Few hotel chains can claim that even their most ardent customers would describe themselves as addicts. However, the small, and necessarily wealthy group of Amanjunkies are so fond of the properties run by their favourite company that they seek them out around the world.
Aman Resorts has just 30 hotels and concentrates on providing understated luxury, striking architecture, peace and outstanding service, with Amanzoe in the Greek Peloponnese, a two-hour drive from Athens, a prime example.
It was the first Aman Resort to open in Europe with separate villas and the 237-acre site includes 38 suites for hotel guests and large, private villas built with the same local stone and marble, set in lavender and olive tree-filled gardens. The resort's idyllic setting, high above the Aegean, provides dramatic views from the homes, in one direction to the island of Spetses and the other to the sailing base of Porto Heli.
Villa 20 at Amanzoe was built in 2015 and is the largest villa in the Aman portfolio. It is owned by a European family who visit regularly, but is available to rent from €15,000 (£11,700) a night in low season and €25,000 (£19,500) in the summer.
Resembling a small village, the villa is on six levels of a four-acre site, with all rooms providing fantastic sea views. Designed by Aman-favourite Ed Tuttle, it draws inspiration from classical Greek architecture, with long colonnades of Doric pillars and pleasing angles providing a calming atmosphere.
Villa 20 has seven pools and nine bedroom suites, some with private pools and all with private terraces. An extensive indoor fitness suite includes a 15-metre pool, spa, gym, hammam, sauna and steam rooms and yoga studio, while the games room adds a shot of colour with its blood-red pool table and table football. Also on the second level above the main pool area is a generously filled library offering shade from the strong summer sun or the chance to curl up beside the fire in winter.
The full-time staff of 11 includes two chefs: Rosa who produces simple, fresh lunches and George, who concentrates on fine dining and often gives guests impromptu cookery lessons.
Villa 20 can accommodate 20 guests, but the house and grounds are so vast that it is easy to find complete privacy, while there is plenty of room to gather the whole party together. High glass doors retract fully to provide indoor-outdoor rooms that lead to the pools and the landscaped Mediterranean gardens. There are fire pits, barbecue areas, long wooden tables beside the pool and an area shaded by olive trees that creates a Greek-style tavern.
A short drive away at Amanzoe’s beach club, guests have private beach cabanas on the sand.
Guests at Villa 20 have access to all the facilities at Amanzoe – tennis courts, a gym with daily classes, a spa and two restaurants – but as the house manager Zoe points out, few leave the estate for too long. “Why would they?” she says. “They have everything here.”
Villas at Amanzoe on plots of one to five acres start from €3,000,000 (£2,300,000).