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.
- 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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