The Hidden Gem – Montenegro

Discover the secrets of this hidden Balkan beauty!

When Montenegro gained independence in 2006, little did the world know how soon the Balkan state would rise back to its history of glitz and glamour. It wasn’t very long ago that the country hosted exclusive parties for Hollywood stars and wealthy socialites and insiders have rediscovered the magic of Montenegro.

The coastal areas of Montenegro are awash in Mediterranean climes, with the Adriatic Sea to its west. Although small in area, the country has a diverse geography with mountains, beaches, historic towns, and walled cities. The coastal town of Kotor is usually the first stop for visitors. The Kotor Bay overlooks this medieval looking town, which is well-known for its World heritage sites. The beaches of Budva are also very popular with tourists looking to relax on the Riviera.

One of the most exclusive resorts in Montenegro is the Aman Sveti Stefan located on a tiny islet. Connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, the island lies across the bay from Villa Miločer and the spa, and together these historic sites comprise Aman Sveti Stefan. The resort took center stage last year when top-seeded tennis player Novak Djokovic held his wedding at the magical venue. The Aman Sveti Stefan offers eight spacious suites at Villa Miločer, along with elegant cottages and rooms. Diverse dining options are available for guests – with views of the sea, or an intimate dining space. The resort’s standalone Aman Spa is a must visit, with treatment suites, spa cottages, and hydrotherapy rooms.

The Regent Porto Montenegro is a star destination. Located in the heart of a luxurious super yacht marina, the resort comprises a five-story building with two wings flanking a central double-height atrium, with breathtaking designs inspired by Venetian renaissance masters. The marine-inspired rooms and suites afford guests the ambiance of a luxury cruiser. Fresh local Mediterranean delights and international cuisines are available for gourmet lovers. Other attractions in the resort include the Purobeach club with an exclusive infinity outdoor Lido pool with a posh lounge bar. It has been voted as one of the world’s best pools. Sun beds and poolside cabanas beckon sun worshipers to this beach club. Guests can also explore a secluded beach off the marina, which is only accessible by boat.

When it comes to dining, there are many trendy choices to be made in Montenegro. Perla Pop Lounge and Restaurant in Budva is a modern lounge with fresh seafood and famous desserts. For a more rustic option, the 200-year-old family-owned Catovica Mlini restaurant is your best bet. Delicious traditional fare enthralls guests in a charming setting in the village of Morinj. Summer sees some pulsating nightlife in the country, with open-air clubs, live music, and concerts galore. The Almara Beach Club is great for those looking to lounge during the day, while it is transformed in the evening with live music played by world famous DJs. Another hip destination is Casper in Budva, a stunning venue with a lush garden and live jazz performances.

This is the ideal time to visit Montenegro, while the sunshine is brilliant, and before this hidden gem loses its unexplored vibe.

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Wealthy socialites and insiders have rediscovered the magic of Montenegro.

The Regent Porto Montenegro is a star destination.

One of the most exclusive resorts in Montenegro is the Aman Sveti Stefan.

When it comes to dining, there are many trendy choices to be made in Montenegro.

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