +30.275.4772.888, www.amanresorts.com