Above: The Acropolis – inspired the design of Amanzoe
Amanzoe is an ultra-exclusive resort with 360-degree views taking in the exquisite Peloponnese countryside and rocky coves. The hotel is contemporary and sleek with an emphasis on health and wellbeing. The very stylish spa offers treatments based on the healing philosophy of Greek medicine and there is a super-chic Beach Club on the coast just below for a bit more relaxing and sea bathing.
This beautiful resort is within easy reach of a wealth of Greek archaeological sites and bustling Porto Heli so you can combine blissful indulgence and relaxation with some explorations of this wonderful region.
Cruise to the Argosaronic Gulf
Charter a private yacht set sail in the Saronic Gulf for a spot of fishing, stop off at beautiful bays for swimming.and head to Spetses Island for the day. Spetses Island retains much of the grandeur and old-world elegance of its heyday as an important shipbuilding and maritime trading center. The picturesque old harbour and Dápia, a tourist and commercial center where the heart of the island’s entertainment beats, are the trademarks of the town of Spetses. Explore the island in horse-drawn carriages and admire the grand mansions adorning the narrow cobbled streets of the island.
This region is steeped in mythology, with several important archaeological sites, including the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the citadel of Mycenae; Spetses and Hydra are within easy reach.
The magnificent little town of Hydra is enchanting with no cars on the island and only donkeys and water taxis to provide transport this only adds to the charm. opens The statue of Andreas Miaoulis, a local war hero, welcomes you as he stares out to sea. Spanning from the port up the hills, you can see the impressive clock tower of Hydra and beautiful old mansions as far as the eye can see.
Hydra is a wonderful place to explore with museums to visit, hiking, shopping and enjoying some wonderful local dining.
Mycenae, the “golden city” of ancient Greece is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that must not be missed. Mycenae was the epicenter of the Mycenaean world and gave its name to a period and a civilization that evolved throughout the entire Hellenic civilization and spread even further to the Mediterranean basin between the 16th and 12th c.BC. The colossal Cyclopean Walls and the Lion Gate still stand there at the entrance of the city, almost intimidating but welcoming as they have been for thousands of years.
Nafplio, is one of the most historic cities of the region, full of spectacular monuments and sights that have stories that span the ancient times to the medieval. It hosted the first Greek parliament after the Greek War of Independence. It was also the town where the first pharmacy was opened, the first military school was founded and the first Governor of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias ruled the independent country.
On your way to or from Athens airport visit the peaceful hinterland of Epidaurus, with its mild climate and abundant mineral springs, it is the sanctuary of the god-physician Asklepios, the most famous healing center of the Greek and Roman world. It is considered the birthplace of medicine and is thought to have had more than two hundred dependent spas in the eastern Mediterranean. Its monuments are true masterpieces of ancient Greek art and one of the most spectacular is the huge theater of Epidauros, where the famous Epidauros Festival takes place every summer with dramatic performances.