Amanzoe to Open on the Peloponnese in Greece This Summer
While Greece is mainly in the headlines this week for its historic elections and anticipated consequences for the Eurozone and the world economy, we'll focus on some less nerve-wracking news from this country today: the upcoming opening of Amanzoe this summer (possibly in July.)
The new hotel will be Aman Resorts latest, and third, European property. As with all Aman Resorts, the name is derived from a combination of the Sanskrit word for peace (aman) and, in this case, "zoe", the Greek word for life.
Just outside Porto Heli on the Peloponnese coast, about two and a half hours from Athens, the resort will feature only 38 guest "pavilions". If the six-metre pool that comes with a Pool Pavilion isn't enough for you, opt for a Deluxe Pool Pavilion that takes that up to twelve metres. And you know you won't need to worry about cramped accommodations here; each luxurious pavilion is its own freestanding structure and has extensive living and sleeping areas that spill out onto the terrace facing your private pool.
Several dining options, from the more formal to informal, are available at the resort or at the exclusive beach club, which is a short drive or bike ride/walk down to the bay. As you would expect, an Aman spa will be on the premises as well to pamper you silly.
While the Aman Resorts website still provides us with endless opportunities for cubicle-dreaming, when we get to the rates page it always brings us right back down to earth. And Amanzoe looks to be no different: introductory rates over the summer run at €825 (about $1050) for a pool pavilion.
If reports about soaring European hotel rates didn't discourage you from booking that (we assume) first class ticket to head to the Mediterranean this summer and sampling Amanzoe won't be enough, head further east to try Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro and Amanruya on the southern coast of Turkey while you are at it. For a taste of Aman over in the United States, you can find Amangiri in the Utah desert or Amangani in Wyoming. But you know, just expect to pay top dollar at these places too.
[Photos: Aman Resorts]