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Amanzoe
Ranked #1 of 1 Kranidi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 17, 2013

Of the 17 Aman resorts where we've stayed, this is perhaps the most consistently excellent of them -- very high praise given the standards of this group.

The guest pavilions are very high spec, with superb bathrooms (two separate toilet rooms on each end of the bathroom, replete with those terrific Japanese Toto toilets) and really soothing interiors. We booked the entry-level "Valley view" rooms and we thought the view over the surrounding Greek countryside was unique and idyllic.

Housekeeping was perfectly timed and impeccable. And service standards throughout, particularly in the restaurants, was always sincere, friendly, and kind.

The food was consistently superb, easily the best I've had at an Aman resort, where sometimes the dining has failed to live up to the rest of the experience. It has been years since I have had a burger as delicious as the one served in the pool cafe.

There's a great sense of openness and spaciousness atop the hill where the resort is located, and you don't at all get that sense from the photos. The main pool is at the highest point of the resort, off to the side, and can be very peaceful.

Note that during the last week of August, when we were there, there were a large number of families and children, and some of the parents made no efforts to ensure appropriate behavior -- so at times, the pool and beach club were incredibly noisy. That's certainly not the resort's fault, but set your expectations accordingly if visiting during peak times.

The spa director and his team were also superb, as were the staff at the fitness center who provided free daily stretching and yoga classes. If you want a deep-tissue massage, I would strongly recommend Maria, a physiotherapist who travels regularly from Athens to provide treatments at Amanzo'e. Each of us thought she gave one of the most superb massages we have ever experienced.

I have two very minor suggestions for improvement:

1. The pathway from the central resort to the valley-view pavilions is not lit, making it somewhat treacherous at night. The resort needs to install lighting along that pathway for guests who are walking to/from their rooms to the restaurants each night.

2. While the treatments at the spa were world class, Aman really needs to provide relaxation space at the spa following treatments. Instead, you are instructed to put your clothes back on and walk back to your room. I really value the pre- and post-treatment experiences at spas, and it's really important to be able to relax in a dedicated relaxation room or other space following a treatment.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

I travel to Greece every couple of years and have stayed at countless luxury hotels and this is arguably the nicest resort in the country
Enough has already been written about the amazing villas and public spaces.
I loved that the resort took the natural habitat into consideration when building the complex including the beautiful olive trees and rosemary plants.
Serene,luxurious,clean,breathtaking vistas.Wont forget my nightly sunset cocktail on the bars terrace.
Service was second to none from the bar staff at the main complex,to the pool staff,beach staff,housekeeping and so on.Made to feel part of an extended family.Thanks to Katerina,Yiorgos,Yiannis just to name a few.
Huge thanks to the Grays who welcomed us with warm smiles and were around daily making sure their guests were enjoying themselves.
We can't wait to return to the Amanzoe and to try out some of the other fabulous Aman resorts.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank heeto
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

When organising our travel, we were a little sceptic about this place. We were wondering if it was worth a 3 hour drive to go all the way to Aman’Zoë. When we arrived there, we agreed right away, it really was!!! My new life motto: if you haven’t been to an Aman resort, you haven’t lived!
You arrive at the resort and you make a journey in time, back to ancient Greece. You get a really warm welcome at the resort which hasen’t got a reception desk (super positive about this!!!) While the staff parks your car and takes care of your luggage, you get ‘the grand tour’ of the resort with a large swimming pool for adults and an almost as large swimming pool for kids. If you want to go to the private beach, just say so and a member of the staff will drive you there right away. At the private beach, there are 3 more swimming pools (!!) a pool bar where you can have lunch as well and (free) water sports activities.
Back in the hotel, there is a large welness facility, a library, gym, restaurant, bar and poolbar. But hey, if you don’t want to leave your great pavilion, you can just stay there. The mini bar is complementary, you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner (which are all marvelous) inside the room, there is a Nespresso machine at your service and there’s always some fruit in your villa.
Further, you have a small private pool, 2 bathrooms, a large bath tub and 2 rain showers with view on the beautifal Greek sky. One of the things I loved the most about my pavillion was the large ammount of windows. You get the feeling you’re outside all the time.
When people ask me what I loved the most about my trip to Greece, I say it was my stay at the Aman’Zoë. You cannot describe the expierience, you just had to be there.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Serazy
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

