Tucked into the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro is the exclusive marina and yachting paradise that’s immersed in sparkling natural beauty. Surrounded by staggering mountains, lush vegetation and cool waters, this historic spot has drawn in sailors for many centuries, and the construction of a state-of-the-art marina has transformed the area into a luxury hotspot among yacht owners, celebrities and billionaires. Between the five-star facilities, 460-berth marina and dynamic village that features well-designed apartments, gourmets restaurants and international shopping, it’s no surprise why Porto Montenegro has quickly become Eastern Europe’s top luxury destination.
There’s no better pace to soak in the vibes of this glamorous playground than at the exclusive Porto Montenegro Yacht Club. With a tiered membership program, this exquisite spot offers members traditional yacht club values with its own over-the-top contemporary flair to it. It’s here where you can enjoy a unique blend of activities, benefits and facilities that include a fitness center, waterfront restaurants, private lounges reserved for members and exclusive events, topped off by the iconic 64-meter swimming pool cantilevered over the water–all the makings of this summer’s bespoke hotspot. After taking a deep dive into everything that the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club offers, we present a breakdown of what makes this exclusive space so special.
Designed by cutting-edge British architect Richard Hywel Evans, the 64-meter infinity pool is now one of the most iconic spots in all of Montenegro. The newly-refurbished space is suspended above the Bay of Kotor and offers spectacular views of the marina and the open sea. From June to September, the pool club caters exclusively to PYMC members, Porto Montenegro homeowners, marina guests, Regent Hotel guests and visiting VIPs. The pool area features day beds for up to 188 people, private shower cubicles and changing rooms, as well as a 20-seater lounge area that’s ideal for groups and parties. Throughout the elegant space you’ll find bespoke comfort and style in the sophisticated palette of marine blues, beach whites and natural woods.
De Gustibus Seafood Restaurant
Sitting at the foot of the iconic pool is De Gustibus, an informal daytime restaurant that’s open to both PMYC members and the general public. The Italian-inspired restaurant features an elegant selection of fresh salads, seafood pastas and grilled fish made with locally-sourced ingredients and prepared in a refined yet casual manner. Add to the mix an impressive selection of international wines and expertly-mixed cocktails and you have the premiere summer destination. Whether it’s an afternoon break over poolside classics or a romantic sunset on the rooftop terrace, De Gustibus provides perfectly straddles the line between upscale and laid-back.
Around the property, members also have exclusive access to a number of multifunctional spaces that are well-suited to a variety of needs. The meeting room with conference facilities is perfect for any presentations or screenings with space for up to 500 seated guests, whereas the member’s lounge offers a casual seating area that’s complete with coffee tables, a bar and private dining services. During your leisure time, you have options when it comes to entertainment spaces that span a mezzanine bar, rooftop restaurant, outdoor terraces and premium nightclub. To ensure the club continues to provide exceptional services throughout the entire experience, a seven-member board has been appointed, selecting James Wates as PMYC Admiral, Mr. Tom Daniel as Commodore and Oliver Corlette as PMYC President.
The recent 2018 extension saw the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club add its own private beach facility with 1,500-square-meters of additional recreational space dotted with palm trees, bamboo and agapanthus. Decked out in soothing hues of nautical blue, beige and white, head to the main seating to find your slice of paradise with the choice of sun loungers, cabanas and hammocks, as well as a family zone with bean bags and beach bats. Elsewhere, you can take advantage of the large volleyball court that’s available on a first-come-first serve basis. The beautiful space also features a waterfront bar and 40-seater sundeck that offers an extensive cocktail list and a selection of fresh Mediterranean dishes for a lighthearted meal during the day. After the sun goes down, the bar is transformed into a relaxed outdoor venue for al fresco drinks and entertainment, with themed parties and crew-friendly barbecues scheduled throughout the summer.
Open daily from 6am to 10pm, both residents and members can take full advantage of the vast sports facilities. In addition to the fully-equipped fitness center and cardio area, the club features four tennis courts, a squash court, a bowling alley and billiards, as well as an expansive list of instructor-led classes such as hot yoga, Zumba and pilates. If you’re looking for something a bit more private, you also have the option of one-on-one personal training sessions with a tailored training program under the guidance of a certified instructor. Boasting three outdoor and one indoor court, the PMYC Tennis Club organizes private coaching and informal league competitions.
If you feel like adding a breath of fresh air into your workout routine, the outdoor beach gym is the perfect place to be. Set to the picturesque backdrop of the waterfront, the fully-equipped 800-square-meter space features nautical-inspired training equipment, such as wooden dip bars and jump boxes crafted by a local shipwright and a set of kettlebells in the club’s burgee colors using durable boat paint. Whether you’re working out independently or alongside a private coach, take advantage of unique range of equipment that includes agility ladders, pull-up beams, functional sandbags, slam balls, skipping ropes, TRX suspension trainers and more–all to the motivational beats of a state-of-the-art surround-sound outdoor speaker system. In the evening, the outdoor beach gym offers a number of fitness classes where you can combine your fitness routine with the social fun of a group setting.
Featuring regular events that are organized throughout the year, the PMYC calendar adds a fun, competitive and social dimension to the club. The club is structured into distinct squadrons for sailing, motor yachting and rowing, with each boasting its own Captain to drive a mixed events program that offers competitive and leisure activities. Set to the stunning backdrop of Boka Bay, the growing calendar of regattas provides regular competition and entertainment that’s suitable for couples, friends and families to enjoy. From rowing sessions and matches races to social sailing and guided instruction, there are a number of events for members to enjoy the open waters as well.