Greece’s economy may be collapsing, but the super-rich who holiday in Porto Heli – an enclave of unspoilt bays, olive groves and the summer homes of shipping tycoons in the eastern Peloponnese – seem immune to market fluctuations. Located on a hilltop overlooking Porto Heli on the east coast of the Peloponnese sits the luxurious Amanzoe, Greece’s first Aman property. Now, this 38 suite resort and spa has introduced a lavish new villa boating seven swimming pools, wellness facilities and its own beach cabana. The nine-bedroom villa, called Villa 20, is spread over six levels on four acres of land
Designed by Ed Tuttle, the villa’s six levels cascade down the hillside so that each living area and suite can enjoy the panoramic vistas of rolling hills and the Aegean Sea. Three out of the nine suites feature their own pools and all common areas and bedrooms open onto expansive terraces. The different levels of the villa are interconnected through an inclined elevator to allow easy access to all facilities.
Guests at Villa 20 will benefit from their own host and chef who can create dedicated menus in one of two kitchens, and a full complement of staff.
Other notable amenities include the beach cabana at Amanzoe’s Beach Club, which provides a tenth suite, the seventh pool and a garden.
Furthermore, the wellness facilities include two treatment rooms, a gym with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and Pilates reformers, and a 15-metre indoor lap pool surrounded by floor to ceiling windows.
Within the spa is a steam room, hammam, cold plunge pool surrounded by slate and marble tiles with a glass sunroof ceiling. A whirlpool and yoga studio complete the offering.
Surrounding the wellness centre on the fourth level is a sun terrace with fragrant gardens filled with olive groves, lavender, cypress and pine trees and herbs, planted for their aromas.
The villa will be available to rent from April 2016, when Amanzoe re-opens for the season, with prices starting at €25,000 euros per night for the peak months of July and August.