Montenegro is still flying her flag as the new kid on the block and everyone is still utterly enchanted. This Adriatic beauty queen is a must for yacht charters gliding south of Croatia. The Bay of Kotor knocks all the cliché terms right out of the water. Brooding mountains, ancient towns carved from golden stone, the clang of byzantine church bells, and a sea glittering like a box of sapphires.
Cafes spill out onto the street, the night oozes with sultry charm as well-dressed patrons head for parties atop the castle walls, and days are lost in the cool refinement of museums, venetian palaces and pretty boutiques. Here’s how to make the most of dropping anchor in cool Kotor.
Ports of Call
The brand spanking new and sparkling Porto Montenegro is the only spot for dropping anchor if you want to rub shoulders with the finest crowds. Five-star facilities, over four hundred berths, and a sassy shopping and dining scene at the marina village are turning heads in the yachting world. Flanked by the Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel you can soak in the infinity pool, watch the boats on Boka Bay, and find Cartier and Dolce and Gabanna goodies at the village.
Beautiful Beach Clubs
Sunlight lounging is best sought sprawled on the plush poolside beds at the amazing Puro Beach Club. If you needed convincing that Montenegro is the destination of the year, then the fact that Puro opened a sultry new spot here is the only proof worth writing home about. With clubs in Marbella and Mallorca, you can expect a similar high-class vibe. Think infinity pools, two restaurants with the freshest fish, a rooftop terrace for cocktails, world class DJ’s and even a private pier and spa center with holistic yoga program.
Restaurant Galion is the premier spot for dining. Red brick walls, twinkling lights, and glitzy glass windows deliver sublime sights out onto the bay. Fresh local seafood adorns the menu, and when paired with local wines plucked from Montenegro’s vivid vineyard scene you have a feast fit for kings.
Al fresco fabulousness doesn’t come any better than at the sublime Casa del Mare. The boutique hotel offers diners a front row seat to pink hued sunsets. When the moon rises, the flickering candle-light adds to the romantic flair that makes Montenegro such a magical destination. Regional produce brings the taste of the countryside, and the chefs expert hand turns rustic flavors into gourmet fayre.
A little further along and the glorious resort town of Sveti Stefan is a must for yacht charters. The impossibly adorable residential village was once the playground of Marilyn Monroe. The medieval islet boasts a thin slither of silver sand, ancient stone walls and 15th century buildings.
Nightlife lovers will find Kotor charming for its laid-back cocktail scene, but for a buzzing vibe, set sail for Budva where Russian millionaires and raring revelers spill out onto the street. The plethora of bars, cafes and nightclubs ensures endless choice of action from dusk well into the dawn.