Amanzoe Resort – Porto Heli, Peloponnese, Greece 🇬🇷

Amanzoe is an ultra-exclusive resort with an emphasis on health and wellbeing. Situated on a gentle rise surrounded by undulating olive groves, Amanzoe’s 360-degree views take in the Peloponnese countryside and rocky coves. The resort is within easy reach of a wealth of archaeological sites and bustling Porto Heli.

Amanzoe’s location is hard to beat. 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; and there’s a super-chic Beach Club on the coast just below.

Amanzoe, surrounded by undulating olive groves and overlooking the turquoise Aegean Sea,  is a ten-minute drive from the tavernas and cosmopolitan stirrings of Porto Heli. The isles of Spetses and Hydra are nearby, as are countless ancient ruins, from millennia-old amphitheatres to Byzantine monasteries.

Accommodation

Pavilions

Drawing on classic Greek architecture, with strong lines and a pared-back aesthetic, Amanzoe’s standalone Pavilions all open onto terraces with private plunge pools and views of the surrounding land and sea.

Each Pavilion is accessed via a stone-walled courtyard, leading to a high-ceilinged living area and king-size bed positioned in a marble alcove with views.

Beach Cabanas

Situated directly on the beach, the spacious, air-conditioned Beach Cabanas provide all the comforts of a Pavilion, combined with a terrace, private garden and swimming pool.

Guests can enjoy a day on the beach, swimming in the sea, discovering bays by canoe and sunbathing in privacy. Meals can be enjoyed at Amanzoe’s Beach Club restaurant or in the privacy of a Beach Cabana.

Villas

Amanzoe’s Villas are cool, spacious abodes surrounded by olive groves. Overlooking the Aegean Sea, each of the four-to-nine-bedroom Villas features an open terrace with sand-coloured marble floors, traditional dry stone-clad walls and concrete columns and cornices. A chef and a host serves each one.

 Wellness
The holistic healings of Hippocrates are the inspiration for Amanzoe’s light-filled 2,850-square-metre Spa, combining diet, gymnastics, exercise, massage and sea bathing with modern natural products and treatments.
A gym is also available, and studios host yoga and Pilates sessions.
Dining
From Nama’s Japanese cuisine to the Restaurant’s Mediterranean fare, Amanzoe places the focus on simple flavours, expertly prepared.
Daily deliveries of local bass, bream, grouper and crustacean, as well as locally reared lamb, pork and rabbit, make Amanzoe a champion of produce that is local and seasonal – all served in the airy Restaurant, with its deep-blue sea views, by the pool, at the informal Beach Club, or surrounded by candles in private.

Porto Heli, Peloponnese, Greece 🇬🇷

The Peloponnese (Πελοπόννησος) is the stuff of legends. Literally. It is here that Hercules fought the Nemean lion and gods walked the earth, meddling in mortal affairs; it’s from here that Paris of Troy eloped with Helen and the Argonauts set sail in search of the Golden Fleece. Celestial and mythological charms aside, this region bears tangible traces of the many civilisations that once called it home, witnessed in its classical temples, Mycenaean palaces, Byzantine cities, and Ottoman, Frankish and Venetian fortresses.

The very topography that kept invaders at bay for centuries – lofty, snowcapped mountains, vast gorges, sandy beaches and azure waters – now draws visitors of a very different kind. Filoxenia(hospitality) is as strong here as anywhere in the country; the food is among Greece’s best; and the region’s vineyards are contributing to Greece’s wine renaissance. Locals claim to have the best of everything to give. And that’s no myth.

Greece 🇬🇷

Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. And Greek culture is alive – passionate music, inspired cuisine, thrill-seeking activities.

Wildly Natural

Whether you’re a serious adrenaline junkie or dedicated beach bum, Greece will bewitch you. Days melt from one to the next under wide open skies and a sea speckled with islands that deliver the white-sand, palm-fringed beaches of your dreams. Wander along cobbled, Byzantine footpaths, hike into volcanoes, watch for dolphins and sea turtles and cycle through lush forests. Meander through olive groves, idyllic villages and petrified forests. Thrill seekers will discover world-class kitesurfing, wreck diving and rock-climbing locations that will leave you dizzy with views. Or simply hop on a boat and set sail into the glittering blue beyond.

