DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT: MONTENEGRO

With its rugged terrain mixing mountains, deep canyons and lakes, plus beautiful beaches and historic UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Montenegro offers a stunning getaway for indulgent relaxation and inspiring exploration this summer.

 

A true gem of the Mediterranean, set on the southern Adriatic, Montenegro has again become a hotspot for those looking for luxurious accommodation set in some breathtaking and unique locations.

 

Although the crowds might have started to alight from cruise ships, Montenegro still allows seasoned travellers to escape the masses and find refuge in hotels and resorts designed for more private relaxation in accommodation that is truly world-class.

 

The beach by Sveti Stefan is the perfect place to relax, image courtesy of Aman Resorts

 

An icon of the coastal region is the perfectly-formed small islet of Sveti Stefan, once the playground of the rich, famous and royal in the 60s, and now home to the exquisite Aman resort. Connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of fine white sand, the resort occupies the entire private island and also has a footing on the mainland. Across the bay you will find the Villa Milocer, formerly the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadjordjevic, which now forms a small collection of elegant suites offering guests access to sumptuous communal areas including a living room, library, meeting room and spa for when you want to venture out of blissful seclusion. Couple this with the Queen’s beach, magnificent views over the Adriatic and a setting amongst a forest of cedar, pine and olive trees and the picture is complete and captivating.

 

The suites at Aman are individually styled to showcase original details, image courtesy of Aman Resorts

 

Yet for many, stepping across the sand to the island that was once a medieval fort is the highlight of a stay, with a choice of 58 rooms and suites all executed in true Aman style with contemporary and classic design sitting side by side with a graceful ease. The island offers up a host of charms, with trees dotted between the traditional red tile roof tops, cobbled lanes and courtyards providing perfect hideaways, plus three glorious pink sand beaches.

 

Gastronomes won’t be disappointed either with locally-caught seafood from the Adriatic’s waters and meat sourced from the north of the country being served with finesse at the main restaurant, the more informal Piazza and also at Villa Milocer’s intimate dining room.

 

Dine looking over the Adriatic sea, image courtesy of Aman Resorts

 

From the island explore the country’s rich natural landscape, with those wanting to embrace the outdoors having mountains, lakes, coves and caves to explore, and those wanting to delve into the history of the place having only to travel a little north to Budva, the 2-millenia-old settlement, or a little further still to the Bay of Kotor (the country’s largest) to meander through the town’s maze of lanes and alleys that form the UNESCO Heritage Site.

 

In Kotor opt for a stay at Palazzo Radomiri, a palazzo turned hotel on a particularly beautiful stretch of coastline. Here find a corner to read at your leisure or find an area to mix and mingle, all the time enjoying the carefully-considered aesthetic which brings together painstakingly-restored old stone walls, local antiques and some modern polished touches.

 

Kotor Bay is dotted with medieval towns and beautiful scenery

 

With a dramatic natural beauty that encompasses snow-capped mountain highs and expansive vistas of brilliant blue sea, make your way to Montenegro this summer and enjoy some very fine accommodation, and see why travellers are once again returning to explore and unwind in these truly special Mediterranean idylls.

 

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