Recently Montenegro has turned itself into one of Europe’s ‘hidden jewels’. This results from several factors, including its natural and cultural treasures. On its Adriatic coast, near the ancient city of Budva and Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies the picturesque isle of Sveti Stefan, nowadays one of Montenegro’s most representative locations. Few know, however, that from 2009 onwards the island was turned into Aman Sveti Stefan, one of the country’s most romantic and prestigious hotels.
Linked to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, the island’s history dates back to the XV century, when a small fortified village was constructed as a defence against the Turks.
Nowadays the entire medieval village has been turned into a hotel inside which there are guest rooms, refined restaurants, beautiful little squares and even a number of churches.
To move around the resort one has to use the stone steps and cobbled paths which criss-cross the village. This is one of the many reasons for the magical and romantic atmosphere pervading the place.
The Aman Sveti Stefan owns land outside the village as well. Its 80-acre holding includes three beaches, a spa and the wonderful Villa Milocer, a beautiful building dating from the early XX century, once the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadjordjevic, but now a hotel for those preferring the ‘terra firma’.
Especially worthy of mention is the Queen”s Beach, where cypress and olives frame the hotel’s most intimate and reserved beach, and indeed one of Montenegro’s most suggestive. It is no coincidence that it was Queen Karadjordjevic’s favourite.
Budva, July 2018