Socially Spirited

Socialising is more than a pastime in Greece – it’s a way of life. Cafes overflow with teenagers gossiping or older locals in heated debate. Restaurants are filled will long tables for big gatherings and friends amble arm and arm down the street. Squares are the focal point, where life unfolds collectively. Immerse yourself, whether it’s a coffee, a shot of ouzo, a chorus on the bouzouki or a local celebration. Greeks are passionate and live life to the fullest, even at the most difficult times. The result is a country, seemingly riddled with challenges, yet full of people loving life.

Local Flavours

The secret to Greek cooking is often found in the chef’s garden. Basic ingredients such as feta and olive oil are at home across Greece, but the regional produce and cooking styles make travelling here a culinary adventure. Taste herbs and mountain greens you’ve never heard of, mussels steamed in ouzo, bread baked with olives and fish straight from the sea. Taste-test regional cheeses: crumbling feta, honeyed soft cheeses and sharp, hard rounds. Find Italian influences in risottos and pastas or Turkish spices woven into delicate sweets. A traditional-cooking renaissance has chefs lifting time-honoured recipes to new gourmet heights.

Cultural Treasure Chest

Standing in the shadow of the Acropolis feels otherworldly. Greece is full of such moments. Step into the ring where Olympians first competed. Climb stone-hewed steps to Meteora’s monasteries, perched atop towering rocks. Contemplate the Oracle’s insights from the grandeur of Delphi, take in a starlit drama at an ancient outdoor theatre and be stunned by massive marble sculptures dredged up from the Aegean. But then you’ll encounter bold modern art, the melancholic throb of rembetika (blues songs) and artisans creating new work from traditional techniques. Greece has endless cultural pursuits and a calendar bursting with festivals, holidays and exhibits.

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Credits:

https://www.aman.com/resorts/amanzoe

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/the-peloponnese/introduction

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/introduction

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/peloponnese/hotels/amanzoe-hotel/

Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort – Zakynthos, Greece 🇬🇷

 

Welcome to Lesante Blu. Allow yourself to be indulged you like you never have before.

True to its name, the Lesante blu surrounds you with spectacular views of the blue sea. Located in the picturesque village of Tragaki, the Lesante Blu is simply one-of-a-kind experience offering exclusivity, peace of mind and five star comfort.

Its ‘all-about-you’ mentality can be experienced via the private pools, the adults-only policy, the state-of-the-art suites and the discreet staff. The fine selection of restaurants offering you creative Mediterranean dishes by the sea, the secluded beach, the 24/7 impeccable room service and the private heliport, add up to a unique stay experience.

Discover Lesante Blu today and enjoy a five-star experience you will not find anywhere else on the island of Zante.

Among the other memorable experiences and premium amenities to be savored: complete tranquility and rejuvenating moments in the Essence Spa with Germain de Cappucini treatments, once-in-a-lifetime cruises to the Blue Caves and the world famous beaches of Zakynthos, helicopter and privately chauffeured transfers are the elements of a unique luxury holiday in the Greek islands.

Wellness & Spa

Your mind and body, in total balance. Finally.

The Essence Wellness & Spa is your rejuvenating haven. A wide range of treatments have been selected for you to relax, recharge your mind and body and renew you. The finest therapies, a range of massages and sauna or hamam, will stop time and allow you to find a long lost inner peace. Private sessions and VIP rooms, perfect for ‘his and her’ treatments, will help you to share this precious time with your loved one.

If remaining active by doing sports is your idea of a holiday, select among a wide range of activities on offer, such as personal training, a fully equipped gym and a tennis court.

Honeymoon Hotel

‘All you need is love’ they say. It’s true. Because at the Lesante Blu we take care of everything so you can fully enjoy your first getaway as a married couple.

The idyllic scenery of nature’s blue and green that surrounds you, creates days and nights embraced by romance. Whether you prefer to swim in your private pool, admire the full blue view from your room or bathe while watching the waves reach the shore, luxury, tranquility and elegance are all around you. And this is just the first glimpse of the Lesante Blu’s romantic spirit. Walk around its premises and you will discover fascinating spots for sunset cocktails, seductive menus in candlelight dinners by the stars and a special selection of ‘his and her’ treatments that rejuvenate body and mind at the Wellness Spa. The choices are endless. Excursions to the picturesque near-by villages, long walks by the sea, a variety of sports, five-star dining and taste experiences, as well as on-hand guides who walk you through local historic sites, are on offer for you to experience.

