The best 5-star luxury hotels for the ultimate VIP vacation in Montenegro

When it comes to luxury travel destinations, Montenegro may not be the first name that comes to mind. However, this small Balkan gem is quickly emerging as one of the most sought-after destinations for travelers seeking opulence, natural beauty, and a taste of history.

Small is beautiful and when it comes to Montenegro this is definitely the case. Nestled on the Adriatic coast, this small Balkan gem promises a unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and growing number of luxurious accommodations drawing discerning travelers from around the globe.

Montenegro: A hidden gem

Montenegro, meaning ‘Black Mountain’, is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’. Located in Southeastern Europe, picturesque Montenegro is characterized by its diverse landscapes, ranging from rugged mountains and deep canyons to pristine beaches and picturesque lakes. The jewel in Montenegro’s crown is undoubtedly the Bay of Kotor, or Boka Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site often called Europe’s southernmost fjord. The bay is surrounded by steep mountains that plunge dramatically into the sea, creating a mesmerizing backdrop for the charming towns that dot its shoreline.

The Bay of Kotor, a haven of luxury resorts

For those seeking an unforgettable luxury holiday, the Bay of Kotor offers the perfect location. Here the coastal city of Tivat, conveniently served by Tivat Airport, has transformed into a hub of luxury and sophistication in recent years. One of the most iconic luxury resorts in Tivat is the Regent Porto Montenegro, a slick waterside hotel overlooking the marina at Porto Montenegro. Where once a naval base was located, now stands a luxury hotel along the palm tree lined shores of Boka Bay.

Regent Porto Montenegro comprises a five-story, terracotta-roofed building with three wings flanking a central, double-height atrium hosting breathtaking designs inspired by the Venetian Renaissance along with the tradition and beauty of local architecture. The hotel offers 175 rooms and one-to-three bedroom
suites spread out over the Venezia, Aqua and Baia wings. All rooms are designed with warm wood furnishings, a calming palette of nautical blues and earthy shades of beige to create the feeling of being on board a luxury ship. The Murano Restaurant is a must when staying at this property. Decorated with glass chandeliers and mosaic art reflecting the glassmaking tradition of the Italian isles from where the restaurant takes its name, Murano serves expertly crafted dishes that showcase the very best seasonal produce. Focusing on fresh seafood, the menu is prepared with locally sourced and organic herbs – all offering a distinctive take on the regional Adriatic cuisine.

Across the bay lies One&Only Portonovi, Europe’s first One&Only. This exclusive seaside retreat, nestled in the heart of Boka Bay, boasts stunning views of the Adriatic and a level of opulence that will leave you breathless.

The One&Only Portonovi is renowned for its world-class amenities, including a private beach, and multiple swimming pools. One&Only Portonovi is also home to one of the most comprehensive wellness destinations in Europe. The luxury resort collection’s exclusive global partnership with leading health and wellness expert brand Chenot introduces guests to the Chenot Espace; a 4,000 meter² space offering an intensive and transformative journey of detoxing and resetting the body based on the renowned Chenot Method.

As you unwind at the One&Only Portonovi, take the opportunity to visit the Porto Montenegro marina, which has become a playground for the rich and famous, with its upscale boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and vibrant nightlife.

Budva, Queen of the Adriatic

For those looking to unwind with a fresh breeze from the Adriatic Sea, The Chedi Luštica Bay is a must. Located 16 km from Tivat, this world-class luxury resort offers a secluded and luxurious retreat on the Luštica Peninsula. The Chedi offers 111 elegant rooms and suites, two restaurants, two bars and meeting facilities. Guests can relax on the resort’s private beach, the Asian-inspired Spa, the indoor pool, and the outdoor infinity pool.

All rooms and suites at The Chedi offer a range of luxurious amenities and thoughtful technology, in a bright and modern design to make every stay as comfortable as possible. The neutral color palette, terrazzo-effect ceramic flooring and warm oak detailing provide a calming backdrop, while decorative pendant lighting, vivid fabrics and sumptuous furnishings echo the colors of the Mediterranean. Floor-to-ceiling windows, invite the sunshine in while providing access to a balcony with sweeping village or ocean views.

The Chedi’s location on the Luštica Peninsula means guests are only a short drive away from Budva. The lively coastal town of Budva, often referred to as ‘Queen of the Adriatic’, is known for its vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and historical treasures.

One of the highlights of Budva is its Old Town, which dates back to the 7th century BC. Stroll through narrow streets lined with centuries-old buildings, visit the ancient citadel, and take in the views from the city walls. Budva’s Old Town is a blend of history and modernity, with lively cafes, restaurants, and boutiques nestled within its ancient walls.

For luxury accommodations in Budva, look no further than Dukley Gardens. Located on the Zavala Peninsula, in the heart of Montenegro’s Budva Riviera, Dukley Gardens offers a range of accommodations, including double/twin rooms and residences ranging from one to four bedrooms, as well as luxurious penthouses. All rooms and residences are designed to exude a distinctive setting and vibe, offering a place you can call your own.

Staying in one of the luxurious rooms and apartments with private terraces, guests enjoy sweeping views of the Adriatic Sea and have direct access to the resort’s exclusive beachfront, perfect to soak up the Mediterranean sun.

Alongside the spacious and elegant interiors, Dukley Gardens has created unique places of indulgence including three private beaches, a pool club, four restaurants offering different cuisines, conference facilities, and up to seven unique event venues.

In the picturesque Dukley Gardens, art flourishes beyond the confines of galleries and museums. Nestled in the green gardens of the resort some 40 art installations weave seamlessly into the landscape, transforming Dukley into an open air art gallery.

Located in the Montenegrin coast, Oak Leaf Residences offers five luxury villas surrounded by an oak grove near the the tranquil and historic village of Kuljače. Each villa is designed in a traditional, elegant style and offers three spacious bedrooms.

The stylish villas come complete with a detached, fully equipped studio, perfect to receive guests or accommodate help (babysitter, personal driver, personal chef,… ). The outside area surrounding each individual villa is spacious and includes a private swimming pool and panoramic views of the entire Budva Riviera. Guests staying in one of the villas can enjoy fine dining in the on-site restaurant or visit one of the many restaurants in the bustling city of Budva.

Contact us for additional information and to book your luxury vacation in Montenegro.

Also read: Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik – Luxury in the Pearl of the Adriatic

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