As Zelda wrote "Words are inadequate to describe the beauty of this Aman Resort." The hill the hotel is built upon offers a 330 degree amazing view and the landscape is just breath taking. Only for that reason it is worth going. But it gets even better, the architect who designed the resort had probably a similar love for that natural piece of paradise as he designed a Ancient Greek inspired - albeit modern - temple. We never felt in a hotel but felt either at home or part of nature. It is truly amazing.
The swimming pool is the best pool we have ever seen.
The beach club offers everything you want, especially if you have children as there is a children space.
The service is also first class and very friendly (albeit efficient).
The food is arguably the resort's Achilles heel.
I could write for hours but go and check. You won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: Sea view is not better than land view. Even though the suites are very spacious, there is no privat...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Admittedly we didn´t stay because we have a house on the island opposite the Amanzoe but were curious to see the property so we reserved one evening a table for dinner on the terrace of the hotel and one day we went by boat to eat at the beach club of the hotel. The General Manager was very nice in handling our request but if they are fully booked they won´t allow non resident guests on their property. The hotel is magnificent and comprises a large piece of a hill between two bays, the hotel itself however is not on or near the beach. The property is very large and they shuttle guests around in golf carts (there is no golf course though). To us it seemed like a replica of the Acropolis, coloums and coloums , large rooms and public spaces, amphitheater and a huge terrace overlooking the sea , the pelepones and Spetses island. It is purely Aman style, very stylish, very good taste, excellent service, for a vacation I would may be find it too big although they only have 36 rooms, of course all suites and they are building luxury villas on the neighboring hill which are for sale. When you go there with your own boat, they pick you up and take you to the beach restaurant which is excellent, fresh fish, Asian-Greek fusion cuisine, all very pleasant. Great wine list especially with great Greek wines some of which are excellent . The food at dinner was a disapppointment, it was very much Taverna style unsophisticated dishes but that may have also been our choice because we wanted something Greek. I plan to do a birthday party there and come over from the island whenever I am there.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We have visited most of the Amans around the world over the past 20 years. Amanzo'e is a worthy addition to the family.

It defines serenity in its location and the breadth of the property. Ed Tuttle remains the quintessential Aman architect and his vision combines touches from other properties such as Amankila with more intense classical Greek architecture. Rooms are spacious and with the most modern appointments.

The beach club facility, while 10-15 minutes away, provides sea access but also allows pool-dwellers more privacy back at home base.

The food has been criticized in early reviews but was excellent; the only suggestion might be more emphasis on Greek cuisine and dishes. The focus on local sourcing is to be commended and the produce is of the highest quality.

The leadership of an old Aman hand, Henry Gray, is notable and brings the culture of Aman and a wealth of experience to Greece; service defines the staff, with one of the team assisting in the search of an item, way beyond the call of duty.

Overall, an exceptional hotel and a true destination in its own right.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Words are inadequate to describe the beauty, location, food and service of this Aman Resort. Having travelled for 40 years, and stayed in luxurious properties, this surpasses all. Not one thing left to chance. Staff could not be friendlier, and all amenities superb. Only negative is the 2 and a half hour drive from Athens, but once acknowledged, just accepted. Sometimes intra=Greece flights or ferries can last as long and not be as convenient. Activities, other than the usual, are expensive, but once committed to pricey nightly rates for one of the gorgeous pavillons with private pool, extras seem not bothersome. Beach club is fantastic, and the views of the sunset extraordinary. Chef on staff is blessed with golden culinary talents. Ideal glamourous destination.
Zelda S

Room Tip: No bad choices, either sea view or valley-cannot make a mistake.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: | Agios Panteleimonas, Kranidi 213 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Peloponnese > Argolis Region > Kranidi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Kranidi
Price Range: $1,178 - $2,919 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Amanzoe 5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comprising a 38-suite resort, an Aman Spa and a number of Aman Villas, Amanzoe draws its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for 'peace' and zoe, the Greek word for 'life'. The resort is situated on a hilltop close to the town of Porto Heli on the east coast of the Peloponnese and offers panoramic views of the Peloponnese coastline, a private Beach Club in a picturesque bay and easy access to the cosmopolitan islands of Spetses and Hydra. ... more   less 
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