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7. AMANRESORTS' LATEST, A COASTAL CHARMER
For a new resort from Aman, one of the world's most coveted hotel brands, the late-summer opening of the 38-suite Amanzo'e on the southern coast of the Peloponnese peninsula happened relatively quietly. This seems especially surprisingbecause the expansive, sand-colored oasis has a lot to shout about, not least of all its ancient-Greece inspired contemporary design by hotel hotshot Ed Tuttle and its location atop an olive-tree-dotted hillside high above the sapphire Aegean. Here, our five favorite Amanzo'e finds. From $1,430. 800-477-9180; amanresorts.com
Morning yoga: Wake up early for asanas, Pilates, or stretching classes in the aerielike yoga pavilion, with three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea.
Hearty breakfast: You haven't had Greek yogurt until you've had it here, topped with fresh figs and layered with muesli. Another delectable must-try: the perfectly poached, farm-fresh egg served over lightly sauteed fresh vegetables.
Sunset cocktails, al fresco: A circular terrace with a dramatic fire pit provides panoramic views of the red sun as it drops behind the Aegean and blue hills beyond. Order an ouzo on the rocks, the vodka-and-mastic-liqueur-based Amanzo'e Sunrise, or the light and lively lavender margarita.
Beach escapes: With its hilltop roost and beach club on a private bay only a short luxury SUV drive away (chauffeured, of course), the hotel offers virtuous views but also oceanfront opportunities to kayak, paddle board, relax on a chaise, dip into the sea, or swim laps in either (or both) of the two 25-meter, deep-green marble-lined pools.
Spa pampering: Conceived as a continuation of the ancient health and wellness modalities recommended by Hippocrates, the spa incorporates regional products - lavender, sage, sea salt, and yogurt, as well as olive and grape seed oils - into every treatment. Try the soothing, two-hour Amanzo'e Rejuvenation experience, which combines a salt scrub, clay wrap, and aromatherapy massage.