With new flight routes to Montenegro opening up every month, the country is keen to put itself firmly on the tourist map. Its resident Aman hotel, the Sveti Stefan, has been here for almost a decade, and a visit has been on my ‘must do’ list for a long time. I was excited to discover its lure.
The hotel’s setting is dramatic, with majestic mountains in the background sloping down to the cool, clear waters of the Adriatic. The combination of colours, landscapes and calm waters is reminiscent of an Italian lakeside – trust Aman to snap up such a glorious location. Furthermore, they have done the place justice in the restoration of the property.
Comprising two separate residential areas (Sveti Stefan promontory and Villa Milocer on the mainland) plus a spa complex, the image that best conjures up Aman is of the pretty, stone village jutting out from the mainland. The village dates from the 15th century, and every effort has been made to retain the character of the place to lull you into feeling that you’ve stepped back in time. Footpaths wind between the houses, the walls of which haven’t been over-finished so there are still enough cracks and crumbles to maintain a sense of history. Nice touches such as ivy growing all over, fig trees dotting the path and charming little chapels here and there lend the place a beautiful atmosphere. The footprint of the village part of the hotel is small enough to walk around in a few minutes but the paths are narrow and winding to ensure you get lost in the most delightful way.
Villa Milocer, the other wing of the hotel, is on the mainland and is a more modern building, although as the former residence of both Yugoslavian Queen Marija Karadordevic and later the same country’s President Tito, it has a fascinating history. It also offers a great alternative for anyone (particularly families) wanting to stay on land, at the seaside and with a private beach.
Aman Sveti Stefan is a fabulous hotel, true to the brand, and my experience here was a wonderful getaway break.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Resort Experience
- One herbal bath for two persons, once during stay
- VIP welcome
- Bottle of wine upon arrival
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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