No matter how you choose to indulge yourselves at the Lesante Blu, one thing is certainYou will be indulged like never before. So your honeymoon will truly be a spectacular start for you together as your married life unfolds in the years to come.

Zakynthos, Greece 🇬🇷

Zakynthos, also known by its Italian name, Zante, battles against heavy package tourism along its eastern and southeast coasts. Beneath the kiss-me-quick types zipping around on quad bikes it’s a beautiful island – you just have to make a determined beeline to western and central regions of forested mountains dropping off to unreal turquoise waters to leave them behind. The northern and southern capes are verdant and also less exploited. Choking on restaurants and cherry-red bougainvillea, Zakynthos Town adds a bit of sparkle to the overrun east, where the loggerhead turtle population struggles in the face of development.

Greece 🇬🇷

Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. And Greek culture is alive – passionate music, inspired cuisine, thrill-seeking activities.

Local Flavours

The secret to Greek cooking is often found in the chef’s garden. Basic ingredients such as feta and olive oil are at home across Greece, but the regional produce and cooking styles make travelling here a culinary adventure. Taste herbs and mountain greens you’ve never heard of, mussels steamed in ouzo, bread baked with olives and fish straight from the sea. Taste-test regional cheeses: crumbling feta, honeyed soft cheeses and sharp, hard rounds. Find Italian influences in risottos and pastas or Turkish spices woven into delicate sweets. A traditional-cooking renaissance has chefs lifting time-honoured recipes to new gourmet heights.

Cultural Treasure Chest

Standing in the shadow of the Acropolis feels otherworldly. Greece is full of such moments. Step into the ring where Olympians first competed. Climb stone-hewed steps to Meteora’s monasteries, perched atop towering rocks. Contemplate the Oracle’s insights from the grandeur of Delphi, take in a starlit drama at an ancient outdoor theatre and be stunned by massive marble sculptures dredged up from the Aegean. But then you’ll encounter bold modern art, the melancholic throb of rembetika (blues songs) and artisans creating new work from traditional techniques. Greece has endless cultural pursuits and a calendar bursting with festivals, holidays and exhibits.

Wildly Natural

Whether you’re a serious adrenaline junkie or dedicated beach bum, Greece will bewitch you. Days melt from one to the next under wide open skies and a sea speckled with islands that deliver the white-sand, palm-fringed beaches of your dreams. Wander along cobbled, Byzantine footpaths, hike into volcanoes, watch for dolphins and sea turtles and cycle through lush forests. Meander through olive groves, idyllic villages and petrified forests. Thrill seekers will discover world-class kitesurfing, wreck diving and rock-climbing locations that will leave you dizzy with views. Or simply hop on a boat and set sail into the glittering blue beyond.

Socially Spirited

Socialising is more than a pastime in Greece – it’s a way of life. Cafes overflow with teenagers gossiping or older locals in heated debate. Restaurants are filled will long tables for big gatherings and friends amble arm and arm down the street. Squares are the focal point, where life unfolds collectively. Immerse yourself, whether it’s a coffee, a shot of ouzo, a chorus on the bouzouki or a local celebration. Greeks are passionate and live life to the fullest, even at the most difficult times. The result is a country, seemingly riddled with challenges, yet full of people loving life.

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Credits:

http://www.lesanteblu.gr

https://www.lhw.com/hotel/Lesante-Blu-Beach-Zakynthoos-Ionian-islands-Greece?colc=newhotels_new-to-the-membership_newest-hotels

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/zakynthos/

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/

 

Canaves Oia Hotel – Santorini, Greece 🇬🇷

 

On the northwest tip of Santorini, Canaves Oia Hotel welcomes guests in world of unparalleled charm and indulgence.

At the Canaves Oia Hotel, 17th century Canaves that are carved into the Cliffside, have been modified and transformed into designer-chic luxury Suites, oozing the sophistication of minimalism.

Elegance and harmony hidden in simple, dazzling white forms against the velvet blue of the Aegean Sea, make this five star hotel in Santorini the perfect hideaway for romantic couples and dreamy weddings.

Experience unsurpassable luxury and indulgence in one of the most fascinating sceneries, boasting uninterrupted panoramic views and world-class services. Canaves Oia Hotel makes a dream getaway a reality.

