The road to Amanzoe, one of the country's most exclusive resorts, is a bumpy dirt track that cuts through fields of high grass and wildflowers. Finally arriving is like finding a hidden, modern Acropolis or a design perfectionist's version of heaven. Perched on a cliff over the Aegean, the lobby and public spaces are spread among two expansive, templelike structures of soaring marble columns (there are over 550 of them, double that of the Acropolis) and opensided hallways. Marble courtyards shaded by old, crooked olive trees embrace hypnotic shallow pools that reflect blue skies and the rare cloud that silently glides by. Another templelike building next door is home to a 1,400squaremeter spa and a gym; on one side, a swimming pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and an open-sided café. The pièces de résistance are the suites: 210squaremeter freestanding “pavilions” sculpted out of local marble, with high ceilings, a spacious bedroom and living room, generous bathrooms for both him and her, and a private terrace with plunge pool surrounded by herb gardens and olive trees.
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The Amanzoe sits just above the old-school jet-set beach resort of Porto Heli. It’s a short ferry ride from the fashionable islands of Spetses and Hydra.
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Rooms: 38 pavilions. From $843. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The first Aman resort to list its farmers and producers on the menu, the more formal Restaurant focuses on upscale and elevated international comfort food, like sea urchin risotto and cod served with crushed chickpeas and saffron sauce. The well-curated wine list highlights unusual and interesting Greek wines, many made with indigenous grape varieties. The Pool Restaurant, open all day, offers salads, Greek mezes, and sandwiches, and much of this menu is also served seaside at the Beach Club, a few miles away in a picturesque bay. Spa and gym details: The spa, with seven treatment rooms, a salon, and two hammams, is spread out in a serene, templelike building. The spa is a standout experience and offers a mix of Asian and Greek-inspired treatments. The nearby gym is smaller but includes a workout area, yoga studio, and two tennis courts.
Who's it for: Luxury travelers with a big budget; power couples looking to escape and relax; wealthy European families including royals and the Greek elite. Our favorite rooms: All the pavilions are the same, although some have one bedroom while others have two. For oenophiles: Make sure to talk Greek wine with one of the two knowledgeable F&B managers and then visit the nearby vineyards of Nemea, an ancient site now the most important red wine AOC of southern Greece.