The IRL locations of your favourite, binge-worthy shows and films as holiday destinations is a travel trend, and the latest among them is the incredibly luxurious villa where Netflix’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is set.
As it turns out, the glamorous setting for the sequel, which stars Daniel Craig as detective Benoit Blanc, is a real-life resort in Greece’s Peloponnese region.
The show was shot at Villa 20 of Amazonoe, a property by the well-known luxury resort and hotel brand, Aman, in Porto Heli, Greece. The property is not, in fact, on ‘Pisceshite Island’, which is fictional, and, in reality, is on a peninsula connected to the mainland in southern Greece called Peloponnese.
In saying that, the film did shoot some scenes on an actual Greek island — Spetses, in the Saronic Gulf. The scene where the characters are waiting for the arrival of a yacht was shot at the port of Dapia on Spetses’ northern coast.
Also, in true Hollywood fashion, many scenes of the show weren’t shot in Greece at all. Most of the scenes inside the property, as well as the indoor places supposed to be in New York or its surrounding areas, were filmed on purpose-built sets in Belgrade, Serbia.
So, with all this in mind, if you do love the show and want to get a taste of its filming location, your best bet is to book a stay at Amazonoe, which also doubled as accommodation for the cast and crew — along with their families — while they filmed the series.
“It felt like a summer vacation where we also made a movie,” Director Rian Johnson told Netflix.
Villa 20 was designed to meld with its landscape and is framed by rolling hills, the Aegean Sea, and the Peloponnese. It has six pools, including two heated infinity, a private spa, and several dining spaces, including two outside barbecue areas and a typical Greek taverna under the olive trees.
Large-scale sculptures dot the property, as well as the owners’ carefully curated art, books, and artefacts, all collected from their years of travel.
The villa sleeps 18 guests, as well as 18 members of staff, including a dedicated chef who can whip you up your favourite dish in one of the villa’s five kitchens.
Production designer Rick Heinrichs told Conde Nast Traveller he toured the Aman villa early on in the scouting process but nixed it due to the fact it wasn’t on an actual island and that he doubted they’d get permission to shoot there.
“But it turned out after, I don’t know, six weeks or so of scouting, that nothing matched the Aman,” he told the publication.
“The initial response was to the aesthetic: It had this modernist kind of take on classical Greek architecture. And that felt right for Miles. He’s an inquisitive fellow, and he doesn’t necessarily have his own aesthetic, but knows he can pay a lot of money for someone who does.”
The Aman in Porto Heli, Greece opens for the Euro summer season in April. Its prices are available on request.