Once a 15th century fishing village perched atop an island and surrounded by original medieval walls, today Aman Sveti Stefan is one of the most memorable, luxury boutique hotels in Europe.
This truly unique award-winning resort, just off the Montenegro coast near Budva, is set among the most stunning surrounds which immaculately reflect the village’s 600-year old heritage, from the fortified gate walls to the quaint patios, Romanesque church to stone-pillared waterfront. The atmosphere and effect of such a restoration cannot be overstated, as age-old trees line cobblestone pathways, themselves meandering from one enchanting abode to the next and with the occasional, striking infinity pool and sun patio breaking up your stroll. So, whether you are staying in a guestroom or cottage within the stronghold, or a suite in Villa Milocer – itself a beautiful building on the mainland-side of Aman Sveti’s island causeway – prepare for something truly spectacular here.
These notable moments come thick and fast while enjoying the outdoor spaces and spectacular panoramas of Montenegro’s coast, whether dining, sunbathing or relaxing with a rejuvenating therapy at the spa. This 1,600sq m expanse sports both open-air and indoor zones, the latter promising panoramic views through large glass windows, topped off with swimming pools, a hammam and gym. There is more to this boutique hotel than its good looks and unrivalled romance, however, as behind the vine-covered stone walls, terracotta tiles and picture-perfect views there lies real luxury too. The guestrooms, suites and cottages for example, are all thoroughly contemporary spaces of polished wooden flooring, modern furniture, air conditioning, a sound system and satellite TV, personalised minibar and large bathrooms, albeit with original stone fireplaces and an authentic terrace, of course.
Services on offer at Aman Sveti Stefan thankfully follow suit. There are yoga and Pilates classes to enjoy, private beaches lined with deluxe sun loungers and an exceptional gastronomic experience across each of the five onsite restaurants, particularly when dining al fresco in the island’s central piazza, surrounded by charming houses and the shade of pine trees to accompany those ever-present sea views.
What’s more, being a fully-fledged tourist attraction in its own right, there may come an occasional moment where you wish to explore a little further afield, along Montenegro’s coast or inland, which is easily done. The beaches and medieval buildings of Budva are nearby, so too the Bay of Kotor and its own UNESCO-listed Old Town, the Baroque village of Perast and Lovcen National Park; though Aman Sveti Stefan is always a pleasure to return to after any afternoon of exploration.
Aman Sveti Facilities
50 rustic-chic cottages on the mainland, and eight suites in Villa Milocer. Featuring king-size beds, a balcony, satellite TV and air conditioning, espresso machines and all mod-cons. Some feature a private pool, Jacuzzi bathtub, multiple bedrooms and a separate lounge area.
Roughly 10 minutes to Budva in southern Montenegro, 40 minutes’ drive from Tivat Airport and two hours from Dubrovnik in Croatia.