Montenegro may be small in size but it’s packed full of charm. A luxury holiday to this seductive Balkans destination promises a combination of rugged beauty, stunning beaches, medieval charm and an exclusive yachting scene.
Known locally as Crna Gora, or Black Mountain, Montenegro has a mountainous interior with imposing mountains rising up from crystal-clear glacial lakes. Primeval forests blanket areas of the interior, while ancient towns cling to the shoreline and monasteries sit on dramatic rock faces.
Montenegro had a reputation as the San Tropez of the Balkans during the 50s and 60s, with stars of the silver screen – Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Sophia Loren – mingling with European royalty, including Princess Margaret. Those days of glamour are making a comeback, thanks to the rise of resorts like Porto Montenegro and Sveti Stefan.
Named as one of the top three marinas in the world in 2016, Porto Montenegro is a billionaire’s playground. Here, plush superyachts line up next to gourmet restaurants, and boutique hotels mingle with exclusive bars.
The tiny islet of Sveti Stefan is Montenegro’s most photographed site. Joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land, the entire island is part of the luxurious Aman resort, and only paying guests can enjoy the renovated 15th century villas, pink-sand beach and exquisite eateries.
To appreciate Montenegro’s medieval charm, visit the UNESCO-listed town of Kotor. Situated at the end of a sweeping bay, it’s a maze of small piazzas, old buildings, and cobblestone streets filled with museums, churches, and ambience.