Artistically combining luxury accommodation with breathtaking views to the Aegean Caldera, this luxury hotel in Oia, Santorini, is the ideal retreat in a fairytale ambience.

Experience unsurpassable luxury and indulgence in one of the most fascinating sceneries, boasting uninterrupted panoramic views and world-class services. Canaves Oia Hotel makes a dream getaway a reality.

Canaves Oia, with its contemporary hotel suites & hotel rooms in Oia Santorini, artistically combines the majestic view of the Caldera with the luxury accommodation in Santorini and the minimal design. Discover the elegance of luxury, staying in one of the Canaves Oia hotel rooms and suites in Santorini.

The Spa has been transformed from a 17th century wine cave into a luxury spa without losing its inherent charm. It is indeed ‘a Spa with a Santorini Soul’ with an unforgettable customer journey with signature treatments offered by ExclusivelySpa’s experienced team.

Santorini, Greece 🇬🇷

Santorini may well have conquered a corner of your imagination before you’ve even set eyes on it. With multicoloured cliffs soaring over 300m from a sea-drowned caldera, it rests in the middle of the indigo Aegean, looking like a giant slab of layered cake. The island spoons the vast crater left by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history. Smaller islands curl around the fragmented western edge of the caldera, but it is the main island of Thira that will take your breath away with its snow-drift of white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops and, in places, spilling like icy cornices down the terraced rock. When the sun sets, the reflection on the buildings and the glow of the orange and red in the cliffs can be truly spectacular.

Santorini is no secret and draws crowds for most of the year, yet it wears its tourism well and its offerings make it worth the bustle. The island’s intrigue reaches deep into the past, with the fascinating Minoan site of Akrotiri and the gorgeous traditional hilltop village of Oia. It also glides effortlessly into the future with accomplished artists, excellent wineries, a unique microbrewery, and some of the Cyclades finest accommodation and dining experiences. The multicoloured beaches are simply the icing on the cake.

Endless miles of aquamarine coastline, sun-bleached ancient ruins, strong feta and stronger ouzo – the Greek landscape thrills, and the Greek people are passionate about politics, coffee, art and gossiping.

Culturally Rich

Step into the ring where Olympic athletes competed. Gaze at Meteora’s monasteries, perched atop towering rock pinnacles. Contemplate the Oracle’s insights from the grandeur of Delphi or take in a starlit drama at an ancient outdoor theatre. In the most unexpected places, you’ll encounter thought-provoking modern art, the melancholic throb of rembetika (blues songs) and collections of ancient marble sculptures dredged up from beneath the Aegean. Greece balances its past, present and future in a way managed by few other countries. The result is a nation with endless cultural pursuits.

Naturally Inviting

It’s easy to understand how so many myths of gods and giants originated in this vast and varied landscape, with wide open skies and a sea speckled with islands, where days melt from one to the next while you relish the white-sand and palm-fringed beaches. Greece is a magnet for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Wander along cobbled, Byzantine footpaths, hike into volcanoes, watch for dolphins and sea turtles, and cycle through lush forests. Discover world-class kitesurfing, diving and rock-climbing locations or simply hop on a boat and set sail into the glittering blue beyond.

Sumptuous Feasting

Greeks pride themselves on their cuisine and will go out of their way to ensure you are well fed. The tang of homemade tzatziki and the aroma of souvlaki grilling are just the beginning. Taste test your way through regional cheeses – from crumbling feta to honeyed soft cheeses and sharp, hard rounds. Dig into rich layers of mousakas and sip crisp wine from grapes ripened under the hot Mediterranean sun. The Italian legacy of pasta is paired with Greek specialties like lobster, while Turkish spices find their way into delicate sweets. Mussels are steamed in ouzo, bread is baked with olives and fish is cooked straight from the sea.

Socially Spirited

Greeks are truly social beings. Their families are extended and they are quick to welcome in newcomers, whether for a coffee, a shot of ouzo, a chorus on the bouzouki or a heated debate. Greeks are passionate, if nothing else, and this passion continues to drive society forward despite the current economic turmoil. Life is lived to the fullest, even at the most difficult of times, and herein lies the secret of how a country, seemingly riddled with challenges, is full of people who remain so in love with life.

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Credits:

Canaves Oia Hotel

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/cyclades/santorini-thira/introduction

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/introduction