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AMANZOE Resort: One Year Later

An architectural masterpiece inspired by Greece, the Amanzoe aims to promote both the beauty of our country and its prospects. Just one short year ago, Argolida became the focus of worldwide media attention. Amidst the recession, Dolphin Capital had completed the most ambitious and largest private investment in Greece: the construction of the Amanzoe Resort atop a hill in the Peloponnese with a 360-degree view. The name alone, is representative of the goals the resort already achieved: to offer guests peace and tranquillity – together, the Sanskrit word “aman” and the Greek word“zoe” mean: peaceful life.

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Looking back on the past twelve months, it would be possible to devote several pages to press reports from various international tourism, developmentand lifestyle publications. The reputable Gallivanter’s Guide, the bible for those indulging in luxury travel experiences, named it Hotel of the Year 2012. Victoria Hislop, author of The Island, wrote in Vanity Fair (UK) Magazine that the Amanzoe, “Represents a ray of hope – a statement of confidence in the timelessness and immutability of the culture and beauty in this troubled but extraordinary country.” The American Robb Report included it in The Best of the Best of 2013, describing at length the services and facilities of the beautiful resort. Travel+Leisure included it in the 2013 It List, as well as in its compilation of the 100 unique places to visit in the world Just a few months before that. One accolade followed the other. Conde Nast Traveler (US) ’celebrated’ Amanzoe, including it in its popular “Hot List: 154 Best New Hotels in the World”. It was also included on many other “best” lists, including the British and Russian Conde Nast Traveller magazines (Hot List 2013, 50 Best Hotels in the World) as well as the French Connoisseur magazine (Top Hotels 2013). The L’Officiel Voyage insert of Madame Figaro highlighted the uniqueness and beauty of the resort, the Australian Gourmet Traveller described its sensitivity to local communities and the environment, while the Sunday Times article “Peloponnese: A Star in the Making” featured its new pride and joy, the Amanzoe. Greek culture has its own special place at the Amanzoe, designed by architect Ed Tuttle, who has designed many Aman Resorts, including the Amanpuri, the group’s first property. Inspired by Greek architecture and history, the resort is reminiscent of an ancient agora. From the overall feeling to the architectural elements, the construction materials  and the herbs and olive trees scattered throughout the property, everything ‘smells’ Greece.  The Amanzoe is an ode to Greece,  to its  history, culture and civilisation and during a truly challenging time for the country, managed to divert the international attention to something positive. The Greek element takes also center stage in the restaurants of the resort, where the fresh ingredients – often organic products – are provided by local producers, in the boutique, which showcases the work of Greek designers, and in the library, whose shelves are filled with dozens of Hellenic inspired titles. As Amanzoe becomes one year old, it still continues to strive for the best, representing the essence of Greek hospitality, its friendly spirit, and the potential of the people of our land. Greece inspires its foreign visitors but also acts as an example for ourselves, confirming that we do possess the tools for sustained progress and development in the field of tourism.

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