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April 24, 2013

A Wellness Retreat at Amanzo’e

By Lindsey Keenan | Spa

A Wellness Retreat at Amanzo’e
Courtesy of Amanresorts

Nestled atop a hill on Greece’s Peloponnesian peninsula, in the town of Porto Heli, Amanzo’e is a sanctuary with sea views, with 38 freestanding villas, each with its own pool, built in the round for maximum ocean exposure. This month the haven opens its new Aman Spa in grand style with a customized movement and alignment retreat beginning April 27.

During stays of either four or seven nights, guests will be pushed, pulled and pampered into a state of maximum well-being. “We draw upon the influence of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, by working on a holistic level incorporating movement, treatments, water therapies and nutrition,” says spa director Stavros Mavridis.

To that end, renowned experts in Pilates, cranial osteopathy and watsu (supported aquatic therapy) will be in residence to guide the journey. Itineraries are crafted around individual needs, but each includes six private sessions of movement and alignment work and a menu of local produce, yogurt, honey, fresh fish and lamb designed to complement the program. Early morning yoga, hikes about the local olive groves, lazy evenings in the hammam and reviving dips in the Aegean Sea complete the experience.

Not to be missed are the spa’s 150-minute Signature treatments, which meld ancient local tradition with state-of-the-art technique to stimulate the lymphatic system, infuse the skin with minerals and diffuse stress. “Let go of all tension and… be with the present moment,” advises Mavridis. In Amanzo’e’s setting, that part should be easy. Retreat starts at $5,941;  rooms start at $1,438; Agios Panteleimonas, Kranidi, Argolida; 30-275/477-2888; amanresorts.com/amanzoe.